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Tallulah Bankhead

“Daddy always warned me about men and alcohol, but he never said a thing about women and cocaine.”  “Wise words” from our lovable, didn’t- give- a- damn bi-sexual. But even “Tallu,” as open and outrageous as she was, had her struggles with the times she lived in. In the thirties when Marlene Dietrich was cut […]

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Gay Couple Together for 58 Years

Ray Fritz, a member of this site who is a fantastic and versatile actor as well as being a knowledgable historian of early 20th century New York City sent me an article that I think is perfect for beginning the New Year. It is about a gay couple who met shortly after World War 2 […]

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“Number, please.”

“Get off the phone.  I need to make a call.” When I was small I would hear my grandmother yelling into the phone. “Get off the phone.  I need to use it.  You’ve been on the line too long.” And sometimes the other woman would yell back, “Stop listening in on my call!”  It was […]

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A Guest Post from The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide

A couple of weeks ago I was reading the blog for The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide and found an entry that I found so painfully funny I wanted to share it with you.  The link to their blog is below.  The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide is a journal I couldn’t do without.  It […]

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Brunch in New York in 1943

Last night I was with my writing group, The Oracles, some of the most amazingly talented writers I have ever known.  I am so thrilled to be included in their number.  I’m always grateful for the helpful feedback they give me. They’re all playwrights. I am too, only now I’m finishing up a novel. The […]

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Do You Know Who Patsy Kelly Was?

For a long time most Hollywood actors (and people for that matter) were not out.  To openly proclaim oneself to be a gay man or a Lesbian was to commit professional suicide and it could also put your life in jeopardy.  However, there was one… During the thirties and forties Patsy Kelly was a successful […]

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US Armed Services and Purple Discharges for Homosexuals

World War II was the first war in which the Armed Services established rules against allowing homosexuals to serve.  However, the kinds of questions psychiatrists devised to detect homosexuals were pretty silly.  They would ask a male inductee things like, “Do you like girls?” and this man could answer quite honestly “yes,”  because he didn’t […]

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Little Known Facts About The Stage Door Canteen

In the second half of my novel,  JULIANA, World War 2 breaks out.  Alice’s theatrical career isn’t going so hot so in a burst of patriotic fervor she  volunteers at the Stage Door Canteen. Volunteering also had a little something to do with being so close to Gertrude Lawrence, Broadway star that Alice thought she’d perish. […]

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Welcome to JulianaTheNovel

Alice Huffman comes to New York City from the potato fields of Long Island in 1941 to make her way on the Broadway stage only to discover she has no talent. At least, not for the stage. She meets Juliana, a perpetually on the brink of stardom cabaret singer, who is a sexual risk-taker during […]

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How to Dial a Telephone

Sometime in the 1950s (I haven’t been able to locate an exact date, but I’d like to.  Hint, hint) New York City converted from operated assisted dialing to direct dial. (FYI: Party lines in New York City had been eliminated in the 1930s, although they existed for a long time afterwards in the rest of […]

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