More of the OUT 100 revealed: Actress Meredith Baxter, singer Rufus Wainwright and Tony winners Levi Kreis and Nathan Lane!
Joining Chris Colfer, T.R. Knight, Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Stipe, Christine Quinn, Scissor Sisters and Rich Ross on the annual Out 100 list is a quartet of really talented people: Meredith Baxter, Rufus Wainwright, Nathan Lane and Levi Kreis!
It’s been more than 10 months since Miss Baxter, the beloved star of Family Ties and an Emmy nominee for The Betty Broderick Story (she should have won!) came out in a very public way.
“I feel like I’m being honest for the first time,” she told People magazine last December. The actress has been with partner Nancy Locke for four years
I loved watching Meredith on the ABC drama Family when I was a kid and wished I could live in a guest house on my parent’s property like her character of Nancy did. And if you want to see one of her funniest performances ever, rent or buy the comedy The Mostly Unfabulous Life of Ethan Green.
These days, Meredith has her own skincare line called Meredith Baxter Simple Works from which she donates a portion of the profits to the Meredith Baxter Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.
Next up: a memoir in which she’ll discuss her fight with breast cancer, her 19 years of sobriety, and her decision to come out.
The magazine writes: It’s been 12 years since he released his self-titled debut album to a torrent of critical acclaim. Since then, Wainwright’s career trajectory has been anything but expected.
With work ranging from maudlin, sentimental music hall songs to folkie, lyrically nuanced hymns, his inclinations are so unexpected that his records are events—not because of, but despite, his sexuality.
Whether he be archly recreating Judy Garland’s campy turn at Carnegie Hall or flexing his more ostentatious muscles in his full-length opera, Prima Donna, the performer is as comfortable churning out splashy ditties as he is caustic odes to modern love.
Did you see Nathan Lane’s hilarious guest spot on Modern Family a few weeks back? The man is a comedy master who has starred in such Broadway hits as The Producers, The Odd Couple, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Guys and Dolls and Love! Valour! Compassion!
Out writes of this great star: Two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane’s career has encompassed film, television, and theater, and he’s played everything from the histrionic, cross-dressing paramour of Robin Williams to the morbidly devoted husband of Bebe Neuwirth, which he does eight times a week in the Broadway show The Addams Family.
But his most sublime trick is that one cannot tell where Lane ends and the characters he portrays begin. His elastic face easily renders anything from curmudgeonly resign to whimsical clownishness all the while allowing him to stay true to his signature élan, which he threads through all his performances.
In addition to his current Broadway gig, Lane, who came out in 1999, guest starred this year on Modern Family.
I just realized that I forgot to include Levi Kreis in my Coming Out Day Gallery of out celebrities.
It’s awesome that there are so many openly gay famous folks now that you just can remember them all!
Here’s is what Out has to say about this guy: Levi Kreis picked up the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his feverishly energetic portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in this year’s Million Dollar Quartet, his Broadway debut.
The Tennessee native has released four independently produced albums of his own—a mix of pop, gospel, and rock—and toured the country extensively, performing with a diverse roster of artists, including Herbie Hancock and Melissa Etheridge.