Here She Is: The Dragon Lady!

This morning’s post about the new exhibits at the Westport Historical Society included a passing reference to The Dragon Lady.

Several readers commented — quickly and excitedly. They saw her often at Compo Beach, and remembered her floppy hat, black bouffant do, animal print outfits and high heels.

Of course, they wanted to see the photo I mentioned.

It’s hanging on the WHS wall, as part of the Larry Silver exhibit. (The official name is “Woman With Straw Hat, Compo Beach 1985.”)

And now here it is too, on “06880”:

(Copyright Larry Silver, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)

Here are 2 more of my favorites. “Boy Standing on Swing” evokes the original Compo playground …

Larry Silver - Boy Standing on Swing

… while “Dancing on the Jetties” shows that while fashions have changed since 1979, kids at the beach have not.

(All copyright Larry Silver photos courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)

Larry Silver’s Westport Historical Society exhibit includes much more than just Compo Beach. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m.

10 responses to “Here She Is: The Dragon Lady!

  1. Boy does that bring back memories 🙂 She used to come into Selective Eye often…We got a real kick out of her outfits and her unique look. She was always very friendly and quite a character…I haven’t thought of her in years! Thanks for posting this Dan…Wish I could see the exhibit, but it is just a bit too far from Southern Ca. Maybe he will put together a book?

  2. Kathie Bennewitz

    There are catalogs on sale at the Westport Historical Society of the 1985 Westport-Weston Art Council of his Westport images and and signed copies of Suburban Visions, the catalog of Larry’s CT work exhibited at his son’s gallery in 2007.

    Great posted comments and memories…Thanks Dan!

  3. Claudia Schattman

    Are copies of prints available for purchase?

  4. Jeff Giannone

    Dan, rather than refer to her as “Dragon Lady”, which might be considered disrespectful to her family, I thought I would tell you more about her. Her name was Leonora Meagher although she was quite flamboyant, she was also the very kind and friendly mother of Michelle and Marla Meagher. If memory serves she was possibly of Cunan decent and I believe highly regarded as a dancer. Her husband Lee served in the Navy and later became corporate council for Mobile Oil. I was very close friends with both the daughters. I know her daughter Michelle lives in Easton, it may be interesting to do a little more research as I’m sure many in town who remember her might be interested. She was certainly one of the many great characters who lived in Westport. Thanks

  5. Joanne Lupton

    Any way you could add a date with each of these pictures so that those of us who are no longer in Westport (Texas for example) and can’t get to the gallery could scientifically determine that we are not the girl in the shower at Compo Beach (although we would like to think we were). Perhaps Larry Silver could expand the interactive aspect of his art (which I think is wonderful) to subscribers to your blog (Dan) or even to posting on Facebook. I bet we would get a fill in of all the subjects’ names in short order! Thanks, Joanne (Staples 62).

  6. arline gertzoff

    I too found the reference to Ms. Meagher as the “Dragon Lady” very offensive. She was however known by many in my era as” Bubbles.”.Despite her flamboyant persona she was a lovely lady who doted on her children. She often bought things for her children at the old Franklin Simons and my late mother waited on her. She never lost her showgirl style. and brightened up the scenery at Compo. Also the Post office facility opening on Ketchum Street is just a place for postboxes not a post office to buy a stamp or mail a package.It replaces the portable unit in the now emply plaza.

    • Peter Gambaccini

      I remember Ms. Meagher quite vividly; it would be difficult not to. I know that in telling friends about life in Westport, I’ve even mentioned her. I didn’t know her full name, nor that nickname. I always heard her referred to as Lee. I do recall her at the beach, sometimes more or less posing on one of those rock jetties. But the first time I ever saw her was actually in church, in the pew in front of mine, dressed more floridly and brightly than was customary for such an occasion. I had a view of her for the duration of the service, which made it far less tedious than usual.

  7. i also remember Mrs. Meager. She came to the bank I worked at. She was always a joy to interact with. She showed respect to those who waited on her. She was a special lady and she could teach many women to be a lady. Her daughters also charming ladies.