Who are these Very Sissy Men?

Throughout the history of motion pictures and television, and continuing to this day, there is a certain type of man who is neither the strong man nor the everyman, but the type of man for whom the sight of a pretty woman brings to mind the thought; “Where’d she get those shoes?” This man is the Sissy Man. No more is he assigned to the land of supporting players as the best friend or unctuous authority figure, in this blog, he is put up front and center where he belongs. You will see a number at the bottom of every Very Sissy Man. This is our very own “Sissy scale.” We rate the selected “Sissies,” from zero to ten. (Zero being John Wayne, a Sissy Man only because he walked sprightly in his spurs; and ten being a man who undoubtedly continues to live the life of a sissy long after the camera has stopped rolling-- think Liberace.) In addition to the Sissy rating, each entry contains a brief, humorous biography, along with a picture that conveys the very essence of the actor’s sissiness. Enjoy!

Sir Evelyn De La Fontaine, Esq.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Very Sissy Man: Eddie Cantor

Eddie Cantor
born Israel Iskowitz

Jan. 31, 1892 - Oct. 10, 1964

             Oh, Mama!”  Eddie Cantor was a star of Vaudeville, Broadway, recordings, radio, movies and TV, doing it all with a high, fey singing voice, a skipping, prancing dance style, and pitty-pat hand claps. To top it off, Eddie did so much eye-rolling that he was nicknamed Banjo Eyes. But no one blinked when he sang, “Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me” without changing the pronoun. Maybe no one else could have gotten away with it. “Oh, behave!”  His sly interpretation of the song “Making Whoopee” has never been bettered.


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