NEW YORK - Steve and Eydie. Their names went together, almost as one word, for more than 55 years. When Eydie Gorme auditioned for the original Tonight Show in 1953 she could not have known that the two-week run would last more than five years, transforming her from Big Band girl singer to one of America’s greatest pop vocalists. It was also on the Tonight Show that Gorme would meet the love of her life, co-star and future husband Steve Lawrence. Steve and Eydie married in Las Vegas in 1957 and embarked on a career as a vocal duo that would span more than five decades.
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.
Their sophisticated interpretations of the Great American Songbook garnered rave reviews as they performed in nightclubs, concert halls, television and Broadway. As rock music gained a foothold in popular culture, Steve and Eydie remained true to themselves and their audience by continuing to perform and record the music of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Irving Berlin. Throughout the 1960s Eydie also had a successful solo career marked by the Top Ten single Blame It on the Bossa Nova. Her fluency in Spanish made for a smooth transition onto the Latin charts, and she enjoyed tremendous popularity in Latin America after the release of her hit album Amor.
From the Estate of Eydie Gorme. Platinum and Diamond Ring, 15.44 carats, I color, VS2 clarity. Estimate $200,000-300,000.
Eydie’s love and appreciation of diamonds is evidenced in her beautiful collection of jewelry, gifts from her husband to mark special occasions, including the rivière necklace of more than 60 carats for their 25th wedding anniversary. Eydie dreamed of owning a diamond in every shape, and when she received her 15.44 carat pear-shaped diamond ring the couple fondly nicknamed it “The Enterprise.” The other diamonds in the collection include an emerald-cut Harry Winston stone of 17.40 carats, a marquise-shaped D color, Internally Flawless diamond ring and a 5 carat round diamond in a polished gold mount.
From the Estate of Eydie Gorme. (left) Platinum and Diamond Ring, Harry Winston, 17.40 carats, J color, SI1 clarity. Estimate $350,000-450,000. (middle) Platinum and Diamond Ring, 7.51 carats, D color, Internally Flawless. Estimate $350,000-450,000. (right) Platinum and Diamond Necklace. Estimate $250,000-350,000.
Lawrence once gifted Gorme with a gold jeweler’s loupe lovingly engraved, “To Flawless, love VVS2,” further testament to one of the great, enduring romances in show business history.