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Teddi’s father thought this was a “mans world,” so it was only natural when she was born to be named “Teddy.” Defining her life was being a close knit twin, the not so roaring twenties, the depressing depression, going to work in her first pair of high heels at the age of thirteen selling millinery for twenty cents an hour.
The highlight of her life was meeting her wonderful Sam who proposed to her within an hour on their first date—making her a war bride six months later. Since it was evident that fashion was Teddi’s forte at the age of four, she became a designer in the apparel business.
In 1960 Teddi grabbed Sam’s hand and moved to Beverly Hills—swimming pools at night, movie stars at Gelson’s, and bow blouses at full price. Sambo officially changed Teddi’s name with an “I”—he thought she was too feminine to have a masculine name. They went in to their own company, named “Teddi of California.” It took seven hard years before they made a profit, turning their company into a $35 million-dollar success story.
At Teddi they left on the crest of the wave—after twenty-five years they were ready to retire. There was so much they wanted to do. Unfortunately, the dreadful Parkinson’s disease put a crimp in their plans. Sam spent twelve years putting up a fight before he had to go—he never complained. Her wonderful Sambo was a ‘man of all seasons.’ Teddi stayed close to home, chronicling their lives in this remarkable rags to riches story.
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