Bette Davis

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    October 1, 2014
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    April 23, 2014
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    February 27, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Edward Hibbert Is Performing Live!

    You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Albee Reveals What He Thinks About The Virginia Woolf? Movie

    Edward Albee loves the blisteringly good current Broadway revival of his landmark play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but I had always heard he didn't care for the 1966 movie version starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor as the bickering campus marrieds George and Martha. You know, the flick tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Ultimate Gay YouTube Collection

    You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Bette Davis Said Joan Crawford Almost Broke Her F-ing Back

    As everyone who's gay and/or cares about movies knows, Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford was the real Godzilla vs. King Kong--a lifelong war between two movie icons battling it out for roles, closeups, and mutual torture opportunities. It figures that their big late-life teaming, the 1962 Granny Guigno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    "Aimee Semple McPherson Was Nothing But A Whore!"

    Since Kathie Lee Gifford has co-written that Scandalous musical about Aimee Semple McPherson, maybe someone should tell her to add the above little tidbit. It was uttered with conviction by none other than the immortal Bette Davis. The two-time Oscar winner is quoted in Elizabeth Fuller's book Me ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 26, 2012


    Up late? Catch this classic

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Barbara Stanwyck Was Better Than Davis And Hepburn!

    That's the bold contention of Dan Callahan's well written book Barbara Stanwyck, The Miracle Woman. Says he: "Mighty as they were, Davis and Hepburn were actors who sometimes indicated emotions, or ran roughshod over them. "Stanwyck only did that once, in Sorry, Wrong Number, her last Oscar bid. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Susan Tyrrell: "I Don't Like Watching My Tits Fall"

    Susan Tyrrell, who died the other day, got recognized for her full-throttle acting when she was Oscar-nominated for John Huston's Fat City, the 1972 drama in which she played a spiteful alkie who throws herself into a fading boxer's life. But in 1983, SuSu told me her life didn't change after that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Movie Stars Who Turned Down Legendary Roles

    We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Rank These Three Legendary Screen Actresses

    Rank them in order of their talent, their careers, their legend. In other words, who was/is the best? And second best? And third best? (With these three, even "third best" is pretty amazing, so don't be trepidacious about putting someone in that slot.)

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Madonna vs. Elton And Gaga: This Reminds Me Of Something

    Feuds have made Madonna exciting again, from Elton John snarling at her at every swivel to Lady Gaga appropriating Madonna's chord progression -- not to mention her spotlight -- in a "reductive" way. And I've figured out what this all reminds me of!

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    100 & Single: The Increase In Hot 100 Rebounders, And The iTunes-Radio Tug Of War

    ​The first week I remember ever hearing American Top 40 with Casey Kasem on the radio, back in the summer of 1981, the No. 1 spot was a real cliffhanger. As Kasem explained, the week before, Kim Carnes's synth-pop smash "Bette Davis Eyes" had ceded the top spot after about a month, to a song ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Postal Service Is On The Verge of Collapse, And I Have a Problem With That

    ​Not just because I'm old-school and still actually mail things, including an occasional thank you card for anyone who hasn't pushed me into traffic lately. But because, as is commonly known, postal workers are cuckoo crazy, sore-picking, bugger-chomping, eyeball-rolling, soul-deadened nutjob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Joan Crawford Accepts Oscar For Anne Bancroft​In 1963, the Best Actress race at the Oscars boiled down to a heated battle between Bette Davis for Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker (though the other nominees, Katharine Hepburn, Lee Remick, and Geraldine Page, all gave sterling performanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    What's The Best Fashion Show In A Movie?

    Diana Ross, 'Mahogany'​Cinematic fashion shows are so much fun because they're usually only about five minutes long. Which are the most radiant? Thanks to Christian Freedom for this blog idea.

  • Film

    June 29, 2011
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    June 15, 2011

    The Five Gayest Songs Ever Written

    ​Happy Pride month! To celebrate, let's name the five gayest songs ever written--chosen because the LGBTS love 'em, not necessarily because they have specifically gay content in them: (5) "The Man That Got Away"--sung by Judy Garland When it was used by no fewer than two acts in the recent ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2011


    Experience the glamour of cinema

  • Film

    February 9, 2011
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    November 24, 2010

    Kim Kardashian: "I Love Being 30 and Single!"

