The Hollywood Show: Love Among Legends ♥
Hollywood is just a small district in LA, but “HOLLYWOOD” is a huge fantasy that has spawned a multitude of dreams consumed by billions of fans all over the world. Some Hollywood fantasies come and go like a flash-in-the-pan or a sitcom that flops in previews. Others become hits, reruns creating icons that dominate sections of our brains, stimulating and impressing us, especially when we’re young and impressionable. They shape us as we grow up “on” them, their characters raising us on their stories, feeding us their dialogue, creating “motion picture memories” in the multiplex theaters of our minds. Indeed, the remembrance of special scenes from our favorite shows and films is sometimes even more powerful—and Proustian—than our own real-life recollections… especially when our real lives aren’t quite what we’d like for them to be.
Writers, producers, directors, crew and even the folks in accounting all contribute to creating Hollywood fantasies of romance, action, comedy, tragedy, triumph, love and adventure. But the actors—the stars!—are the ones who bring these fantasies vividly to life for us, literally embodying our dreams, not just through their (often fantastic) bodies, but via their talents, passions, the fire in their eyes and their often bigger-than-life “personalities.” Sometimes the characters these actors play touch us even more deeply than our own friends and family members. Then the actor becomes like a god or a goddess to us. Of course, we don’t worship them like gods or goddesses (usually), but we give them the equally reverent name of “star” or “celebrity.”
This is why the Hollywood Show, the world’s biggest celebrity autograph and collectibles convention, attracts so many fans eager to purchase signed photos and other memorabilia, as well as spend a few precious, personal moments with the actual human being behind the fantasy—the living, breathing Hollywood star who may have played a huge “role,” not just in your favorite movie or TV show, but in your life.
I’d never been to a Hollywood Show before this past weekend, but I must confess to being a fan of more than a few Hollywood fantasies. So I was delighted to be have the opportunity to interview some of these unforgettable celebrities, stars, icons, role models, sex symbols, heartthrobs, character actors and legends at the most recent Hollywood Show which was held, appropriately enough, in the middle of Hollywood itself at the sprawling Loews Hotel. Right now, even as I write this, my poor overworked editors are busy downloading dozens of fabulous interviews that they will soon edit into some kind of Dr. Suzy goes to the Hollywood Show highlight clip for YouTube with the full, uncensored versions on DrSusanBlock.Tv.
New: An Adult Cinema Wing to the Hollywood Show
Uncensored? When most people hear “Hollywood,” they think family entertainment. The big entertainment corporations try to keep that image whitewashed and squeaky clean. But there’s another side of Hollywood that’s even older than the stars in the sidewalk, and that’s the XXX side. Production of erotic films and “stags” started almost immediately after the invention of the motion picture. Dirty Hollywood has evolved alongside mainstream Hollywood, using the same technology and often some of the same artists and technicians, even some of the same stars. Nevertheless, events honoring Hollywood have almost always, adamantly ignored the porno wing of the ‘wood, even if a few crossover adult stars manage to squeeze into them.
That’s why it’s particularly exciting that the venerable old Hollywood Show, for the first time in its 34-year history, featured an adult entertainment hall filled with the Hall-of-Famers, MILFS, GILFS and legends of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of X-rated motion pictures. Over here, ladies and gentlemen, we have great Hollywood memories, and around the corner, some amazing Hollywood mammaries!
