I didn't get this out of one of Joan Crawford's old books. I got it from experience--years and years of experience. Here are the hostesses with the leastest, IMHO: (1) The ones that don't say hello when a guest arrives. They wait for the guest to eventually make the first move. That's appalling ... More >>
The Doomsday Diaries guy is back. He's the wiry, versatile talent who does videos where he uncannily recreates Oscar winning performances and comes off better than the originals (partly because his versions are way shorter and pithier). Well, he's gone for the big one this time--Best Actress--and ... More >>
Here's the worst-case scenario: Your father is Michael Lohan. Your mother is Joan Crawford. Your brother is Jermaine Jackson.
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 >>
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 >>
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Jeff Chandler was the Brooklyn-born hottie who was Oscar nominated for playing Cochise in 1950's Broken Arrow and who went on to costar opposite Joan Crawford in the enjoyably trashy Female on the Beach and Kim Novak in the deadening biopic Jeanne Eagels. But he's most famous today as the guy who E ... More >>
Female division. In the talking era. According to Michael Musto. Feel free to do your usual whining and add your own faves.
Yes, his name sounded like hardon, haha, which is exactly what he gave millions of moviegoers as he paraded around various not-great movies in relentlessly skimpy attire. Ty Hardin popped up--as it were--opposite Joan Crawford in the three-ring melodrama Berserk, and Glynis Johns in the sexual stea ... More >>
New Jersey kook Patricia Krentcil has become the poster lady for too much time in the tanning booth. What's more, she allegedly brought her five-year-daughter in there too, resulting in charges of "second degree child endangerment," not to mention lord know what degree burns. (Krentcil pleaded not ... More >>
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 >>
Screen and glamour icon Isabella Rossellini played a bee when she did those award-winning Green Pornos for the Sundance Channel, in which she personally enacted the mating rituals of the animal kingdom (while wearing the proper protection, I'm sure). Well, at her daughter Elettra Wiedemann's ... More >>
Rutanya Alda--best known as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest--just told me a remarkable story. Rutanya was Mia Farrow's stand-in for the 1968 suspense classic Rosemary's Baby.
A Fleshlight looks sort of like a flashlight, except it unscrews to reveal a simulated vagina that you ... well, as Joan Crawford said to Christina, "You figure it out!" And since Fleshlights sponsored the Fleshbot awards for sexy pop culture, held at the Highline Ballroom on Friday night, ... More >>
christies.comIn 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 >>
The Eventi hotel offered my movie club another swanky get-together in their posh fifth-floor screening room--complete with snacks--so we seized it like the fine cineastes we are. And for a main course, we watched The Best of Everything, the 1959 soaper based on Rona Jaffe's best selling nove ... More >>
When Mommie Dearest first screened in 1981, I called friends squealing, "It's the greatest movie ever made!" I sincerely felt the over-the-top flick--an inside look at Joan Crawford's bad mothering skills--worked on every level, from cautionary tale to fashion show to monster mashup, and any ... More >>
Six days before her death, the jilted wife drew up a will that left everything to the kids, with no mention whatsoever of her philandering husband, John the con. This is the biggest "Duh" since Joan Crawford's will!
If you're gay and of a certain age, the iconic scene from Mommie Dearest where Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford shrieks at her daughter Christina, "No wire hangers!" has been ingrained into your being like Man Tan. Well, a new book about Joan by Donald Spoto says it's pure fiction. In Possesse ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 10, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 50 Trashing 'Trash' with Holly Woodlawn By Arthur Bell The superstars surround David Susskind on the carpeted platform of the tv studio. The "Trash" contingent is there, all but Holly Woodlawn. Three min ... More >>
*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.
In case your husband brings some of his business associates home for dinner." That's what Joan Crawford always said, and except for hitting her kids on a regular basis, she was a hell of a hostess. Doesn't it sound like a good idea? Will there be room in the fridge? And what the fuck is s ... More >>
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Want to hear about a really old bitch fight? Even older than Kanye and fill in the blank? I'm reading Ernest Borgnine's memoirs, in which the Oscar winner talks about having acted in the 1954 cult western Johnny Guitar. Says Ernie, "The real drama was all behind the camera. Joan Crawford ha ... More >>
...she'd be Queen Bee! Yes, it's time for THAT fun little parlor game again, the one where you marry off two celebs that would make for a felicitously wacky new name. And so--with respects to my colleague Cindy Adams, who's perfected this sort of thing:
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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 >>
I haven't been to church since my voice changed, and that's mainly because Roman Catholicism teaches that gays should be loved and adored, but promptly sent to hell. I long ago figured I probably shouldn't be part of an institution that thinks I'm a second-class citizen. But beyond that hot-button i ... More >>
We love to make fun of Joan Crawford because she was such an image-obsessed diva and controversial mother--and that hair! But the self-made glamour goddess DOES fully deserves the glossy treatment she's getting in Joan Crawford: The Enduring Star, a lush new Rizzoli book by Peter Cowie, who concentr ... More >>
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Faye Dunaway did Joan Crawford even better than Crawford herself, but did you know she did Mae West too? I mean played her! In 2002's The Calling (video title: Man of Faith), feisty Faye showed up as the aging sexpot befriended by evangelist Leroy Jenkins in this highly bizarre "true story." Check o ... More >>
Mildred Pierce was the 1945 movie that not only taught me the expression "dreadfully recherche, n'est-ce pas?"--and which prompted Carol Burnett's zingy parody, Mildred Fierce-- but which won Joan Crawford the Oscar for playing a sympathetic waitress-turned-entrepreneur wronged by her cunty daughter ... More >>
A recent book contended that movie star Joan Crawford actually wasn't such a bad person after all. I burned it in the backyard along with my copy of Trog. But now comes a Gay City News interview with Rita Moreno, who reminds us of what an utterly insincere, attention-grabbing c-word Joan always stro ... More >>
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