At the height of his fame, he starred with a young Rudolph Valentino (not as a woman, but as a man, a la Jack Lemmon's character in "Some Like it Hot"), had stage sets for one of his reviews designed by Erté, a theater named after him on 42nd Street in NYC, and lived in one of the most palatial mansions of Southern California.
As to the most often asked question, it remains unanswered. No lover of either sex ever emerged, though he himself (those days being what they were) is said to have adopted a hyper-masculine demeanor when out of character, going so far as physically attacking stage hands, or even members of the audience, who were careless enough to suggest out loud that he might be homosexual. When stars of the period who knew him were asked, it is said they could go either way...oops :)
"Dame Marina Warner, now professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, was named on 12 March as the 11th winner of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian parliament in 2003 for scholars who have 'made outstanding contributions to research, either within [the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology] or through interdisciplinary work'."
Among her contributions are those she has made to our understanding of myth and fairytale. Congratulations, Marina Warner!
I've started by creating a profile on WikiTree for Octavia Butler. Butler, with her interests in family, community, and what it means to be human, seems a very appropriate start for such a challenge. WikiTree is a 100% free online family tree wiki with the goal of creating "one world tree that connects us all, and is accessible to us all" through collaboration, which makes it a perfect vehicle for all of us to work together on identifying our connections to each other.
I hope you'll join me in this by sharing the names of women whom you feel have made significant contributions to the world in a way that's important to you. I chose to start with a woman who wrote science fiction, but you can choose any field of endeavor. Which woman or women would you like to see honored?
P.S. While I'll be thrilled to see your recommendations in the comments to this post, I'd be even happier if you decide to join WikiTree and start contributing directly to the tree. If you're not sure how to start, just ask and I'll be happy to walk you through the process.
I love the way this couple have posed. So much attitude! Plus, I adore their costumes. His headdress is just amazing.
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My writing career also includes fiction writing, which I've been working on for much longer than my nonfiction and technical writing. I'm not prolific and I don't submit as often as I should, but I've had a few short stories published. Most of my fiction is either science fiction or fantasy, although I occasionally stray into other genres. To learn more about me as a writer, visit my website, A Writer's Space: Pamela's Place.
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