Only in Hollywood could the year's highest-grossing feature also be the biggest flop, but that's what happened with Cleopatra, the 1963 Joseph Mankiewicz-directed epic of Egyptian headdresses, cleavage, and makeup, all done with a distinctly 1960s American slant. The main attractions were Richard B ... More >>
With fellow gay Roddy McDowall! For a magazine spread titled "Calling All Girls!" 1950's Hollywood didn't get any more conflicted than this. For the record, if these two were calling any girls, it was mainly to borrow their powder puffs. What's more, they both had very large sausages, regardless ... More >>
The child-model-turned-sex-kitten-turned-great-actress, an Oscar nominee for Looking For Mr. Goodbar, has always had a tangled relationship with fame. In the 1960s, she turned down Bonnie and Clyde because, "Do you think I want a success?" (And also, more sensibly, she was nursing at the time.) Sh ... More >>
Before you chime in with "But you forgot...": No, I didn't. These are my personal favorites. Feel free to tell me yours.
I've praised Frank Langella's memoir, Dropped Names, several times, admiring its candor and insight--though I did note the weirdness of him writing about Anthony Perkins coming on to him without ever revealing whether the author bit the bait. Langella's book serves up steaming truckloads of dish ab ... More >>
Steven Spielberg's War Horse (above) is about to trot into theaters, and lordy is that a beautiful creature! I like the horse, too. Anyway, here are some of my other favorite equine stars from Hollywood history.
Come on, it won't kill you! Sirius/XM OutQ host Frank DeCaro has laid them all out for you in his brand-new Dead Celebrity Cookbook, which is filled with all sorts of famous fricassees and stellar ceviches. At DeCaro's book party at P.J. Clarke's last night, thrown by CBS Watch! magazine, I asked ... More >>
I see at least three Oscar winners in these silent but riveting home movies taken by Roddy McDowall in Malibu in the kicky '60s. There's Jane Fonda, Ruth Gordon, and Julie Andrews, and of course, Tammy Grimes and...
If the 1967 "classic" The Cool Ones ever pops up again on TCM, please do mama a favor and watch it. This one had my kind of "good/badness" written all over it, and when I finally checked it out, it totally delivered, man. A spoof of the '60s music biz, it centers on a girl (played by bland ... More >>
"A mixture of orphan and clown" is what the great Natalie Wood played in 1965's musical melodrama Inside Daisy Clover, but that could also describe Natalie herself--a porcelain anti-waif whose radioactive spunk seemed to be a compensation for never quite feeling she was good enough or truly b ... More >>
Comic Milton Berle once told me that when he was younger, he memorably got into a locker room fight about who had the biggest schlong. He responded by saying, "I'll pull out just enough to win." Whether you believe that or not, there ARE certain stars whom we know have enormous ones--and I' ... More >>
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