Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bath Fixtures

BETTE MIDLER
December 1, 1945

TREAT WILLIAMS
December 1, 1951

MARY MARTIN
December 1, 1913 - November 3, 1990

It is difficult, we concede, to think of any connective thread which would link our three birthday celebrants together. Then you remember that the Divine Miss M got her start at the Continental Baths, which provided the inspiration for Terence McNally's play, The Ritz - the film version of which featured an impossibly young Treat Williams. And the patrons of the baths were all often so blissed out, they probably thought they were Mary Martin riding a donkey. Or something like that.

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  1. You know, it's been quite some time since I thought I was Mary Martin riding a donkey!

    Ah, youth.

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  2. You ever notice how the reflection of Treat Williams in that picture is not the same facial expression as the one in the close up.

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  3. Also, we can enjoy remembering Mary Martin singing, "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair...." (in the bath, of course)

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  4. "fuck 'em if they can't take a joke."

    i'd love that midler quote to be on my headstone.

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  5. Let me try:

    I'd like to be riding Treat Williams like a donkey, dressed in Mary's crinoline...while Bette draws me a bath.

    Or something like that.

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  6. I'd like to whip Jason's ass (not his donkey) while he rides Treat Williams like a donkey.

    Then I'd meet Bette for drinks at the Ritz.

    We'd stumble drunk into the cemetery later that night, trip over Thombeau, and smash our glasses on Normadesmond's tombstone.

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