Natalie Saved My Life Tonight

π™Έπš— 𝟷𝟿𝟻𝟻, πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΌπšŠπš•πš’πš‹πšž-πšœπšπš’πš•πšŽπš πš‹πš˜πš’-πš—πšŽπš‘πš-πšπš˜πš˜πš›, πšƒπšŠπš‹ π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›, πš‹πšŽπš•πš’πšŽπšŸπšŽπšœ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš‘πš’πšœ πšŒπšŠπš›πšŽπšŽπš› πš’πšœ πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πšœπšœπš’πš™ πš›πšŠπš π™²πš˜πš—πšπš’πšπšŽπš—πšπš’πšŠπš• 𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚜 πš‘πš’πš– πš’πš— πšŠπš— πš’πš—πš—πšžπšŽπš—πšπš˜-πš•πšŠπšŒπšŽπš πšŠπš›πšπš’πšŒπš•πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπš’πš—πš πšŠπš›πš›πšŽπšœπšπšŽπš 𝚊𝚝 𝚊 "πš•πš’πš–πš™-πš πš›πš’πšœπšπšŽπš πš™πšŠπš“πšŠπš–πšŠ πš™πšŠπš›πšπš’" πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ πš‘πšŽ 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπšŠπš–πš˜πšžπšœ. π™΅πš˜πš›πšπšžπš—πšŠπšπšŽπš•πš’ πšπš˜πš› πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πš’πšœπš’πš—πš πšœπšπšŠπš› 𝚘𝚏 "π™±πšŠπšπšπš•πšŽ π™²πš›πš’," π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšπš˜πš™πš•πšŠπš’ - 𝚊 πšπšŠπš—πš£πš’πš—πšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ 𝚊 πš–πšžπšŒπš‘ πš‹πš’πšπšπšŽπš› πšŒπš’πš›πšŒπšžπš•πšŠπšπš’πš˜πš— - πšŒπš˜πš–πšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšœπšŠπš–πšŽ πšπš’πš–πšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πšŠπš— πš’πšœπšœπšžπšŽ πšπšŽπšŠπšπšžπš›πš’πš—πš π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πšŠπš—πš "πšπšŽπš‹πšŽπš• πš†πš’πšπš‘πš˜πšžπš 𝚊 π™²πšŠπšžπšœπšŽ" πšŠπšŒπšπš›πšŽπšœπšœ π™½πšŠπšπšŠπš•πš’πšŽ πš†πš˜πš˜πš πš˜πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš˜πšŸπšŽπš› 𝚊𝚜 πšπš‘πšŽ "πš’πšŽπšŠπš›'𝚜 πš–πš˜πšœπš πš™πš˜πš™πšžπš•πšŠπš› πš—πšŽπš  πšœπšπšŠπš›πšœ." π™·πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πšŒπš›πšŽπšπš’πšπšœ πš†πš˜πš˜πš πš’πš— πš™πšŠπš›πš πšπš˜πš› πšœπšŠπšŸπš’πš—πš πš‘πš’πšœ πšŒπšŠπš›πšŽπšŽπš›. πšƒπš‘πšŽπš’ 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚒 πšπš›πš’πšŽπš—πšπšœ πšžπš—πšπš’πš• πš†πš˜πš˜πš'𝚜 πšπšŽπšŠπšπš‘ πš πš‘πšŽπš— πšœπš‘πšŽ πšπš›πš˜πš πš—πšœ 𝚘𝚏𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ 𝚌𝚘𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝚘𝚏 π™²πšŠπšπšŠπš•πš’πš—πšŠ π™Έπšœπš•πšŠπš—πš πšžπš—πšπšŽπš› πš–πš’πšœπšπšŽπš›πš’πš˜πšžπšœ πšŒπš’πš›πšŒπšžπš–πšœπšπšŠπš—πšŒπšŽπšœ.

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Tab Hunter Has a Secret

"π™Έπš πšπš˜πš˜πš” πš–πšŽ πš–πšžπšŒπš‘ 𝚝𝚘𝚘 πš•πš˜πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πšžπš—πšπšŽπš›πšœπšπšŠπš—πš πš‘πš˜πš  πš’πš πšŒπš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πšžπš—πšπš’πš• 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšœπš‘πšŠπš›πšŽπš πš’πš˜πšžπš› πšœπšŽπšŒπš›πšŽπš πš πš’πšπš‘ πš–πšŽ. πš‚πš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—' πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›, πš–πš–πš– πš–πš–πš–... πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—' πš˜πšŸπšŽπš›, πš–πš–πš– πš–πš–πš–... πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš‘πš’πš—πš'𝚜 πšŒπš˜πš–πš’πš—' πš˜πšŸπšŽπš› πš–πšŽ. π™Όπš’ πš‹πšŠπš‹πš’'𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚊 πšœπšŽπšŒπš›πšŽπš."

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Let's go...

