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Happy b-day to Charlie’s Angels alum Cheryl Ladd!

Believe it or not, Cheryl Ladd turns 73 today.

The Charlie’s Angels alum is still a busy working actress with roles in the feature film Unforgettable as Katherine Heigl’s scary mother and playing opposite John Travolta in American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson.

In September 2000, Ladd starred on Broadway, taking over the title role from Bernadette Peters in a revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. She played the role until January 2001, when Reba McEntire took over.

On September 8, 2022, Ladd was announced as a contestant on season 31 of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with Louis Van Amstel. They were eliminated in the third week of the competition, placing 14th.

Anyway, I watched every single episode of Charlie’s Angels when I was a kid and when Farrah Fawcett left, I thought it would go off the air because she was such a phenomenon.

But no.

Cheryl was brought on and was so appealing, so funny, so pretty, that I liked the show just as much if not more.

Cheryl appeared with Fawcett on six episodes of Charlie’s Angels when she came back as a guest star as part of a legal settlement. The two were never close but appeared to work together well playing the Munroe sisters. She and Kate Jackson were not friends but Cheryl and Jaclyn Smith, who did four full seasons on the show together, have remained close in the nearly four decades since the show went off the air.

Anyway, I must say what a wonderful singer Cheryl is. She even had a top 40 hit song called Think It Over. I bought the 45 single at the JC Penney and played it over and over and over. The second video is of Cheryl performing the song which, I am kind of surprised to discover, I still know pretty much by heart!

The first video is an interview Cheryl did just three years ago – she truly is ageless!

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Morning Men Classics: The Men of Wimbledon!

The 2024 Wimbledon men’s final will take place on Sunday and I am rooting for Carlos Alcaraz to repeat as champion. He just won his semifinal a short time ago.

Since 2003, only Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic (7), Roger Federer (8), Rafael Nadal (2), and Andy Murray (2) have won the men’s crown.

On this day, let’s look back on some of the past men’s champions and finalists who I find particularly attractive.

Five-time champion Bjorn Borg (left and below) was quite the heartthrob during his era in the 1970s and early 80s. Aussie hunk Pat Rafter (pictured with seven-time champ Pete Sampras) never won but made it twice to the finals while Stefan Edberg, made three consecutive finals against Boris Becker and won two of them.

Andy Roddick (wearing the white baseball cap) made it to three Wimbledon finals in his career but, unfortunately for him, ran into Roger Federer each time and lost – including a heartbreaking final in 2009. Aussie Lleyton Lewitt (shaking hands with Roddick) only made it to one final (in 2002) but he won it.

And finally, there are a pair of Aussies who also had their moments at Wimbledon: the blond and buff Lew Hoad who won in 1956 and 57 and the handsome Pat Cash (top and bottom photos) who was the men’s champion in 1987.

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WATCH: Bette Midler on family, her favorite career feat, and her new film ‘Fabulous Four’

Love this interview! Bette Midler sits down with TODAY’s Hoda Kotb for a conversation reflecting on her career that spans half a century of wide-ranging music and Oscar-nominated roles. Midler opens up about the emotional note her father left her before his passing, reveals “the greatest thing” she’s ever done and discusses her new comedy film “The Fabulous Four.”


Robbie Rogers on “Fly Me to the Moon” director husband Greg Berlanti working “so incredibly hard on this beautiful movie”

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Thursday Round-Up: Ellen DeGeneres; Julia Fox; Wayne Brady; Jaymes Black; Joe Locke; Al Reynolds

Ellen DeGeneres is ‘done’ with fame after Netflix special: ‘This is the last time you’re going to see me’ NY Post

Actress Julia Fox apologizes to ex-boyfriends before coming out as lesbian LGBTQ Nation

Wayne Brady Says He Was in the ‘Throes of Depression’ While Filming Reality Show About His Blended Family People

The Trevor Project, the LGBTQ+ suicide prevention org, announces Jaymes Black as its new CEO Advocate

Star Jones’ ex-husband Al Reynolds on his “tough journey” coming out as bisexual: “Now I’m proud” Queerty

Joe Locke Wears ‘Heartstopper’ Costar Jonathan Bailey’s Viral ‘Drink Your Milk’ Shirt to ‘Kimmel,’ Talks Marvel Spoilers Just Jared

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Robert Gant wishes fellow “Queer as Folk” alum Gale Harold a happy birthday and shares memories of their characters

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Rebel Wilson opens up about why film she directed might not close the Toronto Film Festival

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WATCH: Naughty British national treasure Miriam Margolyes: ‘I’m Not Scared Of Being Cancelled’

She’s one of Britain’s naughtiest national treasures, and today Miriam Margolyes joined the chat show Loose Women for the first time in nearly three years to talk about the paperback release of her second biography – ‘Oh Miram! Stories of an Extraordinary Life’. As well as discussing her brand new book, she also be chatted about living with two roommates in her 80s, unintentionally becoming an influencer, and opening up about her very own Body Story.