Indeed, many of the Golden Age’s premiere stars were there—at least, the living ones!—including my longtime friend-cum-crossover-superstar Ron Jeremy (winner of the DrSuzy.Tv award for “Most Miraculous Recovery” of 2013), inspirational pornstar-cum-sex-educator Nina Hartley (beloved by both male and female fans alike–see her interview here), the original platinum porn princess Seka (who just penned an exciting new autobiography Inside Seka), the ultimate “Taboo” MILF Kay Parker (winner of the DrSuzy.Tv award for “Most Intimate Interview” of 2013), sweet porn power couple Alexandra Silk and Luc Wylder (promoting their sex surrogate work and “Sex Across America” project), Howie Gordon aka Richard Pacheco (winner of the DrSuzy.Tv award for “Best Porn Star Memoir” of 2013), sultry Ginger Lynn (my guest the night the LAPD illegally raided my show—for which I sued them and won a nice settlement—back in 2000!), the eternally lovely Veronica Hart aka Jane Hamilton (on her way to China where she’s now a sex educator), the eternally dying Robert “Corpsy” Rhine of Girls and Corpses magazine (winner of the DrSuzy.Tv award for “Most Morbid”), beaming new mom Tera Patrick (one of my favorite DrSuzy.Tv guests and already a “legend,” though still in her thirties), Kelly Nichols, Kitten Navidad aka Kitty Galore (appropriately enough, one of her most ardent fans was dressed as Batman), Amber Lynn, Roy Karch, pretty-in-pink Alana Evans and the “queen of porn” herself, “the world’s most famous adult entertainer,” Jenna Jameson. I had the great honor and pleasure of interviewing them ALL over this amazing weekend—except for Jenna (who I’d already interviewed for Playboy TV when she was but a wide-eyed starlet way back in 1996) who suddenly left her table shortly after she arrived, amidst a Hollywood-style flurry of salacious rumors.
This new adult cinema section of the Hollywood Show had its own room, which created a lot of wonderful, bonoboësque communal ecstasy amid much endorphin-raising outercourse. What with the friendly cops strolling around, everyone behaved themselves and, perhaps unfortunately, no orgies broke out on the conference tables. Though I did spot Alexandra Silk diving under a tablecloth to wake up a snoozing Ron Jeremy (click here for Ron Jeremy interview) by licking the legendary alarm clock between his legs. Having a special “adults only” room also meant the legends could show and sell their naked photos without worrying about any kids seeing them. Kudos to our wonderful friend who organized the new wing, theatrical producer David Bertolino (The Deep Throat Sex Scandal). In large part thanks to him, vintage porn has a place at the Hollywood Show. Thanks also to Hollywood Show owner David Elkouby. What’s next, Davids… the Emmys?
True, X-rated entertainers were relegated to the “ghetto” of the Hollywood Show, the hall that only unashamed, card-carrying perverts and free spirits dared enter. Most of the mainstream celebrities didn’t risk their Disney-scrubbed reputations to go down that back alley of stag film-history and collectible nudes, however tastefully presented. For the first few hours, I hung out at my booth, signing books and interviewing porn stars who weren’t too busy. But the more active ones and the mainstream stars didn’t want to leave their booths; after all, they were there to sign autographs and sell products! So I went mobile, strolling around the other halls and inquiring if stars would like to be interviewed on camera at their booths. Not only did 90% of the celebrities I met want to be interviewed, but several approached me and asked if I would talk with them, including some who knew my show better than I knew theirs.
Faith and Love with “The Love Boat” Captain Gavin MacLeod
It was thus that I found myself engaged in a warm, convivial chat about true love, deep faith and lasting marriage with one of the sunny icons of my long-lost youth, “The Love Boat” captain himself, Gavin MacLeod, now a Princess Cruises ambassador, devout Christian, loving husband of his wife Patti for almost 40 years, and the author of This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage through Hollywood, Faith & Life. Gavin and I had corresponded via Twitter the day before, so I knew he wanted to chat and, true to his “Love Boat” character (Captain Merrill Stubbing), he enthusiastically complimented me on my “Marilyn” skirt and Charo-like top, gave me a big avuncular hug and kiss on the cheek as he told me how Jesus saved his marriage. When I later introduced him to my own captain and husband of 22 years, Capt’n Max (another “love legend” as publisher of the iconic Love Magazine “where fantasy and reality meet”), he welcomed me back like an old cruise ship mate. No wonder Gavin MacLeod’s a legend. What a charmer. You can watch the interview free on YouTube.
