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Directed by Jyll Johnstone, "Hats Off" follows the actress over the course of a decade, including interviews with her children (daughter Sarah, her husband and children live in Weddell's Upper East Side flat), sessions in the dance studio (she takes ballet and tap lessons) and trips to Elizabeth Arden, where she has her hair done three times a week. The 93-year-old Boston native (and Mayflower descendant) offered her words of wisdom to WWD.
Why hats are "the only romantic thing left in life": "You put on a hat and you change your whole being and outlook. Even if I just go to Gristedes, I couldn't do it without a hat. I think [my hairdresser] Raoul at Arden's wonders. He'll whisper, 'Are you going to put on a hat when you go out?' I pretend I don't hear him. I have wispy hair. The slightest bit of wind, if it blows, you age about 20 years because of the wisps."
On being noticed: "A couple of times this year a photographer will shoot me the entire way on the street....I think it's because I walk slower. I walk with a cane. I don't necessarily look as though I had spent the day finding the perfect suit to wear. I'm always a little helter-skelter."
What men want: "They respond to ankles. Especially if you have a long skirt and it shows the ankle. I will wager men will look more at that ankle than they will with somebody who has a skirt up way above their knees."