Shirley Ritts (October 28, 1920 – February 24, 2008) was an American interior designer whose company helped to popularize rattan furniture in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Ritts was the mother of photographer and music video director, Herb Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002).
Shirley Ritts was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 28, 1920. Her father was an ophthalmologist. She married her husband, Herb Ritts (senior) in 1950, who happened to own a furniture company at the time. The Ritts Company benefited from the popularity of rattan furniture during the post-World War II era. Herb Ritts acted as the company's furniture designer, while Shirley was in charge of sales and marketing. The couple had four children whom they raised in a 27 room Spanish-style house in Brentwood, California.
Shirley Ritts assisted with the set design on Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii, in which she used rattan furniture and Polynesian design. Ritts often traveled extensively once her company introduced a line of high-end acrylic furniture.
- "Passings: Shirley Ritts, Designer, mother of Herb Ritts". Los Angeles Times. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-07.[dead link]
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