|"Nobody fuckin' move!"|
Although Larry is a hard man to forget, I cannot honestly remember when we actually first met, I do know that we were onset together for the duration of the wrap around material that Jeff Burr shot for his portmanteau film that began as a whisper and then developed more fully into a scream...the final title by the time it hit the big screen was The Offspring. We had already wrapped the film when I decided to throw another one of my parties as I was still doing my column Dateline Hollywood for the UK film journal known as Films and Filming and had something to celebrate in securing the movie star/director Cornel Wilde as a feature interview. Cornel was not only a very nice guy (who was at the moment of our interview planning a sequel to his legendary production of The Naked Prey for Paramount)but a bonafide leading man from the golden age of Hollywood. My favorite Cornel Wilde moment was of course his appearance on the classic television show I Love Lucy show, the episode in question was where Lucy is in Hollywood while Ricky is being groomed for movie stardom. Lucy discovers through her bellboy connection that Cornel Wilde in staying at the same hotel and plots to get in his room for an autograph and a quick close up with her idol. Cornel was very amused by this since he got asked about that shop all the time. We spent a very productive afternoon at his Westwood condo taping the interview and having a quite lunch on his terrance overlooking whishire Blvd. His ex-wife Jean Wallace kept calling during my visit and it was becoming painfully obvious that they were soul mates who coundn't seem to live together anymore. Cornel was at that time engaged to a much younger woman and this simply set Jean off in one ways than one.
|Cornel and yours truly|
The afternoon of the party Larry called up and asked if it would be alright to bring a date. I was a bit taken back at first because Larry was already well into his 70's, but robust and tireless so why not, so I asked who the lucky lady was and Larry got blustery saying "listen kid I got this broad who I am seeing andI want to bring her plus I think you are really gonna like her so just be cool and dig what I'M bringin over to your pad and git this she is coming dressed in red" All this hipster chat was also very unlike the Larry I had come to know so this was all adding up to another night of surprises with Dilliger and his current lady in red.
|Your typical tall drag queen, not unlike our Vicky Venom|
|"Fuck you, Quentin...I'm Dillinger!"|
I learned two things that night one regarding Larry who really needed to be looked after at all times when it involved public affairs and the second that you never know who might turn up in your life to alter it or create change for the better for you personally that of the people in your orbit. Vicky Venom turned out to be a decent guy a sweet trusting soul, very much in need of a friend and reculantly as it began Victor as I came to know him proved to be a loyal friend who wound up being there when I really needed a friend when my partner was hospitalized with HIV in 2003 only to surrender to the disease in Dec of 2004. Cornel Wilde would never marry the young lady he was planning to and died a few years later of Leckemia. Lawrence Tieney would continue to work in television appearing on shows like Seinfeld and Star trek. Larry would sometimes stay with me off and on for a good part of his working life, I would surrender my bedroom on now and then so he would be more comfortable and I would sometimes hear that gruff tough guy voice call out from the darkness "Hey kid come on in here and I'll get you pregnant".