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Feb 20 2017
ABA DABA HONEYMOON Period: Actor Carleton Carpenter On His Unfulfilled WWII Gay Love Story, Losing Debbie Reynolds & Cary Grant's Visit To His Dressing Room Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef017c31b0e17a970bCarleton Carpenter in fall 2012 (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

“You know, you and I are gonna be singin' 'Aba Daba Honeymoon' when we're both a hundred years old!”

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So said the late, great Debbie Reynolds to her duet partner and movie co-star Carleton Carpenter over 60 years ago, and while their final performance of the tune together was in 2012 (when she was 80 and he 86), she was right in that their indelible rendition of that old chestnut in the 1950 film Two Weeks with Love was prominently mentioned in every one of Debbie's adoring obituaries. That unforgettable performance only happened thanks to the ingenuity of “Carp,” who recalls duping his boss into thinking it had been his own idea.

Last Live Perf of “Aba Daba Honeymoon” at 5:21: 

“That was a whole big ruse,” the 90-year-old actor recalls in a phone interview from his Warwick, New York, home. “I found that sheet music in a pile on top of a piano on the set of the movie, dug that out and thought it would be fun. I put that sheet of music back underneath the whole pile with a little corner hanging out and I waited about two and a half days until Jack Cummings, who was the producer, was on his way in. I got Deb over and I pulled this out and there was someone playing the piano there and I said, 'Don’t bother with any of the beginning stuff, just start here,' and we jabbered away. He came in and walked over to where we were singing and he said, 'You know —' it was hard to keep a straight face! — 'That would be a good number for the two of you…' And I said with the straightest face ever, 'Reallllly?' The rest is history.”

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 12.48.33 PMCarpenter & Reynolds performing “Aba Daba Honeymoon” at a Busby Berkeley Thalians tribute in 1971

Carpenter, not a household name except in the households of true cinephiles, has nonetheless Scan 5made history more than once in his 70-plus-year career, starting with the unprecedented chart success of “Aba Daba Honeymoon” and continuing with his work in early TV, spectacular runs on Broadway and Off- (he took over the lead in the original production of The Boys in the Band), his nonchalant handling of his bisexuality and, now, the publication of his detail-packed memoir, The Absolute Joy of Work: From Vermont to Broadway, Hollywood and Damn Near 'Round the World (BearManor Media, $24.95).

With typical humility, Carpenter chalks up his success to luck and pursuing an acting career with the naïveté of a kid from Vermont who showed up in Times Square 100% convinced he was right for the part — any part, some part.

He says he got his first Broadway show, Bright Boy, fresh off the bus one frigid January in 1944 at age 17. He picked up Actor's Cues for a nickel, went somewhere to grab a bite and found his calling. “They were looking for 17-to-20-year-old guys for a play and I thought, 'I’ll just go get that after lunch.' I got over there and they said it was on the top floor and when I got up there, you heard them rumble from the room and the door opened and the guy was leading somebody out the door and I was there and he said, 'You’re too old!' and took the other actor down. A guy sitting there grabbed the bottom of my heavy winter coat and said, 'They told me the same thing six months ago… and I’m still reading for the part!'”

Scan 4Carpenter & Michael Dreyfus in Bright Boy (Image via Carleton Carpenter)

That did it. “Off came the coat and I scrunched down behind several people and smoked three or four cigarettes and probably 35 or 40 minutes later the same guy with the slate board in his hand came over and said, 'Hey, you’re next.' I went in and read five different parts and they gave me the show and told me to go into the other room and read it, so I did. Then they told me they wanted me in the show, but they didn’t know what part, and could I come in the next morning? I left and was practically on top of Grand Central, so I picked up my bag and headed for my mother’s second cousin’s place. He asked me how I did and I said, 'I think I have a show.' He said, 'That’s nice.'” 

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Jan 29 2017
6-PACK — Rihanna vs. Trump The Jerk, Jerk, Jerk, Jerk, Jerk + Iranian Deported Over Ban + Giuliani Confirms It's A Muslim Ban + Trump's Diet + Debbie & Carrie's Last Good-Bye + Super Gaga! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 4.49.57 PMRihanna savages chicken-sacrificing witch Azealia Banks (Image via Instagram @badgalriri)

WIDGETRihanna attacks “immoral pig” Trump, easily puts right-wing loon Azealia Banks in her place.

WIDGETIranian PhD grad was visiting family in Tehran, heard about Trump's ban, got on the next plane — was deported.

WIDGETGiuliani, in defending Trump's Muslim ban, says it's not a Muslim ban. But confirms that's what Trump called it, and wanted.

