Thursday, December 27, 2012

2 Whorehouse Connections

While more people probably heard about the passing of actor Charles Durning, another person passed away two days earlier who also had a connection to The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  Larry L. King.  From the AP via the San Antonio Express-News:
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became a hit Tony Award-nominated musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83.

...King wrote his most famous piece about the Chicken Ranch brothel in 1974 for Playboy magazine, took the $3,000 and thought no more about it. But Peter Masterson, a Texas actor, saw the article and thought it would make a great play. He and King got together with songwriter Carol Hall, another Texan, to create the smash musical. Tommy Tune was the director and in charge of musical staging.

The movie version starring Dolly Parton and Reynolds was less than a smash with critics, including King, who thought Hollywood had ruined the story and turned it into a sex romp.

King was one of a group of journalists who spent 1969-70 at Harvard University and his 8,000-word account of the year, "Blowing My Mind at Harvard," appeared in Harper's magazine. He also wrote for The Texas Observer, Life and Texas Monthly, among others, and penned a biography of former Harper's editor Willie Morris in 2006...
Here's Durning as the Academy Award nominated role of the Governor of Texas.  He also played a Governor of Mississippi, who was named after a Governor of Texas, in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?:

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