A piece by Tom Whipple in today’s Times with claims from Miriam Margolyes, the 76-year-old English-Australian lesbian actress who’s appearing way too often on the BBC:
Miriam Margolyes said she was crudely propositioned by Warren Beatty when applying for a part in one of his films, and when she replied that she was a lesbian he asked: “Can I watch?” [J4MB: Of course he did, dear. Now let me plump up your pillows. Vera will bring you a cup of tea and some Ginger Nuts shortly. Please, no more jokes about munching on Prince Harry’s testicles…]
The British actress made the allegation in an interview with Robert Peston about Hollywood sexual abuse. “I’ve never been groped, unfortunately,” [J4MB: Women are never happy.] Margoyles, 76, said. “But I did have an experience with Warren Beatty.”
She claimed she was auditioning for the 1981 film Reds, directed by and starring Beatty, who insisted that he could only see her in his trailer. Margolyes said that he “looked me up, down, up, and said, ‘Do you f***?’ I said, ‘Yes, but not you’.” He asked why and she told him about being gay. Margolyes added: “He said, ‘Can I watch?’ I said, ‘Pull yourself together and get on with the interview.’ And I got the job.”
Margolyes has been with her partner Heather Sutherland, a professor, since 1967. Warren Beatty is said by his biographer to have had sex with 12,775 women, a number he disputes. [J4MB: Following a party last week, attended by some ambitious young actresses, he now claims 12,783. He’s now convalescing at home.]
Margolyes said: “If people say, ‘Let me do this to you and you’ll get a job’ that’s got to stop, and the only way to stop that is to have someone who is nothing to do with the organisational structure to whom people can complain.”
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