I do have some major beefs with right-wing Christians when they espouse violence, bigotry or try to pass legislation to control other people’s consensual private lives. But I do not judge peoples’ faiths, and many of my best clients and friends are born-again Christians as well as orthodox Jews, religious Muslims, pious Hindus and devout Buddhists. Certainly, if a belief fosters love and peace in an individual, couple or group, I’m all for it. That’s why I gave the good Captain my own media platform to speak about his faith and how it opened him up to love.
Sadly, today I got this message in my email:
Hi Dr. Block, per my conversation today with your office, we appreciate your interest in Gavin MacLeod on Saturday. Gavin was kind enough to provide an interview, not knowing the content of your adult entertainment. As you know, Mr. MacLeod is an advocate of marriage and strongly involved with ministries and has been very active in the Christian community. For that reason, we request that you please NOT broadcast the Saturday’s interview.
We appreciate confirmation of this request and certainly appreciate your understanding.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We left a message with Ms. White to let her know that we received her email, but we have already posted the interview, as planned, it being the first in the series of our talks with the stars at the Hollywood Show. It’s a great, heartwarming, heartfelt, sexy, funny, fun and faith-full interview, all done according to the book, the law, convention rules and the disclaimer at the bottom of my front page. Not that it would have been wrong if we’d talked about sex, but it happens we stuck to the more spiritual aspects of love. When you see it, you’ll probably agree that the Captain is sincerely enjoying our conversation (or he’s an even better actor than I thought!), and that he gets his message that “Jesus is love” across quite clearly.
As for the “content of (my) adult entertainment,” yes, many great porn stars (such as the ones at this conference, to name just a few) have displayed their talents on my show. I’ve also interviewed many mainstream actors like Danny de la Paz, Eddie Furlong, Asta Paredes and Catherine Corcoran, musicians like Fat Mike of NoFX and Too Short, best-selling authors like Dr. Christopher Ryan and Dr. David Ley, religious leaders like Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and right-wing Christians like Renoni. When it comes to my guests, I don’t discriminate. Besides many prominent Christians seem to be loosening up lately. The new Pope is sounding so liberal and nonjudgmental, I’m hoping to interview him sometime. Unless someone advocates murder or nonconsensual sex, I try to follow Jesus’ excellent advice to “judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1).
And while we’re quoting from the Good Book, my dear Ms. White and associates, doesn’t Jesus also say, in speaking to those who would stone an adulterous woman, “Let he that is without sin among you cast the first stone” (John 7:53-8:7)? When a prostitute comes to wash the Jesus’ feet with her tears, dry them with her hair and rub them with fragrant oil, he praises her for her sensuous services, despite his Pharasaic host’s protestations against her reputation (Luke 7:36-50). Personally, I think if Jesus was at the Hollywood Show, he would have visited the porn star room, done an interview with me and probably blessed us all. And he certainly wouldn’t have had his people try to weasel out of it afterwards. Though some of Jesus’ apostles did notoriously betray him. Could something like that be going on here?
I’m going to give Gavin MacLeod the benefit of the doubt. Though his apostles—er, people—appear sanctimoniously horrified (despite our tweeting back and forth before the show and me giving his people my card with all the relevant information well before the interview), I think he’d agree that there’s nothing wrong with the “Love Boat” Captain chatting about love with the Love Doctor and, who knows, maybe all this excitement will boost his book sales. I hope it does!
Ed Asner: “Overthrow the Existing Jacknesses!”
“Lou Grant” raised me to question authority at least as much as my then-radical hippie brother did. Unlike my brother, who has gotten more conservative with age, Ed Asner, the actor who embodied Lou, winning five Emmys for his portrayal (the most of any male performer), as well as many other iconic characters, including Carl the balloonist in “Up” and the narrator in the political cartoon “Tax the Rich,” appears to be as revolutionary as ever.
