Sunday 04 August UK News feed. Olivier's family kept the young pretender to the Shakespearean throne away as they did not want him upstaging the event. The disclosure is contained in a new authorised biography of Olivier, which has also sparked a bitter family feud by shedding light on the actor's homosexual past. In Olivier, The Authorised Biography, Terry Coleman reveals that the Oscar-winner's family reacted with horror when the Prince of Wales suggested that Branagh should represent him at the memorial service in Westminster Abbey in They feared that such a prominent role for the then year-old, who like Olivier had directed his own film version of Henry V would have stolen Olivier's thunder on the very day he was meant to be centre stage. As Charles's representative, Belfast-born Branagh would have taken precedence over everyone else at the ceremony and would have entered Westminster Abbey last while -everyone else stood.
At the beginning of the long presidential campaign now finally closed, Texas Gov. These days, East and West Coast sophisticates can laugh about right-wing rubes who associate Commies with Jews, but when and how did gays get into the mix? There is a long and complicated history here. To be Jewish and gay and left-wing when Copland was working in midcentury America meant having three minority identities, each subject to social shaming.
As researchers in history, biography, and allied trades attempt to reconstruct our past, sexual identity issues can be problematic. What constitutes evidence and how should it be interpreted? Are those gushing letters of deep friendship framed in florid breathless prose simply 19th-century Romantic effusions not to be taken literally, or proof of bedtime intimacy?
On top of the already heavy-handed queer innuendo laced throughout this spectacle is a roster of special guests chockablock with gay icons: Charo, Joan Rivers, K. The aptly named performer, Holiday Heart, takes in a crack-addicted woman and her daughter in an attempt to help get them back on their feet. Disclaimer: We cannot vouch for the caliber of acting in this made-for-TV movie.