And as for Black being embarrassed by the pictures, I've seen them (Elsewhere. I did not click on Hilton's sewage-page), and believe me, Dustin has nothing to be embarrassed about! The man looks beautiful being ravaged, and also displays, well, let's just say that if my dresser drawers had knobs so big and beautifully sculpted, I'd be yanking on my drawers all night long.
I've seen Perez and others sanctimoniously saying it was a mistake for him ever to allow himself to be photographed naked at all. Why? What is wrong with naked pictures of beautiful people? It's 2009. Why are we clucking about like a bunch of scandalized Victorians? There's nothing wrong with nude pictures, especially of the young and gorgeous. You'll want them when you're no longer either.
My reason for mentioning Little Ryan, apart from being an excuse to post this gorgeous picture, is the way he has shamelessly begged my favor within the magazine. On page 41, they published Ryan's Ultimate Must List, and on that list we find: "Must Website: The Huffington Post." Now although he doesn't mention my name (very subtle, Ryan darling), there can be only one reason for Little Ryan to list The Huffington Post as The Must Website at this time: my presence as a Huffington entertainment blogger.
My proof? Prior to this year, Reynolds never listed Huffington as a "Must Website" in Entertainment Weekly. He waited to do it this year. What is different about The Huffington Post now? I am writing for them. Therefore, The Only Possible Reason Ryan Reynolds could have for recommending The Huffington Post as a Must in 2009 is because of ME! Ryan darling, drop by Morehead Heights anytime. A "Thank You" shag is waiting for you in my bed.
Another news story has caught my eye this week, one which may have terrified and panicked my ardent fans. Tomoji Tanabe, The Oldest Man in the World, has died at the tender age of 113. Poor darling. I told him to quit smoking! Well, at least now I have a good excuse for only shagging younger men. That's the only kind that exists anymore!
So now the title of The Oldest Living Man in the World passes to Queen Elizabeth II, that drab drag queen living in Buckingham Palace.
I've been reading this week about another old actress, beloved Cockney singer, dancer, and comedienne, adorable Barbara Windsor. Not a relation of Elizabeth Windsor of Windsor Castle, as I'm sure Babs wants made clear. Little Queen Liz changed her name from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor solely to capitalize on Babs Windsor's enduring popularity, trying to keep Babs from suing her by fobbing her off with an M.B.E. So transparent a ruse.
Anyway, Little Barbara discovered that I had written my autobiography, My Lush Life, and jumped on my bandwagon by writing her own. Hollywood is full of copycats, even the ones who live in London. No actress had ever written a book before me, nor ever read one either.
But Babs's book is delightful. Since, while she's an institution (a much-more shapely institution than The Smithsonian Institute if you ask me) in England, she's not as well known in America, I'll tell you a bit about her.
That's little Babs at Pinewood Studios back in the 1960s, with her trademark stand-out hair and her trademark stand-out boobs. Babs is a charming and funny woman. She's best known in America as one of the regular stars of the British Carry On movies, along with such other beloved English comedians as Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtry, and Kenneth Conner.
In England, she was also well-known for having a rather public affair with her constant Carry On co-star, the late Sid James. Here she is with Sid. I assume she has extremely poor eyesight, or else they only did it in pitch dark rooms.
They have even made a movie about their affair, called Cor Blimey, which I just watched. It's great fun, and it's spooky how well the cast conjures up the mostly-dead Carry On stars. (Babs is almost the only major Carry On star still breathing, and brother, can she breathe! Jim Dale and Bernard Cribbins still draw the occasional breath, but never as impressively.) There is no more discreet way for two married people to conduct a secret backstage affair, than to make a movie about it. Barbara's real-life current husband (She's had a mere four. I call that just getting warmed up.) makes a cameo appearance in the film, and is he a doll! He's also about 70 years younger than Barbara. You go, girl!
The Carry Ons are low-brow comedies, broad, bawdy, and utterly unpretentious. Just silly fun, pure burlesque, played by a stock company of uniquely British clowns. Barbara joined the series when it was well along, in Carry On Spying, and soon became synonymous with them.
