Updated February 2006
We had a great time in Los Angeles in October, 2005, doing "The Passion of the Crawford." LA makeup artist Jeff Judd helped me out and took these photos backstage...
and this one onstage with Steve Cuiffo.
Lainie Kazan and Julie Newmar were there opening night...
...and also Peggy Moffitt.
In November there was a trip to perform in Glasgow, Scotland. From there I traveled to London where I saw the new play "Coram Boy" at the National Theatre and then I took the Eurostar to Paris for a week. I made two trips to the wildly ornate Montmartre Cemetery...
...to photograph the famous graves - Francois Truffaut, Edgar Degas, Berlioz, Nijinsky, La Goulue (immortalized by Toulouse-Latrec), and many more - but the digital photo card got lost somewhere between Heathrow Airport and New York City. Nevertheless, here are some photos from a previous trip 1998 of graves of Dalida and Emile Zola, at the same cemetery.
And here's the marker on the grave of a very imaginative doctor. It's a three-dimensional bust with his head "in negative" and his torso, arm and pipe "in positive."
It's well worth a trip to this cemetery to see this unusual sights. I'll just have to go back really soon to get those other shots again!
One of the first things I did in Paris was go to the little CD/record store on Rue Simon le Franc that specializes in older diva types. An American fellow named Rei Muroji (formerly Robert) who has lived the past 35 years in Japan invited me to the famous concert hall The Olympia to see the beloved French singer Mirielle Mathieu. I had always wanted to go to The Olympia. Many great stars have triumphed there: Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli, and so on.
It was fascinating to watch the audience arrive, including Mlle. Mathieu's longtime couturier Christian Lacroix. The Olympia itself is rather shabby, but the audience didn't care. They stood up after every song.
Rei took these photos of the concert.
Her simple, French language version of "You Don't Send Me Flowers Anymore" was the high point of the evening for me.
The day after my return from Europe I performed at Bette Midler's 60th birthday party along with Nathan Lane, Rosie O'Donnell, 4 of the original Harlettes and Bette's husband Martin von Haselberg. Candace Bergen, Liz Smith, Toni Basil, David Bowie, Iman, Jann Wenner and scads of other fab types were there. I snapped Bette and Scott Wittman dancing to the score of the Fellini film "Juliet of the Spirits" at the dazzling fete on the Lower East Side.
The party was at a former synagogue - The Angel Orensanz Foundation on Norfolk Street - and among the guests were Barbara Walters and Andre Leon Talley.
Also on hand were Jenifer Lewis and Katie Couric (and playwright John Guare with his back to camera)...
Ula Hedwig, Joy Behar and Marc Shaiman...
and of course The Divine One herself.
Later in December I attended Donna Karan's Christmas party (that's me on the far right)...
...where I met the great 1970s fashion model Pat Cleveland!!!
Other recent fashion events include MAC's Asian-themed Fashion Week party...
...where these two below reminded me of the tiny twins in the old Japanese horror movie "Mothra!"
At Robert Bryan's fun and fizzy New Year's Day party I encountered visionary photographer Josef Astor and former model Dovanna.
And for those of you who like to see gratuitous shots of cute boys online, I happened upon this mohawked, tough-guy dreamboat at the MAO MAG Fashion Week party.
Dressing Rooms and Other Naughty Places
Spring Sprang Sprung 2005
2004's Big Bang
What Do Legends Become?
What Becomes a Legend Most?
Tammy And The Lyp
Caged and boxed celebrities
early 2000 antics
me and my infamous friends
fashion, fun and fanatacism
Chillin' with Puff Lyppy
Lypsinka and Faye Dunaway tete-a-tete at the 25th anniversary screening of "Chinatown".
At the premiere screening of "Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story."