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Your Nominations for the Gender Bender Hall of Fame? [Video]

Your Nominations for the Gender Bender Hall of Fame? [Video]

“What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine;
what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine,” observed
Susan Sontag, who was both a little butch and a lot beautiful.

I remembered this quote today in part because I noticed that “Victor/Victoria,” starring Julie Andrews as the unemployed performer who finds a
work as a male drag queen, was on TCM tonight. And in part because the image it
conjured was watching “Taking Woodstock,” when in walked Vilma, a musclebound
blonde in a candy-pink dress, who resembled Mamie Van Doren with stubble. S/he
spoke in a familiar voice, like honey mixed with molten asphalt. Holy cow! Liev
Schreiber in drag?!? (In his first screen performance, “Mixed Nuts,” he was also
a cross-dresser.) In “Taking Woodstock,” I particularly liked the contrast of
pink frock and Deep Purple voice.

I’d nominate him for cinema’s genderbender Hall of Fame.
Already enshrined? Andrews’ Victor/Victoria, Greta Garbo’s Queen Christina, Katharine Hepburn’s Sylvia Scarlett, Doris Day’s Calamity Jane, Gwyneth Paltrow’s turn in “Shakespeare in Love” and  Hilary Swank’s Brandon Teena in “Boys
Don’t Cry.”

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