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August 13th, 2015

Charles Walters & John Darrow

Charles "Chuck" Walters (November 17, 1911 – August 13, 1982) was a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies in from the 1940s to the 1960s. The fact that he was gay and relatively open about it, for the time—sharing a home with his longtime partner John Darrow, a prominent Hollywood agent—didn’t seem to hinder his success. John Darrow’s name was listed for events as Chuck’s plus-one. Darrow was a Hollywood agent, so there would have been another reason for him to be there, but people knew that they were living together in Malibu, and they’d show up as a couple. Walters was discreet, but he wasn’t dishonest. (P: CHARLES WALTERS - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED CIRCA 1938 - DOCUMENT 289577)

He was born in Pasadena, California, and educated at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Charles Walters is notable for directing many popular and successful MGM musicals, such as Good News, Easter Parade and High Society, featuring some of the studio's biggest stars, including Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, June Allyson and Esther Williams.

Before directing feature films, Walters was one of the leading dance directors at MGM. Among the movies he choreographed are Meet Me in St. Louis, Best Foot Forward and Girl Crazy (in which he partnered Judy Garland on-screen).


Charles Walters with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, circa 1949. COURTESY OF THE JOHN FRICKE COLLECTION
Charles Walters was a Hollywood director and choreographer most noted for his work in MGM musicals and comedies in from the 1940s to the 1960s. The fact that he was gay and relatively open about it, for the time—sharing a home with his longtime partner John Darrow—didn’t seem to hinder his success. John Darrow’s name was listed for events as Walters' plus-one. Darrow was a Hollywood agent, so there would have been another reason for him to be there, but people knew that they were living together in Malibu, and they’d show up as a couple.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Walters

John Darrow, born Harry Simpson, was an American actor of the late silent and early talking film eras. Born in Leonia, New Jersey in 1907, he began acting in theater with a stock company, right after graduating high school. Shortly after, he would begin his film career with a featured role in the 1927 silent film, High School Hero. After several films with featured roles, he was cast as the lead in 1931's The Lady Refuses, which co-stars Betty Compson and was directed by George Archainbaud. He would spend the next five years in leading man or featured roles, before retiring from acting in 1935. He would appear in five films that year, although four of them were produced in 1934. His final screen appearance would be in a supporting role in Annapolis Farewell. Although he retired from acting, he did not leave the film industry, becoming a very successful agent.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Darrow

Further Readings:

Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance (Screen Classics) by Brent Phillips
Series: Screen Classics
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (November 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813147212
ISBN-13: 978-0813147215
Amazon: Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance
Amazon Kindle: Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance

From the trolley scene in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers's last dance on the silver screen (The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949) to Judy Garland's timeless, tuxedo-clad performance of "Get Happy" (Summer Stock, 1950), Charles Walters staged the iconic musical sequences of Hollywood's golden age. During his career, this Academy Award–nominated director and choreographer showcased the talents of stars such as Gene Kelly, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, and Frank Sinatra. However, despite his many critical and commercial triumphs, Walters's name often goes unrecognized today.

In the first full-length biography of Walters, Brent Phillips chronicles the artist's career, from his days as a featured Broadway performer and protégé of theater legend Robert Alton to his successes at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He takes readers behind the scenes of many of the studio's most beloved musicals, including Easter Parade (1948), Lili (1953), High Society (1956), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). In addition, Phillips recounts Walters's associations with Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, and Gloria Swanson, examines the director's uncredited work on several films, including the blockbuster Gigi (1958), and discusses his contributions to musical theater and American popular culture.

This revealing book also considers Walters's personal life and explores how he navigated the industry as an openly gay man. Drawing on unpublished oral histories, correspondence, and new interviews, this biography offers an entertaining and important new look at an exciting era in Hollywood history.

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Erik Hyman, Herb Ritts & Max Mutchnick

Herbert "Herb" Ritts (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer who concentrated on black-and-white photography and portraits, often in the style of classical Greek sculpture. He took many photos of famous actors, models, and more.

Born in Los Angeles to a Jewish family, Ritts began his career working in the family furniture business. His father, Herb Ritts Sr., was a businessman, while his mother, Shirley Ritts, was an interior designer. He moved to the East Coast to attend Bard College in New York, where he majored in economics and art history. Later, while living in Los Angeles, he became interested in photography when he and friend Richard Gere, then an aspiring actor decided to shoot some photographs in front of an old jacked up Buick. The picture gained Ritts some coverage and he began to be more serious about photography. He photographed Brooke Shields for the cover of the Oct. 12, 1981 edition of Elle and he photographed Olivia Newton-John for her Physical album in 1981. Five years later he would replicate that cover pose with Madonna for her 1986 release True Blue. (Picture: Erik Hyman)

During the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts photographed celebrities such as Diana Ross, Christopher Reeve, Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Francesco Clemente, George Clooney, Cher, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Ronald Reagan, Julia Roberts, Stephen Hawking, Nicole Kidman, Edward Norton, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dizzy Gillespie, Elton John, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Richard Gere, Jack Nicholson, Cindy Crawford, and Tina Turner.


Each of the 30 guests at Max Mutchnick's marriage participated in the combination wedding and Jewish baby-naming ceremony. The bridegrooms doted on their six nephews and four nieces while pacifying their infant daughters with their pinkies. Photo: Axel Koester for The New York Times
Jason Nidorf "Max" Mutchnick is an American television producer. He has received an Emmy Award, a People's Choice Award, and several Golden Globe Award nominations. Mutchnick married his partner, lawyer Erik Hyman, on October 25, 2008. Erik was Herb Ritts's partner until the day of Ritts's death in December 2002. The couple are fathers to twin girls, Evan and Rose, via a surrogate. The moved together one week later the first date, "and we have not spent a night apart since," Mr. Mutchnick said.