Snapped! Zane Phillips photo shoot!

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Two-time Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon knows a good Instagram backdrop when she sees one

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Tuesday Round-Up: Rylan; Robin Roberts; Sam Smith; Melissa Etheridge; JoJo Siwa

Rylan shares ‘the best thing’ to come from his breakdown and divorce: ‘I’m very lucky’ Attitude

Robin Roberts on her fear of coming out publicly: “People think you can’t be gay and a Christian” Queerty

JoJo Siwa Gets Docuseries About Her Life From ‘Dance Moms’ Creator Variety

Sam Smith re-recorded iconic hit ‘Stay With Me’ & updated the ‘I’m just a man’ lyric

Melissa Etheridge Explains How Johnny Cash Inspired Her to Perform in Prisons: ‘I Wasn’t Afraid’ People

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Vanessa Williams talks about the new ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ musical heading for London’s West End

The great Vanessa Williams discusses stepping into the heels of the character Miranda Priestly in the upcoming stage production of The Devil Wears Prada heading to London’s West End. What perfect casting! Elton John has written an original score for the musical but there are plenty of familiar lines that Vanessa previews for us here. It all looks delicious and I hope it finds its way to Broadway.

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Today’s Morning Man: Jeremy Pope!

Wishing a happy 32nd birthday to Jeremy Pope, a gorgeous gay actor who has been nominated for an Emmy, a Grammy and two Tonys.

In 2023, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his stupendous performance in the film The Inspection in which he portrayed a gay man who defiantly endures brutal training at a Marine Corps boot camp, seeking approval from his homophobic mother. He should have been nominated for an Oscar for that performance.

His next film, The Collaboration, is one I am really interested in seeing. It is a look into the unique and rich friendship between two of the worlds most interesting artists, Pop Art legend Andy Warhol (Paul Bettany), and the King of Neo Expressionism, Jean-Michel Basquiat (Pope).

In 2021, Pope had a main role as Christopher, Blanca’s boyfriend in the third and final season of Ryan Murphy’s TV series Pose and had one of the lead roles in the Netflix series Hollywood.

In 2019, he became the sixth person in Tony history to be nominated for performance twice in the same year. He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his turn at Pharus in Choir Boy and for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his turn as Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations. What’s more, Choir Boy marked his Broadway debut. Pope returned to the theater earlier this year starring as painter Jean-Michel Basquiat opposite Paul Bettany as pop artist Andy Warhol in The Collaboration.

Pope originated the role of Pharus in the Off-Broadway production of Choir Boy in 2013. It’s a play by Oscar-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McRaney. He also played the role in Atlanta and Los Angeles. He began as Kendricks in Ain’t Too Proud for it 2017 premiere at Berkeley Repertory Company and pre-Broadway engagements in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

Other theatre credits include Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theater) and The View Upstairs (Lynn Redgrave Theater). On screen, Pope starred in The Ranger, which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. His singles New Love and Feel So Good which are available on iTunes.

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Monday Round-Up: Heartstopper; Trey Cunningham; Paul Mescal; Elite; Julia Sweeney & more!

Heartstopper season 3: Netflix releases first look images Attitude

USA track star Trey Cunningham comes out as gay Outsports

‘SNL’ Alum Julia Sweeney Talks Complicated Legacy Of Playing Androgynous Icon Pat Huff Post

New Élite trailer teases horny, chaotic, & queer AF final season Instinct

15+ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Alums Have Come Out as Trans After Competing on Reality Competition Just Jared

Paul Mescal on Bulking Up for ‘Gladiator 2’ Role Instinct

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WATCH: Let’s celebrate Kevin Bacon’s 66th birthday with some memorable scenes from his many movies

I’ve been mad about Kevin Bacon since Diner and today is his 66th birthday.

I’ve even seen The Bacon Brothers in concert and got to meet him at the premiere of Beauty Shop where he played a pretty out there hairdresser (see clip below).

There are so many movies and more recently TV shows he’s done. My faves include Wild Things, The River Wild, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, She’s Having a Baby, Where the Truth Lies and, of course, Footloose. He’s had so many roles that it seems pretty much everyone in Hollywood can be connected to him by six people or less which is why the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon was born.

