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Dolores Fuller (1923-2011)

Dolores Fuller (1923-2011) (photo)

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The Los Angeles Times reports that actress Dolores Fuller, the angora-clad muse of legendarily bad director Edward D. Wood Jr., died in her home on Monday after a long illness, at the age of 88.

Fuller was a successful model and TV actress (she appeared regularly on “Queen For a Day”) when she met Wood at a casting call. From The Times‘ obituary:

“When I got to the casting call and first laid eyes on the young Edward, I just thought he was extremely handsome, and his personality was bubbly and fun,” Fuller recalled in a 1994 interview with Tom Weaver for Fangoria magazine. “Then when I found out he was also a director and writer as well as a producer and actor, I was very impressed. … I knew immediately that he liked me, too.”

Wood cast her as the lead in his infamous first film, “Glen or Glenda” (1953). The deeply personal (and, yes, deeply flawed) picture told the story of a transvestite named Glen (Wood) who’s struggling to come to grips with his love of cross-dressing. Fuller played Barbara’s Glen’s girlfriend, who is unaware of Glen’s taste for women’s clothing, particularly her own angora sweaters. The scenario was largely autobiographical; Fuller and Wood were dating and, for at least the first year of their relationship, she never discovered his taste in clothes. In the film’s finale, famously recreated in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic “Ed Wood,” Glen tells Barbara the truth, she gives him the sweater off her back, and they live happily ever after. That was the artist escaping into art in order to live out his fantasy. In truth, Fuller wasn’t quite so understanding of Wood’s transvestitism, and the couple broke up for a variety of reasons in 1955.

After Burton’s film renewed interested in Wood and his work, Fuller got a second shot at B-movie celebrity. Here’s a good interview with Fuller where she compares the realities of her life with Wood to the less flattering depiction in the film “Ed Wood.” She’s also got some not-so-nice things to say about the actress who played her, Sarah Jessica Parker (Note: the lower-third on Fuller is incorrect; Wood and Fuller were never married):

Parker may have written her off as “the worst actress in the history of film,” but after Fuller broke up with Wood she reinvented himself, studying with Stella Adler at the Actors Studio and becoming a successful songwriter. Here’s one of her most famous compositions, co-written with Ben Weisman, “Rock-A-Hula Baby” from the Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii:”

Fuller is gone now, but not forgotten. Whenever a guy is curious about his girlfriend’s outfit, or imagines Bela Lugosi in a wing chair screaming “PULL THE STRING!” she and Ed live on.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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