In 1989 Elizabeth Taylor starred in the drama TV film Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the 1959 play by Tennessee Williams.
The publicity shot above by Greg Gorman portrays Taylor sitting at a mirrored dressing table. Most of the bottles in front of her are decorative, but there’s one which is very distinctive.
It’s Caron Nuit de Noël, whose beautiful black bottle was modified with a golden pump atomiser. This woody floral fragrance, launched in 1922, is a creation by Ernest Daltroff.
Sheila Regan (Lana Turner) is taking a bubble bath. There’s a giant bottle of Caron Nuit de Noël beside her marble bath tub.
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Several bottles of Caron perfumes can be seen in the beauty department. Two types of bottles are displayed: one is made all of glass, with tall rectangular stopper; the other is made of dotted glass with gold fluted stopper. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell what scents they contain. On the contrary, we know the black bottle in the box is Nuit de Noël, a floral fragrance created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1922.
The unique tassel box of Caron Nuit de Noël can be seen on the dressing table of Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange).
The oriental floral fragrance, created by Ernest Daltroff and launched in 1922, is mentioned in Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh and was among Marilyn Monroe’s favourite scents.