Here are some memorable Bacon scenes:

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Snapped! Don Lemon surprised by Vice President Kamala Harris – selfie taking ensues

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“Merrily We Roll Along” closing bows & speeches

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Morning Man Classic: Billy Campbell!

Billy Campbell turns 65 today and his birthday present from me is an encore presentation of our 2011 interview!

Billy will always have a special place in the hearts of gay fans because of two roles: Luke Fuller on Dynasty and Dr. Jon Philip Fielding on the original Tales of the City miniseries and its two sequels.

On Dynasty, he was Steven Carrington’s boyfriend and the two had just arrived at a solid place in their relationship when they had to go to Moldavia for the wedding of Steven’s sister Amanda. Well, there was a massacre during the wedding (Amanda was marrying a prince) and one of the victims was Luke!

Poor Steven was never going to find happiness on that show!

But his 1984-85 run on Dynasty jump-started Billy’s career in television and film and he went on to star in NBC’s Crime Story series then the feature film Rocketeer. He also did a very memorable 1988 guest spot as Captain Thadiun Okona on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

But it was in 1993 that another iconic gay role came his way in Tales of the City. His romance – and that kiss in the convertible! -  with Michael “Mouse” Tolliver were a highlight of the miniseries. He reprised the role in the less-magical sequels More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City.

My favorite role of all though was Billy as divorced dad Rick Sammler who melds his family with Sela Ward’s on ABC’s late, great Once and Again. It was a series that was so well-done, so special. Of course it only lasted three seasons!

He had another hit with the series The 4400 and starred in The Killing as a clean-cut politician who may or may not have something to hide.

When we spoke at the TV Critics Association gathering 13 years ago, I wondered if Billy was happy with his overall body of work at that point.

“I don’t even think of a body of work to tell you the truth,” he said. “I have as many bad things in my past as I do good. When I think about them, I think about them in terms of the people I met, the friends I have from many of those things which were good or bad. Most of why I like [acting] anyway is just having a job and going to work with people.”

There was a specific reason for my question. Billy had recently spent a year at sea and would have remained had the offer for The Killing come through.

“It literally felt like a dream,” he said of his first day at work. “I stepped onto shore and the day after I got off the ship, I was in front of a camera in Vancouver and I felt like I was having an out of body experience. I was just floating. That was very, very strange and it lasted for a good, long while.”

In The Killing, it’s hard to tell whether Billy’s character is a bad guy or a good guy. I wondered which type of guy he’s prefers since he’s played plenty of both including playing a college professor rapist on an episode of Law & Order: SVU last season.

“If I had to choose I’d say I prefer bad guys,” he said. “When you think about it, a bad guy can behave any way but a good guy really only behave like a good guy. I’m really kind of excited by the notion of not knowing. I think it keeps it really interesting for all of us.”

He admits to not being as ambitious as he once was: “I’m just changing as a person. For me it’s definitely more about the journey and definitely less about the destination. I’m very much more zen about everything I think, genuinely so.”

“In the last few years, I’ve begun to be able to just kind of let things go – the disappointments – just kind of let them go and accept the things that happen with a certain amount of serenity. It just all seems to work out that much better. A lot of that has to do with having gone to sea I think.”

After The Killing, Billy played Dr. Alan Farragut in the SYFY series Helix and Det. John Cardinal on CTV’s Cardinal from 2017-20. Most recently, he’s done guest spots on Mr. & Mrs. Smith and FBI.

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Sunday Round-Up: Mike Heslin; Amethyst; Dusty Springfield; Pete Buttigieg; “Elite” preview

Mike Heslin, Lioness and The Holiday Proposal Plan actor, dies at 30

RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Amethyst comes out as trans: ‘A different sense of happiness’

New Élite trailer teases horny, chaotic, & queer AF final season

Remembering Dusty Springfield’s timeless ode to a secret love that still resonates with queer listeners today Queerty

Pete Buttigieg once again leaves Republicans flustered by citing facts Advocate

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Showtune Sunday: MsMojo counts down the top 30 best Tony Award performances of all time

The Tony Awards bring Broadway to the small screen. MsMojo counts down its picks for the greatest musical performances at the annual Tony awards ceremony. The countdown includes “Gypsy,” “Cats,” “Company,” and more! The fact that Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) and Bernadette Peters (Gypsy) are in the top 10 for performances I will never forget, makes this is a pretty credible list to me. Which of these Tony performances lives rent-free in YOUR head? Tell me in the comments!