This is the little corner of my FABULOUS website I allow my dreadful maid, John Epperson. Here he is with Robin Byrd (of the white fingernails), diva divine Brenda Bergman, and the late great Page.
At the commitment ceremony for "Hairspray"-on-Broadway gurus Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with Jenifer "Strong Medicine" Lewis, Andrea Martin and sister-in-law Aunt Gogo.
How is it that my maid's adolescence was like this...
and mine was more like this?
Oh, well, he does occasionally get some things done properly, so I took this photo of him in Los Angeles, 1995, with some of my fabulous friends: Michael Feinstein, Jerry Herman, adult film star Michael Braun, Liza Minnelli (on crutches painted black to match her Halston) and The Hideous One.
Here is The Hideous One with two dear friends, Ann Magnuson and Mink Stole, at Marc Shaiman's 1993 birthday party in Los Angeles.
At the wild affair he took this photograph of Broadway legend Susan Johnson ( more recently one of the nuns in "Sister Act"), TV star Arlene Sorkin and Garland devotee, Jumbo Judy, who stumbled madly into the party singing (to the tune of "When You're Smiling) "When You're Shaiman." When Susan got a load of Jumbo Judy, she queried, "Who's that!?" A pundit replied, "Sid Luft." (Luft was Garland's third husband). An evening never to be forgotten!
Here is my maid with Tom Hanks and Jonathan Demme on location during the filming of "Philadelphia." Can you believe I was cut out of the movie? My entire musical number was cut!! Oh, well, I did make it into the novelization.
JOHN EPPERSON was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a long way from the exciting worlds in which LYPSINKA travels: movies (Vampire’s Kiss with Nicholas Cage, Witch Hunt with Dennis Hopper, Wigstock: The Movie, Red Ribbon Blues, Angels In America, Kinsey and the upcoming Another Gay Movie); television (On The Ledge, Sandra After Dark with Sandra Bernhard, Dragtime, George Michael’s video Too Funky, PBS’s The United States Of Poetry and hosting movies for TRIO); fashion (appearing in the Paris, Tokyo and Los Angeles shows of haute couture designer Thierry Mugler, modeling for Valentino, Pauline Trigere, Barneys New York, and launching lines of cosmetics for Prescriptives and Isabella Rossellini’s, Manifesto); advertisements (The Gap, LA Eyeworks, Naya Spring Water, Ilford Film); theater including I Could Go On Lip-Synching!, The Fabulous Lypsinka Show, Lypsinka! Now It Can Be Lip-Synched, Lypsinka! A Day In The Life (New York Theater Workshop, two Drama Desk nominations, including Most Unique Theatrical Experience; revived in 1993 Off Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theate), Lypsinka! As I Lay Lip-Synching,Lypsinka Must Be Destroyed!, Lypsinka ISHarriet Craig! (speaking debut), Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (2001 Drama Desk nomination, Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Non-Resident Production / Outstanding Lead Actor nomination, Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Best Sound Design and L.A. Weekly Theatre Award for Best Solo Performance); and special events (Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, on Broadway with Bette Midler, Elaine Stritch and Patti LuPone, and London’s Meltdown Festival curated by Morrissey). Formerly a rehearsal pianist at American Ballet Theater, Mr. Epperson’s theatrical career was launched in the mid-1980s when he wrote the book, lyrics and music of Ballet Of The Dolls and Dial “M” For Model at La Mama Etc. 1999 brought Epperson’s dramatic stage debut in Messages For Gary at The New York Fringe Festival. In 2004 Mr. Epperson appeared Off Broadway in The Roaring Girle with The Foundry Theatre. He was recently the subject of a stage festival at DC’s Studio Theatre, which included his autobiographical piece John Epperson: Show Trash, As I Lay Lip-Synching, and his play, My Deah, the Medea tale set in the New South. Also in 2004 Epperson played The Stepmother in the New York City Opera production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater. His latest Off Broadway show is the acclaimed The Passion of the Crawford, a fantasia on the personality of Joan Crawford. Epperson and Lypsinka are the subjects of an Emmy-winning television documentary for PBS. He provided the preface for the Rizzoli photo book Persona, and is the author of a new screenplay Picture People.
See Lypsinka in these books and movies!