William Haines - Remembering Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star—and Marriage

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    Oct 25, 2015 2:57 PM GMT
    Remembering Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star—and Marriage

    "Known as a wisecracking leading man, William "Billy" Haines was the top box office draw of 1929, was friends with a young Cary Grant and remained lifelong besties with Joan Crawford. Through it all he was more or less openly gay, at the cost of his movie career, and married for 50 years to the same sailor he picked up on a publicity trip to New York in 1926. Crawford once called the relationship between Haines and Jimmy Shields "the happiest marriage in Hollywood."



    http://www.out.com/popnography/2015/10/23/remembering-hollywoods-first-openly-gay-star-and-marriage



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    Oct 25, 2015 3:50 PM GMT
    For folks interested in the real deal, here's a link to the excellent bio of Haines, which is now available in paperback. It details, among other things, his career as "Decorator to the Stars," including the Reagans, for whom he oversaw and directed the re-do of our London embassy and portions of the White House:

    http://www.amazon.com/Wisecracker-William-Haines-Hollywoods-Openly/dp/0140275681

    The story of his long and close friendship with the Reagans, suppressed by the gay left, demolishes any claim that they were "homophobic," as further evidenced by then-Governor Reagan's very public opposition to CA's 1977 Briggs Initiative, which would have ousted gays and lesbians from teaching at any level in CA public schools.

    The things they don't teach in school - or in undergraduate seminars in "Gay Studies" courses!
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    Oct 26, 2015 12:07 AM GMT
    William "Billy" Haines


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    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6247880



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Haines
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    Oct 26, 2015 12:49 AM GMT
    The Billy Haines biography is a fascinating read. "Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star" not only catalogues Haines' own life, but gives insights into the lives & sub-culture of the Hollywood gay underground from the 1920s through the '60s. The hardcopy edition I read also had some great period photographs of gay & lesbian Hollywood celebrities.