Friday, January 30, 2009

Duncan Fallowell, Holly Woodlawn and Marilyn

Veritas - who lost a crown on Rupert Everett's cockring - writes of Holly Woodlawn, Duncan Fallowell and Marilyn ...

Dear Madame
I fear the great Duncan Fallowell is slightly mistaken - it was actually Madisons at Camden Lock where Holly Woodlawn appeared. I know because I worked there as a handsome waiter (with a shiny new tooth) for its entire life and got quite pally with Holly. She was good fun. One night after the show I took her to El Sombrero where no-one had a clue who she was - except the terryifing one-time singer Marylin who looked liked Monroe at the time. They hated each other's guts on sight.

Duncan does remind me though - the truly wonderful (but I fear late?) Christopher Hunter owes me a week's wages from Country Cousins.

Veritas

(Duncan wrote earlier ... I remember seeing Holly Woodlawn on stage at Country Cousins in the 1970s and rushing backstage into her dressing-room after the performance and exclaiming 'Holly, you must stop this! What are you doing to yourself?' I can't remember why I did it but I do recall Ms Woodlawn looking very surprised and asking very nicely for my ejection. Best, Duncan Fallowell)

And in case you're wondering, Marilyn's website.

22 comments:

drf said...

Who is this idiot waiter? It was Holly Woodlawn, January 12th 1978, midnight at Country Cousins. We came on from Adam & the Ants at the Marquee so I was pretty cut.

Duncan Fallowell

the late Christopher Hunter said...

Is Adam still alive?

Anonymous said...

Oops! Drf is very upset! I believe you love; even if nobody else does… (kidding), but down to date, time and sequence of events? Are you also a diarist? Not even Mr. Pepys could be that thorough (kidding) and that is when you’re cut! You’re so cute! (not kidding).

And then you want to make us believe you don’t recall why you where so excitedly trying to stop her from doing something? C’mmon! Tell us!
;-)
OX

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Holly appeared at Country Cousins as well.I worked in both places during their short lives and Country Cousins (which followed Madisons a year later)hired many of the same acts.The late Peter Allen, Gotham (a New York group)but I just don't recall Holly Woodlawn at Country Cousins, particulalry as her appearances at Madisons were a financial flop and the place closed after her. I then rented Madisons for a year as a rehearsal studio to launch an ill-fated group "Girl" .
Apart from the opening of Madisons- where I and one of then only 3 paparazzi in London organised an incident where I spilled drinks on Margaret Trudeau, thus garnering fabulous front page coverage the next day-there were few incidents at either Madisons or Country Cousins. There was some brilliant bitching from Peter Allen on stage, directed at Barry Manilow-who had slipped in quietly to see Allen's show.Peter always said Manilow plagirised his "I Go To Rio" song and transformed it into "At The Coppacabana". I forewarned Allen that Barry was in the audience and then Peter with marraccas and in sequin trousers, leapt upon the piano, as was his wont, and said before each of 3 songs..."this song and the movements are copyright Barry !" much to the bafflement of the audience. Manilow slipped out shortly after. I do recall only one time when an extremely obnoxious drunk had to be ejected. It sticks in my memory as I can recall his unkempt appearance,flailing arms and through the spittle and bile foaming at his mouth, I perceived he was forming the words "Adam,"Ant" and "Marquee" but whether this was Madisons or Country Cousins I can't recall !

with love,
veritas !

Anonymous said...

What happened to Jayne County and the Electric Chairs?

Madame Arcati said...

Dear Veritas, Isn't it time you submitted to an Arcati inquisition?

Holly W said...

Doo-Dah-Doo-Dah go fuck yourself

drf said...

Yes, I checked my diary.

Duncan F

Anonymous said...

I've faced a griling before..so why not the wonderful Madame Arcati ! Name the time and place. Pics supplied.....

regards,
veritas

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Marilyn link, I've often wondered what he's up to.

Anonymous said...

Yes! MA darling, I wonder if you can get Holly to resolve this quandary… how did you get in touch with her?

It is understandable that Rupert would not remember a one time stand a billion years ago, as he has said himself he couldn’t keep it in his pants then (and still can’t), but if it is true that Veritas got to be so “pally” with Holly (that kind of rhymes, doesn’t it? Maybe a good name for a movie) I would think that she would remember him (the lady seems to be very loyal to friendship).

Personally, I think Veritas has a portal to one of those parallel worlds where we are famous, connected and successful and she spends way too much time on that side. It would have helped to have had an invisible friend when he was little; I’m sure he would have grown out of it.
OX

Madame Arcati said...

I wrote to Holly at MySpace. Also, she has her own website. Just follow those links, dearie.

Anonymous said...

Can we have some extracts from Mr Fallowell's diary of that time?

Anonymous said...

Sadly Ox-I didn't have a friend when little, imaginary or otherwise so perhaps that what's led me to live a life where I came across so many "different" people and I must admit, it can be like being a parallel universe. I did say that I was merely a humble waiter at the time-although I have had a long and varied career since-a jack of all trades, so to speak , but master of none but I don't believe I've ever inferred I was " famous, connected and successful". Indeed I was told at a very young age by a clairvoyant I would live a "millionaire's life without a pot to piss in" and my life seems to have taken that course intentionally or otherwise. Rupert did recall me though-at a dinner party several weeks later when he was perusing the table for a prospective screw and when someone mentioned me he said quiet loudly-"oh no, already had that one !". He remembered me a few years later when we were both in the Bahamas and staying at side-by-side houses, he at Richard Harris's. However he didn't remember me when I met him again when he was guest of honour at the 2007 Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney.
Would Holly remember where she was in the late 70's, early 80s (or if she was assailed by a drunk) ?. I can hardly remember where I was. But she was most certainly at Madisons and I have the photos to prove it.

even more love,
veritas

Madame Arcati said...

I'm fascinated about the clairvoyant, Veritas. I shall inquire more.

Veritas has kindly agreed to an Arcati interview.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait MA darling. This is getting increasingly entertaining.

Veritas dear, this means we are calling your bluff; so you better produce those 4 aces…

XO

Anonymous said...

Forget Veritas and interview Nicky Haslam

Madame Arcati said...

I am not sure Nicky would talk to me. I know from Fish that he was awfully upset by Susan Hill's remark on him on this site. But I'd love to interview him, he would be bliss and I'm sure he'll succumb in the end.

Anonymous said...

What exactly is Marilyn doing living with his mum?

Anonymous said...

I agree..Nicky Haslam would be great.

Marilyn has lived with his mum most of his life..except for odd ocassions when he was in squats or crashing on my floor (and thereby hangs a tale that includes a chance meeting between Marilyn & Kirk Douglas)
I once asked him what his mum thought when he left the house looking like Marilyn Monroe..he said.."she just cries".

xx veritas

Foxfinder said...

The great DF is right. I too saw Holly at Country Cousins, a rubbish restaurant with dreadful food and cute pictures of 'boy' and 'girl' bunny-rabbits on the lavatory doors.

rickycm said...

wow.
doing a search on country cousin and I find all this. I'm working for Andie Airfix, who not only designed all the posters (and bunnies) for country cousin, he had an affair with Holly! Apparently her drummer didn't know that she was a he until the last night!

Would love to see some of those posters!