Donelle Dadigan, president and founder of the Hollywood Museum, along with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Chris Classen (Christopher Street West Association), honored actress Julie Newmar on Thursday, June 7 during a ceremony marking the return of REAL TO REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood, an annual exhibit that shines the spotlight on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) community in television and film over the past 100 years. Now in its fifth year at the Hollywood Museum, REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQ in Hollywood exhibit, provides an educational, entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBTQ images in film, TV, new digital platforms featuring costumes, props, photos, and iconic imagery, all telling the story of the milestones and influence that LGBTQ characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes in silent films to modern-day representations. “The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBTQ culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment,” said Dadigan.
REAL to REEL also celebrates LGBTQ icons by paying homage to those individuals who support the LGBTQ community. Toward that end, the June 7 ceremony featured a special recognition for The Future of Hollywood Award, presented to actress Stephanie Beatriz, and the Legacy Award, presented to Tony Award-winning actress Julie Newmar. Among the celebrated patrons on hand for the VIP dedication were Kathy Kinney, Lee Purcell, Geoffrey Mark, Alison Arngrim, George Chakiris, Kate Linder, Kevin Spirtas, Carolyn Hennesy, Judy Tenuta, Steve Wishnoff, and Jeremy Miller.
The Hollywood Museum places REAL to REEL in the historical context of Hollywood, which is home to a large LGBTQ entertainment industry population. The exhibit revisits monumental LGBTQ moments in history with Rev. Troy Perry, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery. Exhibit highlights include costumes from Transparent, How to Get Away with Murder, Brokeback Mountain, Superstore, The Walking Dead, Empire, Trans America, Sordid Lives, Cruising, Orange is the New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Cabaret, K-11, After Forever, Orphan Black, Roseanne, Will & Grace, To Wong Fu: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, and other productions. Additional exhibit items include famous costumes from many of Hollywood’s leading designers, from Mr. Blackwell, Bob Mackie, Ret Turner, Nolan Miller, Zac Posen, Rudolf Nureyev and Edith Head to 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, Scandal, Two in a Half Men, True Blood, and The Good Wife. This year’s exhibit also includes LGBTQ icons including Judy Garland, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Cher, Rock Hudson, Liza Minnelli, James Dean, Bette Midler, Ramon Navarro, Rudolf Valentino, Charles Laughton, Sam Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Sherman Hemsley, Geri Jewell, Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner and many more.
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The museum houses more than 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spotlighting more than 100 years of Hollywood history – from the Silents to Talkies, to Hollywood’s Golden Era, Film Noir, Television and its Pioneer Years, through the rebellious 60s, special effects 70s, evolving 80s, involved 90s, technological 2000s, and beyond to current day heartthrobs! The Hollywood Museum’s exhibits showcase the best in film, network and cable television, and new digital platforms featuring iconic and fan favorites! Named one of the top tourist attractions by LA Weekly, voted one of the Top 10 Museums in LA by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and annually receives the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. Located in the heart of Hollywood, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave – The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building is the “Official Museum of Hollywood” and offers visitors the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world featuring the glamour of Hollywood legends and stars – past, present and in the making…. See one-of-a-kind costumes, props, photographs, scripts, stars’ car collections, personal artifacts, posters, and memorabilia from favorite stars, films and TV shows. The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
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