289 posts categorized "HISTORY"

Aug 15 2014
Mantiques: Cake Suckers Cary Grant & Randolph Scott Comments (0)

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Closer-than-close butt buddies Cary Grant (January 18, 1904—November 29, 1986) and Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898—March 2, 1987) celebrating their birthdays in the early '30s.

Wonder if they took turns blowing out the candles?

Name that beard!

 
Aug 14 2014
Judy, Judy, Judy! Comments (0)

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Judy Garland never got to write her memoirs (imagine what she'd have said!), but Randy L. Schmidt has helpfully done the next best thing in gathering all of her most important and interesting interviews and encounters from throughout her short life.

Judy Garland on Judy Garland (A Cappella/Chicago Review Press, $28.95) is an invaluable collection of first-person information on Garland, including exhaustive transcriptions of interviews.

The first exchange I saw upon opening the volume:

Judy-Garland-Gypsy-Rose-LeeGypsy Rose Lee: “I was just telling Judy Garland that I wish she wouldn't diet so much and get so thin. Not that you don't look wonderful on television, but even when you put on a little weight, your legs stay lean.”

Judy Garland: “Yes, well, I just demand that they stay lean. They have to get around so much. They're a moving target.”

Gypsy Rose Lee: “You have wonderful legs!”

Judy Garland: “Yes, well, they're straight. I think that's the thing. [Laughs] They're just legs, you know!”

That's like saying this is just a book!

 
Aug 12 2014
Mantiques: Teen Idols Comments (0)

Andy-Gibb

Another visit to Bob Deutsch's vault turns up three vintage teen heartthrobs, preserved forever hot! Above is Andy Gibb (March 5, 1958—March 10, 1988), who died less than a week after his thirtieth birthday. Bob was one of only two photographers allowed on the carpet of the Saturday Night Fever (1977) premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater, and were also allowed into the after-party. Bob says:

“EVERYBODY was there: Cher, the Bee Gees, 'Laverne' and 'Shirley,' Scott Baio, etc.”

Keep reading for Travolta and a '60s flashback...

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Aug 08 2014
Chexytoons: Moorehead, Mo' Problems Comments (0)

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Via Chexy Decimal.

 
Aug 07 2014
Need To Know: Gran Gesture + Spreading News + Even Worse Porn Acting + Honestly Racist Abe + Russ Meyer, Ferrell Cat + Side-Piece Speaks + Ruff Stuff + MORE! Comments (0)

Metrosource NY Cheyenne JacksonJackson: “I was wrong. I was bad. I was dirty.”

*widget boy cultureCheyenne Jackson on Love is Strange and calling his friends by their grannies' names.

*widget boy cultureEbola is hard to get. MERS and SARS are not. Will one be the next big pandemic?

*widget boy cultureTyra Banks impersonating Lindsay Lohan is the Bravo version of a pandemic. Marilyn-Burns-Texas-Chainsaw-Massacre

*widget boy cultureIf you like gay porn, you'll like this.

*widget boy cultureBedbugs hit NYC subways.

*widget boy cultureFirst Ladies team up on educating girls in Africa.

*widget boy cultureTexas Chain Saw Massacre star Marilyn Burns dies @ 65.

*widget boy cultureWas Abe Lincoln a racist?

*widget boy cultureWill Ferrell really does need to play Russ Meyer!

Giphy RussMeyer Tumblr_mjgkbis8Vv1qfoopyo2_400My exploitation director has a last name; it's M-E-Y-E-R!

*widget boy cultureNYC's Boots & Saddle to close.

*widget boy cultureStar Wars theme park is not far, far away. Beyonce3

*widget boy cultureJay-Z's side piece raps about Beyoncé.

*widget boy cultureHillary out-namedrops Colbert.

*widget boy cultureAnti-gay activists sue Houston for not being anti-gay.

*widget boy culturePost piece on black men and HIV was full of lies.

*widget boy cultureSen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) flees DREAMers, lies about why.

*widget boy cultureLORD, SHEPHERD SHALL NOT WANT: Surrogate's baby pops.

*widget boy cultureNYC face-slasher charged with hate crime.