WIDGETTrump's catastrophic eating habits — eat up, buddy!

WIDGETYou, too, can say good-bye to Debbie & Carrie:

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WIDGETLady Gaga teases Super Bowl gig with mysterious headless image. What's she got planned? I wonder:

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Jan 23 2017
GOOD MORNING To You! Comments (0)

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This is ambitious — a full-on “Good Morning” tribute that's just like the one in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain, if Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor were boyfriends (as Christopher Rice and Clay Thomson are)!

 

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Eloise Kropp doubles as Debbie ...

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Jan 06 2017
6-PACK — He's Britney's Bitch! + Carrie Makes An Ash Of Herself + Wikileaks Continues Fascist Slide + Madonna Love BAZAAR + Bachmann Slams EVIL Gays + FL Shooting — Gov. Scott Snubs Obama During Crisis! Comments (0)

WIDGETIt's official: Intel report spills the beans that Putin himself ordered U.S. election interference to benefit Comrade Trump.

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WIDGETMore on Britney Spears's new starfucking boyfriend.

WIDGETCarrie Fisher's ashes were deposited into an urn ... shaped like a Prozac pill. Plus, inside her & her mom's joint service.

WIDGETWikileaks considering publishing private info of all verified Twitter users in order to dox unfriendly voices, journalists.

WIDGETMadonna takes a dual cover of Harper's Bazaar (February 2017) for its Spring Revival Issue — flapper fabulousness:

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C1hVK4ZUUAAFiZq.jpg-largeIt's also possible the B&W image is just from inside! (Images via Harper's Bazaar)

WIDGETShooting takes place in Florida airport, people die, Gov. Rick Scott pointedly doesn't contact President Obama — contacts Trump/Pence: 

 
Jan 03 2017
6-PACK — Father Figure + Mariah Is Gay + Megyn Kelly Out-Foxed + Model Girlfriend + Sinking CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Ship + Joely On Carrie, Debbie Comments (0)

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WIDGETDid George Michael pay for a woman's IVF treatments after seeing her story?

WIDGETMariah from Sister Wives comes out as a lesbian.

WIDGETSEEING THE LIGHT: Megyn Kelly up and leaves Fox for NBC.

WIDGETGuess which ex-wife of an evil tyrant/rumored F.B. of another evil tyrant is now dating this bulge-tastic 21-year-old model:

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WIDGETBig drop in post-Trump The Celebrity Apprentice ratings; Trump remains paid producer in spite of denials, flap.

WIDGETHalf-sister Joely Fisher speaks about day-before-death texts with Carrie Fisher about age, their “frail” moms. (Hers is Connie Stevens.)



 
Jan 02 2017
Carrie: The Non-Musical Comments (0)

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One of my most reliable tipsters pointed out this interview with the late, great Carrie Fisher from 2011, assuring me it was one of her best ever. He was right.

UPDATE: Didn't realize the interviewer was later accused of some crazy sex crimes. He was acquitted.

If you're not overwhelmed by the week-long lovefest for Carrie, please take a look. She's very articulate and the interviewer is on point ...

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Oct 09 2015
Need To Know: Debbie Does Dish + Brainless Neurosurgeon + GHB DUI + For Ryan Out Loud! + Genre-Bender + Spread The Love + Swift Departure + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureDebbie Reynolds is dishing the decades-old dirt, including Scotty Bowers goss. Images

*widget boy cultureBen Carson literally thinks Jews with guns could've averted the Holocaust.

*widget boy cultureJohn Stamos uses GHB to lean out. Tumblr_nuw0syI41J1s89pd7o1_500

*widget boy cultureGee, Paul Ryan is really failing upward.

*widget boy cultureGets no hotter than THAT. Images

*widget boy cultureGenre-bending fantasy!

*widget boy culturePan? EW.

*widget boy cultureHow to guess if your kid will be gay.

*widget boy cultureLoving this bendy boy's SPREAD.

*widget boy cultureFirst teaser for that O.J. Simpson flick.

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift is taking a break?

*widget boy cultureIs it PC run amok to object to a kids' toy featuring a slave?

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Hollywood beards ...!

*widget boy cultureGay marriage came to TV October 9, 1977! Keep reading to see ...

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Dec 01 2013
Singin' In The Pain: Debbie Reynolds Fights AIDS Comments (0)
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As seen in In Touch for Men (December 1983), a Lynda Burdick snapshot of Debbie Reynolds that reveals just how early on the Hollywood legend from a more conservative era was hoofing on behalf of people with AIDS, a disease that was only a couple of years old and was considered richly deserved by a large number of Americans.
 


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