Wednesday, April 26, 2023

When the Cast of 'Hairspray' Reunited 30 Years After the Film

Wow, here's a photo I'd never seen before that just popped up on Facebook. That's Clayton Prince (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Ricki Lake (Tracy Turblad), John Waters (writer/director), Debbie Harry (Velma von Tussle), Pia Zadora (beatnik chick), Colleen Fitzpatrick (Amber von Tussle) and Mink Stole (Tammy Turner) at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences 30th anniversary screening of "Hairspray" held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez.)

I, of course, have such fond memories of the film, seeing it with my friends Greg and Debra on my 21st birthday after having lunch at our favorite Scottsdale eatery, AZ88, designed by famed modernist architect Michael Johnson where I had my first legal cocktail. 

Sadly missing, of course, are:

Divine (Oct. 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988; who played Edna Turnblad)
Sonny Bono (Feb. 16, 1935 – Jan. 5, 1998; who played Franklin von Tussle)
Ruth Brown (Jan. 12, 1928 – Nov. 17, 2006; who played Motormouth Maybelle Stubbs)

Michael St. Gerard (born Jan. 22, 1961; who played Link and is alive) 
Leslie Ann Powers (born Sept. 12, 1971; who played Penelope "Penny" Pingleton and is alive)

Ric Ocasek (March 23,1944 – Sept. 15, 2019), who played the beatnik cat was alive at the time, and 
Jerry Stiller (June 8, 1927 – May 11, 2020), who played Wilbur Turnblad and was also alive at the time

Sonny, Colleen and Debbie

P.S. Mike the Fanboy was there that night. Read his report HERE.

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