"You're the Negro-est white man I done ever met," Ethel Waters said to composer Harold Arlen, according to a revue I just saw called The Wonderful Wizard of Song--The Music of Harold Arlen.
Arlen created indelible hits for stars like Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland (whom he controversially dated whe ... More >>
One of the things I loved about Sade Pendavis is that, even though I'd written about her more than once, she had no idea who I was and would always greet me with "What was the name again?"
Normally that kind of thing would make me crazy, but since so many downtown performers delightfully crawl so f ... More >>
Some of these ladies aren't still plus-sized -- and a bunch of them aren't even alive -- but whatever the case, they have all been through plump periods of the soul. And their apparent lack of vomiting skills always gave them a refreshing heft, big lungs, and an ability to transcend their potential ... More >>
Whether living or dead...who would they be?
(And by the way, I'm available for any free meal.)
My choices would start with pop culture visionary Andy Warhol (above), whom I did have dinner with, but I want to do so again and again.
Oh, hush, I'm going to tell you.
By the end of it, you'll be as certain that Ethel Waters deserves a star on the Walk of Fame as you are that Rin Tin Tin didn't.
Here are her credentials, as lovingly forwarded to me by her band of supporters: