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Thursday, March 16, 2017
From: kenneth in the (212)
From: Daily Squirt
An Amtrak arriving at a station in slow-motion after a deep snowfall is not only stunning, it’s an abrupt reminder to look up from your phone and pay attention when a massive steel locomotive is barreling at you.
From: Boy Culture
|Bette & Julie, Joan & Gina |
Image via Warner Bros.
I'm very much enjoying Feud. I think Jessica Lange is sublime as Joan Crawford, and while Susan Sarandon is not up to the challenge of filling Bette Davis's shoes (she often sounds like she's trying to sound tough), she's not terrible and has her moments.
|Lange as Crawford |
Image via FX
Overall, it's an entertaining look at a fantastic film's fascinating journey from desperate ploy to stay relevant to greatness. Gossipiy? Sure.
|West German lobby card |
Image via Warner Bros.
It made me wonder a bit about the cast of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Of course, Crawford died in 1977 and Davis in 1989, and I remembered when Victor Buono — so deliciously desperate as Edwin Flagg in the movie — died very young, at age 43, in 1982. (Impossible to fathom that he was in his early twenties in Jane!)
There were very few other memorable faces in the film, but among them, future soap diva Anna Lee made an impression as the warring sisters' neighbor (she died at 91 in 2004), and of course Maidie Norman was wonderful as the righteous housekeeper Elvira (she died at 85 in 1998).
|Maidie as Crawford's smart-as-a-whip secretary in Torch Song. |
Video still via MGM
Norman had previously worked with Crawford on Torch Song (1953) — yes, the movie in which Crawford donned blackface:
|Gina Gillespie (bottom) with her sisters, including Mouseketeer Darlene |
Image via Academy Players Directory
That leaves the bit players and the kids:
Gina Gillespie, young Blanche, worked a lot — especially on TV — in the late '50s and early '60s, but stopped acting in 1966. Gillespie is now 65.
Julie Allred, who played young Jane, had only a small role in Two for the Seesaw (1962) and her juicy part in Jane before retiring from acting due to her Orthodox Jewish family's religious beliefs. She died in 2011 at 57.
Sadly, B.D. Hyman is still alive and will turn 70 in May. Bette's nasty daughter, who wrote a destitute man's version of Mommie Dearest because she'd become born-again and despised her mom, was the somnambulant daughter of the neighbor. When her mom died, she gave an ice-cold interview that chills me to this day (see above).
P.S. I'm not a defender of Hollywood stars at all costs — I believe Christina Crawford was abused by Joan, whom I still appreciate as a tremendous actress and star. It's so disturbing that some gay fans think she cashed in on her mom and made up all the abuse, which has been referenced or backed up by quite a few observers.
|Shepodd, Cloris Leachman & Jon Provost |
— all the bitches in this 1958 pic are still alive!
Except that bitch.
Image via CBS
Also, Jon Shepodd, listed as one of the cops in the movie, is apparently alive at 91, though he hasn't worked on TV or in the movies since 1963.
Finally, Debbie Burton gets credit for her singing voice in the film, but I couldn't find any info on who she is, was or hoped to be.
|GIF via Warner Bros.|
So there you have it — even dredging the depths of the uncredited players, the only living souls who appeared on-screen in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? are B.D. Hyman, Gina Gillespie and Jon Shepodd.
Officer Michael Hance, who tasted viral fame in 2015 when he was caught on video spontaneously doing a bump and grind with a reveler at the Gay Pride Parade, has succumbed to cancer at age 44.
His cancer was directly linked to his brave actions on 9/11, when he worked at the World Trade Center following the attacks.
Hance was diagnosed with cancer just this past November after a fall at home.
NYDN reports of his video antics:
The heterosexual Hance uplifted the city’s spirits two years ago when a cellphone video that showed him dancing, on duty and in uniform, with reveler Aaron Santis at the Manhattan pride parade went viral.Santis was marching with the Big Apple Softball League, an LGBT sports group, when he started dancing in front of Hance. The Queens cop quickly joined in and began grooving to the Michael Jackson song “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” with Santis. He then turned and started twerking while Santis was grinding behind him.Santis left Hance after giving him a big smooch on the cheek and a sticker from the softball league that read, “I’d hit that!”The 13-second video has been viewed 7,785,244 times, said Paige Ponzeka, who recorded the unique New York moment.
RIP, Officer Hance. Obituary here.
|Built Ford tough|
This man's man was only in the biz for 10 months, but made a big enough impression to jump start a singing career. How many of your fave popstars can take a fist in the out door? In 2012, Ford had this to say about his film career:
"I had moments that I enjoyed, I had moments where it was work, but all in all, I think I was able to keep it in perspective. That isn't always easy to do. Think about it. All of the [sic] sudden you're thrust into the public eye, feeling validated and desired on put on a pedestal, just for the way you look. If you don't know who you are, it can really fuck with your head. Just as in mainstream entertainment, but on a smaller level, celebrity and fame can become a drug that you need and want more of."
So can Colton Ford sex movies...but we're just going to have to make do with what we have