Last night, Joan Rivers hosted the book release party for Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's "Double Life" at 21 Club. On hand to celebrate were A Little Night Music's Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Charles Busch, Larry Kramer and more.
"Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50 plus year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century. At the same time, they share inside stories from film, television and media featuring the likes of Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Truman Capote, Bette Davis, Robert Redford, Lee Radziwill and Frances Lear."
Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986, following a career that included Broadway and spanned forty years. As a leading casting director, he worked on such films as Catch 22 and All the President's Men. At Warner Brothers, he shepherded such long-running television series as Alice, Night Court and The Dukes of Hazard.
Norman Sunshine was a successful magazine illustrator in New York who went on to be a painter and sculptor whose works are in museums and in important collections. In the early years of his career, he was vice president, creative director of an advertising agency, and coined the phrase, "What Becomes a Legend Most?" as well as "Danskins are not just for Dancing.