BORN: 8/11/62, Memphis, TN
INDUCTED: 2003, 85-percent majority
CNN has presented several news anchors and reporters with top-flight hair over the years, but few caught the eye of Hair Fans quite like Natalie Allen. She arrived at the Atlanta headquarters from Orlando, and proceeded to impress viewers by displaying "anchor hair" in every positive sense of the term.
Allen showed a variety of styles, through about a decade at CNN. Hair Fans enjoy debating which one was her best -- whether neck-length or a bit below the shoulders, whether with bangs on the forehead or without. Whatever Allen chose, she wore it well. Blessed with extra-thick strands, they held obediently to any adjustment she made -- and held especially tightly when she was on-camera, or wore her style close to the eyes.
Allen was the top-ranking person from CNN's main channel to place in the Super-Hair Ultimate 50 list, at #7. Many were disappointed when she left the news business, to train newscasters part-time for an Atlanta company. But Allen returned to the air in July 2003 on the program "Extra," then became a freelance reporter for MSNBC in early 2004. Countless Hair Fans hope she'll stay before public cameras for a long time to come.
FOR MORE PICTURES OF HER STYLES: The "CNN Babes" group
FOR ONLINE VIDEO OF HER STYLES: The University of Southern Mississippi
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ALLEN: The Memphis Flyer
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