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Jane Fonda on why gays relate to her story

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda says in a new interview that she was surprised at how much gay men related to her acclaimed 2004 autobiography My Life So Far.

‘When I wrote my memoir, which I assumed was mostly a woman’s story that would be appreciated by women, what really struck me is how many men – especially gay men – really responded to it,’ Fonda says in the September issue of Out Magazine.

Fonda has been married three times – to director Roger Vadim, politician Tom Hayden and CNN founder Ted Turner - and wrote that she changed herself considerably for each man.

She also had a father, actor Henry Fonda, who was emotionally distant and a mother who committed suicide when Jane was 12.

The actress says she and gay men share ‘that feeling of, “If I’m not perfect, if I’m not what people want me to be, no one will love me. I don’t fit in.”‘

The 76-year-old actress says that’s why she worked with the late activist Harvey Milk in the 1970s.

‘I was kind of a straight activist fort the gay struggle,’ she says.

Fonda has since become more aware of trans issues and wrote about them in her more recent book called Being a Teen.

‘I have a chapter in sexual identities that I think is one of the best chapters,’ she says. ‘It was really important to me and I had a lot of gay friends and trans friends edit for me, because after living in Georgia and seeing the tremendous pain – it’s such a homophobic place – and kids who kill themselves, it was very important to me to get it right.’


Flashback Video: When Greg Louganis acknowledged he is HIV positive in interview with Barbara Walters

I’d seen this interview many times in the years after it first aired because I taped it with my VHS recorder.

Well, we all know what happens to VHS tapes – they just start to disintegrate!

So thank God for YouTube.

I just came across the interview Greg Louganis did with Barbara Walters for 20-20 back in 1995. Watched it again last night and it is even more amazing than I remember it to be. Greg is so brave, so calm and so honest.

This is a year before any of the life-saving HIV drugs were introduced so at the time of the interview, Greg had AIDS.

Thank God that nearly 20 years later he’s still with us, looking so healthy and a happily married newlywed.

Also, I have to point out just how wonderful Miss Walters is in this interview – how much compassion and lack of homophobia she has.


Happy 75th Birthday to Lily Tomlin!

The great, truly great Lily Tomlin turns 75 years young today and behalf of the staff here are Greg In Hollywood (ha!), I’d like to wish this comedy genius a very happy day.

Lily is so smart and so sharp and so funny but also such a terrific actress in dramatic roles too.

She can do it all.

to celebrate her, I’ve selected some random clips including a detergent commercial parody that had me in stitches right now. There’s some Ernestine (with Cher!) as well as a clip of an interview with Rosie O’Donnell about coming out and finally, her explosion on the set of I Heart Huckabees (I hope she doesn’t mind – it’s such a great rant!).

Happy birthday to a national treasure.

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Monday Morning Man: Nicholas Bishop!

Watched an episode of USA Network’s Covert Affairs the other day and became quickly smitten with this hunky actor from Australia.

He’s 40-year-old Nicolas Bishop and he plays Ryan McQuaid, a former Navy SEAL turned private contractor billionaire during the show’s current fifth season.

He was previously best known for his role as Detective Peter Baker on the Aussie soap opera Home and Away and as Peter Dunlop on the ABC medical drama Body of Proof.

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Leslie Jordan reflects on short-lived “Celebrity Big Brother UK” stint: “I turned into a screaming harridan!!”

Leslie Jordan is one of the funniest men alive and I just love his honesty.

The Emmy winner (Will & Grace) who has also starred in Sordid Lives, The Help, and Southern Baptist Sissies has just posted on Facebook about his short-lived experience on Celebrity Big Brother UK.

