Have you ever been obsessed with a dead celebrity?
I went through a period in high school where I was obsessed with Montgomery Clift and James Dean. Watched all their movies, read all the books about them, etc. Yes, I was a weird kid -they were hot guys, though!
Elvis is pretty fascinating to me.
I was obsessed with James Dean and Carmen Miranda for a while.
I am very interested in the history of film making and the history of the American film industry, so I will go these spells where I will concentrate on a particular subject and learn as much about them as possible. Buster Keaton, George Cukor, Walt Disney, D.W. Griffith. I just finished a bio of Tod Browning and am now trying to watch as much as I can find from him. It's not an obsession in the sense I have pictures of them hanging around or shrines devoted to them though.
Sinatra. I wasn't necessarily obsessed, but I was really into his music/movies for a while. Still love them.
I couldn't get over Heath Ledger.
Dead celebrity, not celebrity's dead career, r5.
I still can't get over how large Lou Gehrig's thighs were. I saw his screen test pics for Tarzan and yes, he's been dead for over 70 years. But he had impressive looking thighs.
The Black Dahlia
Yes, gay idol Richard Deacon.
Miley Cyrus died? When?
The singer Billy Mackenzie. Voice of an angel and easy on the eyes, but a tortured soul.
Oh Yes OP! For me it was James Dean, Tyrone Power, and Rudolph Valentino.
No, they're dead!
The Queen of MGM, the incomparable Norma Shearer.
About once a year, I read her biography by gay Hollywood author Gavin Lambert.
I'd never heard of her until on one of my first visits to San Francisco, a friend took me to the Castro to see a film called "The Women."
I've been minorly obsessed ever since.
Waylon Jennings and I have no idea why. I'm no fan of outlaw country.
Yes. I did it, too. James Dean. .. It was truly idol worship. But that was back in the 50's when I was teenager. .. Nowadays, when I hear young gays denigrate Dean by calling him a squinty-eyed, whining bore, I am astonished and hurt. He'll always he on a pedestal for me.
Benjamin Orr; decease bass player for the cars. Have dreams about him often, last Wednesday dreamt about the very good looking artist.
Amy Winehouse--who was on her way to being a celebrity,I guess .
When I was very young, George Reeves, who I didn't know was dead and, to me, was interchangeable with Superman.
I later became obsessed with Bobby Driscoll, who, by that time, had grown up, overdosed, and been dug out of a dumpster.
R21 it's funny that you mentioned Waylon Jennings. I was briefly obsessed with him, too, after I stumbled across some pictures of him in his 20s and 30s. Beautiful man, very soulful looking. His sons are named Shooter and Blackjack. Oh, dear.
I also had a longstanding obsession with James Dean.
Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power. When my grandmother lived with us, she watched old movies. I was very young and I fell in love with them both. I didn't want to think about the fact they were dead.
James Dean in high school; Jobriath for about the last decade.
and R16 is onto something with Billy Mac! Interesting and tragic chap!
Not so much anymore.. but Judy. After I saw "A Star is Born" and I got a glimpse of how fucked up she was..
No. Only live actors.
Judy who, R30?
DL is HQ of the dead celebrity worship. And you don't have to be a "weird kid" - these are adults.
I always map my road trips to see the graves of famous people: Oswald who killed JFK, some of the others involved in that conspiracy, serial killers, movie stars and such.
Lucille Ball as a kid. I know, triple Mary.
"Lucille Ball as a kid."
You're ancient. She was born in 1911.
R40 yes, and i was obsessed with her as a kid, after she died in 1989.
Joel McCrea. Sullivan's travels, Palm Beach Story. Naturally totally, unaffected gorgeous hot California blonde. ended up owning a huge part of the San Fernando Valley which made him one of the richest actors of that or any era.
I can look at ANY picture of Judy Garland, and pretty much tell you the year, and often the month it was taken....
Imagine what I could have become if I had applied myself!
Definitely James Dean. So damaged, sensitive. I love that new art film about him - Joshua Tree 1951.
Did you know that being buried 6' down under is a lie. No one hardly ever gets buried that deeply. 3 foot max.
I like to find graves of celebrities or serial killers and then go back to their graves at night and strip down and lie ontop of them and masturbate like I'm fucking them. Then I leave.
I read Kenneth Anger's book "Hollywood Babylon" at a very, possibly too young age. I never saw actors the same way after that.
Errol Flynn's anecdote about being a sheepherder who bit off sheep's balls to castrate them, and Fatty Arbuckle's escapades, were quite disturbing.
You're probably already aware of the famous celebrities who are obsessed with Marilyn Monroe.
Leslie Howard. It's the vulnerability I guess - whatever it is, I think he's hot as hell. I read somewhere he was bisexual - or maybe gay but had a wife and kids because in his day (born in 1890) you just sort of had to. Supposedly he had an affair with Noel Coward.
Wonderful actor imo. Very layered performances. He was on some kind of secret mission during WWII and supposedly targeted by the Nazis; his plane was shot down and he was killed (1943) in the Bay of Biscay.
None of this matters unless you can post a "Find A Grave" photo of their place in eternity.
R51, Ashley Wilkes is supposed to be gay (but hidden/ in code), right?
I think there's a gay subplot going on in "Of Human Bondage" too, starring Leslie Howard and Bette Davis, as a nerdy nervous guy who "falls" for a hard-hearted slut.
