Ladies Or Gentlemen: A Pictorial History of Male Cross-dressing in the Movies

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Filipacchi Publishing, 2005 - 408 pages
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From Greek drama through vaudeville and modern cinema, nothing in the theatrical experience has ever guaranteed a laugh like a man in a dress. This spectacular pictorial history examines the grand tradition of male cross-dressing in the movies through more than 700 photos, more than half of which are previously unpublished. The screen's greatest stars, from comedians like Buster Keaton and Peter Sellers to "serious" actors like Marlon Brando and Max von Sydow, are pictured in everything from bustiers to ball gowns. Just as in real life, the cinematic motives for cross-dressing are complex, ranging from plot device (I Was a Male War Bride) and social commentary (Tootsie) to the simple sight gags of Laurel and Hardy. The book explores these and myriad other reasons actors are coaxed out of dress suits and into dresses. By turns provocative, serious, and silly, Ladies or Gentlemen is a delightful study of a seldom-explored facet of cinema history.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
6
BYJOHNLITHGOW
88
INTRODUCTION
143
SEVEN DRAG CLASSICS
152
La cage aux folles
169
THE TOP BANANA
179
Divine
194
WHEN DRAG WAS QUEEN
207
Fernandel
236
Bob Hope
264
Buster Keaton
320
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About the author (2005)

John Lithgow was born on October 19, 1945 in Rochester, NY. He went to Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1967. After graduation, Lithgow won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has won four Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has also been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2005, he became the first actor ever to deliver a commencement speech at Harvard University. In addition to acting, he is the author of many books for children. He lives in Los Angeles.

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