Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sarong, so right



Always the sidekick, never quite the star...

We have a centenary to mark today, dear reader - the "first lady of the sarong" Miss Dorothy Lamour!

She may not have been much of a "friend of the gays" in her heyday (she was so "in" with the repressive establishment of the time, it was rumoured she and J Edgar Hoover were dating), but her "exotic siren" look prompted many a drag queen to don a floral throw and get their own back.



And by the time her screen career had disappeared into a morass of "victim" roles in shlock-horror films and guest appearances on Marcus Welby MD, Hart to Hart and (of course) The Love Boat, she had obviously bitten the bullet and embraced "camp" - as she embarked on tour in Hello Dolly and made her descent down those stairs in Sondheim's Follies...

And she certainly could sing and dance!

Can Can:



Apache Dance:



Dorothy Lamour (born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton, 10th December 1914 – 22nd September 1996)

Visit the Dolores Delargo Towers Museum of Camp, where some of her glorious portraits form our latest "exhibit"

My previous blog about Miss Lamour

6 comments:

  1. Oh........I'll scan it today....I have an autographed photo of the above Bing, Bob and Dorothy on the road movie.

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  2. Ah, thanks for this post Jon! Always have had a soft spot for Dottie -- much more gifted than she ever got credit for, and a welcome presence always, no matter the vehicle. A trouper, and a real pro...

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    1. "Oh L'Amour
      Broke my heart
      Now I'm aching for you"


      Jx

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  3. She will always be a Star to me.
    She was just adorable.

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    1. "The Moon of Manakoora" is certainly an anthem at Dolores Delargo Towers. Jx

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