Auntie Mame has been a gay icon ever since author Patrick Dennis’s bestselling novel Auntie Mame hit the shelves in 1955. To follow was the play and movie starring the fabulous Rosalind Russell, a Broadway musical starring Angela Lansbury, and the movie musical starring Lucille Ball.
Mame is best remembered in the 1958 movie starring the late, great Rosalind Russell. Here a shy, 10-year-old orphan named Patrick is shipped off to live with his wealthy, eccentric aunt in New York City. As Auntie Mame, she takes him under her diamond-encrusted wing and introduces him to the fabulous world of shopping, theater and high culture, and her dazzling array of friends.
The film has recently made a comeback into gay film festivals, including “Reel Pride Richmond’s 2nd Annual LGBT Film Festival, screened on November 6, 2010 at Center Stage.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]