Sunday, May 18, 2008

Beautiful Actors are Forever Young

. . . as long as no one passes around a new photo. This thumbnail is from Barbarella, of course; on imdb.

The Los Angeles Times has a photo tribute to John Phillip Law--he of the sculpted jaw and taut skin. Thankfully, all the pictures are from his heyday as a babe. Shallow as I am, I do not want to know what he looked like at 70. That's for his family and friends who mourn him. The rest of us will wriggle in our tweenie fantasies of Pygar, unencumbered by reality.

In its obituary, the Times mentioned that Law once lived in a 1924 Los Feliz mansion with his brother, once a road manager for Peter, Paul, and Mary. They rented rooms of their "castle" to the up and coming, and that period of time is chronicled in a book by his sister-in-law Lisa Law called Flashing on the Sixties.

The book is still available--it holds Lisa Law's pictures of folks like Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Tiny Tim, and Wavy Gravy at the Castle in the mid-sixties, as well as shots of the Beatles, Janis Joplin, the Lovin' Spoonful, Ravi Shankar, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, and others at venues in northern CA--even a photo of Harrison Ford fixing the electrical wiring.

The Los Angeles Library has several copies, and Amazon sells it.

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