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->''Music up as every eye goes to the head of the stairs, the portières move and Mrs. Levi steps through, handsomely gowned, red hair done up magnificently on top of her head. She descends stairs as Waiters, etc. await her first words.''
-->-- ''Theatre/HelloDolly'', stage direction preceding title song

Maybe she's the GirlNextDoor who's just gotten a makeover, and it's time to show her family. Maybe she's the Cinderella {{Expy}} making her grand entrance at the ball. Maybe she's just finally ready for her date. So how does she ensure her entrance 'wows' everyone there?

She'll appear at the top of a wide, sweeping staircase. (Bonus points for marble banisters, fancy new carpeting, or spotlights.) She pauses a moment, either at the top or a few steps down, so everyone has a chance to take in her beauty, how nice her face is, and her elegant hair and clothes (would even involve a PimpedOutDress in older stories). Once noticed, she slowly and gracefully descends.

This is perhaps the only way to justify the camera starting at the feet and slowly panning up the figure. When wearing a dress with a long skirt, stepping down gives her a chance to show off [[NiceShoes her shoes]] and [[ShesGotLegs legs]] without being immodest.

Often, but not necessarily, combined with SheCleansUpNicely.


[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', as shown above.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' did it first... three times! First when Cinderella surprises her stepmother and stepsisters in her new pink dress (although this is [[DoomedNewClothes cruelly subverted]] just moments later, then when she meets the Prince at the ball (though this slightly differs from the traditional entrance by having her walk ''up'' the stairs rather than ''down'' the stairs), and, finally, at the end when she comes down the stairs of her home to prove the slipper is hers.
* WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}, at the very end.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' feature film ''So The Drama'' had a version with Kim on her staircase at home when she's all dressed up for prom.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa does this when Anna finds her in her IcePalace. Anna even has the traditional "[[SheCleansUpNicely Whoa, Elsa, you look... different!]] [[{{Adorkable}} It's a good different!]]" reaction in regards to Elsa's Snow Queen outfit.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Igor}}''--Eva makes her entrance just before the Evil Science Fair, complete with ShoutOut to the ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' scene.


