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 Topic: How gay/documented was silent film star Wallace Reid

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cmlee  



Joined: 07 Apr 2004
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Interests: gay history silent era pre-talkies Hollywood film presidential election politics amtiquarian olde books !!
Physical Location: Santa Rosa, CA - Sonoma County

Posted: 15 Jun 2004, 10:53 am    Post subject: How gay/documented was silent film star Wallace Reid Reply with quote

Reid at the top of his matinee idol career became addicted to morphine [like a lot of civil war soldiers whose first taste was during surgery on the CW battlefield] - and died tragically at age 31 from morphine in 1923.
Some period articles HINT or even directly point to "Wally" telling behavior "gay-side" in rather confirming language for the post-death writings in 1920's. Wallace Reid married, had two children [one or both who died tragically, again as I recall from drugs/alcoholism] - shunned women and had a coterie of male bonding buddies in his 24-hours "open house" at his home.
Reid was born with absolutely stunning looks -adored openly by men and boys in the silent film polls and public adulation - and a workaholic who always hated himself inwardly for "unmanly" acting and face make-up when others his age were serving in World War One and Reid called himself a "slacker" in dirision. Hmmmmm??
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