*widget boy cultureSweet, though I wouldn't have a former dog-fighting dog near my baby.

*widget boy cultureRyan Kwanten in his swimsuit is heaven.

RYAN-KWANTENWatery rave

 
Aug 06 2014
Need To Know: Hepburn Notice + Filth & Wisdom + Madge's Vadge + Target Hits Bull's-Eye With Marriage Stance + Give Her Tonight + MORE! Comments (0)

HipnBThe film will focus on early-years androgynous and late-years cranky Kate.

*widget boy cultureIndie Katharine Hepburn biopic is being readied.

*widget boy cultureCity Councilwoman heckled as “filth” because she's a lesbian.

*widget boy cultureAmerican general shot to death in Afghanistan.

*widget boy cultureHappy early Madonna's birthday: A hint of P!

*widget boy cultureIs there a Dr. Madonna in the house?

*widget boy cultureON TARGET: Target is now pro-marriage equality.

*widget boy culture“New Snowden” leaks U.S. spying secrets.

*widget boy cultureHe did not have sex with that woman.

*widget boy cultureAll '70s kids should be dead by now.

*widget boy cultureAYER's “Fight Your Fire” is new and free.

*widget boy cultureLaverne Cox applauds 1st trans talk-show host...Conan O'Brien.

*widget boy cultureAlmost nekkid in the locker room.

*widget boy cultureTour busses collide in Times Square.

*widget boy cultureAdore Delano bloopers. Plus, she covers one of my fave songs ever: 

 
Aug 05 2014
Mantiques: Richard Hatch Comments (0)

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My pal Bob Deutsch shot Richard Hatch (b. May 21, 1945)—one of the world's most stunning actors in history, no?—after he'd left his gig on All My Children (1971) and had taken over for Michael Douglas (b. September 25, 1944) on The Streets of San Francisco (1976—1977). He had gotten to know Hatch from the soap days, so he also shot him over the course of two hours in Central Park, sigh.

One more eye-popping portrait after the jump...

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Aug 04 2014
I'd Still Say Yes: A Review Of Lee Grant's I SAID YES TO EVERYTHING Comments (0)

Lee-GrantGrant on CBS Sunday Morning today

“'Fuck the Pope!' I screamed in childbirth. And fuck the Taliban who behead their women for baring their heads, and fuck the crazy Orthodox Jews taking land away from a people so like themselves and for teaching nothing but myths. Fuck them for making proud Lenny Bruce crawl. Fuck them all!”—Lee Grant, I Said Yes to Everything (2014)

Lee-GrantLee Grant's (b. October 31, 1925, or maybe 1926?) new memoir I Said Yes to Everything (Blue Rider, $28.95) is as absorbing a read as I've had in years, a self-reflective, unapologetically feminist tour de force sprinkled with just enough Hollywood revelations to make you feel both enlightened and titillated without ever feeling preached to or guilty for craving gossip.

BOY CULTURE RATING: **** out of ****

Grant has always excelled at playing neurotics, so it wasn't surprising to me that she self-identifies as having...issues...in the book, but I was taken aback by just how frankly and intelligently she discusses the hang-ups that have limited her (especially her career) in several ways—her worries about her age (some sources put her at 88, others a few years younger), about looking beautiful enough for casting directors (she had a facelift in the '50s at age  31!), about being able to remember her lines (after the jump. watch her recall the incident that ended her celebrated stage career), about being a good mother, wife, person.

CHECK OUT MY ENCOUNTER WITH LEE GRANT HERE

Mulhollanddrive11Instead of being a linear cataloguing of every project she's ever done—no mention of Columbo (1971), The Spell (1977), Backstairs at the White House (1979), For Ladies Only (1981), Dr T. and the Women (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001) or her last-ever movie Going Shopping (2005)—the book instead is an intensely personal remembrance of how she Leegrantcolumbo71came to be the person she is, the things that gave her joy, the things that perplexed her about life, her embarrassingly short-sighted mistakes, her wise choices.

Most movingly, Grant reveals herself to be an expert at observing others (real people and characters on the page) and summing them up with breathtaking sincerity, sometimes humorously, sometimes unsparingly, but without cruelty.

