A Boy Named Phyllis
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Unmistakably Mackie
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Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored
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The Q Guide to
The Golden Girls

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Peppered with one-liners and pop-cultural references ranging from a mention of the TV series H.R. Pufnstuf to one of the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, DeCaro's memoir of growing up gay in an Italian Catholic family in Little Falls, N.J., sweetly and vividly recalls the bonds and breaches of parent-child relationships, a theme that provides the backdrop to his anecdotal chronicle of childhood tormentors and of recognizing, accepting and eventually celebrating his difference. Ostracized by classmates who knew he was gay before he did ("I'd always put the 'boy' in 'Flamboyant'") and an enigma to his loving if somewhat inept parents, a young DeCaro finds hope in the extravagance of role models Elton John and Paul Lynde and ensuing validation in his high-school theater department. All this is revealed in ironic turns of phrase, deadpan wit and pinpoint characterization, sparing not his mother: a "pear shaped bundle of Aqua Net"; his father: "a big lug who hated only two things in the whole world: dogs sniffing his crotch, and stepping in chewing gum"; his live-in grandma: "With upper arms that hung like parade-float bunting, the constitution of a battleship, and the salty vocabulary of a sailor on shore leave"; and not, least of all, himself. Growing up gay in the suburbs was a trial for DeCaro, a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Living, yet he renders the experience with ease and humor in this laudable memoir.

-- Publishers Weekly
© 1996 Reed Business Information,Inc.

Ask anyone what Cher wore to the Oscars in 1985 and they can describe the Spiderwoman headdress, the exposed navel, and the looks on people's faces when she made her entrance. Ask about Carol Burnett's "Went with the Wind" dress, and they'll say it was a green velvet Southern Belle costume made from drapes--with the curtain rod still attached. Funny and outrageous, these are just two of the many costumes Mackie has indelibly etched into our minds. He has also dressed such celebrities as Elton John, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, and RuPaul; designed for Broadway, Las Vegas, opera, and ballet; and currently runs a couture business with licenses for fragrance, fashion accessories, eyewear, suits, furs, home furnishings, and collectible Barbie dolls.

This spectacularly bright and colorful book is as outrageous as Mackie's designs. In addition to classic photos of marvelous Mackie-clad superstars of the last three decades, glorious gatefolds and specially commissioned color photographs by Gideon Lewin illustrate Mackie's extraordinary achievements.

Unmistakably Mackie demonstrates how this seven-time Emmy Award-winning designer has reached the consciousness of the American masses and turned them on to a stylish fantasy that is purely his own.

 

Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored gives fans a window into all of the hilarious secrets that go into the creation of this brilliant, groundbreaking and beloved TV show. In-depth interviews with the creators and crew reveal how the show goes from concept to script to screen each week, season to season. The cast share favorite moments, talk about the evolution of their characters, and discuss their individual roads to Will & Grace. There’s also plenty of scoop on high profile guest stars, recurring characters, and other interesting personalities who’ve dated, dumped, crossed, or otherwise shared airtime with the ensemble. A lavishly illustrated episode guide discloses lost scenes, last-minute line changes, and other juicy details. Packed with stunning pictures, great lines, and on-screen moments that warrant re-living again and again. Every fan will want this book to display on their perfectly appointed coffee tables.

Four elderly women sharing a house in Florida. An unlikely set-up for a television comedy, much less a classic in the making. But that’s exactly what happened with The Golden Girls. Now, learn the back story of how this fan favorite came to run for seven seasons, and why it lives on forever on DVD and in the hearts of the millions of viewers who still tune in daily to reruns.

Inside you’ll get:

  • Casting secrets!
  • Conversations with Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan!
  • The Top 10 Reasons Why Gays Love the "Girls"!
  • The Q-Friendliest Episodes!
  • Hunky & Campy Guest Star Alerts!
  • Celebrity Surveys!
  • Featuring exclusive interviews with the creators, stars, writers, producers, and guest actors, The Q Guide to The Golden Girls is perfect for reading alone or sharing with friends. They’ll thank you for being one.


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