Edie Sedgewick, for about a week. There are tapes of her talking and smoking in a drugged out stupor.
Also Lupe Velez, the Mexican spitfire silent film actress. From wiki: In the mid-1940s, Vélez began a relationship with actor Harald Maresch, and became pregnant with his child. Unable to face the shame of giving birth to a child out of wedlock, she decided to take her own life. Her suicide note read:
"To Harald: May God forgive you and forgive me, too; but I prefer to take my life away and our baby's, before I bring him with shame, or killin him. Lupe."
Mercury/Gemini/Apollo program astronauts - especially now, that there are only eight, 'moonwalkers' left.
God, I've become totally obsessed with Raymond Burr. So silly, but he always was such a handsome guy, and I'd love to know the real story of what his life was really like. Just read a biography about him -- not great, but by all accounts he was a really great guy. No nude pics though.
Young Marlon Brando. I saw him in some movie where he fell in love with some Japanese girl. She was some big entertainer, and he was gorgeous in his army uniform.
Montgomery Clift. When I saw him in A Place in the Sun. OMG.
I would hazard a guess that Montgomery Clift is the most obsessed-about dead celebrity among DL readers.
Agreed about Joel McCrea. His sex appeal translates well 70 years later.
Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hessen) the last Empress of Russia. I am not obsessed but it is so fascinating. Her friendship with Rasputin, Alexei's disease, the difference with her personality in public (very reserved, never smiled, cold and curt) and private (called Sunny!). The WWI years with her in power when the Emperor was in the headquarters of Russian Army. Finally the 1917 Revolution.
She didn't see the revolution coming, how much the public disliked her, how people saw her relationship with Rasputin. I've read a lot about her, but never understood, why she didn't see the truth. Sadly, but understandably, she destroyed all her diaries after the revolution in Tsarskoje Selo.
I hoped that there was someone out there who looked similar to him ,and some how my dream would come true and the guy would be interested in me. I was literally hurting inside over Tyrone Power because he was thee man of my dreams. I wanted someone in my life who looked at least similar to Tyrone Power. In reality, if there was someone who looked like Tyrone Power out there, I wouldn't stand a chance, LOL!
R64, one of my obsessions I still have is my passion and love for history and I love Russian history. WOW, I didn't know Alexandra Feodorovna destroyed her diaries. That is tragic in it self.
R66 Yes it is. She did it because she was afraid the new leaders would use them against her. She also destroyed her correspondence with then late Queen Victoria, all the letters had been sent to her after QV had passed away. She also thought those could be used against her.
In a way, we cannot get inside her head. She wrote long heartfelt letters to her love ones, so they would have been the main source to understand her actions and behavior. Now we only have memoirs from her close allies Anna Vyrubova, Pierre Gilliard, Sophie Buxhoeveden, Lili Dehn.
I put a link for you, excellent link with lots of online books, photos etc.
Hitchcock (I've read [italic]so[/italic] many books about him and his films)
Lizzie Borden (well, she was sort of a celebrity)
R47, it's DODY, ya worthless fuck!!
I don't know if obsessed is the right word, but Freddie Mercury.
I was obsessed with Heath Ledger but it only lasted about a year after his death.
Montgomery Clift and sometimes, for a little while every eight years or so, Jim Morrison (or I may just like saying "Père Lachaise").
R67, thanks a million! wow! That link is incredibly beautiful! I'm going to have a blast.
R76 Nice to be able to help. Have fun.
When I was very young, the dead Jim Morrisson.
Now I have the hots for the young (also dead) Marc Bolan.
James Dean, Edie Sedgwick, Harry Houdini.
Sal Mineo. Not so much the young kid in Rebel, but later on when he matured into his twenties. Hot young guy.
Marilyn Monroe - so intrigued by her charisma, and I always feel so sorry for her, for she seemed so sad and tortured.
Margaux Hemingway, who seemed unable to fight the family's predisposition to commit suicide. She was so beautiful!
Steve McQueen - his photos ooze charm and sex appeal. I think Daniel Craig reminds me a little of McQueen.
[quote]I always map my road trips to see the graves of famous people
O shit, I do the same thing! I nearly had a seizure in St Paul's with all the famous graves.
I'm obsessed with dead gay guys like Sal Mineo and Hart Crane - but I'm straight, got it?
oh, yes, over the years: Elvis, Tyrone Power, Dirk Bogarde, always read anything I could about them.
Jim Morrison, when the Doors music gained popularity again with teenagers.
Rolling Stone had an infamous cover of him -
"He's hot, he's sexy and he's dead"
[quote]I read Kenneth Anger's book "Hollywood Babylon" at a very, possibly too young age.
Does anyone know where I can get a pdf of this? I need to read Anger. But Anger is so freakin' weird he probably made it all up.
I said Tyrone Power earlier, but if truth be known, it's really Jerry Orbach.
I bought his late wife's book of his daily love poems/doggerel to her, and find them and him enchanting. I'll get up at 5:00 on week-ends to watch L&O re-runs.
St. Paul's, r83? I only recall seeing Sir Christopher Wren's in the basement. Now, Westminster Abbey is another a story!
Same as R51: Leslie Howard. Always loved him.
James Dean. Steve McQueen. Peter Sellers. Danny Kaye. Gene Kelly.
Jill Haworth-- saw her in Cabaret on Broadway. Did meet her. Fell in love with her when I first saw her in Preminger's Exodus.