Reel To Real: Portrayals And Perceptions Of Gays In Hollywood At The Hollywood Museum, Highlight Hollywood News

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The Hollywood Museum celebrates “Gay Heritage Month” by offering, in partnership with Los Angeles City Council member Mitch O’Farrell, an exciting and engaging exhibition – the museum’s 3rd annual “Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood” (Fri, June 10th – Sun, Sept 4th) – an entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBT images in film and television. This exhibit features costumes, props, photos and iconic imagery that will tell the story of the milestones and influence that LGBT characters, storylines and industry professionals have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern day real – life representations. Additionally featured are Gay Icons who are embraced and admired by the LGBT community. “Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood” – an extensive exhibition at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building with an entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBT images in film, network and cable television, including new digital platforms.

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The VIP opening night on June 9th, featured Tony winner/TV Icon, Julie Newmar, who welcomed VIP Guests including Kate Linder, Judy Tenuta, Lee Purcell, Shelly Goldstein, Erin Murphy, Moosie Drier, Todd Sherry, Dorell Anthony, Radames Pera, Cathy Diane Tomlin, Mary Elizabeth Boylan, Jeff Houkal. Howard Henley, Los Angeles City Council member Mitch O’Farrell and many more, to the private opening night of “Reel to Real.”

Julie Newmar declares "I was told that ... most of you in this room have dressed up as me ..."

Julie Newmar declares “I was told that … most of you in this room have dressed up as me …”

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Erin Murphy, Lee Purcell, Donelle Dadigan, Kate Linder, Judy Tenuta and Cathy Diane Tomlin

Erin Murphy, Lee Purcell, Donelle Dadigan, Kate Linder, Judy Tenuta and Cathy Diane Tomlin

 

The evening and exhibit will include a special tribute to long time supports of The Hollywood Museum and the LGBT community – Screen & Stage Icon Doris Roberts and the Legendary PR man Dale Olson. Items include Ms. Roberts costumes from “Everyone Loves Raymond” and the infamous rolodexes belonging to Mr. Olson that features personal contacts for everyone from Academy Award winning performers to U.S. Presidents.

Shelley Goldstein

Shelley Goldstein

Judy Tenuta

Judy Tenuta

Bruce Vilanch (Exhibited)

Bruce Vilanch (Exhibited)


 Best known for her role of Tabitha on the hit series “Bewitch,” Erin Murphy remarked, “I think that the reason our show has been so well received by the gay community is because the character of Samantha Stevens had to hide her true self from the public and had to remain in the closet,” and adding “Last year I accepted a role of a lesbian in a new web series, that garnered responses like, “But your not a lesbian,” to which I reminded them that I wasn’t a witch either.”

Lee Purcell admires Bob Mackie's costumes for Cher

Lee Purcell admires Bob Mackie’s costumes for Cher

A tribute to Mr. Blackwell and The Best & Worst List

A tribute to Mr. Blackwell and The Best & Worst List

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RuPauls Drag Race winners (2016 and 2015)

RuPauls Drag Race winners (2016 and 2015)

 

 Comedienne, Judy Tenuta, read messages from supporters who unable to be present, such as Cindy Lauper, Bruce Vilanch and Carol Channing. Lauper extold the importance of acceptance, while Vilanch commented “The exhibit in which you stand includes a t-shirt or two from my collection, which is proof at last to a skeptical public that I am in fact gay,” and Channing remarked, “The LGBT community has always been so good to me. Judy, Liza, Chita, Cher, Bette and many more of my colleagues will confirm that without the gay community, we would not have had the careers we did. Many years ago, I was a grand marshal in the San Francisco Gay Pride parade … They crown a new Empress every year, but the community made me Queen … for life! Oh, I’m so proud of that.”

Todd Sherry with Al Pacino's leather jacket from "Cruising"

Todd Sherry with Al Pacino’s leather jacket from “Cruising”

Cindy Lauper's exhibit

Cindy Lauper’s exhibit

Costumes from the film "Danish Girl"

Costumes from the film “Danish Girl”


The evenings key speaker, TONY winner and screen Legend, Julie Newmar, amusingly recalled, “When I asked why they wanted me to welcome everyone to the “Reel to Real” LGBT exhibit, I was told that, at one point or another, most of you in this room have dressed up as me … Well, all I can say is that you all have good taste. I am honored to be here to support the community.”

