Queens of Modern Times
Just in case any more happened to be needed. I recently discovered Helen Hayes's memoir, in which the grande dame talks about becoming an unlikely friend of Joan Crawford starting in the '30s, possibly because Helen didn't pose a threat to Joan's movie allure.
Well, there have been two Alien vs. Predators, so why the hell not? And the battling Hollywood battleaxes are ripe for dramatization, their every bitchy contention (like Bette's that she was a real actress while Joan was a mere movie star) begging to be pronounced on a legit stage. So somet ... More >>
Rutanya Alda played loyal housekeeper Carol Ann in the 1981 flick about Joan Crawford's abuse of little Christina, who fought back with a tell-all. She's interviewed in my current column, but here are some more tidbits she revealed to me (which will be in her upcoming book, The Mommie Deares ... More >>
Talking with all-around Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky! Plus Charles Busch.
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.
In praise of a carnie king
Wear a condom while reading this: My sit-down with the Russian-born gay-porn czar
. . and the debate over copies crops up again
Lorca, London, and the Beatles: the doyenne playwright's new work
Preminger gets his day at Film Forum
Every day Nellie McKay wonders why shes in the music businessbut she definitely is
Festive fun that's both naughty and nice
The hand that rocks the cradle writes a blog; the hand that feeds her feels bitten
The girl can't help it: Obsessive, ruthless temp learns how to climb the ladder of success
Selections from the Village Voice's annual Queer Issue
A history of celebrity sex tapes, real and fake, from Joan Crawford to Paris Hilton
A Reparations Suit for a 1921 Race Riot
Garters, Thongs, and Other Hot Topics
Kiki and Herb's Blight Christmas