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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Fiesta Dinner Playhouse

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Pierre Duval Hair Studio collection, 1958-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pierre Duval Hair Studio (San Antonio, Tex.)
Title: Pierre Duval Hair Studio collection
Dates: 1958-1997
Creator Abstract: The Pierre Duval Hair Studio was opened by Jesse Duval Arrambide and Robert Pierre Teander in San Antonio, Texas in the early 1970s. For their collaboration with the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse in San Antonio owned by actor Earl Holliman, Jesse and Robert became known as the "hairdressers to the stars." In addition to visiting actors appearing at the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse, many Fiesta queens and their families relied on Pierre Duval Hair Studio.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of albums containing photographs and playbills from the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse, autographed stills of actors, as well photographs taken at the home of Jesse and Robert.
Identification: MS 425
Extent: 4.5 linear feet (5 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical Note

The Pierre Duval Hair Studio was opened by Jesse Duval Arrambide and Robert Pierre Teander in San Antonio, Texas in the early 1970s. For their collaboration with the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse in San Antonio owned by actor Earl Holliman, Jesse and Robert became known as the "hairdressers to the stars." They styled and coiffed the hair of such notable talents as Don Ameche, Gary Burghoff, Sandy Dennis, Joan Fontaine, Van Johnson, Dorothy Lamour, Roddy McDowell, Lana Turner, and many more. "Hairdressers to the Stars" was Pierre Duval's business motto and they used the phrase in all their advertising. In addition to visiting actors appearing at the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse, many Fiesta queens and their families relied on Pierre Duval Hair Studio to deliver elegant and often elaborate coiffures.

Jesse Duval Arrambide (1921-2009) was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1921. He moved with his family to Wisconsin and later, Chicago. A World War II Purple Heart recipient, Arrambide went on to become a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios who appeared on television and went on nationwide tours for the studio. Arrambide went into hairdressing and was known as a master stylist who specialized in wigs. Often while working as a professional stylist, dancer, and actor, Jesse used Duval as his last name.

Robert Pierre Teander (1938-2013) was born in Chicago, Illinois. Robert met Jesse while dancing at Arthur Murray dance studio in Chicago. Jesse and Robert moved to San Antonio in the 1970s and opened Pierre Duval Hair Studio. Known as the hair dressers to the stars, Arrambide and Teander served as stylists for the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse, a dinner theater owned by actor Earl Holliman from 1977-1983. Teander, an army veteran, was a member of two San Antonio gay social organizations, the Primetimers and Alamo Business Council.

Sources:

  • "Robert Pierre and Jess Duval Hair Dressers of the Stars" Fiesta Dinner Playhouse program, undated, MS 425, UTSA Libraries Special Collections
  • Jess Arrambide obituary, San Antonio Express-News.May 10, 2009 (accessed May 15, 2014)
  • Robert Teander obituary, San Antonio Express-News.April 14, 2013 (accessed May 15, 2014)

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of albums containing photographs and playbills from the Fiesta Dinner Playhouse . Photographs capture the actors, cast, and sets of the Playhouse which was open from 1977 through 1983. The collection contains autographed photographs from actors, both prominent and little-known. Many actors starring at the Playhouse attended dinners and parties at the home of Robert and Jesse and photographs capture these gatherings. Also in the collection are correspondence, personal photographs, and clippings. One scrapbook is comprised of photographs and clippings collected when Jesse and Robert attended Arthur Murray dance studio in Chicago. The Pierre Duval Hair Studio collection is divided into three series: Fiesta Dinner Playhouse, Personal, and Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

The Fiesta Dinner Playhouse series is comprised of albums containing photographs of cast members and support staff, Jess Arrambide and Robert Teander working at the playhouse as stylists, photographs of cast dinners at Jess and Robert's home, and playbills.

The Personal series is comprised of photographs of Jess and Robert at home and abroad, cards, correspondence, clippings, and assorted theater programs.

The Arthur Murray Dance Studio series contains professional stills and other photographs of Jesse Duval while he worked for Arthur Murray. Group photographs capture Robert and Jesse with others at the dance studio. Also included are clippings about competitions.

