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Joan Crawford

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Christina Crawford Improves Her Stage Act

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Cinderella Star On Not Having To Compete With The Matilda Girls

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Christina Crawford: Mommie Dearest Killed Her Last Husband

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Joan Crawford Shopping With Little Girl: "Did She Say Weirdo?"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Moose Murders Author Is Bringing The Legendary Flop Back! Here's All The Dish!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Ultimate Gay YouTube Collection

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Madonna vs. Elton And Gaga: This Reminds Me Of Something

    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!

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Who Dubbed Which Stars' Voices In Movie Musicals?

    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.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2011

    Another Rave For My Book!

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    New Charles Busch Play! My Review

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    The 10 Best Bitchy Comments Of All Time

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Lucille Ball's Two Least Favorite TV Guest Stars

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    April 13, 2011

    A Broadway Leading Lady With Real Balls

    At age 76, the theater vet is a real doll in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Joy Behar And I Discussed Chris Brown And Charlie Sheen On Her Show

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Susan Lucci's Real-Life Soap Operatics Revealed

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    HBO's Mildred Pierce: A Good Review!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    PTA Embezzler Is the Worst Mom of the Year

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    January 5, 2011

    Octogenarian Showstopper Rules New York!

    Revived: Marilyn Maye and Sally Kellerman. Clubs aren't dead yet, either.

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Mommie Dearest Dish From Rutanya Alda

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    November 17, 2010

    Colin Firth Said the C-Word!

    Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    New York Tale: Loyal Butler Scores $8.4M Estate

    ​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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 26, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    How Old Are Sandra Bullock's Characters?

    ​ 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2009
  • Columns

    April 22, 2009

    The Naked Truth About Porn Prince Michael Lucas

    Wear a condom while reading this: My sit-down with the Russian-born gay-porn czar

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Catfight Alert: Faye Dunaway vs. Hilary Duff!

    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 imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Clip Job: Bringing Good Cinema to the Village

    Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesDecember 14, 1961, Vol. VII, No. 8Amos Vogel of Cinema 16By J.R. GoddardFeelings 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 best Sun ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 24, 2008

    Mario Lopez's Underwear Dis

    Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams

  • Film

    March 4, 2008

    Talking With Ira Sachs

    Xecrets and lies with the director and screenwriter of Married Life

  • Theater

    October 17, 2006

    Eve Adamson, 1937–2006

    Remembering the founder of Jean Cocteau Rep

  • Film

    July 4, 2006

    Tough Love

    The romantic fever dreams of an underappreciated master

  • Screens

    June 27, 2006
  • Columns

    March 28, 2006
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    March 14, 2006
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    April 26, 2005
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    September 28, 2004
  • Dance

    May 4, 2004

    Life in the Shadows

    Hollywood hoods and vamps prowl Manhattan's mean streets; we watch from inside cars

  • Film

    April 27, 2004
  • Film

    December 2, 2003
  • News

    November 25, 2003

    Those Lips, Those Lies

    Is Michael Jackson guilty of more than dysfunction?

  • Film

    October 28, 2003
  • Film

    September 30, 2003
  • Music

    March 4, 2003
  • Film

    April 9, 2002
  • Columns

    November 27, 2001
  • Columns

    December 26, 2000
  • Music

    November 14, 2000
  • Art

    March 16, 1999
  • NYC Life

    January 19, 1999

    Boobism and Cubism

    The trouble with the Met's latest fashion exhibit

  • Film

    November 24, 1998
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