Showing posts with label Freckles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freckles. Show all posts

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17

Sexy in black & white:

Clifton Webb

Born in Indianapolis as Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, Clifton Webb (1889-1966) was an unlikely movie star. He began his career as a professional ballroom dancer at age nineteen, and by 1924 he was appearing on Broadway, eventually working his way into a few roles in silent films. During the 1930s Webb was under contract to MGM, but was little used. He continued to work mostly as a stage actor, notably in operettas, musical reviews and Noel Coward’s comedies Blithe Spirit and Present Laughter.

It was not until he was fifty-five years old that he had a chance at movie stardom. Webb found himself cast by Otto Preminger as columnist Waldo Lydecker in Laura (1944), over the objections of Darryl F. Zanuck, the head of 20th Century Fox. The film was a huge success, and Webb received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. A scant two years later he received his second Oscar nomination for his role in The Razor’s Edge (1946).

According to Scotty Bowers (Full Service, 2012), Webb was “obsessively proper, correct and well-mannered...polite to the point of being irritating.” Webb lived with his overbearing mother Mabelle his entire life. “Even though she knew he was gay, she would never discuss the fact with anyone. He took his mother everywhere: to movie sets, dinner parties, and even on vacation. They were inseparable.” Bowers writes that “Cliff was so outlandishly camp that he advertised his sexuality to all and sundry merely by walking into a room.” When asked if he were gay by director Jean Negulesco in 1952, Webb drew himself to full height and replied, “Devout, my boy, devout.”

Webb played the cantankerous and snide babysitter Lynn Belvedere in the huge hit comedy film Sitting Pretty (1948), for which he received yet another Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actor. He appeared in two sequels as Mr. Belvedere, a role that was not far off from his personal life.

According to Jerry Frebowitz, “Clifton’s public social life...was legendary, as the star and his omnipresent mother Mabelle threw lavish Hollywood parties. He was inseparable from Mabelle, who called her son “Little Webb” his entire life. He lived with his mother until she died at age ninety-one in 1960. When she passed, Webb withdrew into relative seclusion, causing his good friend, noted playwright Noel Coward, to remark, as only he could, ‘It must be difficult to be orphaned at seventy.’ ” Clifton was not able to recover from his mother’s death, and when he died six years later, he was buried next to her in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Their graves remain a popular tourist destination in star-obsessed Hollywood.

Clifton Webb (in tub) with Dana Andrews in Laura (1944):

Webb appeared in twenty films after his success in Laura. His only film role after his mother’s death was Satan Never Sleeps (1962), in which he played Father Bovard, a self-sacrificing priest. Webb continued to mourn the loss of his mother until his own death from a heart attack in 1966.


Jerry Frebowitz at

Scotty Bowers – Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood (2012)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 20

Oh wait, there's more.
Double denim weekend, part II.

Now, back to the tan lines:

Short film treat:  The Footbagger

Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19

Feeling blue:

Don’t stop the music 
Can’t ever get enough of Jamie Cullum.
Rihanna who?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13

Many readers have asked for details about openly gay model-singer-songwriter Steve Grand, whose YouTube video of his original country-infused song All American Boy has racked up more than 1,300,000 views since its upload on July 2 (scroll down to the end of my July 10 post for that video).

In 2012 Steve recorded a cover of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love”, and it puts Wayne’s performance to shame. There's no hiding this boy's talent. Have a look and listen.

Words & music (2011) by Dwayne Carter, Noel Fisher, Jermaine Preyan, Lamar Seymour, Lanelle Seymour.

And here’s another photo from Steve’s modeling days. Rather easy on the eyes.

But I digress. Back to the sexy tan lines, gentlemen:

With a side of denim:

Jared Allman

Growing up Southern, Mormon, and Gay

Twenty-nine-year-old gay actor Jared Allman was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in a Mormon family on a 500-acre farm in East Tennessee.

OK, that’s already three strikes against him.

After earning a business degree from Tusculum College, a private Presbyterian-affiliated institution in Greeneville, TN, Jared's first job was in the music business doing merchandising for various touring artists. He later worked for a talent agency in Nashville, then moved on to pursue his passion for acting. He appeared in several country music videos on CMT as well as in a couple of docu-series on the Travel and Disney channels.

His first film appearance was in "Figure/Ground" (2011), a short by Daniel Henry that was featured at the Nashville Film Festival. The same year Jared was a key player in season 2 of the Sundance Channel's popular reality series "Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: Nashville," the highest rated original series ever for the network. His next role was his feature film debut, the Indie hit "Scenes from a Gay Marriage" by Matt Riddlehoover. Filmed in Nashville, the movie premiered in 2012. Another Riddlehoover film, "West Hollywood Motel" (2013) followed.

Another of Jared's acting projects, a comedy called "Daughter" (2013), is currently in post-production. Jared is collaborating with Riddlehoover on a romantic comedy in pre-production titled "You Could Have Called First" (2014). He will also appear in the sequel to "Scenes from a Gay Marriage," set to be released in 2015.

Jared, who is beyond photogenic, now lives in Lawrenceville, GA, having relocated to the Atlanta area last year. He's also working on a new project, penning his first book, "Kinda Good at Everything: Growing up Southern, Mormon, and Gay."

Stay tuned for future updates about this up-and-coming man of influence. I leave you with another bit of eye candy.

You're welcome.