Bil Browning

Some camp to start the week

Filed By Bil Browning | April 30, 2007 6:24 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: Carol Channing, Cecilia Sisson, gay camp, gay icons, humorous blog post, movies, television

Nothing says gay like vintage Carol Channing. Here she is doing Cecilia Sisson: "The Inside Story."


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See after the break for the jump for the "biography" of poor simpering Cecilia from the YouTube post.

Fame was fleeting for the former film star -- some would say 'actress -- named Cecilia Sisson. She was raised in modest surroundings in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. While performing in a Katoon Kiddie Karnival, she was spotted by Sam Sax, General Production Chief for Warner Bros. Pictures. She became a household name when she burst upon the screen in the mid-1920s. Her statuesque figure and natural good looks created a sensation among the Prohibition-era college boys.

When talking pictures arrived, she was at the top of every producer's list. Like many stars of the silent, silver screen, her career was shortened by 'Terrible Mike,' the demon who sent the vocally unfit screaming or lisping from the lot. Sadly, late Cecilia Sisson personified actresses caught in melee of Hollywood's most chaotic transition: from silent films to talkies.

In Sisson's 'Mississippi Melody,' she introduced the song that became a standard, 'Pig With Fins,' the first love song written to a river carp. Songs were written for her by the songwriting team of Sam Stept and Noble Sissle. Mr. Sissle, who wrote many hits with Eubie Blake, was the first African-American songwriter under contract to First National Pictures. (Were it not for public outcry, the actress might have become Mrs. Cecilia Sisson Sissle.) He and Mr. Stept also wrote a screen musical, 'Syncopated Sister,' for Tiffany-Tone Studios. Cecilia Sisson played the carefree aunt of Daisy and Violet Hilton.

After a failed attempt at nightclubs and dinner theatres, Cecilia Sisson returned to Saskatoon and lived the rest of her life in quiet house by the shores of the South Saskatchewan River.


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