This weekend, Meshach Taylor passed away. For all you children out there, Meshach played Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women, but I will always know him as Hollywood Montrose.
Hollywood was the first gay character I ever saw in a movie or on television. I loved him, thought he was hilarious and wanted to be his friend. I love how unashamed he was of himself (with the exception of his jelly donut cravings making him feel fat) and to this day, I wish I had a Hollywood Montrose in my life.
Thank you Meshach Taylor. You helped me love myself a little bit too. I drew this for you.
Joyeux Anniversaire Victor Hugo! (Feb. 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885)
From our stacks:
1. Frontispiece “Cosette Sweeping” by Émile Bayard. 'Confier, c'est quelquefois livrer.’ from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Translated from the French by Isabel F. Hapgood. In Two Volumes. Vol. I: Fantine, Cosette, Marius. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., 1887.
2. Frontispiece “Portrait of Victor Hugo. Photogravure by Goupil et Cie.–From Painting by Pannemaker.” from William Shakespeare By Victor Hugo. Translated by A. Baillot. With Illustrations. Holland Paper Edition. Limited to Five Hundred Copies. No. 92. Boston: Estes and Lauriat, c1900.
3. View of spines and covers of Les Misérables By Victor Hugo. (Parts I-V). Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1888.
4. Frontispiece “Sara Bernhardt Declaiming ‘The Battle of Hernani’ Before the Bust of Victor Hugo. Hernani, Frontispiece.” from Dramatic Works of Victor Hugo. Translated by Frederick L. Slous, and Mrs. Newton Crosland. Hernani. The King’s Diversion. Ruy Blas. Profusely Illustrated with Elegant Wood Engravings. Volume V. New York: P. F. Collier, c1887.