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James St. James had a delightful night at the RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race finale party at Micky’s on Monday. He got to chat with the queens Chad Michaels, Raven, Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Morgan McMichaels, and Willam Belli, as well as Chaz Bono, Allee Willis, Daniel Franzese, Jessica Buttafuoco, underwear mogul Andrew Christian and some of his hot models, WOW’s own Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Michael Pressman, Thairin Smothers, Jacob Isenberger, Marjorie Conrad, Jake Weinraub, Rushie Perera, Ian Coster, and many more. Subscribe to “Daily Freak Show” on YouTube.
When Chaz Bono’s Dancing With the Stars stint can pretty much single-handedly lift this year’s trans representation from 1% to 5% of overall LGBT images, we’ve got some work to do. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its 6th annual Network Responsibility Index for 2012, which measures “the quantity and quality of [LGBT] people on television.” Unsurprisingly, gay men accounted for 69% of all LGBT inclusive hours, which also boasted a 66% white representation. Lesbians appeared in 25% of these hours, with Glee’s Santana and Fashion Star designer Kara Larricks serving as its leading powerhouses. The CW tops the network TV rankings with 29%, a 4% decline from last year. CBS pulls up the rear with 8%, mostly thanks to bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Showtime led the cable networks at 46%, with TBS and History receiving a failing grade, despite Robear the NY Ink tattoo shop floor manager and that sexy gay full-metal jouster. No network received an “Excellent” grade. Click here for the full report.
The legendary Owlwood Estate in Holmby Hills, once belonging to Sonny and Cher, has gone on the market for a cool $150 million, making it the most expensive home in Los Angeles. From HuffPo: “The Tuscan-style estate includes a 12,201-square-foot main house that was built in 1936 and designed by architect Robert D. Farquhar. Last time it went on the market, the description listed eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms; there is a pool, pool house and tennis court. The home was originally commissioned by Florence Quinn, the former wife of department store mogul Arthur Letts Sr., who was the visionary behind the creation of Holmby Hills. Later it was owned by producer Joe Schenck, and later still, actor Tony Curtis and the singing-songwriting duo Sonny and Cher. The estate currently includes two adjacent lots.”
I called Chaz to see if he had any memories he wanted to share with the WOW Report.
JSJ: Hey Chaz. So, wow. You grew up in the most expensive home in LA. Possibly the country. When did you live there and what do you remember?
Chaz: Well, we moved when I was about seven, so it was really the first house that I have any memories of. After the divorce, Mom kept the house and Dad moved into a house they lived in before. Then when Mom married Greg, we moved out.
Looking at the pics, it’s pretty magnificent.
Yeah. I remember the staircase, the grounds, the theater, the editing room… It was a pretty great place to grow up.
Do you remember any famous neighbors?
Well, the house and the grounds were so gigantic you don’t really get a sense of neighbors. There’s pretty much nothing else on the road. Once you turn off Sunset onto Carolwood, you have to drive all the way to the end of the street to get to the driveway. And you can barely see the house from the road. So it’s pretty isolated.
Your parents bought it from Tony Curtis?
That I don’t know.
So you’re going to put a bid on it, right? Try and reclaim it?
Ha! Not likely.
Well, how neat to have something like that in your history.
I write about it a little more extensively in my book Transition. You can probably get some more information there.
Thanks. Bye, honey!
Really? I thought that was Chaz, looking super fit. Which would have been even MORE fabulous.