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TitleOpen Secret - Gay Hollywood 1928 - 1998
PublisherWilliam Morrow and Co.
CategoryArts - Film
Author
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File Size23.3 MB
Total Pages391
Table of Contents
                            contents
P R 0 L 0 G U E - HYPOTHALAMUS, MON AMOUR
0 N E - GAY ALL OF A SUDDEN
T W 0 - INVISIBLE CITY
T H R E E - NOBODY SAID ANYTHING
F 0 U R - IT'S A SCANDAL!
F I V E - CLOSET PRIVILEGES
S I X - DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION
S E V E N - G0ING PUBLIC
E I G H T - RUNNING FOR MAYOR
N I N E - MOVING AND SHAKING
T E N - HAIR COLOR
E L E V E N - "NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!"
T W E L V E - TOM CRUISE
E P I L 0 G U E - THE FURTHER DECAY OF LYING
N0TES  AND S0URCES
INDEX
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DAVID EHRENSTEIN

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Death and Transfiguration

been tapped before. I was beginning to just enjoy myself. That lasted

about a year and a half. Every time his parents would come to town
we'd still have these problems. It wasn't important for me to meet the

parents, but I still didn't want to be in hiding. I had some ambivalent
feelings about it, because I knew what it was like to meet someone's

parents. I mean, I'd have liked to have met his parents just to know

how their relationship with him works. So I began putting pressure

on after that, because I felt this was wrong. Once we broke up right

after his parents came to town, then got back together again. Another

time his parents came out here and we broke up totally.
"By that time I was out to everybody and would talk about what

was happening in my life," Clein continues. "I had a short relationship

last winter. Everybody knew everything that was going on-male,

female, it didn't matter. I was so open in talking about it. When it

ended, I remember having dinner with this young woman producer.

At one point she said, 'Are you married? Do you have children?' I

said no. She went to the ladies' room and came back and I said, 'I'm

gay.' And boy, let me tell you! She'd been ditched by her boyfriend.

I'd been ditched by my boyfriend. We bonded. Men were dished that
night like you wouldn't believe! I found that I was willing to really

talk about a relationship-to be able to say 'my boyfriend' rather than

'this person' or 'it.' It's amazing. People feel closer. Several clients-

women-fix me up with people.

"Back when I first came out here, the gay people I knew in the

industry all felt they could achieve something professionally, and that

it didn't matter what their sexual orientation was. I feel personally

that they all felt they had to be in hiding, that no matter what their
financial status-whether they were the head of the studio or what-

that they literally could not ever achieve freedom in that regard. I
don't think any of them thought that there was a "lavender ceiling'

professionally. Maybe they thought they may not quite get that high-
to the tippy-tippy top where people who are gay are now-but they

would get pretty high. It was never held against you that you were gay
as a detriment to creativity. If anything, it was a bonus. But you did
show up certain places with a woman on your arm.

"I went to the Academy Awards a few years ago, when Forrest

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Gump won, and took one of my best friends with me. He looked

cute in his tuxedo. I went with him the other night to the Philhar-

monic, and I'd been invited to a party afterwards which was in San

Marino. Not showbizzy-very WASP. And you know something? I

sat at a table where there was husband/wife, husband/wife, hus-

band/wife-and then two men friends. It didn't faze me. In all hon-
esty, the person who chose to go with me was really presentable,

fun to be with-so why not? He's someone I actually enjoy doing

all these things with. But I know people who've won Academy

Awards, where their lovers have stayed home while they went off

with someone else. It gave me great pleasure to watch the lover of
the lyricist for Beauty and the Beast stand up and accept the Oscar

for him in 1992. I think it's just wonderful that we are allowed [to
be]-and this is truly one profession where you can be-'out.' On

the other hand, to deal with the fact that I'm in my fifties, I spent

more time worrying I could lose a client not because I'm too gay

but because I'm too old.'' 17

The peace that's come to Clein has been felt by others of his
generation. But some in Hollywood are still trying to sort things

out. This fact was made plain by remarks made by director Randal

Kleiser at a panel discussion at Outfest '97, Los Angeles's annual gay
and lesbian film festival. Working in the mainstream, Kleiser had

directed such megahits as Grease (1978) and The Blue Lagoon (1980).
But at Outfest, the film he wanted to talk about was It's My Party, his

very small-scale 1996 drama about an HIV -positive gay man electing
to commit suicide rather than face the final stages of AIDS. Holding

a party to say goodbye to his friends, he makes peace with the lover

who abandoned him when he learned of his diagnosis. Starring Eric

Hoherts and Gregory Harrison, featuring a supporting cast including

Let' Grant, Bronson Pinchot, Marlee Matlin, and Olivia Newton-John

(all working for "scale'' or less)./t'sllly ParlJ is easily the most serious

film Klt>ist>r has evt•r rnudt'. More striking was the fact that it was

dt~signt·d to dt>al with any number of issues Philadelphia sidestepped.

For that n·ason almw, i Is fai lun· to find an audience wasn't surprising.

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Don't ask. don't teD.
Except, when it comes to Hollywood,

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And sooner or later, somebodyteDs.

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this entertaining and Insightful book, wNcll uplorM "" ..

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years. Filled wtth the Inside scoop and vtv1c1 aneodotee .....,
In& every era from the sllents to tabloid TV and beJaftd, OpM
Secret Is a revealing portrait of a world hidden In plllln IWit,

at the very heart of a gntterln& community clecllo.tecl to

Image, celebrity, and public display. It's a lively blend of .-.

dom, success, scandal, and keen social observ.tlon.

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