#BornThisDay: Writer, Christopher Isherwood

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August 26, 1904- Christopher Isherwood: “Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.” In the summer of 1971 I was doing summer stock theatre in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Lucky me, at 17 years old, I ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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July 28, 1929- Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis lived during an era when I was always aware of her celebrated enigmatic personality. During my lifetime, she was always the ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Gavin Lambert

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July 23, 1924- I met Gavin Lambert at a coke fueled, debauched, all-male party at the Hollywood Hills home of a famed Oscar nominated, Tony Award winning ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Poet, Hart Crane

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July 2, 1899- Hart Crane was born & raised in Ohio. His father was the inventor of Life Savers Candy & his mother was overbearing, flashy, & a ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Joseph Hansen

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July 19, 1923- Joseph Hansen toiled for years writing poetry & gay fiction using a nom de plume before jumping in to the mainstream detective genre with his shaggy, savvy private ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Actor, Maureen Stapleton

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June 21, 1925- Maureen Stapleton is one of those great character actors that I am crazy about. I loved the film version of the musical Bye Bye Birdie (1963) as a ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Playwright, William Inge

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May 3, 1913- I have never performed in a play by William Inge, although I have studied & admired his work. I have it on good authority that my terrier Junior ... See the Rest

Bitch, Please!: Cecil Beaton Disses Liz, Andy, Garbo, Brando…

ANDY WARHOL AT THE FACTORY: Most curious and indescribable, the haunted world presided over by the zombie, more dead than alive since he was shot, of Andy Warhol. At first the mercurial groups of strange people, sitting around in silence and moving pointlessly around his huge factory, were difficult to capture. But eventually I felt I had a valuable addition to the exhibition. Warhol, looking through some art magazines says, ‘Isn’t the art scene today revolting! Oh I wish I could think of a way of making it worse!’ May 1969, New York

He photographed the pretty much creative class of the 20th century —writers, musicians, artist and actors —his photos captured his subjects’ likeness. Hugo Vickers, the executor of Beaton's estate has combined his remarks from Beaton’s journals, The Unexpurgated Beaton together ... See the Rest