#BornThisDay: Photographer/Designer, Cecil Beaton

January 14, 1904- Cecil Beaton I have been reading 2 volumes of Cecil Beaton’s Diaries over the past year, in small little doses, choosing to read a few entries here and there. He knew & photographed everyone that mattered for most of the ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Dancer, Choreographer, Alvin Ailey

January 5, 1931- Alvin Ailey: “Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” I am savvier about Dance than most civilians because I once had a boyfriend who was a professional ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer/Composer, Paul Bowles

December 30, 1910- Paul Bowles was one of the last surviving members of a generation of gay artists whose work shaped 20th century literature & music. In the introduction to Bowles's Collected Stories (1979) Gore Vidal ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Quentin Crisp

December 25, 1908- Quentin Crisp The other day, while traveling on public transportation to visit The Husband at his shop, I was called “an old queen” when I accidentally jostled a whipper-snapper while sitting down. I began to be offended & as I started ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Writer, Dominick Dunne

October 29, 1925- Dominick Dunne. I remember the day of his passing in the summer of 2009. It was ironic that he died on the very day as his sworn enemy Edward ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Composer/Writer, Ned Rorem

October 23, 1923- Ned Rorem: “Anyone can be gay, it's no accomplishment - but only I can be me.” I am really not much of a fan of symphonic or “serious” music, & although I ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Sigourney Weaver

September 8, 1949 -Sigourney Weaver was named Susan, but at 14 years old she decided to change her name to Sigourney, chosen from a minor character in F. Scott ... See the Rest

#BornThisDay: Author, Truman Capote

  September 30, 1924- Truman Capote: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” My mother is a very accomplished, intelligent & serious woman, but she ... See the Rest