“Shampoo” Supposedly Warren Beatty’s womanizing Beverly Hills hairdresser George is actually based on real hairdressers Jay Sebring, who was murdered along with Sharon Tate and others by the Manson Family in 1969, and Jon Peters, who is now a well-known film producer. Beatty co-wrote and stars in this 1975 classic comedy of sexual morality and mores revolving around a 24-hour period on the eve of the 1968 presidential election. Beatty’s preening George, who never goes anywhere without his blow-dryer, barely has enough time to cut hair because of all of the women in his life including his sweet current girlfriend Jill (Goldie Hawn), Jackie (Julie Christie) his former girlfriend who is now the mistress of the wealthy Lester (Jack Warden) whose wife Felicia (Lee Grant in her Oscar-winning turn) is George’s current mistress. Whew! And then he also manages to have a dalliance with Felicia and Lester’s teenage daughter played by pre-“Star Wars” Carrie Fisher. The blunt cut de resistance is Paul Simon’s minimalist score, topped with the Beach Boy’s “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” at the ironic fade out.
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