24 posts categorized "MARLENE DIETRICH"

Nov 02 2015
Confidentially Speaking: An Interview With Tab Hunter Comments (0)

Tumblr_mafi8v3ARU1r48hglo1_500Tab is proud of his strength ... of character.

My blog is dangerously close to 10 years old. As this realization has sunk in of late, I've thought long and hard about the variety of opportunities it has brought—and denied—me. Most interesting have been those times when I've been able to meet and sometimes interview gay people with experiences similar to and dissimilar from my own, whose stories have broadened my understanding of who I am.

4768068216_3596ba2994_bHunter claims he never really discussed being gay with beard Natalie Wood.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01b7c7dd9165970b-600wiMeeting Tab Hunter (and his partner Allan Glaser) recently was a bit surreal. To think that someone who at one point was the #1 heartthrob in the country at the same time he was secretly gay was now casually sprawled out before me in a swanky hotel antechamber six decades later was mind-blowing. The fact that he was navigating what it meant to be gay before most of my readers were born, and before the word “gay” was even firmly entrenched, made it extra-special.

Tab—still handsome at 84—and Allan were promoting their joint effort Tab Hunter Confidential, the entertaining and earnest new documentary directed by Jeffrey Schwarz that is in limited release.

The movie, based on Tab's tell-some bio from a few years ago, is perhaps most noteworthy for containing the candid eyewitness account of a gay man who was a major player in the studio system in Hollywood at the end of the industry's Golden Age. We've all heard about who was and who wasn't gay, but how many of those gay actor and actresses—working in the '50s and before—have gone on the record to share a bit about the experience?

It's an oral history that can't be missed, even if—like some jackasses apparently asked when Tab's career was on the skids—you can't help asking, “What's a Tab Hunter?”

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 11.19.43 PMThe conservative Hunter does FOX News recently.

Tab is happy to tell you what a Tab Hunter is, even if he is still rather reluctant to dish the kind of dirt that we live for these days. He's not into dishing dirt; he prefers his prized horses, telling me, “I'd rather shovel the real stuff.”

Some highlights from our chat:

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Oct 12 2015
Their Hitler Youth Comments (0)

Wong-riefenstahlDietrich (L) and Riefenstahl (R) making an Anna May Wong sandwich in '28.

New book explores good and evil via the parallel existences of German powerhouses Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl. Dietrich, of course, opposed and despised and worked against Hitler; Riefenstahl opportunistically embraced him. This sounds like a must-read.

Sep 10 2015
Celebrated Child Star Dickie Moore Dies @ 89 Comments (0)

584a4bfb181ea4f54aed365c26befe21September 12, 1925—September 10, 2015

Dickie Moore, one of Hollywood's most adorable child actors, one whose work began in the Silent Era, has died at 89, just two days shy of his 90th birthday.

Dickie-Moore-with-Spencer-Tracy-in-Disorderly-Conduct-1932With Spencer Tracy in 1932's Disorderly Conduct

Moore was noted for his cherubic appearance and heartfelt performances in some of the cinema's most important works, as well as opposite many of the greatest stars of all time, including John Barrymore, Spencer Tracy and—indelibly—Marlene Dietrich. He played Dietrich's son in Blonde Venus (1932), the Josef von Sternberg classic.

Tumblr_n8yu18FQ4i1qe4ru4o1_500Moore's work with Dietrich was outstanding.

After kissing Shirley Temple when both had graduated, unsuccessfully, to young-adult roles, Moore eventually retired from acting, settling into a 40-plus-year career as the president of his own PR company.

In 1988, Moore met and married enduring silver-screen leading lady Jane Powell, to whom he remained married at the time of his death.

Dickie-MooreMoore, Moore, Moore, Moore!

Moore's experience in films toward the end of the Silent Era lent him the distinction of being one of the world's last surviving veterans of pre-talkie movies. With the death of fellow Our Gang cast member Jean Darling and now Moore's passing, there are 11 human beings on earth confirmed to have appeared in a pre-talkies silent movie, all of them between the ages of 90 and 101.


I was thrilled to receive Moore's autograph within the past few years.

Apr 10 2015
Falling In Minogue Again Comments (0)

Qzki9iI'd like to see this image without any Photoshop. It's cool, but it has an unreal quality: Kylie as Dietrich.


Dec 22 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Marlene Dietrich - FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Comments (0)


Dietrich's signature tune from Netherlands TV 51 years ago...

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Oct 28 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Marlene Dietrich - JONNY Comments (0)


Dietrich is an acquired taste, but I acquired it very young. Here, in 1963, she doles out her go-to “Jonny”...

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May 02 2014
What Word Do They Use For Apartment In The UK? Comments (0)


Dietrich was still alive when Joan Collins, for some reason, sort of sang “The Boys in the Back Room” on an episode of Dynasty, but I'm sure she still managed to roll over in her grave...

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Mar 12 2014
Need To Know: NYC Explosion, LOOKING Good, Jake's Got BROKEback, Chelsea/Piers, Lucky Streaker, Love Marlene + MORE! Comments (0)


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ExplosionScene of devastation in East Harlem, NYC

Boy-CultureJason Collins signed by the Nets for remainder of season.

Boy-CultureLove letters to Dietrich under the hammer.

Boy-CultureJake Gyllenhaal goes bare-assed on a movie set.

Boy-CultureMissing Malaysian airliner's pilot's last words: "All right, good night."

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