Achingly, Grant recalls her mother, Witia, and her aunt Fremo as a pair of fun-loving kindred spirits who doted on her, who believed she was God's gift, and who taught her the beauty of being a woman, and of being herself, a lesson she would need to re-learn after a painfully restrictive early marriage to much-0lder control freak and Communist Arnie Manoff (April 25, 1914—February 10, 1965) left her ego decimated and led to her being blacklisted from working in film or on TV for a dozen years.

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She writes glowingly of her gifted daughter, Dinah Manoff (b. January 25, 1958), but also reveals how rocky their relationship was for 15 years. Things were even worse with an adopted daughter, Belinda, whom she admits to outright buying, with her producer husband Joey Feury (b. circa 1936), in Thailand:

“The doorbell rang, and a shortish man stood in the doorway with what looked like a two-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl, one under each arm. Joey checked them out and said, 'We'll take her. Let's have lunch!' We had met our daughter...The little girl's mother met us in a park near the hotel, bringing two fair-haired, fair-skinned sons with her...I asked her about [the little girl's] father. 'I don't know,' she said. 'I don't remember.' She was Dd645865fee7af50133690df54b40ee8pleasant and ordinary and matter-of-fact. We gave her five hundred dollars; she gave me Lindah.”

And in case you're worried it's all about Grant's family, there are unforgettable speed-portraits of everyone from Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932—March 23, 2011) to “cunt!” Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920—January 14, 2006) to Bruce Willis (b. March 19, 1955) to “fish-headed” David Gest (b. May 11, 1953).

BroadwaybrawlerWillis screwed Grant over—big-time—when he pulled out of her film Broadway Brawler in the '90s.

Grant sums up her work impressionistically, and almost always to underscore a life lesson learned or to ruminate on her motivations as an actor, director, artist. The book is a must-read for thesps.

Airport-Lee-GrantThe camp classic Airport '77 (1977) takes flight in just a few lines:

“My character was a brittle rich woman married to Christopher Lee (of Dracula fame); she is not someone you want around in an emergency. Olivia de Havilland is traveling with a black female companion (whom she later saves, of course). My old friend George Furth was there, too, playing a cranky person.”

She doesn't give us all the behind-the-scenes details of the making of that (or any) film, but instead uses an anecdote about de Havilland's excitement at drowning on screen to make light of her own diva attitude (Grant sheepishly admits she'd demanded a body double). Our heroine wound up doing the drowning scene herself, having been shown up by the older Hollywood legend's professionalism and curiosity, even that late in her silver-screen journey.

Still-of-sidney-poitier-and-lee-grant-in-in-the-heat-of-the-night-(1967)With good pal Sidney Poitier (b. February 20, 1927) in In the Heat of the Night

08-shampooGrant's career trajectory was offbeat, starting like gangbusters with a raved-about stage debut and an Oscar nomination for her first film [1951's Detective Story, in which she could be playing the mother of Cyndi Lauper (b. June 22, 1953)], getting sidetracked by a long stint on the Blacklist for refusing to name names to the House Un-American Activities Committee, and then a mixture of high-class classics like In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Landlord (1970), Shampoo (1975) and low-brow dreck like Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981). Of the latter, she writes of young Michelle Pfeiffer (b. April 29, 1958) excitedly talking to a co-star about how her vegetarian diet was affecting her bowel movements.

Chan4Why did she do this offensive, inane piece of shit? She had a yen for paying her rent!

The ping-ponging from success to failure is relatable, and is related with warmth and with regret. Finding out she was still struggling financially in her fifties, post-Oscar, is illuminating, as is her recounting of how she re-invented herself whenever reality demanded it.

Most charmingly to me, Grant doesn't hesitate to say when she doesn't remember something, even things she could have Googled and pretended to remember perfectly. This is sorely lacking in so many other Hollywood memoirs. I mean, who believes that Shelley Winters remembered specific meals she had with people in the '50s? Okay, maybe.

In short, this memoir is dazzling. Don't miss it.

Keep reading for a clip of Grant talking about Peter Falk's inability to save her when she needed saving...

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