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Charles Pierce, Drag Diva, Dies

By William Horn
Assistant Entertainment Media Director, GLAAD

Legendary Drag Diva Dies

Drag performer Charles Pierce died this week in his sleep at the age of 72. Pierce became legendary among not only fellow drag queens but among many of those he impersonated during his 40-year career. Carol Channing once said that Pierce did a better Charol Channing then she did.

Other personas of note included Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Katherine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead. In addition to appearing in nightclubs and theaters around the world, he made cameos on numerous television shows such as Fame, Wonder Woman, Designing Women and Laverne and Shirley. He also appeared in such films as Torch Song Trilogy (1988) and The Butcher's Wife (1991). cpiercemae.jpg - 18.70 K Pierce as Mae West

Will & Grace Score With Critics

tinky5.jpg - 13.73 K Will & Grace garnered three nominations from the Television Critics Association this past week. The hit NBC show is nominated in the Achievement in Comedy and the New Program categories, and Sean Hayes (Jack) and Megan Mullally (Karen) were nominated as a pair in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category.

Other lesbian-, gay- and bi-inclusive programs with nominations include NYPD Blue, Friends and the recently cancelled Homicide: Life on the Street. Career Achievement nods include Norman Lear, Aaron Spelling and Barbara Walters. The "controversial" Teletubbies were also on the list, recognized in the Achievement in Children's Programming category. No word yet if Tinky Winky will appear at the July 23 ceremony in Pasadena, California.
Bruce's Hot Buzz

Miramax's new documentary Get Bruce!, about the life and times of the hilarious Bruce Vilanch is not set for release until September 17, but is getting the thumbs up from many who have seen the film. Martin A. Grove of the Hollywood Reporter recently wrote that he's "expecting to see Bruce in this year's Oscar race for best documentary feature."

Vilanch is the very blonde, tee-shirt-wearing, Oscar writing, Advocate contributing, industry script doctoring, Hollywood Square who received the Stephan F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD in 1997. Some of his close pals' who pop up in the movie include Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin and Paul Reiser.

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Take Note:

New Video Releases: Look for the award-winning Gods and Monsters to arrive at your local video store this week.
Jackie's Back:

frankenfutter.jpg - 4.25 K Tim Curry in Rocky Horror Picture Show On Monday, June 14, Lifetime: Television for Women (and gay men) will be premiering the new original movie Jackie's Back. The mockumentary is directed by Robert Townsend and stars Jennifer Lewis (Sister Act, The Preacher's Wife) as Jackie Washington, a star on the comeback trail, and Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), as the pretentious documentarian who follows her climb.

Numerous real-life stars share their thoughts about the fictitious Jackie, including Diahann Carroll, Eddie Cobrian, Jackie Collins, Melissa Etheridge, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Sean Hayes, Ricki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Penny Marshall, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Rosie O'Donnell, Dolly Parton, David Hyde Pierce and Bruce Vilanch.
B-52's May Rock Toon Town:

The hit-making band The B-52's may soon be coming to Saturday morning television. The funky retro rock band has signed a deal with Stone Stanley Productions to develop a animated series using the voices of the four band members (Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson) and some of the groups two decade old catalogue of campy classics like Rock Lobster and Love Shack.
The Real Deal on MTV:

The latest installment of MTV's culture clashing show The Real World has brought together an eclectic group to live in Hawaii in a life-sized fishbowl. The consistently gay-inclusive show will debut this latest installment on June 15 with gay cast member Justin, and Ruthie, who is the series' first cast member to identify as bisexual.
fmercury.jpg - 9.89 KMercury Rising Over Freddie's Stamp:

Conservative critics in England are upset about a commemorative stamp just issued depicting the late, legendary bisexual rocker Freddie Mercury of the band Queen. The stamp series, which depicts British achievements over the past millennium, was approved by Mercury's family and the Queen of England herself.

More Sex on HBO:

Things are heating up in Manhattan this weekend when HBO premieres a new season of Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker . The critically acclaimed and gay-inclusive show kicks off this second season June 9 at 9PM EST/PST and will air new episodes every Sunday night throughout the summer.
Beggars Can Be Choosers:

Look for a new gay character on Showtime's original series Beggars and Choosers, which will premier later this month with Tuc Watkins portraying gay assistant Malcolm Laffley. The Hotsheet will bring you more about Watkins and the show next week.
US and In Style Profile Media Awards:

Look for the July issues of US magazine and In Style, which both profile the 10th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

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