Along with the Carry Ons, Barbara was in Ken Russell's movie of The Boy Friend, a regular on the London stage, and in recent years, a regular on the popular English TV soap opera Eastenders. She even appeared on a recent episode of Doctor Who, playing herself. Everyone loves her, some repeatedly.
Another Carry On regular was the fabulous, snooty poofter Kenneth Williams, a man whose voice box was apparently located in his nose.
Kenny Williams was the best friend of the brilliant comic playwright Joe Orton, one of Little Dougie's idols, a wildly talented writer who was murdered in his sleep by his gay lover in 1967. You can learn more about Joe Orton by reading John Lahr's great biography of him, or seeing the movie made from it starring Gary Oldman (who isn't all that old), both titled Prick Up Your Ears. (If you realize that "ears" is an anagram for "arse," you'll get the joke in the title.)
John Lahr also wrote an excellent book about Barry Humphires and Dame Edna, Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilization: Backstage with Barry Humphries. As someone who has been backstage with Barry Humphries only a few days ago, I can recommend it. Lahr is a pretty good writer for a man whose father was a world-famous pussy.
If you want even more information on Orton (you can never know enough about this tragic comic genuis), you can also read his sizzling published diaries, which I must warn you, are full of hot gay sex on page after page. (And Joe Orton would have relished having nude pictures of himself having gay sex posted online, once you explained to him what "online" means.)
Here's a picture of Joe Orton and Kenneth Williams flanking fabulous British actress Geraldine McEwan, who keeps understandably denying the obvious fact that she is Little Dougie's long-lost cousin. Do you know how hard it is to be long-lost when you've spent 50 years starring in plays in London's West End? You have to work at it.
Kenneth Williams was snooty, snobby, and incredibly neurotic. He died a virgin because actually having sex with another person was just too icky, personal, and messy. Here's how weird he was: he wouldn't allow guests in his home to use his bathroom. If you needed to drain the anaconda, he made you go to the public restroom at the corner. This is true. He brags about it in his books.
That's right. He wrote some books, because he was also witty and funny. You can read his for-public-consumption version of his life by reading his autobiography (everyone rips me off, even people like Ken, who died years before I wrote mine.), called Just Williams.
I read it, but I found his diaries, not intended for the public, and published after his death, when he couldn't do a damn thing about it, to be an even better read. Pure bitchy fun.
Barbara Windsor's book is full of ribald stories of her adventures in English show business. She writes frankly of her sexual adventures. I haven't read a book in which an actress confesses to so much shagging since the last time I read my book!
Here she is at a backstage party in her dressing room with Rudolph Nureyev, Sir Noel Coward, and famous drag queen Danny LaRue. It's a puzzlement how Babs could have been getting poked as often as she was when all her friends were famous poofters. I think I may have married most of the men in that room at one time or another.
Here she is apparently getting the Chinese Finger-Cuffs treatment. (Heaven on earth) The guy in the/her rear is Trevor Bannister, whom you may recognize from the Britcom Are You Being Spit-Roasted?
Speaking of that long-running program, here she is with John Inman, who played the poofy Mr. Humphries for 87 years on that show. I adored the late Mr. Inman, (What perfect last name for a gay man!) even when he was dressed as bizarrely as he is here. (This was the last time I lent him one of my frocks. He returned my confirmation gown all stretched out of shape.)
Anyway, for pure fun, bawdy and sweet at the same time, you can't go wrong with watching or reading Barbara Windsor.
Speaking of men in dresses named Humphries, Barry Humphries has spent the last two weeks here in Los Angeles, sharing Dame Edna with all of us. Knowing that Edna is a shrinking violet who can not face a gigantic audience without the moral support of a huge movie star like myself, I selflessly (Screw you, Ayn Rand!) attended multiple performances of her show Dame Edna: The First Last Tour. Here I am onstage with her at The Ahmanson Theater, with Edna showing the sort of intense emotional response I always provoke in her. You can almost smell her adoration of me. No need to thank me, Los Angeles. God knows, Edna didn't.