The Hollywood Museum’s “Reel to Real” exhibition, in conjunction with Los Angeles Council member Mitch O’Farrell, offers a historic perspective spanning 100 years from silent films to today’s films, TV shows, and digital platforms. “The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression of the LGBT culture and its transformative impact on the world through the entertainment industry,” says Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum located in the Historic Max Factor Building.

Radames Pera with the truck used in "The Beverly Hillbillies" and featured Nancy Culp.

Radames Pera with the truck used in “The Beverly Hillbillies” and featured Nancy Culp.


The exhibit revisits historic LGBT moments in Los Angeles’ history, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and on display – the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery. Exhibit highlights include costumes from “Transparent” – Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman, “The Danish Girl” – Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Einer Wegener/Lili Elbe, “Orange is the New Black” – Laverne Cox as Sophia, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Ray Donovan” – Katherine Moenning as Lena, “Arrested Development”-guest star, Liza Minnelli, “Cabaret” – Joel Grey as the Emcee, Cyndi Lauper’s Grand Marshall Costume that she wore in Toronto’s Gay Pride (2015), to name a few. Additional exhibits include Al Hirschfield’s iconic caricatures, famous costumes from Hollywood’s leading designers – Mr. Blackwell, Bob Mackie, Rhett Turner, Nolan Miller, Edith Head – to today’s “Project Runway” with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, as well as “Days of Our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots,” “Two in a Half Men,” “True Blood,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Good Wife,” and the Kennedy Center Honors Medallion presented to Lily Tomlin, as well as numerous other treasures.

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the following contributors ABC, Amazon Studios, BBC America, CBS, Discovery Life, Focus Features HBO, Logo, NBC, Netflix, OWN, Showtime, TLC and 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, as well as organizations serving the LGBT community including ONE Archives, Christopher Street West, The Lavender Effect, and The Glaad Awards.
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ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM IN THE HISTORIC MAX FACTOR BUILDING:
See 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spanning more than 100 years of Hollywood history! Located next to the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building houses the largest collection of entertainment memorabilia on display in the world. It is home to thousands of costumes, props, photographs, posters, celebrity automobiles and other treasures from some of the most iconic films and TV shows ever made! See Hollywood legends – past, present, and in the making! The museum attracts thousands of fans from around the world and was recently named one of the top tourist attractions by LA Weekly and by Trip Advisor, and was voted one of the Top 10 Museums in LA by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.
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Costumes used in the now famous "Days Of Our Lives" same sex marriage scene

Costumes used in the now famous “Days Of Our Lives” same sex marriage scene

Joel Grey's cane from "Cabaret"

Joel Grey’s cane from “Cabaret”

 

REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Exhibit: Fri, June 10th – Sun, Sept 4th)
TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.
ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028
MUSEUM INFO:
www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com or Tel: (323) 464-7776

Museum President and Founder Donelle Dadigan and Councilman Mitch O'Farrell in a exact recreation of Roddy McDowall's Powder room with McDowall's personal items and famous photos of Hollywood elite. O'Farrell had only moment earlier called for the public and press to show support of Transgender individuals and the current issues and concerns surrounding the use of public bathrooms.

Museum President and Founder Donelle Dadigan and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in a exact recreation of Roddy McDowall’s Powder room with McDowall’s personal items and famous photos of Hollywood elite. O’Farrell had only moment earlier called for the public and press to show support of Transgender individuals and the current issues and concerns surrounding the use of public bathrooms.

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One of the items in the Hollywood Museum’s LGBTQ Reel to Real Exhibit is the sign that hung at Barney's Beanery from the 1940's until 1985 in the heart of West Hollywood.  Thank God times are changing.

One of the items in the Hollywood Museum’s LGBTQ Reel to Real Exhibit is the sign that hung at Barney’s Beanery from the 1940’s until 1985 in the heart of West Hollywood. Thank God times are changing.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Bill Dow Photography and courtesy of The Hollywood Museum
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