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Jason Nidorf Mutchnick (born November 11, 1965) is an American television producer. He has received an Emmy Award, a People's Choice Award, and several Golden Globe Award nominations. Mutchnick married his partner since 2005, lawyer Erik Hyman, on October 25, 2008. Erik was Herb Ritts's partner until the day of Ritts's death in December 2002. The couple are fathers to twin girls, Evan and Rose, via a surrogate

Mutchnick was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Beverly Hills by his single Jewish mother. He got his start writing for game shows, Good Advice and The Wonder Years. He and David Kohan created Boston Common and Will & Grace. He also produced and wrote for Good Morning, Miami, and produced Twins and Four Kings with Kohan. The title characters of Will & Grace are based on Mutchnick and his best friend, Janet. Mutchnick, like Will Truman, is openly gay. He and Kohan have a production company, KoMut Entertainment, which is a combination of their two last names.

On June 7, 2006, Emerson College announced the naming of the Max Mutchnick Campus Center after Mutchnick donated a major gift. The apartment of Will Truman and Grace Adler currently resides in the Emerson College Library on display. The set was donated by Mutchnick.

After the first date Max Mutchnick had with agent Eric Wyman, Mutchnick knew he'd found someone different and special; they moved in together a week later, "and we have not spent a night apart since," Mr. Mutchnick said, adding he had never met a man as intelligent and confident, or one who could withstand his insecurities and histrionics. "Erik can stand up to Max," said Janet Eisenberg. "He’s a grown-up with his own career and his own point of view."

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Mutchnick

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Gordon Harrell & Richard Isay

Richard A. Isay (December 13, 1934 – June 28, 2012) was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist. He was a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and a faculty member of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality, a moral leader, and a hero within the LGBT community. Isay met his life-long partner, Gordon Harrell, an artist and dealer in antique American glass, 20 years younger, in 1979. He came out to his wife less than a year later, in 1980, with whom he continued to live for the ‘sake of the children’. By 1989 his children reached adulthood and Isay divorced his wife and settled with Harrell. On August 13, 2011, Isay married Gordon Harrell, his partner of 31 years, at the home of Isay's son Josh.

Gordon Harrell, an artist, was the love of Isay’s life. Harrell wrote, “We stayed together, despite the odds, the age difference, the background difference, and the criticism, and the longer we remained together, the deeper our love became. We spoke between almost every patient, for over 30 years. I acquired many of his characteristics, as he did mine. We’ve been told that our voices are the same (just ask his kids, who never knew who it was answering the phone), our mannerisms, facial expressions, body language. We eventually became so close that we became part of each other –– very happily halves of a greater whole. There was a synergy between us that even we didn’t understand. And that, I suppose, is what true love is… I cannot imagine any couple being closer.”

Richard Isay was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Isay graduated from Haverford College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Soon after completing his psychiatry residency at Yale University, he completed training at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute. Throughout his career, Isay maintained an active private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and was an influential teacher and supervisor. He was the program chairman of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). He was also the chairman of the Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues of the American Psychiatric Association.


Richard A. Isay was a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author and gay activist. Isay is considered a pioneer who changed the way that psychoanalysts view homosexuality, a moral leader, and a hero within the LGBT community. Isay met his life-long partner, Gordon Harrell, an artist and dealer in antique American glass, 20 years younger, in 1979. He came out to his wife less than a year later, in 1980, with whom he continued to live for the ‘sake of the children’. On August 13, 2011, Isay married Gordon Harrell, his partner of 31 years, at the home of Isay's son Josh.

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GRL: J. Vaughn

Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is J. Vaughn: Jay Vaughn lives in sunny Seattle, a clean, progressive city that is way too expensive for a writer’s income. Therefore, Jay holds down a full-time, computer-industry day job, but writing is her passion. It’s a hobby-gone-wild, so much so that her teenage kids accuse her of being an addict.

Jay carries her laptop everywhere and can often be seen combining other favorite activities with writing. For example, you can find Jay sitting at a small table in the back of the gay bar around the corner from her house, drinking wine and writing. Or waking up early while camping, dragging out the laptop, and writing. Or writing in the truck on the way to and from concerts, ski-trips, visits to relatives ... wherever.

Jay’s favorite genres are sci-fi, fantasy, and M/M erotic romance. She discovered M/M quite by accident when she was writing a traditional fantasy novel, and one of her characters ended up in an all-male prison for a bit too long. Whoops!

Further Readings:

Rough Boys: Revenge by J. Vaughn
Publisher: Divergent Publishing (February 13, 2014)
Amazon Kindle: Rough Boys: Revenge

Ty and Abe are deliriously happy together—which makes more than one person crazy for revenge. Can they survive Tim’s jealous backlash as well as Ty’s father’s psychopathic “cure” for their relationship?
Dani learns some surprising things about himself as he and Nigel take their relationship to the next level.
Sean and Nigel’s band, Leather, is climbing the charts, but fame and fortune won’t mend broken hearts, and when one of Kaeden’s escort dates goes horribly wrong, Sean takes foolish chances with his life and love.
The boys face more danger and heartache in this gripping final novel of the Rough Boys series.
Publisher’s Notes: This story is the third in a series. We recommend reading Rough Boys: Runaway and Rough Boys: Redemption first.



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