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Judy Garland

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

Horse Wedding: With This Carrot I Thee Wed

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Chaker Khazaal

What do Judy Garland, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, and two horses named Romy and Rocky all have in common? I would normally come up with many witty, even snide retorts, but what I now know for sure is that they were all married at the same famous "Little Church of the West" in sunny Las Vegas. Yes, you read that right.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Florence is Where the Heart Is

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I've searched my soul for personal thoughts about the attacks in France and have still to figure out how I feel. I know I'm sad, I find the events tragic and discouraging, but beyond that, I don't know.

First Nighter: Sam Harris' Expertly Baked Ham, Victor L. Cahn's Sly Villainous Company

David Finkle | Posted 01.13.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you were to ask me who the best male pop singer in the country is, I would immediately say Sam Harris. After seeing Ham, the adaptation of his beautifully written and often humorous memoir Ham: Slices of a Life, at Ars Nova, I'm even more committed to my belief.

Theatre Review: Ben Rimalower's Bad With Money

John-Stuart Fauquet | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
John-Stuart Fauquet

How was it that my best friend's parents could afford a new car and an annual trip to Disney World when we had a ten-year-old Ford Taurus and vacationed at a campsite where the most exciting feature was a public pool?

North Shore Music Theatre's a Christmas Carol Proves Dickens Tale Still Resonates

Peter Mac | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Peter Mac

went to see the perennial stage version at Bill Haney's North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT). Now in its 24th year! Once again I was blown away by the high caliber of theater that the adorable Mr. Hanney and his company have assembled.

Curtis M. Wong

Judy Garland's Legacy Is 'A Gift' And 'Very, Very Cool,' Says Daughter Lorna Luft

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices

Lorna Luft loves a good Christmas celebration, and for good reason. She's been associated with the holiday season since she was 11 years old, when she...

Why We Love Divas...Let Us Count the Ways

Leon Acord | Posted 01.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Acord

Many of our favorite divas have taken hit after hit, only to bounce back, bigger and better than ever. Gay men certainly take their share of hard knocks in life -- maybe we identify with their resilience?

My Dream Duets: Chatting With Barry Manilow, Andre Cymone and Carroll Matthews Tracks and The Hawthorne Chronicles

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A conversation with Barry Manilow.

Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

Jay Scarfone | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jay Scarfone

When the Cowardly Lion costume was discovered in one of the oldest buildings on the M-G-M lot -- where The Wizard of Oz was filmed in late 1938 and early 1939 -- it was in need of careful repair and restoration to most closely return it to its original state.

A 75th Anniversary This Month: The Wizard of Oz!

Jay Scarfone | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

In honor of its 75th anniversary, my co-author, William Stillman, of the new compendium The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion, and I look back at some of the origins of what is arguably the best-loved motion picture of all time.

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.

Elaine Stritch Tells Me a Very Funny Judy Garland Story

Marty Kaplan | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Marty Kaplan

When my interview with Elaine Stritch aired on "So What Else Is News?" -- my Air America Radio show back in the day -- someone wrote me saying I laughed way too hard in it. I wrote back that it was because I was terrified of her.

There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

Streisand, Minnelli and Garland: Pop Icons, Gay History

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

The gay dating app Jack'd took a survey during this season of Gay Pride about gay icons old and new. The current ones, people like Michael Sams, President Obama, Laverne Cox are not surprises. What was, and what actually set me aback, was the "icons that should be retired" question.

LOOK: Judy Garland As You've Never Seen Her Before

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.13.2014 | Gay Voices

It's Judy Garland as you've never seen her before. The Hollywood legend is re-interpreted by visual artists as part of the annual "Night of a Thou...

Curtis M. Wong

A Celebration Of Judy Garland And LGBT Youth

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices

The worlds of Broadway, folk-rock, television and downtown cabaret will unite once again for “Night of a Thousand Judys,” honoring homeless lesbia...

WATCH: Don't Take 'Sex' Out Of 'Homosexual'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

Writer-actor Justin Sayre "does a little spring cleaning and sets the gay agenda" for 2014 in his latest video clip for HuffPost Gay Voices. In a r...

Beloved Gay Playwright To Be Remembered With Musical Tribute

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Brilliant. Gentle. Intuitive. A kind soul and a true man of words. That's how close friends and loved ones say they'll remember playwright Daniel ...

Jeffrey Biegel Is Rainbow High on New CD: Life According To Chopin: Chopin's Greatest Piano Solos

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

During our recent interview, Jeffrey Biegel described a controlling force in Chopin's writing and how it informs tradition and performance.

Maurice Hines in LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment
Hoyt Hilsman

After more than sixty years in show business, Hines still has the juice, performing great standards from Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many others.

Jim Oberstar: Another of Minnesota's Iconic Figures

Al Eisele | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Al Eisele

Oberstar, 79, who died in his sleep May 3 at his home in Potomac, Maryland, joins a long line of Minnesotans who left their mark on the world.

Mickey Rooney, Up Close and Personal

Charlie Carillo | Posted 06.08.2014 | New York
Charlie Carillo

He was being Mickey Rooney, the only thing he'd ever known. And he was still out there, swinging for the fences.

An Interview With Ben Rimalower: 'The Lady's Got Potential'

John-Stuart Fauquet | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
John-Stuart Fauquet

"They are all women that I've seen on stage in musicals or cabarets, but they also all have this quality -- you can call it the 'it factor' if you want."

Move Over Sam! Play It Again, Richard Glazier!

Peter Mac | Posted 05.30.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Mac

I was nonplussed watching much of the 86th Annual Academy Awards celebration on CBS earlier this month. Perhaps I went in with too high of expectation...