Joan Crawford

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    October 1, 2014
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    June 4, 2014
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    March 15, 2013

    The Five Worst Kinds Of Party Hosts

    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 >>

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    November 28, 2012

    All 85 Best Actress Winners Hilariously Impersonated By One Spunky Dude

    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 >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Let's Create The Worst Celeb Family Imaginable! Play Along!

    Here's the worst-case scenario: Your father is Michael Lohan. Your mother is Joan Crawford. Your brother is Jermaine Jackson.

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 26, 2012


    Up late? Catch this classic

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    June 21, 2012

    Photo Tribute To Hollywood Hunk Jeff Chandler

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    The Best Hairdos In Hollywood History

    Female division. In the talking era. According to Michael Musto. Feel free to do your usual whining and add your own faves.

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    June 5, 2012

    Lusty Photo Tribute to Hollywood Star Ty Hardin

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Tanning Is The New Blackface!

    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 >>

  • 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

    February 13, 2012

    Isabella Rossellini Is The Queen Of The Bees

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Joan Crawford Was Cut From Rosemary's Baby!

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2011

    Free Fleshlights Given Out At Fleshbot Awards

    ​ 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 >>

  • 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 11, 2011

    Joan Crawford Rocks My Movie Club

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Interactive Mommie Dearest Comes To The Ziegfeld

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Elizabeth Edwards Cut John Out Of Her Will!

    ​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!

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    The Wire Hangers Incident Never Happened!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Trashing 'Trash' with Holly Woodlawn

    ​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 >>

  • 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.

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    August 25, 2010
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    July 6, 2010

    "You Should Always Have Seafood Newburg in the Fridge ...

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2010


    Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had more than JFK in common

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    February 9, 2010
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    December 30, 2009

    Joan Crawford vs. Mercedes McCambridge!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    If Queen Latifah Married Samantha Bee...

    ​...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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    August 11, 2009


    And you thought you were a freak in high school?

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    July 22, 2009
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    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 >>

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    March 18, 2009
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    March 5, 2009

    Why Do So Many Churchgoers Like To Hate?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Scary, Fabulous Joan Crawford Immortalized One More Time

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 19, 2008


    When children make you want to screen

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    YouTube Treasure: Faye Dunaway as Mae West!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Mommie Dearest's Vehicle Comes To TV

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2008
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    July 21, 2008

    Louise Tallmer Begins 'Voice Feminine'

    It's pretty frightening to attempt a "Woman's Column" for the peculiarly male "make-out" world of The Voice.

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Joan Crawford Was a Drunken Slag! No, Really!

    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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    March 4, 2008


    Do it for Mommie

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