Friends of Dorothy
Anthony Uzarowski, author
Anthony Uzarowski is the author of Jessica Lange: An Adventurer’s Heart and coauthor of Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies. He has written numerous articles on cinema and the arts, with his work appearing in the Guardian, Film International, Gay Times, Queerty, and many other publications. You can also see his head pop up in the occasional documentary, where he shares his love for classic movies and its stars.
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Alejandro Mogollo Díez, illustrator
Alejandro Mogollo Díez is a Spanish artist and illustrator from Seville. He studied art, film, and photography at Cornell University before becoming an art director and graphic designer. His unique illustrations, inspired by classic Hollywood and pop culture, have garnered the attention of many celebrities, including Madonna, who has shared his work on social media. His work has been previously featured in Encyclopedia Madonnica and MLVC60.
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In this jubilant outing, film historian Uzarowski (Jessica Lange) spotlights 40 tastemakers beloved by the LGBTQ+ community, from classic celluloid heroines of the 1930s and ʼ40s and pop divas of the 1960s and ʼ70s to contemporary celebrities. According to Uzarowski, thereʼs “no set sexual or gender identity” required to be a queer icon, who are celebrated instead for their “strength and vulnerability,” unabashed love of glamour and camp (Marlene Dietrich), support of the LGBTQ+ community (Cher), and groundbreaking representation of queer identity in their work (James Dean), or personal lives (Elton John). Alongside pop art–style portraits from Diez, the biographical sketches highlight how the subjectsʼ public personas intertwined with their lives and careers, from Katharine Hepburnʼs “ambiguous sexuality and confidence... [that] distinguished her from other female stars of the era” and led to movie projects “that highlighted her tomboyish qualities,” including a role in the “genderbending” 1935 Sylvia Scarlett, to “probably bisexual” Frida Kahloʼs “unique blend of feminine beauty and masculine elements,” which were evident in both her “androgynous... self-portraits” and personal style. While there could have been more diversity—many subjects are drawn from mainstream white culture, though Uzarowski takes care to include the likes of Josephine Baker and James Baldwin, along with a few other people of color—readers will revel in this tribute to boundary-pushing luminaries. Itʼs a delight.
Watch this interview with Anthony on Robert Bellissimo at The Movies
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