(L to r) Tippi Hedren, Darryl Stephens, Julie Newmar, Ray Ford
I couldn’t resist an invitation to the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) Golden Globes viewing party thanks to the presence of its Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Julie Newmar, the Tony-winner and original Catwoman on TV’s Batman, and “Black and Gold” dance artist Sam Sparro, who performed at the event’s venue, The Jim Henson Theatre in Hollywood. We caught up with a few attendees on the red carpet, including the purrrrrfect Newmar, the stunning Tippi Hedren, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23‘s out gay star Ray Ford, and Noah’s Arc alum and DTLA star Darryl Stephens.
What are you looking forward to this evening?
I’m going to let the show surprise me! Are there any Brits here tonight?
I just watched you as a mystery guest on What’s My Line? You were sensational, and you created a funny character voice. Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?
I think at that time I was doing Marriage-Go-Round and I had to speak Swedish. That’s funny. But favorite character? I like the characters where the body is the language. Aren’t you cold?
Newmar on What’s My Line (left) and as Catwoman
I’m totally fine! You have an awesome gay fan-base. Do you have a favorite interaction with a gay fan?
How about my brother John Newmeyer, the Jeffersonian prince of Harvard University? He’s far more famous than I am in the gay community. I mean, I wouldn’t deserve to be here without him! John Newmeyer, Esq.! He’s got a thousand acres up in Napa. Just knock on the door and say, “We’re here!” Bring a thousand friends.
Did you see The Dark Knight Rises?
Yes. It was long. It was long! And there wasn’t enough Catwoman!
Photos credit: Clinton Gaughran for AfterElton
What did you think of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman?
Oh, she’s brilliant. She’s gorgeous, so gorgeous. What a gorgeous actress! The truth is, Catwoman will always be done. It’ll be like Carmen. It’s just something that will go down in history, even hundreds of years from now.
Do you have a favorite Catwoman?
I quite liked Michelle Pfeiffer. She was great!