We never really saw this coming, but a new biography has broken the news that Tricky Dick Nixon may have been doing things with his dick that the press has never, ever talked about. Allegedly, he had a multi-year affair with a mafia-connected Florida guy named Charles 'Bebe' Rebozo, an attractive Cuban-American businessman who was a known member of the South Florida gay community. Biographer Don Fulsom, who was a D.C. reporter for many years, writes in Nixon's Darkest Secrets (due out next month) says that there is plenty of supporting evidence for the claim, including a reporter who claims to have seen Nixon and Rebozo holding hands under the table at a White House dinner. Also, Rebozo had a house next door to the Nixons in Key Biscayne, and Pat Nixon was said to have slept in a separate building from Dick whenever they were there. [Daily Mail via JoeMyGod]
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Flamboyant flamer Alan Sues, who once delighted 60s audiences playing a fey sportscaster who talked about his "tinkle," died at age 85 on Thursday at his home in West Hollywood. Some of you born in the 60s might remember a certain (still hilarious) Peter Pan Peanut Butter ad featuring a swishy Peter Pan who comes crashing into a kitchen to give some kids some peanut butter (watch it below)... that was him too. He was also famous on 'Laugh In' for playing 'Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal,' a comically hungover children's entertainer. Ruth Buzzi says he was "the funniest person that I ever worked with." As his "longtime friend" Michael Gregg Michaud tells the LA Times, despite never really coming out of the closet for fear of destroying his career, Sues appreciated his gay fans. "They all said he was one of the very few gay sort of characters that they saw on television at that time. They identified with him, and they were thankful. As he got older, it meant more to him and he was appreciative of that." [LAT, NYT]
Just because, gay celeb blogger Greg in Hollywood posted these marvelous pictures this a.m. of "roommates" Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, just two eligible bachelor actors who shared a home together for ten years (several of those while Grant was technically married) from 1932 to 1942. We don't know why they broke up, and the story is shrouded enough that Grant isn't often claimed among known homosexuals of the pre-Stonewall era. But weren't they a fit couple of blokes, doing all that shirtless exercising together?
For our inaugural post, we'll choose this oddity from I Dream of Jeannie, in which famed glass closet case Paul Lynde portrayed a fey "nutrition expert" who Jeannie tests by creating a sort of Disney-ish Middle Eastern village where he's taunted by a shirtless swordsman. Cheers, dears.