    ​CLICK HERE for my column in which I talk to the biggest star since Paris Hilton about her People cover, her taste in jewelry, and her advancing age. It's really kool! And by the way, she's not really single; she just started dating Calvin Klein model Gabriel Aubrey. Also in the column:

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Really Old Movie Gossip

    ​*Joan Crawford had a lifelong sexual crush on her arch rival Bette Davis and once tried to seduce Marilyn Monroe, which promptly ended their friendship. *Bette Davis turned down Mildred Pierce, which turned out to be Crawford's Oscar role, jumpstarting her faded career.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Brandon Flowers Sang "Bette Davis Eyes" (And, OK, A Lot Of His New Solo Songs) At Highline Ballroom

    Brandon Flowers Highline Ballroom Thursday, August 26 But seriously, "Bette Davis Eyes"! Is that not a perfect fit for this guy? Blatantly nostalgic, a little serious, a little corny, a little, uh, smokey? You like it just a little more than you're willing to publicly admit? A perfect cover tune ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Week in Review: You Rejected the Youth

    Goodbye to all that. Photo by Sam Horine.​In the week one of our team successfully transitioned into the "expert" phase of her juggalo fascination, the rest of us just kind of got silly. Hence: the top ten songs named "Fuck You" or the immediate equivalent; Jay-Z's ten most shameful rock and r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    The Bette/Joan/Faye Connection

    ​In 1973, Joan Crawford told a paying audience that Faye Dunaway was the only current movie actress who "has the talent and the class and the courage to become a real star." Poetically enough, Faye went on to play Joan in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.

  • Voice Choices

    August 18, 2010


    Brandon Flowers goes solo

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    The Night I Met Gary Coleman

    ​ The pint-sized sit-com star hosted my birthday party at the Times Square club kid hangout Club USA sometime in the '90s, and he was utterly delightful. Here's Catherine McGann's amazing photo capturing the sight of Gary and I, fronted by Brit wit Quentin Crisp, Oscar nominated actress Sylvi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    YouTube Treasure from 1962: Bette Davis Sings "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?"

    This is one of the wildest things ever. After telling variety show host Andy Williams that her new record sounds like Chubby Checker, legendary Bette Davis proceeds to belt out a tune inspired by her new Granny Guignol film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? as Williams runs offstage for cover. And ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Drag Queens Need To Update Their Acts

    ​I love drag queens more than life itself, and I appreciate the timeless appeal of their Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, and Eartha Kitt impressions. It's important to keep those amazing legends alive! But if these impersonators don't mix it up and start updating their acts a little, they're goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    I Hate Splitting the Check!

    ​My least favorite words to hear when out with friends at a restaurant are "Let's just split the check." It's not that I'm cheap--I mean it's not just that I'm cheap--it's that I don't drink and my culinary tastes are beyond humble, so chances are very high that I've charged up way less than ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 1, 2009
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    September 11, 2009

    YouTube Treasure: Tallulah in All About Eve

    No, not All About Steve, the new Sandra Bullock vehicle that's not going to nab that many Oscars. I mean All About Eve, the classic 1950 movie starring Bette Davis as a brittle, aging diva whose entire life is supplanted by a young con artist with a smile and a psychological hatchet in her purse.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    The Campiest Movie Lines Evah!

    Thanks to all my years spent watching hilarious works of cinema camp--some of them even intentionally funny--I've compiled my favorite lines, the kind that can only be uttered by over-the-hill divas in too much hair and makeup. My all-time faves: "So they drummed you out of Hollywood and you come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Colleen Dewhurst, George C. Scott, Eli Wallach -- It's Obies 1963!

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 30, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 32 The Village Voice 'Obies,' 1962-63 The Voice handed out its Eighth Annual "Obie" Awards in a somewhat chaotic but spirited ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Village Gate. Invited theatre people and well-wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    All About Eve vs. Sunset Boulevard

    In 1950, two instant classics about the cruelty of show business, both starring older dames, went at it for Best Picture. Joe Mankiewicz's All About Eve--starring Bette Davis as an aging actress whose entire life is usurped by an unctuous fan--clobbered Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    The Greatest Gay Icons of All Time

    "These deeply personal, campy, and insightful essays illuminate the eternal bond between gay men and their fabulous diva icons," says the blurb on the back of a new book called My Diva. And you know it's true because that blurb was written by yours fucking truly! The book has 65 gay men beating off ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 14, 2008

    Holm Sweet (Celeste) Holm at All About Eve Screening

    "What are YOU doing on the PATH train?" asked a bemused commuter last Saturday, his jaw dropping to the spit-out gum on the floor. Well, believe it or not, I do venture out of Manhattan every few years—especially when there's a screening of All About Eve in the glorious Loews Jersey City Theater, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2008
  • Theater

    January 29, 2008

    Adrienne Kennedy Talks About Her Life

    Lorca, London, and the Beatles: the doyenne playwright's new work

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    March 20, 2007
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    November 29, 2005
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    November 15, 2005

    . . . And to All Some Good Nights

    Festive fun that's both naughty and nice

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    August 10, 1999

    Palace Walks

    On the Road With the Theatre Historical Society

  • Columns

    July 27, 1999

    NY Mirror

    Poor Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, in the front row of the screening for Eyes Wide Shut, looked appalled; the film's a long, torturous meditation on adultery!

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    November 17, 1998


    On The Ups And Downs Of Hollywood's Parting Shots

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