35 posts categorized "ANDY WARHOL"
Big Brother cast flips out upon learning Frankie is semi-famous.
Church cancels funeral because the deceased was gay. (No, really!)
Inspired by God, man follows church-goer into parking lot, calls him a faggot.
Jane Fonda loves sitting on Ryan Gosling's face.
Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump has no idea what he's talkin' about.
Haring/Madonna/Basquiat/Warhol, all mixed up together.
Lucille Ball would've turned 103 this week.
Amazing Silvertop house for sale; first time since '74.
Idris Elba admits his bulge isn't his.
D-bag MN café charges minimum-wage fee.
Working my way through AFI's 1998 and 2007 lists of greatest films (Entertainment Weekly's two lists—here and here—are next), I finally saw Charlie Chaplin's (April 16, 1889—December 25, 1977) Modern Times (1936), which was quite impressively engaging considering it's nearly 80 years old and mostly silent. Very funny stuff, and enhanced by Paulette Goddard (June 3, 1910—April 23, 1990), who was a strikingly and appropriately modern beauty.
Goddard's been interesting to me ever since she popped up ever so many times in The Andy Warhol Diaries, which were published after the artist's death due to hospital incompetence. Goddard was a big-screen beauty who'd retired by the '60s, but she married well [rich dudes and/or creative types—including both Chaplin and Burgess Meredith (November 16, 1907—September 9, 1997], then became a fabulous NYC socialite.
Out of curiosity, I wondered what Goddard's final role was, and it turned out to be a stint on the long-forgotten, leaden pilot for the '70s series The Snoop Sisters, which was kind of like “Miss Marple” times two, starring Helen Hayes (October 10, 1900—March 17, 1993) and Mildred Natwick (June 19, 1905—October 25, 1994). It wasn't a very distinguished performance—Goddard, still lovely, was pretty stiff for a five-times-married, fading movie star (“Norma Treat”—often misspelled in various sources as “Treet“) someone was trying to murder—but it sure is fun to watch. Along with Hayes, Natwick and Goddard, the episode features Jill Clayburgh (April 30, 1944—November 5, 2010) as Goddard's concerned daughter and appearances by a host of familiar names: Art Carney (November 4, 1918—November 9, 2003), Charlie Callas (December 20, 1927—January 27, 2011), Bill Dana (b. October 5, 1924) and Craig Stevens (July 8, 2018—May 10, 2000).
My favorite line is when Clayburgh, expressing shock that her mother isn't picking up her phone, says, “She's compulsive—she answers pay phones!” The episode also makes use of vintage Goddard footage, Sunset Boulevard-style—a scene of her screaming and attempting to flee a zombie from 1940's comedic monster movie The Ghost Breakers.
Interestingly, the episode revolves around Goddard's character writing a scandalous tell-all book. In real life, Goddard was doing a memoir with Anita Loos (April 26, 1888—August 18, 1981) until Andy Warhol poached her...but a book never happened. One reason given by those in the know was that Goddard refused to dish on her old co-stars as much as the publisher—which had paid a $50,000 advance—wanted.
Original Andy Warhol superstar and Salvador Dali protégée Isabelle Collin Dufresne, aka Ultra Violet, has lost her battle with cancer at age 78.
Dufresne appeared in a number of Warhol's films, including The Life of Juanita Castro (1965); I, a Man (1967); and **** (1967); plus several other films teeming with Warhol's clique. She had a small part in the Oscar winner Midnight Cowboy (1969).
A 2009 portrait of Dufresne by Jim Herrington
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Dufresne during the book tour for her memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol in Chicago in 1988. I can't be sure, but I believe she was one of the first celebrities I went to see at an appearance, in search of an autograph. I had read up on her, so I arrived with a lightbulb for her to sign (so it would be an Ultra Violet light) as well as an American flag (in homage to her famous flag bed sheets, a picture of which adorns her book's back cover). She was charming, if surprised at my interest. I will never forget her asking, Did you know Andy? I was like 19 years old.
Not many of the major Andy Warhol superstars are left alive...Billy Name (74), Brigid Berlin (74), Gerard Malanga (71), Baby Jane Holzer (73), Jayne County (66 or so), Joe Dallesandro (65), Holly Woodlawn (67), Mary Woronov (70—just met her!) and Viva (75) come to mind, though fans could argue forever which are the most important.
The covers of Flatt (Debbie Harry & Neil Patrick Harris) are by Hattie Stewart and are works of art in their own right.
Flatt #4 (2014) has an amazing Debbie Harry cover shot by Christina Lessa. In that image and in at least one or two of the others inside, Lessa manages to make Debbie look identical to her Rockbird self of very nearly 30 years ago, when Scavullo was capturing the Blondie frontwoman's beauty.
In the wide-ranging interview, also done by Lessa, Debbie has this to say about her late friend Andy Warhol:
“I thought that he was a genius. He did something that was crossover: he took graphic art and technical art and he merged it with fine art. This was, in part, the basic philosophy and theory of pop art. Andy Warhol, part of his genius, was that he was a very good listener. Most people are expounding and talking about their ideas, Andy, he listened.”
I love that. That is so true. I think to whatever extent I am an artist, I am of the observer variety. And yet to whatever extent I am a person, I am of the expounding variety.
The back cover is an equally impressive Neil Patrick Harris shot. He's interviewed by Stephen Colbert inside, and says of Hedwig:
LGBT Pride Month Andy Warhol auction at Christie's = “Andy's Eye Candy.”
Four insurers accused of scamming those with HIV.
X's Exene Cervenka is a right-wing conspiracy theorist gun nut.
LOOKING GOOD: Russell Tovey's shameless gun show.
Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is 100X better than the original!
Rock Hudson's senior yearbook for only $1,900.
Shirtless twins shake, nearly break, it—plural.
Only 42% of Americans believe people are born gay.
Prince Harry's ginger treasure trail.
George Michael takes a tumble in Rome.
Wrestlers showing off their goodies.
Joe the Plumber: “Guns are mostly for hunting down politicians.”
Via Ugly Ugly Emptiness (Work Unfriendly)
GREAT: Andy Warhol Museum Branch coming to NYC.
Bianca Del Rio's real reaction to winning RDR.
Pat Sajak thinks if you believe in climate change, you're an unpatriot R_C_ST.
Pennsylvania gays are already marrying.
Cher's family secrets, almost spilled.
Joe Manganiello's directorial debut, La Bare, la bares all about strippers.
Quirky star joins Jem and the Holograms flick.
Right-wing author Dinesh D'Souza pleads guilty in campaign finance case.
Brian Shimansky “On Set.”
Prince Harry up for grabs.
LIVING IN A BOX: Last Andy Warhol time capsule also up for grabs.
Zac Efron open to flashing peen in a movie.
He thinks non-discrimination = bullying. Like to kick sand in his face.
CRUEL & UNUSUAL: Execution badly botched.
Swoosie Kurtz talks about having an abortion in the '60s.
Rihanna's nips have Instagram in a tizz.