Here is his recap in his own hilarious words:
I’m snuggled up in a tiny cubbie hole up in the eaves of a beautiful London hotel. You have no idea what I have been through. I made the poor decision to try reality television. My goal was to make some money and to introduce my self to a whole new audience as the show was called CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER UK. I thought it would improve my ticket sales when I PERFORM in London. The whole Big Brother franchise began in Holland as a social experiment. They wanted to see what would happen if 12 or so people from radically different socio-economic backgrounds, of various ages and of distinctly different race and sexual orientatrion were denied access to any outside influences and thrown together for an extended period. I will tell you what happens. PURE HELL. ABSOLUTE TORTURE. MAYHEM. I consider myself a kindly and well behaved human being. I turned into a screaming harridan!! There was a stripper who now lives in LA and Las Vegas but hails from France who, in my humble opionion, is a mentally unstable. She got mad at all of us because she is a devout vegan but is like a little mean squirrel who began to hoard food all over the place. When we discovered this, someone took her food and put it back in the storage room to be made available to all. She had a fit. Went into the storage room and distroyed all our food. Pulled pasta out of the boxes and stomped on it. Opened bags of flour used for our bread making and threw it all on the floor. I was livid. I have this really uncanny ability to know people “Achilles heels”. I walked into the bedroom, looked her in the the face and asked, “What happened to you in childhood to create this nasty disposition you exude?” She screamed in a heavy French accent, “I was raised surrounded by maids!” I yelled back, “Oh please. You crawled out of a Paris sewer! You’re nothing but a dirty, French whore!” I REALLY REGRET LOSING MY TEMPER. It made her so mad, she went in my drawer and cut up my underpants with scissors! And I was the one who was called out on the carpet for inexcusable behavior. OH! SO YOU CANNOT MAKE VERBAL THREATS BUT YOU CAN GO INTO SOMEONES PRIVATE DRAWERS AND DISTROY THEIR BELONGINGS??? Well, honey, it makes for good TV viewing which says alot about how far down the scale entertainment has slid. To make a long story short, I was voted out of the house a few days ago. THANK THE GOOD LORD ABOVE. I really do not think I could have stood another night of farts, snores and drunken revelry. We all had to sleep in the same bedroom. HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS: the English public (apparently they only vote on who they want out and assumed I was safe) SEEMS TO LOVE ME. I cannot get down the street without shouts of encouragement. So I plan to make a triumphant return before Christmas. Meanwhile, I have two weeks in London completely paid for with a very generous daily allowance for food! A HOLIDAY!! They want to keep me here to do press and to appear on the BIG FINALE on September 12, I think it is!!! If you can find clips of the show, you really must take a look at my outbursts. I realize that even when on my WORST BEHAVIOUR, I’m still pretty FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Showtune Sunday: When Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin held court at US Open

The queen of the US Open in recent years has been five-time champion Serena Williams.

But Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York City has also played host to some music royalty.

With this year’s the tournament at the halfway point today, I present to you performances by the late Whitney Houston, the dazzling Diana Ross and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.


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Morning Man Classic: Richard Gere, 65 today!

Richard Gere turns 65 years old today and, like Paul Newman did, he has aged like fine wine.

I posted mostly photos of a very young Gere here from the American Gigolo era but he’s been gorgeous throughout a career that has also included such films as An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, Runaway Bride, Unfaithful, Sommersby, Arbitrage, and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor

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How hunky Steve Grand got naked and wet for ALS Challenge but wasted no water

Steve Grand of All American Boy fame has taken off his clothes.

And it’s not even Christmas!

The reason is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but Steve, as always, did it his way.

He explains it all on Facebook:

I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause. I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. Video to come soon. I’m donating to ALS (visit as well as 2 other charities I am passionate about. ( and a local LGBTQ homeless youth charity). I nominate ALL of you, to find a charity you are passionate about (in addition to ALS), do your research, and donate according to your means. Love you all! -Steve


See Joan Rivers’ most recent appearances on Letterman, Fallon and Howard Stern

Joan Rivers is unlike any other 81 year old.

This summer, she’s been out making all kinds of appearances promoting her latest book Diary of a Mad Diva, shooting episodes of Fashion Police for E! and In Bed With Joan for the web.

That’s why it is so sad and scary that she remains unconscious in a hospital in New York City. She’s been on fire and as recently as Wednesday night was doing live comedy. The next day she went into cardiac arrest during a vocal cord procedure.

She’s still got so much to do!

Anyway, here are some of Joan’s most recent major appearances with Letterman and Howard Stern and also her appearance with Jimmy Fallon, the first time she’d been on The Tonight Show since 1986. She had been banned by Johnny Carson – a ban kept in place by Jay Leno.

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Days of Our Lives: Will is down on himself and reveals why the article was so important to him

Not a good time in the life of Will Horton.

The magazine article he wrote about his family has alienated him from them and he realizes he’s made other big blunders in the past such as letting his dad go to jail for a shooting that he committed and got his ex-girlfriend pregnant even after he knew he was gay.

Because of these things, the article was supposed to be his opportunity to finally show the people of Salem that he could do something right.

Big miscalculation Will!

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Michael Sam is cut by St. Louis Rams – is thankful for the “tremendous opportunity”

We will never know what would have happened to Michael Sam had he decided to remain in the closet before embarking on an NFL career.

He was a late pick by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft then played the pre-season under much scrutiny and, by all accounts, performed solidly.

But it was not enough.

Earlier today, Sam was cut by the team and we will know by tomorrow if another team will pick him up. If not, he can be a part of the Rams practice squad.


Tweeted Sam: “The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.”

He also tweeted: ‘I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.’

The move came as teams across the league reduced their squads to 53 players.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at a news conference: “I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike, I really was. And I don’t say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do.