Last night I was working on the upcoming zine "Dead in Hollywood: The Crucifixion of George Michael (Issue #11) when I spilled a glass of water on my laptop, frying it. I lost everything! Or so I thought. Spending three dollars a month on iCloud storage space turned out to be quite the bargain. The laptop was not so lucky. I'm still hoping to finish the issue before the L.A. Zine Fest on May 26th. I pray to George Michael that I will. "The Crucifixion of George Michael" will focus on Michael's arrest on April 8, 1998, for a "lewd act" in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills park, forcing the pop icon out of the closet. Michael's helped me come to terms with my own sexuality. At 13, my conservative, Trump-loving uncle bought me Michael's "Faith" album for Christmas. He's never really spoken to me after I came out years later in 1998. It's not just pop icons and mythical religious figures who are shunned and crucified. BTW, that uncle also introduced me to En Vogue's "Funky Divas" album on a road trip to Mexico when I was 14. Maybe I'll send him a copy of the zine when I'm finished. Maybe it'll free his mind and help heal the pain. DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD: THE CRUCIFIXION OF GEORGE MICHAEL (ISSUE #11) COMING SOON TO THE WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL PARK IN BEVERLY HILLS.

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Accepting Submissions!!!

Calling all Sal Mineo fans! What does Sal mean to you? Dead in Hollywood will be accepting submissions for the upcoming zine "Sal Mineo: The First Gay Teenager." The issue will focus on Sal's performance as one of the first gay teenagers in a major motion picture (Rebel Without a Cause) as well as Sal's groundbreaking 1972 interview where he comes out as bisexual. DM me for more details and feel free to forward this to any fellow Sal fans. Feel free to e-mail Dead in Hollywood at thehellfirepress@gmail.com for more info!

The Day I Met Carrie Fisher

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟻, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻, 𝙸 πš–πšŽπš πš–πš’ πšπš’πš›πšœπš πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš›.

πš†πš‘πšŽπš— 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš’πšŸπšŽ-πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ-πš˜πš•πš, 𝙸 𝚜𝚊𝚠 "πšπšŽπšπšžπš›πš— 𝚘𝚏 πšπš‘πšŽ π™ΉπšŽπšπš’" πš’πš— 𝚊 πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš• πšπš‘πšŽπšŠπšπšŽπš› πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŽπšŸπšŽπš— πšœπš–πšŠπš•πš•πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš πš— πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš–πš’πšπšπš•πšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πšƒπšŽπš‘πšŠπšœ. π™°πšœ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŒπš›πšŽπšπš’πšπšœ πš›πš˜πš•πš•πšŽπš, πš–πš’ πš πš˜πš›πš•πš πš˜πš™πšŽπš—πšŽπš πšžπš™. 𝙸 πšπšŽπšŒπš’πšπšŽπš πšπš‘πšŽπš— πšŠπš—πš πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 πšπš˜πš’πš—πš 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšžπš— 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 𝚝𝚘 𝚊 πšπšŠπš•πšŠπš‘πš’ πšπšŠπš›, πšπšŠπš› 𝚊𝚠𝚊𝚒 πšŠπš—πš πš“πš˜πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πšœ πš’πš— πšπš‘πšŽπš’πš› πšπš’πšπš‘πš πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπšŸπš’πš• πšŽπš–πš™πš’πš›πšŽ. πšƒπš‘πšŽπšœπšŽ πšπšŠπš—πšπšŠπšœπš’πšŽπšœ πšžπšœπšžπšŠπš•πš•πš’ πšŽπš—πšπšŽπš πš’πš— πšŠπš— πšŠπš πšŠπš›πšπšœ πšŒπšŽπš›πšŽπš–πš˜πš—πš’ πš πš’πšπš‘ π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš πš’πš—πš πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš–πšŽπšπšŠπš• 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› πšπš˜πš› πš–πš’ πš‹πš›πšŠπšŸπšŽπš›πš’ πšŠπšπšŠπš’πš—πšœπš πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš˜πš›πšŒπšŽπšœ 𝚘𝚏 πšŽπšŸπš’πš•. 𝙸 πšπš’πšπš—'𝚝 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš’πš πšπš‘πšŽπš—, πš‹πšžπš πšπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπšŠπš• π™Ώπš›πš’πš—πšŒπšŽπšœπšœ π™»πšŽπš’πšŠ πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽπšœπšπš˜πš  πšžπš™πš˜πš— πš–πšŽ 𝚊 πš‹πšŠπšπšπšŽ 𝚘𝚏 πš‘πš˜πš—πš˜πš› 𝚘𝚏 πš–πš’ πš˜πš πš— πšπš‘πš’πš›πšπš’ πš’πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ πš•πšŠπšπšŽπš›. 𝙸 πšπš˜πš•πš π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πš’πš— 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟻 πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš› πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ 𝙸 πš›πšŽπšŠπš•πš’πš£πšŽπš πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚐𝚊𝚒. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš‘πš˜πš πš•πšŽπš, πšπšŽπš•πš•πš’πš—πš πš–πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš πšŠπšœπš—'𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πš›πšœπš 𝚐𝚊𝚒 πš–πšŠπš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπšŠπš•πš• πš’πš— πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ πš πš’πšπš‘ πš‘πšŽπš›. πš‚πš‘πšŽ πš™πšžπš•πš•πšŽπš πš–πšŽ πš’πš— πšŒπš•πš˜πšœπšŽ, 𝚜𝚚𝚞𝚎𝚎𝚣𝚎𝚍 πš–πšŽ, πšŠπš—πš πšœπšπšŠπš›πšπšŽπš πš”πš’πšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš–πš’ 𝚏𝚊𝚌𝚎.

