You know, I always felt for me, I would've loved to do What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? with her... 'cause I think that's very funny! (Laughs hysterically) ... Come on! Who do you think I'd play? I'd play Baby Jane—I'd be torturin' her. Because she's always viewed as the bad girl, you know! They'd make her the good girl and I'd be the bad one. Or (we could do Joan Crawford's 1954 western-drama) Johnny Guitar—she'd be the righteous one (laughs). But whatever. Who knows!
Cute. Fun facts: Cyndi is 62, Madonna is 57. Bette Davis was 53 and Joan Crawford was 57 during the filming of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. In spite of so much good-natured and not-so-good-natured ribbing, society's impression of older women has changed drastically. After all, Madonna is still beyond relevant and Cyndi is garnering Tonys and putting out whatever kinds of albums she likes. Both are household names.
Cyndi Lauper's essay for Advocate on the homelessness epidemic among LGBT youth is a must-read.
From the article:
Right now people all across America are making a difference. A 24-hour diner owner in North Carolina is giving kids a place to stay when they have nowhere else to go. A library in Indiana is letting kids without a permanent address use computers to access lifesaving resources. In Minnesota police officers are using an app developed by the community to help kids find shelters with available beds. There are many more possibilities that have yet to be explored. That’s why we need to keep the conversation going.
The piece was written to raise awareness of #40toNoneDay, April 27, designated by Cyndi's True Colors Fund to raise public awareness of this overlooked issue.
“Being the house ethnic was destroying my life and my sense of myself. Because I had been consigned to play every dusky maiden you’ve ever seen in your life in movies.”Watch actress Rita Moreno, the first Latino person to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony and an Emmy, give her #BriefButSpectacular take on her lifetime in show business (as well as an acapella performance of ‘This Is All I Ask”.)