When Beauford Delaney made the portrait of James Baldwin in 1963, his protégé was at the height of his powers. Baldwin's novel, Another Country, was a best-seller, and he had recently published his collection of essays, The Fire Next Time. Delaney had once served as a surrogate "father in art" to the teenaged Baldwin in New York. Baldwin, in turn, was inspired by the older artist's ideas, devotion to his work, and struggles with the challenges of homosexuality, mental illness, and alcoholism.
Cecil Rhodes, Neville Pickering & Leander Starr Jameson: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4272771.html
In 1882 Cecil Rhodes drew up a will leaving his estate to Neville Pickering. Two years later, Pickering suffered a riding accident. Rhodes nursed him faithfully for six weeks, refusing even to answer telegrams concerning his business interests. Pickering died in Rhodes's arms, and at his funeral, Rhodes was said to have wept with fervour. Rhodes also remained close to Leander Starr Jameson. Jameson nursed Rhodes during his final illness and was residuary beneficiary of his will.
Dorothy Porter & Andrea Goldsmith: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4272143.html
Dorothy Featherstone Porter (26 March 1954 – 10 December 2008) was an Australian poet. In 1993 she moved to Melbourne's inner suburbs to be with her partner and fellow writer, Andrea Goldsmith. They lived together until Porter's death in 2008. The couple were coincidentally both shortlisted in the 2003 Miles Franklin Award for literature. In 2009, Porter was posthumously recognised by the website Samesame.com.au as one of the most influential gay and lesbian Australians.
Halston (April 23, 1932 – March 26, 1990): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3519114.html
Halston was an American fashion designer of the 1970s. His long dresses or copies of his style were popular fashion wear in mid-1970s discotheques. Halston achieved great fame after designing the pillbox hat Jacqueline Kennedy wore to her husband's 1961 presidential inauguration, and when he moved to designing women's wear, Newsweek dubbed him "the premier fashion designer of all America." He set a style that would be closely associated with the international jet set of the era.
Louis Falco (August 2, 1942 – March 26, 1993): http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4272449.html
Louis Falco (2 August 1942 – 26 March 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer. Falco made his debut as a choreographer in 1967. He was one of the first choreographers to experiment with rock bands and other innovations on stage, and he was noted for works created for his Louis Falco Dance Company and for his choreography of the 1980 motion picture Fame. The Falco Company's last performance in New York City was for the inauguration of the Joyce Theater in 1982.
Tennessee Williams & Frank Merlo: http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/2534699.html
Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Williams met Frank Merlo, a navy veteran, and former lover of the lyricist John Latouche, in Provincetown in 1947 where they spent a night together in the dunes. In the early autumn of 1948 Williams accidentally ran into Merlo in NYC, and by October they were living together. Merlo began the process of weaning the playwright off a toxic dependence on drugs and casual sex. They remained together until Merlo died of lung cancer in 1963.
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