Dykonography 101: Margaret

December 10, 2008 at 5:50 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

“Comedy was all I ever wanted,” declares Cho in her memoir, I’m the One That I Want (2001). “When I began, I don’t think anyone believed I would go anywhere”, but the bisexual actress turned stand-up comedian has become one of the most prominent Asian Americans in show business and in glbtq culture.

Born to Korean immigrant parents on December 5, 1968 in San Francisco, California, Moran “Margaret” Cho draws from her “bi-cultural” experience as Korean-American as well as from everyday queer culture to forge her seductive style, which is enticing and amusing and never fails to surprise.

-excerpted from Miguel A. Segovia‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Janet

December 10, 2008 at 5:47 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

 

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

[In April 2008, Janet Jackson was] honored for her work in the gay community, receiving the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Award.

The ceremony, held in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre, was presented by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Upon receiving her award, Janet said: “I love it. I never expected it in a million years so when I heard they wanted to honour me, I was really taken aback. It’s just for the work that I’ve done with AIDS and acknowledging the gay and lesbian community through my music and so on. I’m just very appreciative.”

Janet has always been vocal about gay rights, and even wrote her number one single “Together Again” as a tribute to a close friend who died from AIDS.

She added: “Even when I was younger, when I was growing up, my mother was very religious but there were a lot of kids who were dancers that she brought into the home and now that I think about it, they were gay.

“They all called her ‘Mother’ and she treated every one of them like they were her children. And that’s where it kind of started, I suppose. I’ve been around the community all my life.”

-excerpted from “Janet Jackson receives gay award”, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 29, 2008 (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Catherine

December 10, 2008 at 5:38 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

 

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

For many women (lesbians in particular), the career of the elegant and enigmatic Catherine Deneuve did not take off with Jacques Demy’s 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Nor did it begin with Roman Polanski’s pathological 1965 Repulsion, nor with Luis Buñuel’s [shocking] Belle Du Jour. It didn’t even begin with her 1980 award-winning performance in Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro. None of these legendary films that so skillfully exploited the icy fire of Deneuve’s inscrutable presence—nor any that came between or after—marked the beginning.

Instead that cataclysmic event, which has now become part of lesbian lore, began when a luminous Deneuve, playing an aristocratic vampire in Tony Scott’s 1983 film The Hunger, swooped down on an innocent and utterly bedazzled Susan Sarandon and,  for eight hot minutes, devoured her with explicit sex and unprecedented, everlasting sensual enthusiasm. Then she bit her, and the rest is history.

-excerpted from “Catherine Deneuve: The ultimate lesbian icon breaks her silence.”, The Advocate magazine, July 25, 1995 (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Angie

December 10, 2008 at 12:39 am (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

[Self-confirmed bisexual] Angelina Jolie is an actress, philanthropist, mom…and now she can add “favorite lesbian role” to her list of credentials.

The top gay women’s site, LesbiaNation, conducted a poll asking [lesbians] from all over the globe, who their favorite characters are in film.  Jolie came out on top with her portrayal of ’70s supermodel Gia Carangi in the 1998 movie  Gia.  The role won her a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award and overall, the movie won 7 awards and 12 nominations.

-from Sassy Smith‘s post “Lesbians Love Angelina Jolie” on FameCrawler (original post)

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Dykonography 101: Jodie

December 9, 2008 at 11:06 pm (Dykonography 101) (, , , )

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster

One of the most accomplished film actresses of her generation, Jodie Foster has been a glbtq icon for decades, though only recently has she obliquely acknowledged her lesbianism.

No other contemporary actress has generated as much interest in her personal life as Foster, an interest intensified by her steadfast refusal to discuss her private life in interviews. For years, with her lesbianism an open secret in the film industry, the gay press demanded—to no avail—that she come out publicly.

Foster’s tomboyish roles as a child and her strong female protagonist roles as an adult fueled speculation as to her sexuality, especially among her numerous lesbian fans.

-excerpted from Victoria Shannon‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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Dykonography 101: Marlene

December 9, 2008 at 5:48 pm (Dykonography 101) (, , , , )

 

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Probably no one, gay or straight, of any gender, could tear her or his eyes from the sight of Marlene Dietrich, leaning back with lewd abandon, grasping a shapely gartered leg as she growls out her most famous signature song, “Falling in Love Again”. That song, and the role of Lola Lola, the sizzling slut with a heart of ice, brought Dietrich to international stardom in Josef von Sternberg’s 1930 landmark film Der Blaue Engle (The Blue Angel).

Dietrich always retained her continental sophistication, and she scandalized society almost as much by wearing trousers in public as by her numerous love affairs with both men and women. In the 1930 film, Morocco,audiences were shocked and titillated when Dietrich’s character, a nightclub singer in glamorous tails-and-top-hat drag, finishes up a number by kissing a female audience member on the lips.

According to Marjorie Rosen, the actress once said, “In Europe, it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. We make love with anyone we find attractive.” Rumors of her numerous affairs with such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, John Kennedy, Edith Piaf, and writer Mercedes de Acosta only added to the Dietrich mystique.

 

-excerpted from Tina Gianouli‘s glbtq entry (read the rest)

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