Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Pageant Magazine Date: October 1952 Publisher: Hillman Publication Discovered at: Los Angeles thrift store The Cover Promises: "Why Our Boys Are Afraid to Fly" ... More >>
If I ever write one, that is. I would take a page, as it were, from constantly debased '50s-starlet-turned-junkie-and-prostie Barbara Payton and call it: "I Am Not Ashamed" And then I would add the immortal subtitle:
I've read every celebrity memoir ever written (except for Keith Richards') because I love the inside dish, the self-aggrandizment, the bitterness, and the gloating, not to mention the peek into what makes these artists actually tick as people and performers. Of course some are more compell ... More >>
I was re-reading I Am Not Ashamed, the memoir of unhappy 1950s screen starlet Barbara Payton, and the diagnosis Payton's shrink gave her rang so many bells I practically went deaf. As the therapist told Payton at the peak of her stardom:
Benn Jaye You can even shoot it in prison, since some of the scenes will be set there! I want you to play 1950s starlet Barbara Payton, who unglamorously spiraled from fame to tawdriness, though at least she got a brilliantly frank memoir called I Am Not Ashamed out of it.
I don't know whose place this is--certainly not David Gest's--but I do know that there's not one thing that could make it gayer, except maybe some zebra-print throw fabric and a copy of Barbara Payton's memoirs, I Am Not Ashamed. Look at your own risk.