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Sam Harris steals the show at GALECA’s Winners Toast with details of the Liza-David Gest wedding

Sam Harris could not have picked a better room (filled with critics and entertainment writers) in which to knock ‘em dead in advance of his March 22 and 23 show at the Renberg Theatre.

If I did not already have my tickets, I would’ve ordered them on the spot.

Sam, who looks just as young and handsome as he did when he won Star Search 30 years ago, read from his new memoir Ham: Slices of a Life at the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association Dorian Awards Winners Toast Sunday afternoon.

People laughed so hard they cried as he read – with terrific flair and excellent timing – the chapter about the wedding of his great friend Liza Minnelli to the creepy David Gest. The details from his third row pew are delicious and wonderfully descriptive.

Matron of honor Elizabeth Taylor forgetting her shoes and delaying the wedding by an hour then later being unable to open the ring box and asking a hapless Michael Jackson (the best man) for help.

You’d recover from one laughing fit only to dissolve into another as Sam described sitting next to Jane Russell who would re-apply her lipstick each time they’d bow their head in prayer (Donald Trump was on the other side of her) and Diana Ross, hair flying everywhere, running into the church late saying: “Wait for me!”

It was a scream and Sam told me after that he includes this epically wild story in his show Ham: Slices of Life (The Liter-Usical) which is an evening of stories and songs based on the book.

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Sam was one of the special guests who joined us GALECA members at The Pikey in Hollywood for the annual Dorian Awards Winners Toast.

Orange is the New Black
star Lea Delaria was on hand to accept the awards for TV Drama of the Year and LGBT TV Show of the Year and Shane Bitney Crone accepted the Best Documentary Award for Bridegroom.
James Franco, our Wilde Artist of the Year, was not present but was well-represented by his Sal leading man Val Lauren who also appeared in his Interior: Leather Bar flick.

All were interviewed by Bravo star Blair Late ( Newlyweds: The First Year).

Kudos to GALECA President John Griffiths (pictured at bottom of this post with the baby face) for putting together a splendid event – with lots of frites and champagne!

To see the full list of Dorian Award winners, see my story at Gay Star News.

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