π™Ύπš— π™³πšŽπšŒπšŽπš–πš‹πšŽπš› 𝟸𝟽, 𝟸𝟢𝟷𝟼, π™²πšŠπš›πš›πš’πšŽ π™΅πš’πšœπš‘πšŽπš› πšπš’πšŽπš. πšƒπš‘πšŽ πš›πšŽπš‹πšŽπš•πš•πš’πš˜πš— πš•πš’πšŸπšŽπšœ πš˜πš—.

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Geneva Williams: A Footnote in a Footnote's Footnotes

Hard at work on Dead in Hollywood: Dorothy Dandridge (Issue #9) and I’m finding it difficult to pull myself away from her mother, Ruby’s, story. Ruby was a successful radio and television actress in her own right who left her husband to live with her β€œcompanion” in 1922 America. Can you imagine? Sadly, her companion, Geneva Williams, was not a good woman. She overworks Dorothy and her sister, Vivian, and sexually assaults Dorothy one night after Dorothy returns home from her first date with a boy. I’d love to learn more about Geneva, but she’s become a footnote in another footnote’s footnotes.

Ruby Dandridge

Reading up on Dorothy Dandridge's life, I find myself drawn to her mother, Ruby Dandridge. Five months before Dorothy is born, Ruby leaves her husband, Cyril Dandridge, and moves in with her "companion," Geneva Williams. This was 1922! A black woman divorcing her husband was almost unheard of at the time and not to mention the fact that Ruby was also pregnant with Dorothy. But that's exactly what she does. She chooses not only to survive but to thrive in the repressed society of the 1920’s. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like for Ruby.

Dead in Hollywood: The River Jonny (issue 4.5)

πšƒπš‘πšŽ πšπš’πšŸπšŽπš› π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ πš’πšœ 𝚊 πšπš’πšŒπšπš’πš˜πš—πšŠπš• πš£πš’πš—πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš˜πšžπš πšŠπš— πšŠπšœπš™πš’πš›πš’πš—πš πšŠπšŒπšπš˜πš› πš—πšŠπš–πšŽπš π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ πš πš‘πš˜ πš‹πšŽπšŠπš›πšœ 𝚊 πš™πšŠπšœπšœπš’πš—πš πš›πšŽπšœπšŽπš–πš‹πš•πšŠπš—πšŒπšŽ 𝚝𝚘 πšπš’πšŸπšŽπš› π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšŽπš—πš’πš‘. π™³πšŽπšŠπš πš’πš— π™·πš˜πš•πš•πš’πš πš˜πš˜πš πšƒπš˜πšžπš›πšœ πš‘πš’πš›πšŽπšœ π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ 𝚝𝚘 πš›πšŽ-πšŽπš—πšŠπšŒπš π™Ώπš‘πš˜πšŽπš—πš’πš‘'𝚜 πšπšŽπšŠπšπš‘ 𝚊𝚝 πšπš‘πšŽ πš…πš’πš™πšŽπš› πšπš˜πš˜πš– πšπš˜πš› πšžπš—πšœπšžπšœπš™πšŽπšŒπšπš’πš—πš πšπš˜πšžπš›πš’πšœπšπšœ - πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ πšžπš™ 𝚝𝚘 πšœπš’πš‘ πšπš’πš–πšŽπšœ 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚒! "πš†πš‘πš’ πš‹πšŽ πš’πš˜πšžπš›πšœπšŽπš•πš πš πš‘πšŽπš— 𝚒𝚘𝚞 πšŒπšŠπš— πš‹πšŽ πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš˜πš—πšŽ πšŽπš•πšœπšŽ, πšœπš˜πš–πšŽπš πš‘πšŽπš›πšŽ πšŽπš•πšœπšŽ? 𝚈𝚘𝚞 πš”πš—πš˜πš  πš πš‘πšŠπš 𝙸 πš–πšŽπšŠπš—?" - π™Ήπš˜πš—πš—πš’ 

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Deathiversary Part 2: Rock Hudson

Throughout his career, numerous magazines declared Rock Hudson "Star of the Year" and β€œFavorite Leading Man.”  Hudson appeared in nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. In 1956 he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Giant" - alongside James Dean. Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.

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