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Tales of divadom aside, celebrities can be troopers — especially when it comes to fashion. Sheets of rain didn’t put a wet blanket on actresses’ plans to wear the lightest and brightest of spring’s frocks to Sunday’s 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, a precursor to this weekend’s Oscars. Green was great and blue was beyond, but there was literally a purple rain on the soggy Shrine Auditorium carpet as Holly Hunter, Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Best Actress winner Charlize Theron stepped forth wearing the royal hue.

“Everyone always says, ‘You can’t wear the same color as other actresses,’ but I love it. I think we should all get a picture together,” declared the avant Clarkson, who also wore the color several times last year. Theron, who took a break from Oscar mania to vacation in Brazil last week, sported a tan that complemented her lilac Gucci, adapted from a short, white version from the runway. For Hunter, the color was simply the only one she hasn’t worn from Vera Wang. “This is my decade anniversary with Vera,” she said. “Because of my collaboration with her it’s always fun to get dressed up.”

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Other actresses showed signs of spring fever by pinning flowers into their softly waved updos, including Natasha Henstridge, Mariska Hargitay, Poppy Montgomery, Molly Sims and Lauren Ambrose. And still others chose floral patterns, like Marg Helgenberger (in Armani) and Andie MacDowell (in Escada). Of course, for others, it was all about what fit, and who they were wearing. New red carpet favorite Amber Tamblyn donned her first Valentino, admitting, “My stylist Todd Hallman said if I had a centimeter more bosom it wouldn’t have worked, but Valentino is one of my favorite designers and I’ve been waiting to wear one of his dresses!”

Of course, some actors remembered what the night was supposed to be about — schmoozing with their peers. Gushed “Seabiscuit” star Elizabeth Banks, “I’ve been looking up to these people my whole life. Just getting into SAG was a big deal. Now I just rubbed elbows with Clint Eastwood, and I’ll remember that forever.”

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