So I was thrilled to sit down and talk with Ed about Hollywood, sex, old silent stag films and politics. In terms of the current political situation, Ed succinctly said “it sucks,” and advised the youth of today to “overthrow the existing jackasses who keep confounding and misinterpreting and debasing the name America and Americans.”
His sex advice was just as on-point. “Relax,” he said, “We are so driven by the erections, we’re afraid it’s going to melt. Just enjoy the strokes.” Wise words from a smart and sexy television legend that I wish more of my sex therapy clients would heed. Watch the interview free on YouTube.
Danny Glover: “One of the Things…I Miss Most is Waking Up Inside Her”
In Lethal Weapon(s), I thought that Danny Glover was sexier than Mel Gibson, and this was before Mel revealed himself to be one of the “jackasses” Ed Asner was referencing. Danny is still sexy, with a voice that can make a lot of women—and men—orgasm just by reading the phone book. Our interview delves a bit deeper than that, especially when the conversation turns from career and fans to sex and love. This is fertile territory for Danny with his roots in the Free Love movement of his native Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco.
When I asked him how sex changes with age, he smiled broadly like a teenager, then sighed and looked into my eyes, admitting he was just talking to his wife about that. “One of the things I told her that I miss most,” he said, “is waking up inside her in the morning.”
Awww… Wow. Just. Wow. What a lovely, honest, poignant, yet deliciously pornographic image. What a beautiful, talented, loving person. A Hollywood legend: Danny Glover. Watch the interview free on YouTube.
Grizzly Adams to Addams Family, Animal House, Baywatch & more
We did a bunch more interviews with a panoply of legends of the big and small screens, including a great, free-ranging talk with Dan Haggarty (he played Grizzly Adams in the film and TV series of that name) about bears, hair, bonobos and officiating weddings at our old friend Dennis Hof’s Bunnyranch, climaxing with Dan/Grizzly’s good advice to make love more in new year: “The exhaustion of passion is the beginning of wisdom. So let’s get a lot brighter and make a lot more love this year! 2014” Watch Dan “Grizzly Adams” Haggarty on YouTube.
Other highlights include my chats with Christopher Atkins, famous for playing opposite a 15-year-old Brooke Shields in the sultry teen romance Blue Lagoon about two shipwrecked innocents who discover sex the “natural” way amid the flora and fauna of their island paradise, and the often-married soap opera heartthrob Lorenzo Lamas. Though she couldn’t talk long, I cherished meeting Lisa Loring who played preternaturally adorable little Wednesday Addams in the wondrous “Addams Family” show that really put the sexy in spooky. More short interviews with Baywatch’s Erika Eleniak, Porky’s star Scott Colomby, Martha Smith who was a Playboy Playmate of the Month and played sorority girl Babs Jansen in National Lampoon’s Animal House, Radames Pera of the old “Kung Fu” TV series, the luminous Sandra Giles (who gave me a Daddy-O poster), and her daughter, singer Sandra Piller.
Most of the mainstream stars were pretty cool about sharing show space with the porn stars—at least the ones who talked to me were. But then there was luscious, voluptuous “Disney fanatic” Lydia Cornell, star of “Too Close for Comfort,” who frankly told me she found the adult wing of the Hollywood Show a little too close for her comfort. “I’m really against porn,” she said. “Victoria Secret women are made into objects and bimbos.” When I gestured toward her well-endowed chest, also displayed in her memorabilia, and said that a bit of good-natured objectification seems to have worked out well for her, she laughed and said “That’s true.” And she was a good sport about it. Any gal who pushed Jack Nicholson–by the butt-up into his ceiling to find the cigarettes he’d “hidden” there (“this was before I got sober,” she explained) while Marlon Brando watched, would have to be.
All in all, the Hollywood Show was fantastic, even what I would call legendary, filled with lots of indelible memories and some iconic mammaries. See my interviews with the legends on DrSusanBlock.Tv, and please “like” them when you see them for free on our YouTube channel.
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