Author Gore Vidal is a co-owner of Vidal Sassoon hair salons.

He teamed up with another author, Siegfried Sassoon, and they got into the styling racket. Originally, they were going to call themselves “Siegfried and Gore,” but, there was some confrontation with the Las Vegas lion tamers, Siegfried and Roy. So, Gore, as an act of good will toward his childhood friend, Roy, came up with Vidal Sassoon. Roy has yet to repay the favor.

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