Category: film

twixnmix: In her 2010 memoir, Foxy: My Life In…

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In her 2010 memoir, Foxy: My Life In Three Acts, Pam Grier

claimed that her sexual relationship with Richard Pryor caused cocaine to enter her system! Richard also got engaged to another woman while dating her. Pam was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1988.

Pam

recounts how a conversation with her doctor led to her confronting Richard:

He said, “Pam, I want to tell you about an epidemic that’s prevalent in Beverly Hills right now. It’s a buildup of cocaine residue around the cervix and in the vagina. You have it. Are you doing drugs?”

“No,” I said, astonished.

“Well, it’s really dangerous,“ he went on. “Is your partner putting cocaine on his penis to sustain his erection?”

“No,” I said, “not that I know of. It’s not like he has a pile of cocaine next to the bed and he dips his penis in it before we have sex.” I had a nauseating flash of one of Richard’s famous lines: Even my dick has a cocaine jones.

“Are you sure he isn’t doing it in the bathroom before he comes to bed?” the doctor asked.

“That’s a possibility,” I said. “You know, I am dating Richard Pryor.”

“Oh, my God,” he said. “We have a serious problem here. If he’s not putting it on his skin directly, then it’s worse because the coke is in his seminal fluid. You can have some serious cervical and uterine problems. You can even become sterile and you might have to have a hysterectomy.”

“Will it ever go away,” I asked. “It’ll go away eventually,” the doctor said.

“In the meantime, he has to wear a condom or you’re going to be a very sick woman.”

The doctor then asks her if her mouth went numb while performing oral sex on Richard, she says it did, and he links it the Novocaine-like effects of cocaine. Pam confronted Richard about protecting her health and he rejected the issue:

Later that evening, I told Richard, I have cocaine inside of me. It’s eating me up and it could kill me. Have you been putting it on your penis?

“No. Of course not,” he answered quickly. I took a deep breath. “I have to ask you to wear a condom when we have sex.”

“What?” was all he said.

I said, “you have to Richard,” I pleaded with him. “Only for a while. I have to get rid of these lesions so I don’t get infections.”

He said, “I hate condoms. I can’t feel anything.”

“Will you at least talk to my doctor?”

“No.”

I realized at that moment that I was not truly loved by this man.

twixnmix: Debbie Reynolds with her children…

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Debbie Reynolds with her children Todd Fisher and Carrie Fisher in 1961.

Photos by David Sutton

twixnmix: Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable pho…

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Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable photographed by Elliott Erwitt on the set of “The Misfits” in Reno, Nevada, 1960.

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Edward Cla…

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE Magazine, 1951.

twixnmix: Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski photo…

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Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski photographed by John Kelly, 1968.

twixnmix: Barbra Streisand with her son Jaso…

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Barbra Streisand with her

son Jason Gould

on the set of

“Hello, Dolly!” (1969). 

On this day in music history: August 1, 1971 -…

On this day in music history: August 1, 1971 – “The Concert For Bangladesh”, takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Organized by George Harrison, the benefit concert will feature Harrison along with Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr. It is the first benefit concert of its kind, raising relief money for the people of Bangladesh (now East Pakistan) who have suffered the devastating effects of a cyclone and human rights abuses from the Pakistan Army during a war fought in the region. The two performances (an afternoon and an evening show) are filmed and recorded for later release as a theatrically released film and a three LP box set. Both raise millions for the people of Bangladesh, and “The Concert For Bangladesh” album sells over two million copies in the US alone, winning a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 1973. Sales of both the DVD and CD releases of the concert continue to generate relief money for the people of Bangladesh today, with the total now estimated at over $20 million. The success of this humanitarian effort provides the template for later benefits such as Live Aid and the USA For Africa Trust.

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twixnmix: Gina Lollobrigida photographed by …

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Gina Lollobrigida photographed by Sid Avery in Acapulco, Mexico in 1959.

On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – …

On this day in music history: July 27, 1984 – “Purple Rain” opens in US movie theaters. It is the feature film debut of music icon Prince, co-starring Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Olga Karlatos and Clarence Williams III. The film directed by Albert Magnoli, and produced by Robert Cavallo, Stephen Fargnoli and Joseph Ruffalo (Prince’s management team), is the semi autobiographical account of musicians rise to fame. Prince develops ideas for the story prior to and during the “1999 Triple Threat” Tour" (circa 1982 – early 1983). He enlists the help of veteran television and film writer William Blinn (“Eight Is Enough”, “Roots”) and director Magnoli to craft his ideas into the final script. Filmed on a modest budget of only $7 million, it is shot on location in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, CA between November – December 1983. Released through Warner Bros, the film opens on 917 screens across the US. “Purple Rain” tops the box office chart in its first weekend of release, taking in $7,766,201 (knocking “Ghostbusters” from the number one spot), going on to gross more than $68 million domestically during its original theatrical run (more than $80 million currently). In an unprecedented move, Warner Bros announces that “Purple Rain” will be made available as a sell through home video release (on VHS, Beta, and Laserdisc) list priced at $29.95, rather than as a rental (normally list priced at $79.95), in time for the 1984 Christmas holiday season. The move proves to be a brilliant decision as the film sells in then record numbers for a home video title, becoming one of the best selling films in the history of Warner Home Video. The films soundtrack wins Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score in March of 1985.

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Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand at a press p…

Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand at a press party for “Let’s Make Love” 1960. 

Photos by David Sutton