- Writers Retreat
- Writers in School
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A delicious evening of rumor and scandal, mostly
confirmed, in words and pictures with author
From his book, 20th Century Unlimited: Two Novellas
GAY HOLLYWOOD IN THE 1930’s
Several unfortunate events–the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler and Fascism in Germany, and the establishment of the Hayes Code of behavior in film–led to a surprising efflorescence of gay and lesbian ideas, talent, and artists among those we now consider to be the cream of Hollywood’s Golden Age. While they were an obviously elite set, their words and images have, via movies, TV, and advertising, influenced several generations worldwide of all classes, and, I believe, increased the openness that led to Stonewall and today’s acceptance of LGBTQ people.
Although best known as a novelist, playwright and recently, a memoirist, Felice Picano was called to Hollywood in 1977 to work for Cary Grant’s Brut Productions in film. He returned in the 1980’s and worked with director Frank Perry (Mommy Dearest). Even before his first book tour in 1979 for the international best seller, The Lure, Picano was an openly gay author and he met, interacted with, and was befriended by many Hollywood actors and writers. This talk is based on what they told him first or second hand.
20th Century Unlimited is available from Bold Strokes Books and from Amazon.com in a trade paperback or various ebook forms
The event is free and books will be on sale
This event is presented as part of the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, which this year celebrates the theme ‘Into the Streets,’ based on a rallying cry of early LGBTQ rights groups. Events take place from Harvey Milk Day (May 22nd) through the end of June Pride month. For more info and to see a full roster of events please visit www.weho.org/pride or follow on social media @WeHoArts.