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Harold Lang & Gore VidalVintage ballet photo


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#1 Ray

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:57 AM

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From the book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America by Christopher Bram (Hachette, 2012):
"In 1946, shortly after he started ballet lessons for the rheumatoid arthritis he'd developed in the Aleutians during the war, Gore Vidal became involved with handsome dancer Harold Lang" (p. 3).

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 02:24 PM

To think it was once sexy to wear bathing suits at your waist line, and minimize the basket!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:58 PM

During the Balanchine Centennial at what was still legally known as the New York State Theater, one of the photos displayed in the bay of the east elevator on the orchestra level was a photo of Vidal and others, including Jerome Robbins and an especially radiant Tanaquil LeClercq, at a picnic table. I don't remember whether Laing was among them.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 10:02 PM

Wonderful photo, saw it in some context -- probably the Tanny novel -- recently. i don't think Laing was in it, either.
He WOULD have been associated with City Center Ballet, probably, when Tudor did his brief stint with them....

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:27 AM

Ah. yes....Gore (we knew him as Gene) Vidal was a member of my ballet class with George Chaffee around that time...he wore white tennis shorts to class.....

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:28 AM

Vidal has written about his brief affair with Lang. The latter was apparently chasing (and catching) anything that wasn't red hot or nailed down and there are limits to the open-relationship thing, one gathered.

The "picnic table" photo is well known and widely reproduced, most recently I think when Donald Windham died.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:31 PM

The "picnic table" photo is well known and widely reproduced, most recently I think when Donald Windham died.


Thanks so much for this link -- I hadn't heard of Flair magazine, and now am going to go look around!


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