The Pants Beneath the Gowns
See Edward Steichen at the Whitney
"A lot of people who sing can't sing," Christine Jorgensen told me in 1981, "but at least I admit it!" The groundbreaking transsexual had come in from her home in Laguna Beach, California to make her New York cabaret debut. Her act consisted of saucy impersonations of Marlene Dietrich and Tallulah ... More >>
Female division. In the talking era. According to Michael Musto. Feel free to do your usual whining and add your own faves.
They're all in John DiLeo's new book Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, and not surprisingly, a bunch of them involve Susan Hayward. In fact, as anyone with any breeding knows, the above scene has Hayward as aging battleax Helen Lawson getting into a tussle with Patty Duke as pill-pop ... More >>
I recently posted a YouTube video of clips showing who dubbed the singing voices for various screen icons so they could sound as hot as they looked. It was eye- and ear-opening, a vastly entertaining glimpse into Hollywood magic-making that you cineastes adored. Well, by popular demand, the person ... More >>
I provide the milk and cookies, you provide the names
In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland. But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.
Barbra Streisand, 'Yentl'I gave the guys their turn at drag validation. Now let's go for the guys who happen to gals. Which of these screen ladies convinced you, intrigued you, and really grabbed you in their macho getups? By the way, in the above photo, Barbra's the one on the right.
Experience the glamour of cinema
Let's time travel to the 1960s, when sex was just as wonderfully dirty, but much more shameful about it. As you know, President John F. Kennedy slept with everything that wasn't nailed down, but one of his more glorious conquests was screen legend Marlene Dietrich, whom he romanced after inv ... More >>
Who cares about the men? They always wear suits or sweaty T-shirts. But from the beginning of cinema, Hollywood's ladies have gotten swathed and feathered and dressed and undressed in ways that have made the fashion world rock with diversity and delight. My 10 all-time fave looks are:
Darkpop mainstays get a new incarnation
Christmas 1962. Noel Coward was having a star-studded house party in wonderfully neutral Switzerland. After dinner, the double pianos were enchantingly taken over by Coward and Kay Thompson (you know, Liza's godmother; the fab woman who wrote Eloise and sang "Think Pink" in Funny Face).
See a whole new Marlene
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 20, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 34 Film in Focus By Andrew Sarris President Richard M. Nixon may not be quite the cinephile his recent press notices would seem to suggest. Or so we are led to believe by a recent Variety follow-up to the ... More >>
"What does it matter what you say about someone?" Marlene Dietrich says about Orson Welles at the end of Touch Of Evil. What, indeed? Except that now, at the end, we should say a few things about George Steinbrenner that even out the other things we remember all too well: the ridiculous outbu ... More >>
What next--Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead? I am so kidding. I just wrote about Harper's appeal, which some queens who've seen her as Tallu are kvelling about. And I do think Gwynnie Paltrow was astonishing in Shakespeare in Love and deserves a shot at a juicy role like pants-wearing, N ... More >>
Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had more than JFK in common
Hey, you never know
Gay icon"These deeply personal, campy, and insightful essays illuminate the eternal bond between gay men and their fabulous diva icons," says the blurb on the back of a new book called My Diva. And you know it's true because that blurb was written by yours fucking truly! The book has 65 gay men bea ... More >>
An evening with boylesque babe La JohnJoseph
From blacklisted in the U.S. to the Black Wave in Yugoslavia
The Spiegeltent returns with teak, velvet, and nipple glitter
Erotic obsession and cold, cruel truths about unrequited love
Why peroxide rot is, like, officially over
Thrill of the still: How an image from Wong Kar-wai's art-house hit keeps you gazing
Sly stalwarts, newly uncovered rarities in pre-Code series
Could be verse: Brad Pitt's beefcake Achilles is a heel in a streamlined, digitized Iliad
Have legs, will travel: Ute Lemper offers a worldly cabaret
Blonde venus, blue angel: Applying a last touch of lipstick to a sultry creature of illusion
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