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Andrew Rannells: Gay And Serious In 'New Normal'

The actor stars in the comedy TV series The New Normal, about a gay couple who want a child so badly that they hire a surrogate. Rannells tells Fresh Air that he didn't want to "dumb down" the series role with "stereotypical over-the-top gay flash and sass."


Offstage With Broadway Star Sean Hayes.

The comic actor, who played Jack on TV's Will and Grace, is hosting the Tony Awards this Sunday night. He recently spoke with Terry Gross about his TV career, as well as his transition to Broadway, where he's currently starring in a Broadway revival of Neil Simon's musical Promises, Promises.

Sean Hayes, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises will host the Tony Awards on June 13 at 8 p.m. on CBS. He talked with Terry Gross on April 29, 2010 about his career on stage and screen.


'Will And Grace' Star Sean Hayes Steps To Broadway.

The comic actor, who played Jack on TV's Will and Grace, makes his Broadway debut in a revival of Neil Simon's musical Promises, Promises. He has also portrayed comedian Jerry Lewis in the made-for-TV movie Martin and Lewis and Jack Nicholson's valet in The Bucket List.


The Many Roles Of 'Glee' Meanie Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch may be most well-known for her recent roles as Sue Sylvester on Glee and as Julia Child's sister in Julie & Julia, but she's a movie and TV veteran, with a long list of delicious character parts under the belt.


Graham Chapman and 'The Life of Brian'

Monty Python's Life of Brian — a biblical satire — is being re-released in theatres, 25 years after its first release. We feature archive interviews with four of the players from Monty Python's Flying Circus, starting with Graham Chapman. He was the straight man in the Monty Python troupe, who would come in and break up the skits. A physician by training, he was a writer and activist for gay rights. He died in 1989. (Rebroadcast from July 2, 1987.)


Actress, writer, comedian Ellen DeGeneres

She s got an upcoming HBO comedy special, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, premiering June 28th, 2003. It s a presentation of her recent live stand-up show of the same name. Her five-year sitcom Ellen won an Emmy for her much anticipated coming-out episode. She and her character came out at the same time. This was followed by a very public relationship with actress Anne Heche, which eventually ended. DeGeneres talks about coming out and why she resists becoming a lesbian role model. DeGeneres is the author of the book, My Point. . . And I Do Have One.


Comic Graham Chapman

Comic Graham Chapman was the straight man in the Monty Python troupe who would come in and break up the skits. A physician by training, he was a writer and activist for gay rights. He died in 1989.


From the Archives: Remembering "A Difficult Actor."

This year marks the centennial of the birth of British actor Charles Laughton. To celebrate, we feature a 1988 interview with Laughton's biographer, Simon Callow. Laughton started in such films as the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mutiny on the Bounty. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will begin a Laughton film retrospective in December. Simon Callow is an actor in his own right. He has starred in such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral and a Room with a View. Callow has also written a biography of Orsen Welles. (REBROADCAST from 8/25/1988)


Actor Sir Ian McKellan on Knighthood and Coming Out

He stars in the new films "Gods and Monsters," and "Apt Pupil." Since coming out in 1988, Britain's highly acclaimed Shakespearean actor has become an international voice for the gay and lesbian community. His role in Peter Shafer's "Amadeus" earned him a Tony Award in 1981. He has also appeared in the films, "Last Action Hero" and "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Richard III." (REBROADCAST from 6/20/94).


Gay Life in Early Hollywood.

Journalist William Mann has written a new biography of actor William Haines, "Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood's First Openly Gay Star" (Viking). In 1930 Haines was a big box-office draw. He was also openly-gay to reporters, studio chiefs,and fellow actors. Eventually Haines was booted out of Hollywood, because he refused to give in to studio pressure to conform. He began a highly successful career as an interior designer.

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