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    Storm were so thrilling to little Johnny that he wrote the book music and lyrics for a 1986 musical called Dial M For Model based on his Millie fascination I Lypsinka starred as titian haired Mannequin St Claire the character inspired by Chili and the show was produced originally at the legendary Pyramid Club and later at LaMaMa E T C Now my maid and I want to share with

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    hated her role as the unctuous TV hostess Madeline calling it an ageless sexless caricature but she is hilarious in the part nevertheless She turned down the Kay Thompson role in Funny Face another ageless sexless caricature but took a non singing part in the not very good musical remake of The Women called The Opposite Sex That s Dolores singing the title tune over the credits Then came the Minnelli mistake Kismet and finally Dolores MGM swan song Designing Woman a charming colorful comedy in which she is most definitely neither ageless nor sexless Dolores in her quintessential role as television hostess Madeline Bradville in It s Always Fair Weather Serving it to the camera Look at that waistline Although Dolores movie career never really took off like it could have she was a great star on Broadway and in London s West End Some of her triumphs included appearing in the revue Two On The Aisle with Bert Lahr replacing Angela Lansbury as Mama Rose in Gypsy playing Frenchie in the Broadway version of Destry Rides Again co starring Andy Griffith and which prompted Dolores and her controversial stage mother to get into an infamous offstage in the columns fight with choreographer Michael Kidd introducing the song Here s That Rainy Day and thereby winning a Tony Award in Carnival In Flanders singing the show stopping title song in the 1960s failure Sherry based on the play The Man Who Came To Dinner and returning to London in the late 80s revival of Stephen Sondheim s Follies In the 50s and 60s Dolores frequently appeared on television and performed a successful nightclub act into the 70s She cut many singles for Decca Records and when Marilyn Monroe s voice could not be used on the soundtrack album of

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    photo of Dolores in Annie Get Your Gun although it may not be the late 1940s London production Dolores profile was different before she went Hollywood She played Annie in summer stock after she famously starred in the show in the U K And speaking of Hollywood what can be more Hollywood than this Notice that Dolores last name is misspelled on the clapboard Here is La Gray in her most memorable screen role as Madeline the unctuous TV hostess in It s Always Fair Weather In 1954 Dolores won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical Here she is with Audrey Hepburn and Jo Van Fleet The musical that Dolores starred in was Carnival in Flanders It was not a success which could explain why Dolores has a tan Dolores was very candid and her conversation was peppered with a few choice words When John Epperson visited her at her home he brought his own macrobiotic food Dolores abruptly asked What is that glop G L O P glop When Epperson replied that it was a soy product that tasted like turkey Diva Gray announced Bullshit It has to be turkey to taste like turkey Dolores had it

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    to see My friends and I live in a transient hotel on West 71st Street which seems as far from the East Village as Hazlehurst from New Orleans So when we set out one afternoon to Theater 80 St Mark s Place to see Funny Face starring Kay Thompson Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire we haven t gauged our traveling time very well We don t know that it takes two subway trains and several blocks to walk to get there Finally we arrive and the movie has already started We prefer to see the movie from the beginning but we have come a long way so we pay our money and walk into the strange dark theater which is damp and cool I catch a glimpse of Dovima the pale fashion model on the tiny curved screen She is leaving a bookstore There is a charming scene between Hepburn and Astaire Then there is Kay Thompson and at last I have a face to put to the name to put to the personality She is stylish and brassy I am intrigued She traipses all over Paris shouting Tres gai tres chic tres magnifique I am fascinated In a vest and a tight skirt and with a beret on her head she mops up the floor with Fred Astaire in Clap Yo Hands I am hooked I want to be Kay Thompson Miss Thompson was a brilliant musician and personality who was ultimately way too sophisticated for Hollywood So she put an act together that changed nightclub life in the 50s Once that had been done she turned her mad creativity to Eloise Throughout the 60s there were the occasional TV appearances and one small role in the Otto Preminger movie Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon starring

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    Of Life In the 1970s and 80s a new appreciation of Sirk began to grow and filmmakers and critics began to admit his influence Rainer Werner Fassbinder always acknowledged Sirk s effect on his own work Fassbinder s Ali Fear Eats The Soul is an unauthorized remake of All That Heaven Allows John Water s epic Female Trouble starring Divine is modeled after Imitation Of Life The structure of Sirk s other masterwork Written on the Wind in which the ending of the movie is shown at the beginning was borrowed by maverick filmmaker Russ Meyer for his chef d oeuvre Beyond the Valley of the Dolls There is a reference to Sirk in the 50s theme restaurant scene in Pulp Fiction Lora Meredith Lana Turner says no to missing her daughter s graduation by refusing the juiciest role of her career Raina in Amerigo Felluci s No More Laughter Wrong move say I the fabulous Lypsinka And my theory is that even Hitchcock was influenced by Sirk Look at the last scene of Imitation Of Life and the last scene of Hitchcock s The Birds They re practically the same scene In Hitchcock s neglected masterpiece Marnie there is an establishing shot of the facade of a house with a tilted camera so that you can see a person at a downstairs window and another person at an upstairs window on the other side of the house Sirk had already used this shot in Written On The Wind Also in Marnie in the pretend psychoanalysis scene with Sean Connery Tippi Hedren shrieks White white WHITE Susan Kohner had delivered the same line reading in a very different context 5 years earlier in Imitation Of Life Sirk and Hitchcock worked at the same studio Imitation Of Life was on the

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    Mother Emeritus Others says she was the dearest most thoughtful person in the world Maybe she was both and a lot more in between Joan Worship is a religion For those of you who are members of the congregation feast your eyes on some of these rare photos and graphics many of them loaned to me by Ron and Howard Mandelbaum of Photofest in New York City CLICK ON THE

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  • In the Press
    Versace We call this the Joan Collins look In a Zandra Rhodes headdress No words needed when wearing Bob Mackie or well nothing Be sure to read about Lypsinka in two recent books Sam Staggs Close up On Sunset Boulevard and TVparty Television s Untold Tales by Billy Ingram of tvparty com fame Here are some links to Washington D C articles about Lypsinka Summer 2002 http www washingtonpost com

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  • In the Press
    Karl Lagerfeld in his Paris apartment Draped in Calvin Klein for Allure magazine Polaroid by Reudi Hoffman The dreamy model was very nice Where is he now Lurking backstage at the Thierry Mugler show With the bookshelf known as Brigitte Neilsen and fun gal Sandra Bernhard a la Mugler No it s not The Lyp It s Joan Crawford enduring a wardrobe test for Torch Song Interview with Lypsinka read

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