Well, that lasted for only so long. She was soon back in Hollywood, trying to make it in the movies once again. Perhaps assuming that you need a gimmick to make it big, she began wearing only black clothing and dyed her hair a deep shade of jet black. It was around that period that she picked up the nickname: the Black Dahlia.
Dahlias are not, in case you were wondering, black. She did wear dahlias in her hair – as was a fashion at the time – though some newspapers overrated her fondness for them (they literally had her wearing a crown of dahlias). Her sister claimed, “She never wore flowers all over her head only one on her ear. She always loved Hawaii and I think it made her think of that and Dorothy Lamour.”
Here’s the famous studio shot of Dorothy Lamour that might have inspired Elizabeth: