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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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Feb 15 2017
6-PACK — Hot-Guy Break + Malaysia's Hard-On For Conversion Therapy + Basquiat At Home + Parisian Riots + Puzder Is OUT + Paris VOGUE Breaks Ground! Comments (0)
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WIDGETABOVE: Swimmer's body. Out seeks most eligible bachelor — HELLO! Meet Khasan Brailsford.

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WIDGETMalaysian government endorses conversion therapy to combat homosexuality.

WIDGETIncredible snaps of Jean-Michel Basquiat at home in the East Village back in the day.

WIDGETRiots hit Paris over alleged rape of black man at the hands of cops.

WIDGETTrump's first Cabinet pick to NOT get confirmed won't even get a vote: Puzder out.

WIDGETParis Vogue's first trans cover:

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6-PACK — FEUD In A Nursery + Celebs Mess With Texas + Sessions Battles Trans Kids + Warren vs. Trump 2020? + Madonna's Not Retiring + Don't Tell Ana Navarro To Stop! Comments (0)

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiZeta-Jones is so, so terrible in this trailer, but I guess I'll have to watch Feud. Full trailer ABOVE. NEW SARANDON Q&A: Let's stop blaming people for Trump?!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiCelebs sign letter to Texas legislature decrying that state's anti-trans bathroom bill: Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, dozens more.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSessions has immediately stopped defending rights of trans kids. Thanks again, LGBTQ Trump voters! Heckuva job, traitors.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiDon't run the admittedly amazing Warren in 2020. Just don't. New blood, please.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiMadonna: Don't ever tell her to stop!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiSpeaking of which, Ana Navarro doesn't like being told to stop talking:

 
Feb 12 2017
6-PACK — Beyoncé, Adele, Katy Own The Grammys + Cox's Grimm Message + Trump vs. Cuban + Naked Dudes + RIP Al Jarreau Comments (0)

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6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiBeyoncé performed in the middle of the Grammys, but it may as well have been the end. Wow!

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLoved Katy Perry's & Adele's Grammys perfs:

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiLaverne Cox gives shout-out to Gavin Grimm at the Grammys. Who? Click here.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiTrump goes after Cuban, (probably) because the Post casually mentioned Cuban could run in 2020.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiNekkid dudes from all 50 states.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb08e9cf88970d-800wiJazz singer Al Jarreau dies @ 76.

 
Feb 10 2017
Boys Will Be Boys: First Trans Kid Allowed Into The Boy Scouts Comments (0)

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Listen to this 9-year-old kid talk about what it felt like to be the first trans boy allowed into the Boy Scouts.

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How anyone could want him not to be included is beyond me ...

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Feb 09 2017
6-PACK — Gay History Lesson + Thighs For Miles + Ru Spin-Off Queens + Gayest States Ever! + Clubkid Killer Arrest + And Everything IN-BETWEEN! Comments (0)

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WIDGETGet to know Henry Brandon, a Hollywood actor who played “ethnic types” and was the longtime lover of one of Judy Garland's husbands.

WIDGETMiles Teller's choice thighs aren't the only things that make this shooter's Instagram insta-gay.

WIDGETDetox, Alyssa Edwards (YAAAAS) & Laganja Estranja are getting World of Wonder spin-off shows!

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WIDGETGayest states in the U.S., from Vermont on down. Guess which state has only 2% of its inhabitants identifying as LGBTQ?

WIDGETConvicted clubkid killer Michael Alig arrested for meth.

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WIDGETKeep reading for the Paris Is Burning-esque Kings, Queens & In-Betweens trailer — it's at NewFest February 15, on VOD March 7, in theaters March 3 ...

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Feb 08 2017
6-PACK — Trump Leaks + Otterly Amazing + Hiddleston For GQ + K-Y V-Day + Ariana's Shockable Gran + Soloway's Gender Talk + The Killing Of Sister Gigi! Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 10.33.39 AMAlso, Trump has now pre-blamed the judiciary for any new terror attacks. (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

WIDGETTrump's own people are leaking that they fear he is fundamentally unfit for office.

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WIDGETTight-bodied otter. Would you like to be snowman in the middle here? Porn bottom sighting. Tom Hiddleston for GQ.

UnnamedCarter Wilson has a V-Day package for you. (Image via Carter Wilson)

WIDGETK-Y offers a load of Valentine's Day e-cards to grease the wheels of your romance.

WIDGETSo hilarious: Ariana's gays are feelin' it, her grandma is feelin' shocked by her potty mouth.

WIDGETJill Soloway's gender speech at the 2017 MAKERS Conference: “'Cute shoes' as a greeting did not work with my gender identity.”:

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Feb 03 2017
FREAKing Out: James St. James's FREAK SHOW Movie Is Coming Comments (0)

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So many gay-themed movies on the way!

If you're like me, you're interested in seeing what director Trudie Styler does with James St. James's acclaimed book Freak Show, which is about to make its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.

The Hollywood Reporter has a piece quoting Styler as saying that the head mean girl was inspired a bit by future POTUS (gag) Trump:

“He was just a rather appalling twinkle, but an amusing one at that point, running as a candidate,” says the actress, producer and wife of Sting. But Trump did prove something of an inspiration for the role of Lynette, the head cheerleader, queen bee and all-around mean girl, played by Abigail Breslin. Lynette is the chief rival to protagonist Billy Bloom, played by The Imitation Game's Alex Lawther, who decides to run for homecoming queen in a bid to change the hateful mindsets of his peers.

Trump may have looked like a joke at the time, but his slogan rather suited Breslin's antagonist. “So we picked up on this mantra and put it in the script,” says Styler.

Can't wait to see this film.

 


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