So it seems there IS a winner of the Joan Collins autographed-book giveaway contest, in which reader/s who wanted it were asked to say why they are Collins’ biggest fan in 50 words or fewer and we’d pick the one that sounded most sincere. Our job was made easier with the submission of only one entry. Turns out M. Harvey of North Hollywood, California, wins the prize with “I’m Joan Collins’ biggest fan because I went to see Legends at the Wilshire Theater and didn’t leave at intermission.” Congratulations.
As for the contest – the second one – surrounding the more popular book, Michael Musto’s La Dolce Musto, we feel we have to award more than the five promised books this time due to the larger number of correct answers that came in rather quickly. Of course, the similar wording of the superfluously detailed answers leads us to believe that it was Google rather than memory that got a workout.
1. In one of his most esteemed journalistic moments, Musto asked movie legend and famous mom Janet Leigh how that pesky rumor got started. What rumor? (And for bonus points, how did Leigh respond?) That her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis was born a hermaphrodite. Janet flinched, then responded by saying, “Maybe because we didn’t have sonograms back then and a friend suggested I name the baby something in advance that could work either way, so I named the baby Jamie Leigh.”
2. In one of his infamous blind items – included in the book – Musto said Richard Gere felt that gerbil rumor had been started by a certain brawny, monosyllabic film star who hated him. The name? Sly Stallone.
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian great-something of Paris Hilton, once told Musto that a certain famed crooner “was an idiot. As you know, he raped me.” The singer was…? Frank Sinatra.
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