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20 posts categorized "JOAN CRAWFORD"
Trump's nominees to major positions are blowing off the standard vetting process, refusing to file forms. Senate leader Mitch McConnell shrugs.
Trump's national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized her book. Politico now finds she plagiarized her PhD dissertation. Flunky, indeed.
John Kerry's State Dept. issues formal apology for decades of mistreatment of LGBTQ people. Powerful, and a last gasp of sanity.
Major thigh revealed by hairy dude in kilt.
Charles Busch on whether Madonna could become another Joan Crawford — in film!
This collection of quirky quotes from stars speaking about other stars includes Richard Crenna on Matt Dillon, Henry Fonda on Joan Crawford and Estelle Parsons on Faye Dunaway.
How can you resist?
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.
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.
What some other great dames were doing at 58:
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:
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.
SHOCKER: Trans porn studio takes on Caitlyn Jenner. (Work Unfriendly)
Kris Jenner's first run-in with Caitlyn Jenner.
Kim Davis could be in jail a long, long time.
“Ron Swanson” says Kim is a terrible coworker.
Xavier Dolan is F hot!
Drowned Syrian toddler's dad: Nothing left to live for.
Hunky Cody Deal hikes in tights. (Tight ones.)
Joe Biden isn't sure he/his fam can handle another White House run.
Hillary Clinton's associate testified no work e-mails destroyed.
I love Cate Blanchett, too, but ewwwww.
Kids duct-taped to chair, forced to watch Mommie Dearest!
Someone who's been bred by Tom Hardy.
Incredible Robyn cover will tug tears outta you.
Hot men of the U.S. Open.
This could turn gay foodies straight.
New Janet Jackson single.
Barbara Brecht-Schall dies @ 84.
15th-anniversary edition of (amazing) gay flick Big Eden.