When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that includes lots of her facing the camera and telling stories about mama, Joan Crawford. Christina saunt ... More >>
Laura Osnes is very good in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and as a result, she's one of the frontrunners for the Tony Award for best actress in a musical. One of the other frontrunners (or four of them, actually) would have been the girls who star in Matilda, alternating in the role. But in ... More >>
I've written about how at an event years ago, Christina Crawford suggested that mommie dearest Joan Crawford killed her last hubby, Pepsi head Alfred Steele, but Christina didn't get to elaborate as to just what she meant by that. When I cornered her after her talk to ask for some expansion on the ... More >>
In case you haven't heard (or maybe you did and blocked it out): Just in time for Mother's Day, Christina Crawford will descend upon the heart of Manhattan to tell even more harrowing stories about her late mama, the shoulder-padded menace Joan Crawford.
This little known short film of Joan Crawford's, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, has the great screen star philosophizing about meat while shopping in a grocery store with a little girl who gets pummeled up and down the aisles with Joan's wisdoms and queries. Among Joan's saltier bon mots: "Did she s ... More >>
If Carrie the Musical can crawl back through the wreckage, why not Moose Murders? The 1983 Broadway flop was a door-slamming, bad-taste comedy set in a mountain lodge full of nefarious, low-level show biz types, and I actually sort of enjoyed it. But the critics went savage on the show and it clos ... More >>
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 >>
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!
Ever watch a star belt out a song in a movie musical and think, "Wow! I didn't know they could sing!"? Well, they couldn't! So many times, a perfectly nice-looking performer with lovely sounds emanating from their mouth is faking it like a drag queen doing Britney -- or even like Britney herself.
Writes Jed Ryan: "Loaded with an infinite number of priceless zingers, Fork ... is the equivalent of the cocktail hour at a gay wedding, where Tony award winners and aging Hollywood legends mix with go-go boys, porn stars, and self-aggrandizing pseudo-celebs.
As with his 2000 hit comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs concerns a mature, emotionally jangled New York City Jewish woman who's prone to outbursts but whose outlook is changed as a result of a seemingly mystical occurrence. This time, the woma ... More >>
Who would know better than me? The 10 dissiest, wickedest, bitchiest sass-o-grams (whether in movies or in life) are as follows: 10) "She doesn't write, she types!" (Gore Vidal re popular author Jackie Susann) 9) "She looks like a truck driver in drag." (Truman Capote re the very same ... More >>
When Bette Davis dropped out of a guest role on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show, they naturally got Tallulah Bankehead to fit the arm swiveling bill. Who was a mess. According to the new book, Lucille Ball FAQ, Tallu came to work intoxicated, crashed a production meeting, and when Lucy com ... More >>
At age 76, the theater vet is a real doll in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest
Joan Crawford ate KFC! You'll learn that if you simply CLICK HERE for my hot interview with Brian Bedford, who's stirred up the Broadway season with his witty performance as Lady Bracknell in Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest. Yes, the theater season's grandest dame of all has real ba ... More >>
And it was a riot. I can't find a link, so I'll have to just relate the dizzying highlights to you. About Chris Brown's disastrous GMA interview, I said: "Well, I can understand getting mad when an interview doesn't go the way you expected. I mean, I thought we were going to talk about my ... More >>
The worst thing that ever happened to Susan Lucci was finally winning the Emmy award in 1999. It suddenly made her less interesting than she was as a perennial bridesmaid, always longing for the validation of her peers. But she's still a legend--and really nice, despite the fact that her Al ... More >>
Joan Crawford must be rolling because Todd Haynes has apparently done a solid job in adapting Mildred Pierce into a five-hour HBO miniseries that will premiere on March 27. Cultural critic Brendan Lemon liked Kate Winslet in the part--she's right for it, and has the time to flesh it out--and ... More >>
Cobble Hill mom Providence Hogan is the new Joan Crawford. Although she never hit her daughter with a hanger, she did steal upwards of $5,000 from her child's school while acting as the PTA treasurer.The New York Post reports, "She had worked as treasurer for the parent group for at least thr ... More >>
Revived: Marilyn Maye and Sally Kellerman. Clubs aren't dead yet, either.
Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing
There's a classic New York tale in the Wall Street Journal's new Greater New York section and it's one that's got to set teeth on edge over at the rival Times for a couple of reasons. The story's about how a loyal immigrant butler -- one Indra Tamang who was raised in a "mud house in a farmi ... More >>
I'll answer that for you: They're all of indeterminate age. But sometimes they're supposed to be around 35, and that's amazing considering Sandra herself is reported to be anywhere between 45 and 49! In last year's All About Steve, no one mentioned her age, even as she dove on Bradley Coope ... More >>
I couldn't let the week go by without weighing in on the war between those two thesping titans, Oscar winner Faye Dunaway and crap star Hilary Duff. Faye recently mouthed off on the upcoming remake of Bonnie and Clyde, which costars the Duse of the nail salon crowd, Duff. As the Joan Crawford imper ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 14, 1961, Vol. VII, No. 8 Amos Vogel of Cinema 16 By J.R. Goddard Feelings about Cinema 16 are wide in range. Ask any of the film society's thousands of past or present members and opinions will vary from "Man, what a drag!" to "My ... More >>
There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
Xecrets and lies with the director and screenwriter of Married Life
Remembering the founder of Jean Cocteau Rep
The romantic fever dreams of an underappreciated master
Hollywood hoods and vamps prowl Manhattan's mean streets; we watch from inside cars
Is Michael Jackson guilty of more than dysfunction?
The trouble with the Met's latest fashion exhibit