[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* Loki in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' shows up at a museum gala in Stuttgart, Germany, strolling down a huge marble suitcase in an [[BadassInANiceSuit impeccable suit]] to the soothing strains of a string quartet. Then, in time to the quartet, he whacks a guy with his staff and stabs another in the eye.
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', when Ella enters the ball, everyone there is stunned and can't stop looking at her. At the end of the film, she gets another, less grand but no less important staircase entrance as she finally appears to the Prince as she normally is (rather than in an enchanted dress).
* Creator/JerryLewis in ''Film/{{Cinderfella}}'' shows up at the grand ball in a big entrance on a ''huge'' staircase.
* In the British comedy ''Curtain Up'' (1952) a playwright has written such a scene into her play "Tarnished Gold", only for the producer to bluntly inform her they're not building such a staircase [[AwesomeButImpractical as it wouldn't fit on stage]].
* In ''Film/EverAfter'' she makes her entrance all right (though ''up'' the stairs, not down).
* The introduction of [[FemmeFatale Mrs. Lewin Grayle]] in ''Film/FarewellMyLovely''. The scene is spoofed in the first ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie when Frank's future LoveInterest Jane trips and [[StaircaseTumble falls down the staircase instead]].
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' did this with Scarlett.
* Hermione's arrival at the Yule Ball in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' movie.
* Galadriel in the first ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film.
* Eliza's official debut at the big fancy ball in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* [[AscendedFanboy Chris Cole]] in ''Film/RockStar'': In the very beginning of the first song in his first concert with [[FakeBand Steel Dragon]], slips and [[EpicFail falls down the stairs]]. Despite a nasty head wound and possible concussion, Chris rallies and [[TheShowMustGoOn finishes the song and the concert]].
* Lainey Boggs shows off her new look after her makeover in ''Film/ShesAllThat'', although this is done on the stairs in her suburban home.
* A tragic version in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', as she's breathtakingly attractive only in her own mind--"I'm ready for my closeup, Mister Director."
** It's also a [[InvertedTrope inversion]] - it's a Grand Staircase ''Exit''.
* Rose in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''. Slight subversion in that she is dressed like this every night and has come down those stairs several times- it's the onlooker who is [[PrincessForADay a gentleman for the evening.]]
* Daphne makes several of these in ''Film/WhatAGirlWants''. They proceed from funny, to serious, to heartbreaking as her spirit is slowly broken down and she conforms to upper class British society.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Alanna and her companions do this in last ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', but it's Thayet who really steals the show--beautiful on a normal day, when she makes her grand entrance it's a sight to stun even the most jaded.
* Cat does this to Giogi in ''[[ForgottenRealms Finder's Stone]]'', descending the staircase of his townhouse in a form-fitting dress whose neckline is described as [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline "nowhere near the neck."]] Of course, she is actively trying to manipulate him and secretly working for the villain.
* In ''Literature/PetalsOnTheWind'', Cathy does this at her mother's Christmas party, intent on humiliating her for her actions in the previous book--locking her four children away in an attic room.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Visually referenced in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''... with a guy in a tux. Despite the guy in question being played by ''Creator/JensenAckles'', he assumes he looks ridiculous. Bela, on the other hand, immediately suggests they have "angry sex" once the job is over.
* Inverted in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "After Life", where Buffy descends the stairs in her house and Spike is rendered dumbstruck. In this case, it's because [[spoiler:she's been dead and buried for the past 147 days.]]
** In "Halloween", Buffy convinces ShrinkingViolet Willow to do the "coming down the staircase thing" to impress Xander, whom she has a crush on. Willow does...dressed as a BedsheetGhost, so the glamorous effect is lost.
* Alternate Universe Jackie does this at her 39th birthday party in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Rise of the Cybermen".
* Fran gets a lot of mileage out of this trope in ''Series/TheNanny''. She makes a Grand Staircase Entrance almost every time she's formally dressed.
** Maggie got one of her own, too.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ManipulativeBastard Littlefinger is visibly stunned when Sansa Stark enters this way after her EvilCostumeSwitch, marking her acceptance of her own manipulative persona. She smiles, [[CorruptTheCutie fully aware of the effect she has on him]].
* This is how the audience is introduced to the now teenaged Meggie in the miniseries ''Literature/TheThornBirds''.
* This was sent up by comic act Creator/MorecambeAndWise, who did a big Hollywood-style entrance with their guest, GrandeDame Penelope Keith. Only to discover the staircase set had not been completed and ended abruptly ten feet up. The orchestra stopped playing and, in full top hat and tails, they had to scramble down the supporting framework underneath the staircase, the bits TV viewers are not normally intended to see. The sight of the six-foot tall Miss Keith struggling down the scaffolding in a tight evening dress, aided by the two comics in top hat and tails, was hugely entertaining.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Weapon", a Clonemaster enters the foyer this way as part of the pseudo-religious trappings they've surrounded themselves with. The effect is ruined by the actress having to look down at her feet as she does so, thanks to her ImpracticallyFancyOutfit.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', Eliza makes her SheCleansUpNicely entrance on the balcony at the top of the staircase in Higgins's study.
* Dolly Levi in ''Theatre/HelloDolly!'', during the title song.
* "Beautiful Girls" in ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'' is used to introduce a parade of {{White Dwarf Starlet}}s this way.
* In the first act of ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily'', Wednesday appears at the top of the stairs just after her "normal" fiance and his parents have arrived. Not exactly grand, but the "everyone stares" bit is played straight- because she's wearing a yellow dress (identical to her normal outfit in all but color). The general reaction is one of horror rather than admiration, from everyone except her future in-laws; in a cut line from the Chicago preview, said fiance even tells her to "take that dress and burn it."
* Lampshaded in "Dear Abby" from ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'':
-->'''Spoken Stage Direction''': Abby appears at the top of a staircase. The audience applauds wildly, even though she hasn't done anything yet.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' Cinderella parody has a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081215 variation]]: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081217 The girl brings her own staircase]].
-->'''Gil:''' ''I'' was most impressed with the sight of ''you'' walking down those steps.\\
'''Agatha:''' Oh, you flatterer!\\
'''Gil:''' Especially since we never ''had'' steps there before.\\
'''Agatha:''' Yes, well. It's always nice to make a ''grand entrance'', no?
* [[color:lime:Sn]]o[[color:lime:wman]] in the ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003167 intermission]].


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* A political version was invoked by Harvey Milk when he was a councilor in San Francisco; when going through the lobby of City Hall, he always took the grand stairway instead of the elevator like the rest of city council so he would be noticed by the public and the press.