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Sep 18 2016

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Rutanya Alda's Mommie Dearest Diary gets a thorough airing by Slate, which writes exhaustively of the events leading up to the filming of Mommie Dearest, a movie about a supremely talented, nutty control freak that starred a supremely talented, nutty control freak.

From Slate:

Alda’s diary of the making of Mommie Dearest is valuable as an eyewitness account of that movie, but even if you don’t care about Mommie Dearest at all, it’s worth reading as a portrait of what it was like to be in spitting distance from fame in 1981 but to not be able to quite get there and to still have to worry about credit card bills and dressing to impress casting agents. Alda was put up by the production at the Chateau Marmont, where she shared a suite with her cat and Richard Bright, her actor husband. In between call times on the movie, which were often postponed or changed at the last minute due to delays caused by Dunaway’s preparation process, Alda walked her cat around the chateau’s pool on a leash and worried about the whereabouts and well-being of her husband, who was battling an addiction to heroin and cocaine—and spending Alda’s paychecks as fast as she could bring them home.

The piece goes on to talk about the tantalizing thought that Dunaway became Crawford during the filming:

By the end of the shoot, people on set were whispering that Dunaway had lost herself in playing Joan Crawford, that she thought she was Joan Crawford. Maybe that was true—it actually aligns with Dunaway’s own version of events—but as Alda noted, the difference was that for much of her career, until vodka and bitterness overwhelmed her, Joan was savvy enough to get exactly what she wanted on a set and have the crew walk away feeling lucky to have met and worked with her. Most members of the cast and crew of Mommie Dearest walked away vowing “never again.” At least, everyone thought, the movie will have been worth it.

Aug 16 2016
Madonna Turns 58: What 10 Other Great Ladies Were Doing @ 58 Comments (0)

What some other great dames were doing at 58:

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Apr 19 2016
What Ever Happened To Cyndi Lauper? Comments (0)

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Cyndi Lauper has a new country album to promote, and in the course of a wide-ranging interview with the pride of PrideSource, Chris Azzopardi, she had this to say about the woman to whom she has most frequently been compared and contrasted—Madonna:

You know, I always felt for me, I would've loved to do What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with her... 'cause I think that's very funny! (Laughs hysterically) ... Come on! Who do you think I'd play? I'd play Baby Jane—I'd be torturin' her. Because she's always viewed as the bad girl, you know! They'd make her the good girl and I'd be the bad one. Or (we could do Joan Crawford's 1954 western-drama) Johnny Guitar—she'd be the righteous one (laughs). But whatever. Who knows!

Cute. Fun facts: Cyndi is 62, Madonna is 57. Bette Davis was 53 and Joan Crawford was 57 during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. In spite of so much good-natured and not-so-good-natured ribbing, society's impression of older women has changed drastically. After all, Madonna is still beyond relevant and Cyndi is garnering Tonys and putting out whatever kinds of albums she likes. Both are household names.

Madonna's reaction to the idea:

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Nov 04 2015
They Had Faces Then ... And Bob Deutsch Photographed Them Comments (0)


My pal Bob Deutsch has taken some truly incredible, intimate images of celebrities in public over the decades, some of which are the only photographs from various moments and days in the lives of top stars. He has incredibly intimate shots of Carol Burnett and Barbra Streisand, mainly because he pursued and photographed them as a true fan, back when they were just starting.

If you're in Fort Lauderdale, don't miss his exhibition—the pictures tell so many stories.

Sep 04 2015
Need To Know: I Am NOT One Of Your TRANS! + Kris Jenner's 1st Time At The Rodeo + Don't Fuck With Gay Marriage, Fellas! + No Deleted E-mails EVER! + Barbara, Rest In Peace + As Usual, Joe Biden Has The Last Word + MORE! Comments (0)

Kaitlyn-caitlyn-jenner-pornCaitlyn was saddened to learn many trans girls have to do sex work. Well ... try this on for size.

*widget boy cultureSHOCKER: Trans porn studio takes on Caitlyn Jenner. (Work Unfriendly) Images

*widget boy cultureKris Jenner's first run-in with Caitlyn Jenner.

*widget boy cultureKim Davis could be in jail a long, long time.

*widget boy culture“Ron Swanson” says Kim is a terrible coworker.

*widget boy cultureXavier Dolan is F hot

*widget boy cultureDrowned Syrian toddler's dad: Nothing left to live for.

*widget boy cultureHunky Cody Deal hikes in tights. (Tight ones.)

*widget boy cultureJoe Biden isn't sure he/his fam can handle another White House run.

