||[Aug. 4th, 2006|07:27 am]
|||||Summertime - Billy Holiday||]|
In 1929 at the age of forty-nine dance revolutionary Isadora Duncan was strangled to death by her own scarf when it became entangled in the rear wheel of a Bugati sports car. She was not driving, she was being chaufferued by a car salesman with whom she had become illicitly involved.
And a crazy scary dog!
I am sure I read something like this before, only it was a gay actor, servicing his limo driver..
Let me find it.. OH! It was F.W. Murneau, who directed Nosferatu, The Last Laugh etc. That was in 1931.
Those crazy entertainers!
What happpened? He got strangled giving head? How in the hell do you manage that!?
Well, it turns out it's 95% a legend..
After his death in a car accident, rumors of his homosexuality surfaced. In fact, in his classic Hollywood Babylon, Kenneth Anger wrote: "Murnau's death in 1931 inspired a flood tide of speculation. Murnau had hired as valet a handsome fourteen-year-old Filipino boy named Garcia Stevenson. The boy was at the wheel of the Packard when the fatal accident occured. The Hollywood mechantes langues reported that Murnau was going down on Garcia when the car leapt off the road. Only eleven brave souls (Garbo was there) showed up for the funeral. Garbo commissioned a death mask of Murnau and the solitary Swede kept this momento of the German genius on her desk during all of her years in Hollywood."
According to Lokke Heiss, audio commentator on the recent Special Edition DVD of Nosferatu, this story is almost certainly wrong, directly contradicted by direct testimony from the hearing after the accident, and by people who were there: "But what it does show is the desire by subsequent generations to brand Murnau into an image they themselves want to see."
But that Kenneth Anger book is 99% gold. Have you read it?
I put a hold on it at the library for you.
ah poor Isadora. She had such a free spirit. I hope you are well. peace.
hey random! ((((hugs))) I still love this journal so much. peace.