Saturday, September 4, 2010
After Dark May 1978 (Next to the last part)
That's right, I'm almost finished with this issue. It's been a long road to get everything I wanted to feature from the issue. Stars from early Hollywood and new Hollywood, to people yet to become stars, and finally to those that should have been stars, but just never had the luck to be famous. I say luck, because recently I was watching some Dick Cavett interviews with Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis. Each talked about their discipline and the work they were able to accomplish, but each also mentioned "luck". It seems that even they realized that sometimes the most talented person could not be famous without a little luck on their side. Speaking of Miss Davis, there were some other recent (as of 1978) movies that were featured in this issue. Bette Davis and David Niven were two of the many stars in the film version of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.
Also in the cast playing the unfortunate victim was the future Bond girl Lois Chiles.
The surfing movie Big Wednesday starred William Katt and Jan-Michael Vincent.
The film Looking for Mr. Goodbar featured Tom Berenger. In Praise of Older Women would pair him with Karen Black.
The film version of Broadway's A Little Night Music is one of my favorite films. Why? Well, it starred Diana Rigg and Elizabeth Taylor. Where else could you see Elizabeth Taylor sing "Send in the Clowns"? The other leading ladies were Hermione Gingold and Lesley Ann Down. Lesley had recently also gotten noticed for her role in The Betsy.
A Jackie playing a Jackie. The Greek Tycoon uses fictitious names, but the parallels between the lives Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy and the characters in the film are hard to ignore. In the Jackie-like role is the beautiful Jacqueline Bissett.
While hot pants are the rule of the day in 1978,
There was a time when a well-placed scarf was all you needed whether you were a woman...
...or a man.
Vegas showgirl Barbara Beverly knows a thing about well-placed articles of clothing. she was appearing at the Stardust Hotel in the 12th edition of Lido de Paris.
Out in New Jersey at the Paper Mill Playhouse you would find Rip Torn and Sandy Dennis in a production of Little Foxes, but playing the evil Regina Giddens was Geraldine Page.
While in London at the Globe Theatre, Jeremy Irons and Simon Ward were starring in Simon Gray's The Rear Column.
Before closing out this post, I wanted to show the way photos are often reused. Of course, only the best photos are reused, like this one of Randy Jones from the Village People. It was used in a previous issue for a fashion layout. The reused the photo for an ad to businesses to have them advertise in their magazine to reach a certain demographic. That demographic was the After Dark reader. I am surprised that 85.2% of the readers were single. I would have thought it would have been higher, like 99.44%.