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Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Groovy List would vote for Rufus Gifford and Miss Coco Peru

The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Gal: Ann Wedgeworth
The actress, who died Thursday at age 83, was best known for her TV roles as Lahoma Vane Lucas on the daytime soap operas, Another World (1967-70), and its spinoff, Somerset (1970-73), as promiscuous neighbor Lana Shields on the ABC sitcom, Three's Company (1979), as Bootsie Westchester on the CBS sitcom, Filthy Rich (1982-83), and as Merleen Elldridge on the CBS sitcom, Evening Shade (1990-94). Other television credits include The Edge of Night (1966-67) and Roseanne (as Dan's mother in a 1989 episode).

Her film credits include Scarecrow (1973), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Law and Disorder (1974), Dragonfly (aka One Summer Love) (1976), Thieves (1977), Citizens Band (aka Handle with Care) (1977), No Small Affair (1984), My Science Project (1985), Sweet Dreams (1985), The Men's Club (1986), A Tiger's Tale (1987), Made in Heaven (1987), Far North (1988), Miss Firecracker (1989), Steel Magnolias (1989), Hard Promises (1992), Love and a .45 (1994) and The Whole Wide World (1996).

Ms. Wedgeworth won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Neil Simon's Chapter Two. And she received a 1986 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind. She was also a childhood friend and high school classmate of actress Jayne Mansfield, and she was married to actor Rip Torn from 1955 to 1961.

Below you can watch Ann Wedgeworth on the 1978 Tony Awards, in a 1983 episode of Filthy Rich, and in an interview on the 2005 DVD release of the 4th season of Three's Company.

2) Groovy Gal: Miss Coco Peru
In her latest video, Coco goes to Walgreens again.

3) Groovy Gal: Mercedes Ruehl
The Oscar and Tony winner discusses her return to the New York stage in Torch Song on's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

4) Groovy Gal: Leslie Grossman
The actress discusses FX's American Horror Story: Cult on AOL's BUILD Series.

5) Groovy Duo: Alia Shawkat and John Reynolds
The actors discuss Season Two of their TBS series, Search Party (which debuts on November 19), on AOL's BUILD Series.

6) Groovy Cast: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Omar J. Dorsey, Nicolas Ashe, Bianca Lawson, Dondre T. Whitfield and Timon Kyle Durrett of OWN's Queen Sugar
They are interviewed by Nicole Sperling (Vanity Fair) in a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Q&A.

7) Groovy Guy: Rufus Gifford
The openly gay former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (2013-17) announces his candidacy for Congress in Massachusetts' Third Congressional District. To support his campaign, go to

8) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs his latest song parody, "Those Were the Good Old Days" (the original version is from the 1955 musical, Damn Yankees).

9) Groovy Guy: Anthony Festa
The actor, who is currently starring in the Off-Broadway musical, Desperate Measures, performs with The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) on November 14.

10) Groovy Web Series: Ave 43
This deliciously twisted soap opera continues as Phil has a nervous breakdown, Irene gets caught, Debbie goes on a trip, and Cliff takes a hit. To catch up on the series, go to You can also become a fan on Facebook.

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