elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

It Happened Today: January 23

Luisa, Marquise Casati Stampa di Soncino (January 23, 1881 – June 1, 1957): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4150197.html

Luisa, Marquise Casati Stampa di Soncino was an eccentric Italian heiress, muse, and patroness of the arts in early 20th-century Europe. As the concept of dandy was expanded to include women, the marchesa Casati fitted the utmost female example by saying: "I want to be a living work of art". Her numerous portraits were painted and sculpted by artists as various as Giovanni Boldini, Paolo Troubetzkoy, Romaine Brooks (with whom she had an affair), Kees van Dongen, and Man Ray.

Anne Whitney & Abby Adeline Manning: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4149301.html

Anne Whitney was an American sculptor and poet. Whitney sculpted notable people but also the painter Abby Adeline Manning, with whom Whitney is said to have had a "Boston marriage." Manning's work has since fallen into obscurity, and she is remembered now primarily as Whitney's longtime companion. Manning and Whitney perhaps met around 1862 when Anne was studying with the renowned William Rimmer. By 1878 Adeline and Anne were living and working in their new studio at 92 Mt. Vernon in Boston.

B. Michael Hunter & Johnny Manzon-Santos: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3059089.html

B. Michael Hunter was an educator and cultural activist. "It's through the community that we met." said Johnny Manzon-Santos. "Though Bert may have a different recollection, I first met him at a meeting of the Lesbian & Gay People of Color Steering Committee. I noticed Bert, one of the handsomest men I'd ever seen, who was really quite and cautious - the opposite of me. He was a writer and refreshingly not a graduate of an Ivy League school, like my ex-lover." Hunter died of AIDS in 2001.

Chris Quinton (born January 23): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4150389.html

Chris Quinton currently lives in a small and ancient city in the south-west of the United Kingdom, sharing her usually chaotic home with an extended family, two large dogs, fancy mice, sundry goldfish and a young frilled dragon. Paradox won a 2012 Rainbow Award as Best Gay Sci-fi/Fantasy, 3rd place: Phil thrives on the danger and excitement of his job, and he trusts his partner with his life. Until Ryan kisses him. It's a diversionary tactic, but the kiss shakes Phil to his foundations.

Dudley Stevens (August 8, 1935 - January 23, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4149593.html

Dudley Stevens (8 August 1935 - 23 January 1993) was one of the most popular members of the Players Theatre Company, in London in the early 70s, when the roll-call included Fred Stone, Maurice Browning, Robin Hunter, Sheila Matthews and Archie Harridine. In that last surviving haven of Victorian music hall Stevens fancied himself as a Lion Comique - one of those stylish chaps in full evening dress who would deliver a patter song at full tilt without dropping a syllable, and Stevens never did.

Gary Burton & Jonathan Chong: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3431103.html

Gary Burton is an American jazz vibraphonist. After the end of his second marriage in the 1980s, Burton realized he was gay. He came out in 1989, a revelation he has said he felt would have ruined his career at an earlier time. By the 1980s, Burton was in a homosexual relationship. He came out publicly in a 1994 radio interview with Terry Gross, making him one of rather few openly gay jazz musicians of prominence. In 2013, he married his long time partner, Jonathan Chong.

Huck Snyder (1954 - January 23, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4149782.html

Huck Snyder, an artist and a designer of vivid stage settings for dancers and performance artists, died on January 23, 1993, at his parents' home in Lansdale, Pa. He was 39. Snyder created sets and stage furniture that were surrealistic yet extremely simple and almost childlike at times. The set he designed for the performance artist John Kelly's 1991 "Maybe It's Cold Outside" was crammed with the colorful and mysterious artifacts of 5 people's lives and was considered to be Snyder's best work.

John Cleland (September 24, 1709 – January 23, 1789): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3430869.html

John Cleland is remembered for the one book he claims to have regretted writing, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure or Fanny Hill (1748-1749), the first (and probably the funniest and most humane) pornographic novel in English. The Memoirs give us a glimpse into the manners and practices of eighteenth-century lesbians and gay men. How far Cleland knew these matters from first-hand experience is uncertain. In his later years, he was considered to be a sodomite, which may have been political slander.

Karl-Maria Kertbeny (February 28, 1824 - January 23, 1882): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3059337.html

Karl-Maria Kertbeny or Károly Mária Kertbeny (born Karl-Maria Benkert) (Vienna, February 28, 1824 – Budapest, January 23, 1882) was an Austrian-born Hungarian journalist, memoirist, and human rights campaigner. He is best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual. His gravesiteis located in Kerepesi Cemetery in Budapest. The gay community set a new tombstone on it, and since 2002 it has been a recurring event at Hungarian gay festivals to place a wreath at his grave.

Randolph Scott & Cary Grant: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3488947.html

Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Randolph Scott was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. They met in 1932 when they were cast together in Hot Saturday. They lived together for many many years in Los Angeles. Toward the end of their lives, Scott and Grant were often seen together, on one occasion holding hands late at night in the Polo Lounge, alone except for the waiters. Scott died little more than 3 months after Grant.

Robert Leleux: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/818712.html

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy is The Houston Press's Best Houston Book of the Year for 2008. In a memoir studded with delicious lines and unforgettable set pieces, Robert Leleux describes his East Texas boyhood and coming of age under the tutelage of his eccentric, bewigged, flamboyant, and knowing mother. Left high and dry by Daddy and living on their in-laws’ horse ranch in a white-pillared house they can’t afford, Robert and Mother find themselves chronically low on cash.

Salvador Dalí (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3431281.html

Salvador Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in Figueres, Spain. Dalí attributed his "love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes" to a self-styled "Arab lineage", claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors. Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work.

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