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Organization of Collection

Fiesta Dinner Playhouse
Personal
Arthur Murray Dance Studio

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

This collection is currently housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Chicago, Ill.)
Fiesta Dinner Playhouse (San Antonio, Tex.)
Pierre Duval Hair Studio (San Antonio, Tex.)
Personal Names
Arrambide, Jesse Duval, 1921-2009.
Teander, Robert Pierre, 1938-2013.
Holliman, Earl.
Subjects
Business--Texas--San Antonio.
Hairdressing--Texas--San Antonio.
Theater--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
Chicago (Ill.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Newspaper clippings.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Theater programs.
Local Subjects
Business
Entertainment/Entertainers

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by The Pierre Duval Hair Studio at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Pierre Duval Hair Studio collection, MS 425, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Stephen Parker in April 2014 (Accession 2014-013).

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, May 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Fiesta Dinner Playhouse

Photograph albums contain photographs of Fiesta Dinner Playhouse productions, behind-the-scenes photographs, promotional stills of actors-many autographed thanking Jesse and Robert, notes from actors, photographs taken at Pierre Duval Hair Studio and at dinner parties at the home of Jesse Arrambide and Robert Teander. Albums also include playbills for Fiesta Dinner Playhouse productions. Some albums house items from multiple productions while other albums are devoted to a single production.
Box
1 Photograph albums
The Boyfriend starring Dorothy Lamour, 1980
Neil Simon's Chapter Two, starring Jane Powell 1981
Breaking up the Act, a Ross Hunter/Jacque Mapes production, 1983
Harvey, starring Roddy McDowall, undated
The Pleasure of His Company, starring June Lockhart and Hayden Rorke, undated
A Single Indiscretion, starring Eve Arden, undated
Catch Me if You Can, starring George Maharis, 1980
Never Too Late, starring Abe Vigoda, undated
Send Me No Flowers, starring Van Johnson, 1979
Welcome Home, starring Cesar Romero, undated
There Goes the Bride, starring Martin Milner, undated
The Hasty Heart, starring James Macarthur, 1981
Box
2 The Girl in the Freudian Slip, starring Don Ameche, 1982
Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, starring Howard Hartman and Sally Spencer, 1982
Mister Roberts, starring Earl Holliman and Hayden Rorke, 1981
The Georgia Gentleman, starring Forrest Tucker, 1982
Annie Get Your Gun, starring Ann-Marie Blake and Dean Russell, undated
A Good Look at Boney Kern, starring Gary Burghoff, 1981
"Once More with Feeling, "starring Cyd Charisse, undated
I Ought to be in Pictures, starring Donald O'Connor, 1982
Murder Among Friends, starring Lana Turner, 1982
Box
3 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Ronny Graham, 1981
Butterflies are Free, starring Wesley Eure and Alison Arngrim, 1982
Las Mariposas Son Libres, starring Rita Macedo, undated
The Lion in Winter, starring Joan Fontaine, 1982
Once Upon a Mattress, starring Susan Rush and Kevin Brooks Winkler, 1982-1983
Fiddler on the Roof, starring Fyvush Finkel 1979
Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Early Holliman, Irene Tedrow, Elisha Cook, Henry Brandon, and Gertrude Flynn, 1980
Murder at the Howard Johnson's, starring Jo Anne Worley, 1980
Wait Until Dark, starring Sandy Dennis, 1980
Photographs of Jesse and Robert with celebrities, autographed stills, 1981 and undated
Box
4 The Sound of Music, starring Peggy Walton-Walker and Marshall Borden, 1980
Box
OM1 Photographs with actors, autographed stills of actors, correspondence, clippings, 1979-1982 and undated
Box
4 Photographs
Cast and support staff, sets, 1977-1983
Forum set and dress rehearsal, 1981
Autographed photographs of actors, undated
Assorted
Emergency numbers, undated
Note from Joan Fontaine, 1979

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Personal

Box
4 Photographs
Jesse and Robert at home and abroad, 1961-1963 and undated
Jesse, Robert, and others, undated
Box
OM1 Desk and Derrick Club style show with letter, 1976
Trinity theater productions, undated
Box
4 Clippings, 1977
Village Dinner Theater program, correspondence, clippings from John Rashad Kamal, 1979
Tony Bennett love stamp, 1987
Christ Lutheran Church letter to Jess and Robert, 1989
Theater programs, 1987 and undated
Cards, 1989-1997 and undated

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Arthur Murray Dance Studio

Box
4 Photographs and clippings, 1958-1976 and undated

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