Magazines #19: Photoplay 1977
The more I look at the 1970's, the more I realize that both everything and nothing changes. In other words, the big picture is basically the same today as it was forty years ago, but what changes are the details. Forty some odd years later and we are still celebrity obsessed with grocery store checkout aisles lined with weekly magazines devoted to celeb blather. What changes are the the names and, to the trained eye, certain nuances such as tone, standards, and what information is deemed important.
But enough of my own blather, let's take a look at the January 1977 issue of Photoplay!
This article is amazing - "What's in store for these famous faces in 1977?" Well, as it turns out, some pretty tragic stories...
In August of 1977, approximately 8 months after this article, The King would die. However, the Photoplay Astrologer, Joyce Jillson, predicts Elvis will stop being reclusive and become open to the public once again. He will move his base of operations from Memphis to Northern California, and in 3 years he will remarry the love of his life, Priscilla. How tragically and pathetically wrong Ms. Jillson was.
Ms. Jillson predicts that Freddie Prinze will record a controversial record album in the Summer of '77. She also predicts he will create, write and direct an extremely popular sitcom in the coming year.
Sadly, none of that came true because Freddie Prinze killed himself less than a month after this article was published. Ms. Jillson seems to be off the mark a little on her predictions.
In addition to lame predictions, there's also a bunch of TMZ style celeb nonsense. Flavors of the month, Starsky and Hutch get a good bit of press, David Soul gets pissed off at the paparazzi and Paul Michael Glaser is playful.
I hate to bring the room down again, but this article also makes me rather sad. The woman PMG is sitting with is Elizabeth Meyer - he would marry her three years later, and a year after that she would contract HIV from a blood transfusion and die.
I freaking love this article. There's nothing particularly interesting about the text, but I love that they got him with his shirt off. Lyle was constantly exposing his ample chest hair on Wonder Woman, and many will remember the never modest Lyle posed butt naked for Playgirl! Indeed, he was the magazine's first centerfold.
And finally, here's a few advertisements from the magazine...