For the last few years the official kick-off to L.A. Pride for me has been The Hollywood Museum’s special exhibition of “Real to Reel: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood” held on the Thursday night before Pride weekend. Now in its fifth year, the exhibit, which is currently open to the public, is presented by museum President/Founder Donelle Dadigan in partnership with L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Christopher St. West. It spotlights the LGBTQ community’s contribution to the entertainment industry in television and film through the decades.
This year’s event featured a special recognition for “The Future of Hollywood” with an award presented to actress Stephanie Beatriz, gowned to the nines and looking more like a Kardashian than her tough TV character, detective Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Legend Award went to Tony-winning actress Julie Newmar who said of her famous Catwoman role: “She had claws….no one would want to grab that pu**y!”
Guests attending included Jan Perry, Kathy Kinney, Lee Purcell, Roslyn Kind, Alison Arngrim, Kevin Spirtas, Carolyn Hennesy, Judy Tenuta, Geri Jewell and Jeremy Mitchell.
At the Museum on May 31, George Chakiris, Teresa Ganzel, Ruta Lee and more gathered for the unveiling of items from the career of master mimic Rich Little. Little was there to sign copies of his recent book, People I’ve Known and Been: Little by Little, with proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Foundation. Little is loaning items to the museum from his act used in his impressions of Johnny Carson, George Burns and Dean Martin as well as artwork of these icons done by Little himself.
“Real to Reel: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood” runs through Sunday, October 28. The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 N. Highland Ave., at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, in the historic Max Factor Building. Call (323) 464-7776 or visit TheHollywoodMuseum.com.