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.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Very Sissy Man: Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde
June 13, 1926 - Jan. 10, 1982

                  Sarcastic is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Paul Lynde. He made a name for himself with Bye, Bye Birdie, both on Broadway and in the movie. Paul is best remembered as the center square on the TV game show The Hollywood Squares for his sharp, often double-entendre responses to the host’s questions. His delivery was wickedly snide, his nose wrinkling in barely contained contempt. What do you call a man who gives you diamonds and pearls?  “I’d call him darling!”  Why do Hell’s Angels wear leather?  “Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.”  According to the famous quote, a little what is a dangerous thing?  “A little pervert.”
          “I’m Liberace without the piano,” he said of himself. Not really. His fashion sense was better. No one wore a knotted scarf around their neck as well.


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