*widget boy cultureHillary Clinton's associate testified no work e-mails destroyed.


*widget boy cultureI love Cate Blanchett, too, but ewwwww. Images

*widget boy cultureKids duct-taped to chair, forced to watch Mommie Dearest!

*widget boy cultureSomeone who's been bred by Tom Hardy

*widget boy cultureIncredible Robyn cover will tug tears outta you.

*widget boy cultureHot men of the U.S. Open.

*widget boy cultureThis could turn gay foodies straight.

*widget boy cultureNew Janet Jackson single.

*widget boy cultureBarbara Brecht-Schall dies @ 84.

*widget boy culture15th-anniversary edition of (amazing) gay flick Big Eden. Images


Dec 02 2014
Exciting And Old Comments (0)


Via Joan Crawford Babylon: Great image that gets at what might've been, for better or for worse.

Nov 12 2014
Barbara's Pleased: Don't Miss John Epperson As Lypsinka (And As John Epperson) In LYPSINKA: THE TRILOGY Comments (0)



A 28-year-old friend of mine who is the perfect man and would get a proposal of marriage from me if it weren't for the fact that I'd have to pay him to get naked for me said to me recently, when I invited him to see Lypsinka, “Am I a bad gay if I don't wanna see a drag show?”

Well, yes, yes, he is.

But not because he isn't into drag—so much of it is stale. He's a bad gay for thinking Lypsinka is a drag show. John Epperson's Lypsinka is more in the performance-art vein. And besides that, she's not a drag show...currently, she's three.

Lypsinka: The Trilogy is now playing on NYC's Lower East Side at The Connelly Theater. On alternating nights, the Queen of Drag Queens is performing Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford and John Epperson: Show Trash, three very different shows with very little overlap but lots of overlip.


Judith Anderson Polly Bergen Arthur Blake Joan Crawford Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland Sandra Dee Phyllis Diller Ruth Draper Frances Faye Penny Fuller Judy Garland Dolores Gray T.C. Jones Gisele MacKenzie Fay McKay Ethel Merman Agnes Moorehead Kay Stevens Dorothy Squires Kim Stanley Gloria Swanson Natalie Wood

Lypsinka-legsThe first, and best, is Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, approximately 90 minutes' worth of Lypsinka in her robotically glamorous prime (she's even better as a man of a certain age playing a woman of a certain age than he was when he did it as a youngster), gliding across the stage and expertly mouthing a complicated soundtrack made up of obscure songs from musical theater and instantly recognizable soundbites from film, TV and the theater. His lip-synching style is so leisurely it becomes hypnotic. He never overemotes; rather, he simply parts his lips and lets the sounds seem to emerge from within. His best weapons are his eyes (the gams are still in working order, too—see inset), which light up the stage with shock, existential angst and/or malevolence, as each sonic snippet demands.

Also compelling is The Passion of the Crawford, the lioness's share of which consists of Epperson and Steve Cuiffo or Scott Wittman recreating Crawford's legendary 1973 Town Hall interview, in which she tweaks Bette Dvis, verbally spanks Marlon Brando, talks parenting and almost has a rolling orgasm while commenting on Greta Garbo. Lypsinka's visual adlibs, affecting expressions Crawford didn't but should have made, are delicious. She then segues into a somewhat dreary sequence of Crawford camp-earnestly reciting a religious text, but it comes to an end with a fantasmagoric remix of some of Crawford's famous lines as well as elements of the Town Hall Q&A that has to be seen to be believed. (If you're into latter-day Crawford, don't miss this video!)

JohnEppersonCompleting your set is John Epperon: Show Trash, in which Lypsinka fades to black so that Epperson himself can shine—and shine he does, as an outstanding pianist and inimitable singer. He offers original compositions that illustrate the trajectory of his life from Southern sissy to big-city sensation, as well as a few lip-synching interludes as a nod to his alter ego. (In an odd tribute to Katharine Hepburn, Epperson impersonats her singing Rapper's Delight—and it just so happened to be the very same day Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank died.)

For Epperson to take on the responsibility of doing three shows simultaneously is some kind of cry for help. Don't ignore it—see all three so you don't have to wait another 20 years to drink in his loopy, intelligent, darkly funny, queerly nostalgic tribute to popular and unpopular culture.

And if you don't wanna see a drag show, then you are your rabbit-faced wife can go to hell.

Sep 30 2014
Gone Girl Comments (0)


Forty-two years ago today, Joan Crawford's last performance—on The Sixth Sense—was aired. Check out the full episode after the jump...

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