Denizens of Bohemia: Tennessee Williams

Just heard John Waters talking to John Hockenberry on The Takeaway about Waters’ new book, “Role Models.” Waters named as early influences Johnny Mathis, Little Richard and Tennessee Williams, who he said went well beyond being a gay writer, and hung out not necessarily in gay circles but “in Bohemia.” Here’s a photo from the documentary we’re now completing, “Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics.” It’s a shot from Key West in the 70s. That’s TW with the shades flanked on one side by James Kirkwood (“A Chorus Line,” “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”) and on the other by Truman Capote and Tom McGuane. The scene is a wrap party for McGuane’s movie shot in Key West, “92 in the Shade,” from his novel of the same name. Both McGuane and Kirkwood lived in Key West in the 70s. Williams first visited the island in the early 40s. He kept a home on the island until he died in 1983.

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