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My Trip Down the Pink Carpet

por Leslie Jordan

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A hilarious romp from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood with the beloved Emmy-winning actor, playwright, and gay icon Leslie Jordan is a small man with a giant propensity for scene stealing. Best known for his bravura recurring role as Karen's nemesis, Beverley Leslie, onWill & Grace(for which he won a Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy in 2006), he has also made memorable appearances onAlly McBeal, Boston Public, Monk, andMurphy Brown.Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie -- who describes himself as "the gayest man I know" -- boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult off-Broadway hits. But with success came dangerous temptations: a self-proclaimed former substance abuser and sexaholic, Leslie has spent time in jail and struggled to overcome his addictionsand self-loathing.My Trip Down the Pink Carpetis a rollicking, fast-paced collection of stories, served up with wit, panache, and plenty of biting asides. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, offbeat observations, and revealing celebrity encounters -- from Boy George to George Clooney -- it delivers a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.… (más)
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Beats there heart so dead to love and laughter that it hasn't rejoiced to the sight of Will & Grace's Beverley Leslie and Karen Walker having a bitch-fight? I know mine does even yet. Leslie Jordan is my hero for that role, and for the fearless and wonderful job he does as Brother Boy, the Tammy Wynette-tribute drag queen in Sordid Lives: The Series, whose tragic seemingly permanent hiatus causes me great spiritual pain.

He is also my hero anew for this line: "I write to keep the conduit open so the light can shine through me." Now, keep in mind: This is a 4'11" fey-as-hell Southern Babdiss of a Certain Age, renowned for hilariously being gay as a May morning, mildly famous for writing HILARIOUS one-Leslie shows and delivering them with verve and gusto, talking about being a conduit for universal love.

This is the moment for you to reel back in startled, impressed respect. Men like Leslie Jordan used to kill themselves before they would have a chance to get famous and write a book. And very tragically, the boys these men once were are still killing themselves thanks to the hate-filled "teachings" of the predominant religious strain in their world.

Yet here he is, folks, all of him such as it is, a morsel of protoplasm that's jumping up and down and hollering loud as he can: "It's all about love, it's only about love, can't we agree to see, it's all LOVE!"

Yes sir, Mr. Jordan, you are correct. That is all that it is about, whatever "it" is the subject of conversation. Thank you for saying it, clearly and forcefully, with examples of what hate and fear have done to you personally before this blindingly simple truth smacked into you.

So why should you read this book? For that message? Hell no! Read it because *this* little queen has ogled the packages of Luke Perry, Dean Cain, Billy Bob Thornton, on and on! In Person!! And he tells of his adventures in Hollywood, surprisingly, without cattiness or prurience. His sense of comedic timing is flawless, flawless, flawless, and he knows when to leave an anecdote instead of letting it drag on into anecdotage.

Why, then, have I given it a chary 3.9 stars? Because it's not perfect, as what can be; but its narrative flaw is that it's scattershot. It's not quite focused enough to be a real autobiography, and it's not as gauzily self-exculpatory or brutally self-excoriative as a memoir needs to be in this marketplace.

It's a reflective essay, a pulling-together of his life's strings and strands, with little obvious attempt to match the colors up. Flawed or no, it's colorful and fun and, if you care to see it, quite uplifting.

It's a Victoria's Secret bra of a book. ( )
7 vota richardderus | Sep 17, 2010 |
"Well, well, well, Karen Walker. I thought I smelled gin and regret!"

In My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Leslie Jordan, the diminutive comic actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of Karen's nemesis Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace, describes scenes from his life in several dozen funny yet often poignant vignettes. Less a chronological autobiography than a collection of personal essays, the book depicts Jordan's journey from his Tennessee childhood through his show business success, with stops along the way to discuss friendship, religion, sexuality, and addiction. To his credit, Jordan is unflinchingly honest about his struggles, including material – alcoholism, abusive relationships, celebrity crushes, jail time – that many less courageous entertainment figures would probably choose to omit. By the last essay, "My Ministry," the reader gets a picture of Jordan as a man whose courage and character have brought him to a place of peace and self-acceptance. It's rare, perhaps, to call a celebrity memoir inspirational, but Jordan's deserves that adjective. Unlike his fictional rival Karen Walker, in My Trip Down the Pink Carpet Leslie Jordan evinces not the slightest whiff of gin, not the slightest tinge of regret. ( )
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If I live to one hundred and five years old, I will never understand this deep-seated need you have to air your dirty laundry!  Why can't you just whisper it to a therapist?

Peggy Ann Jordan, my witty and wonderful mother
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This book is dedicated to three of my favorite Southern ladies:  my roommate of twenty years, Miss Carla Holland, who watched it unfold from afar but never once bought into the insanity;
Miss Dale Davis, who always gave me laughter, courage, and hope;
and my sweet mother, Peggy Ann Jordan, who bore it all with a great amount of fortitude.
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I stood backstage at the 2006 Emmy Awards in a blind panic.
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It's funny how life turns out.  When I did make it to San Francisco, I was in my late forties and sober for over five years.  I had been invited to speak to a huge recovery group and I was being flown up from Los Angeles.  I was going to speak at the Bill Graham Auditorium.  My mother mistakenly thought I was headlining the Billy Graham Crusade. She was ecstatic!  Finally, I was doing something she could tell all her girlfriends about.
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She is always hoping for the best.
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A hilarious romp from small-town USA to the pink carpet of Hollywood with the beloved Emmy-winning actor, playwright, and gay icon Leslie Jordan is a small man with a giant propensity for scene stealing. Best known for his bravura recurring role as Karen's nemesis, Beverley Leslie, onWill & Grace(for which he won a Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy in 2006), he has also made memorable appearances onAlly McBeal, Boston Public, Monk, andMurphy Brown.Raised in a conservative family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Leslie -- who describes himself as "the gayest man I know" -- boarded a Greyhound bus bound for LA with $1,200 sewn into his underpants and never looked back. His pocket-sized physique and inescapable talent for high camp paved the way to a lucrative and varied career in commercials and on television. Along the way he immersed himself in writing for the stage, and his one-man testimonials have become cult off-Broadway hits. But with success came dangerous temptations: a self-proclaimed former substance abuser and sexaholic, Leslie has spent time in jail and struggled to overcome his addictionsand self-loathing.My Trip Down the Pink Carpetis a rollicking, fast-paced collection of stories, served up with wit, panache, and plenty of biting asides. Filled with comically overwrought childhood agonies, offbeat observations, and revealing celebrity encounters -- from Boy George to George Clooney -- it delivers a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on Hollywood, fame, addiction, gay culture, and learning to love oneself.

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