“It was a football decision, and the decision is no different than any other decision that we make. It was a football decision. It was a football decision back in May to draft Mike. … He’s not about drawing attention to himself. He kept his head down and worked and you can’t ask anything more out of any player for that matter.”


“The Normal Heart” now out on DVD – see it now!

If you have not seen the film that won the Emmy on Sunday for Best TV Movie, then do rent or buy it and see what all the fuss is about.

You will be so enthralled by Mark Rufallo’s impassioned performance and devastated by Matt Bomer’s. You will see Jim Parsons in a role far from Sheldon Cooper and Julia Roberts give one of the strongest performances of her career.

You will wonder how none of them won Emmys, you will wonder how Ryan Murphy did not win for his skillful direction and most of all, you will wonder why in the hell Larry Kramer did not win for screenplay.

But in the end, the film got made and it is stellar and it is important and it can teach people about a terrible time not so long ago and how dying gay people were treated in this country.

And amid this horror, heroes emerge – heroes like Larry Kramer.


Gearing up for “Mommie Dearest” screening tonight with trio of Crawford/Dunaway videos

Gee, I wonder if Faye Dunaway will show up for tonight’s benefit screening of Mommie Dearest at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Of course not!

I’ve never seen the movie with a crowd so I’m rather giddy with excitement and to further ratchet up my giddiness, have been going through some Mommie Dearest related clips and thought I’d share them with you.

The first is the famous Pepsi board room scene which I think Dunaway just nails and the third video is the actual Miss Crawford doing a bizarre supermarket promotion for Pepsi. She’s far nicer to the little girl in the video than she was to Christina but you kinda think once cameras were off she took out a wire hanger and smacked the kid with it.

The most delicious video is #2 where actress Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann in the film, shares with an audience some of her diaries from the making of the film. It seems that Dunaway was a real nightmare – what a surprise!


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Joan Rivers’ daughter thankful for outpouring of support, asks public to keep her mom in prayers

There’s a lot of concern right now for Joan Rivers who went into cardiac arrest yesterday during a procedure on her vocal cords.

Her daughter, Melissa, flew from LA to New York City to be with her mom who is in critical but stable condition.

Melissa has released this statement: ‘I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.’


Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce joins the cast of “The Good Wife” in recurring role

What a welcome return to series television.

The oh-so gifted David Hyde Pierce is joining the red-hot CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role for its sixth season.

The Frazier alum will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to effect change, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Pierce won four Emmys during his nine seasons as Niles Crane on Frasier.

He has since been a smash on Broadway starring in the musical Spamalot and winning a Tony Award for the musical Curtains.

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Meredith Baxter is adjusting to life in Y&R’s Genoa City where, she jokes, “everyone is so inbred”

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

That was easy street!

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she has to learn a lot more lines in a much shorter time.

‘Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn’t always have,’ she tells TV Guide magazine.

‘Back on Family Ties, (co-star) Michael Gross would know his lines letter perfect, while I’d write mine on a piece of paper and stick it in his jacket pocket so I could get at them quickly. No way you can do that on Y&R.’

The plots on Family Ties were simple compared to what is going on in Genoa City, the fictional town where The Young and the Restless is set.

‘Everyone in Genoa City is so inbred,’ Baxter says, laughing.

‘And their problems! “I killed my brothers and one of my children, then married my daughter off to white slavery, only it turned out she’s my mother.” I’m in a whole new world!’

Baxter, who married Nancy Locke last December, plays a chatty barfly named Maureen on the soap. The character has secret connections to the town.

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Friday Morning Man: Julian Gabriel!

Tough to find any photos of model Julian Gabriel - what a nice “problem” to have!

He’s a Miami-based model who also happens to be a law student. A beauty with brains!

Julian was signed with Elite Models after being discovered through pictures on Facebook from when he was at a music festival in Miami called Ultra.

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Late Night Video: See Jon Stewart ridicule ESPN’s reporting about Michael Sam taking a shower

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Snapped! An ageless, and shirtless, John Stamos

Okay, I’m going to try not to hate him because he’s beautiful but it’s really, really hard not to.

John Stamos at 51 looks better than most people do at 31.

The former star of Full House, ER, Jake in Progress, General Hospital, Dreams and You Again (I’m not going to mention that show he did with his ex-wife) at least shares his beauty with us with these Instagram posts.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to head for the gym.


See latest episode of Joan Rivers’ web series “In Bed With Joan” with guests Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

With Joan Rivers having a serious health scare today, thought I should post the latest episode of her web show In Bed With Joan with guests LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian.

They chat about her beginnings on Star Search, being a child star, LeAnn’s new album, and his brief career as part of a band in Canada.

Speedy recovery Joan!