What did a lonely 14 year old gay boy do in a small town around 1980?
He read about movie stars and drew them! Obsessed with Judy Garland, Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe and Gloria Swanson in an age before video and hundreds of channels on TV, I read what I could find about old movies, scanned each TV guide hoping to catch a rare film and created my own version of Hollywood in skechbooks. Below meet Gloria L'Starr and follow her career. Just a few of hundreds of drawings. Did spelling count?????????
Gloria plays the stewardess flying the plane. Doris Lindy's balloon is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Gloria's costar in Double Killers was Dara Farmer. Dina Fase somehow died at the hands of a much younger Dara.
Below: Gloria ages.
I document my new more detailed style of drawing mouths with the above ad. Gloria of course offers the celebrity endorsment and trys out the new style.
Above: An aged, forgotten Gloria in the elevator of her modest apartment building.
Below: A TV in the lower apartment announces the death of Gloria L'Starr
The daughters carry on...
The Career of Gloria L'Starr.
ROW 1: She starts off hairy and blond. Next, like Bette Davis in Now Voyager, she plucks her eyebrows and goes heavy on the make up. She is on her way to finding her look. But a permanent and henna rinse cause a short detour. Brunette and with her trademark blue eye shadow, the young Gloria teams up with her fellow acting partners forning the famous trio.
ROW 2: Scenes from Gloria's greatsest films: before the sinking, during the firey crash, in Oz. Linda is born. Gloria ages.
ROW 3: Gloria sags, has a TV comeback with her daughter who looks like Charlie Brown's sister Sally, goes grey and gets her new mouth, trys one of her orginal looks again and dies. In death the mortician does his best to restore Gloria to her classic styling.