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Sue and her star mum

All you Gleeks out there, you are in for a treat next Monday night (Australia).

After a guest role from Gwyneth Paltrow (she was quite good) last night we have a real mega guest star appearing next.

Announced previously the great and I mean GREAT Carol Burnett makes her appearance as Sue Sylvester’s Nazi hunter mom.

They sing a duet – ‘Ohio’ from the wonderful musical “Wonderful Town”, which originally starred another great – Rosalind Russell.

I have heard an audio sneak peek and it sounds fantabulous! I am so glad they do a Broadway number and not some lame pop tune.

Can’t wait to see it for myself.

And I bet my bottom dollar she is dressed in Bob Mackie!!!


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something’s coming, something good

Thee are only 13 more sleeps till season 2 of GLEE. (a series that was specially created for me).

Channel 10 are fast tracking from the US, the premiere of the new season. It premieres only hours earlier there. Supposedly to stop illegal downloads and help with ratings. Good move 10. So damn happy 🙂


Songs featured in the first ep are reported to be Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. Meanwhile, musical theater favorites like “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line and “Getting to Know You” from The King and I and Beyonce’s'”Listen” from the film version of Dreamgirls will also be featured.

The new season will feature a Britney Spears episode (not that I care about her), and will introduce a boyfriend for Kurt. And I am sure lots of other surprises and treats. Rumours are that Susan Boyle will play a tuck shop lady, and guests include Carol Burnett & Javier Bardem. Things are looking Gleeful.

As a big Gleek, I am very excited. Can’t wait for some new Sue Sylvester-isms.

Unfortunately, I fear that they will put the series on hold for that sporting event – The Commonwealth Games. Now that will piss me off!


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Magnificent Mackie

As I mentioned in an older post, all about my Carol Burnett doll, I am a huge fan of the American costume designer, Bob Mackie.

So it’s time to  blab about the “sultan of sequins”.


Bob Mackie is the creator of so many fabulous, glamourous costumes ,worn by so many big name divas, it is astonishing.

His costumes are instantly recognisable with both wit and glamour playing a major part in their creation. If you see a diva wearing a gaggle of sequins on her form shaping frock, it is most probably Mackie. From his heyday in the 1970’s, when he designed all the costumes on The Carol Burnett Show, and The Sonny & Cher hour, to today, when a modern diva like Pink calls on Mackie to design her glamour outfits for her recent tour. Vintage Mackie can often be seen on the red carpet too. If you want to look great, call Bob.

He started his career back in 1963 when he assisted Ray Aghayan on The Judy Garland Show, went on to design costumes for Mitzi Gaynor tv specials, and her Las Vegas act. This led to his greatest collaboration with Carol Burnett, she still wears his designs in most of her shows or appearances (expect a Mackie on her back when she appears on Glee). Millions of Americans (and the rest of the world, well me, for one) would tune in to see what fabulous costumes Cher would appear in on her tv variety show.

Mitzi Gaynor


Mackie has won 9 Emmy awards and been nominated for another 20. He was also nominated for 3 Oscars – Lady Sings The Blues (shared with Ray Aghayan & Norma Koch), Funny Lady (shared Ray Aghayan), and Pennies From Heaven. Dressing the divas – Diana Ross, Barbra Striesand & Bernadette Peters.

Diana Ross & Bernadette Peters went on to be continually dressed by Bob. Babs (the other one) went on to boring old Donna Karan. Her loss.

Diana Ross in Lady Sings The Blues

A glamourous Miss Ross

A sketch for a Diana Ross “Mackie” frock

Bob with Diana in the finished outfit

Bernadette Peters

Here are some images of his Carol Burnett outfits

And how can we ever forget his fabulous outfits for Cher to wear to the Oscars

Or his hysterical outfit for Whoopi Goldberg when she appeared as Queen Elizabeth at the Oscars.

Some of his “red carpet” appearances

Anjelica Huston

Rachel Griffith

Cher & Christine Aguilera

Madonna with Michael Jackson (not in Mackie)

His outfits appear in lots of places

Beyonce wears Mackie in a tribute to Tina Turner at the Grammys

Jennifer Lopez wears vintage Mackie in the film “Maid In Manhattan”

Mackie designed the costume (what little of it there is) for the finale of the film “Staying Alive”.

Arguably Mackie’s most famous creation on display at the Smithsonian institute.

Bob Mackie is also famous for his creations for the Barbie doll, here are some

As you can probably tell, I do like a bit of glitz and glamour.

I remember 20 years ago, I went to see a show in Las Vegas, called “Jubilee”, it was a spectacular Vegas type show, full of showgirls and such (and a recreation of the sinking of the Titanic, no less 🙂 ) In the final number the showgirl outfits (they appeared from the flies) seemed to shine and sparkle far more than the previous numbers. The way the lights caught the sequins was breathtaking. Looking into the program I noted that the finale costumes were designed by none other than Bob Mackie. I was thrilled. I was lucky enough to be taken on a backstage tour of the show. I must admit the dummies in the Titanic lifeboats were very tragic up close. I looked up and I could see the sequins of the Mackie costumes waiting for the next show. They were sparkling away, and far from tacky.

Something i found on the web regarding Jubilee & Mackie. My god! it is still playing 🙂

The sustaining lure of “Jubilee!,“ the 28-year-old production playing at Bally’s casino in Las Vegas, is a chance to see the gawk-worthy, classic Las Vegas look, a flashy swirl of sexy showgirls strutting about in their flashy costumes. Designed by Bob Mackie in 1980, the costumes cost about $3.5 million.

More than 1,000 different outfits are on display during the seven-act show, and while many are ultra-skimpy, the average cost of one of the ensembles in the glitzy finale sequence is $7,000. If there are unsung heroes keeping Mackie’s look alive after nearly three decades, it is the 18-member wardrobe staffers backstage who labor in an expansive costume shop constantly cleaning, repairing and sewing to keep the original designs fresh.

The rhinestones alone are worthy of attention. They are silver-plated Austrian Swarovski crystals made from topaz, sapphire, emerald, ruby and amethyst.  A famous vignette from the lore of the period when the costumes were being assembled — whether fact or fancy is a bit unclear nearly three decades later — is that there was briefly a worldwide rhinestone shortage when the “Jubilee!“ people swept up all the Swarovskis on the market and had them shipped to Las Vegas.

What heaven!


I have always said, I will dress in full glamour drag one day, but only if it is in a vintage Bob Mackie frock. One never knows what might happen in the future.

Should I call Bob for a fitting?


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Oh you beautiful doll.

Well here she is my beautiful Carol Burnett doll.

She is dressed in her famous costume from the very famous skit – Went With The Wind, from The Carol Burnett Show. In this parody of the movie Gone With The Wind, Carol appears at the top of the stairs as Scarlett O’Hara, wearing the famous dress made from the curtains. The brilliant costume designer Bob Mackie (a hero of mine) came up with the idea of keeping in the curtain rod. Sheer brilliance!

The original dress from the parody “Went With The Wind”.

Bob Mackie’s costume sketch

The dress that inspired the parody. Vivien Leigh in “Gone With The Wind”

Did you know?

Another Oscar winning Best Picture featured clothing made out of curtains.

Julie Andrews, in The Sound Of Music, made clothes for the Von Trapp children out of curtains that were being replaced.


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meet Sue’s mum

Great news for GLEE fans. In negotiations to guest star in the role of Sue Sylvester’s Nazi- hunting mum, none other than the legendary comedienne  Carol Burnett. What great casting. Let’s hope they ink the deal.  I am a huge fan of Carol Burnett, I even have a Carol Burnett doll.


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