June 30th People

June 30th

06-30-1956 Paris Barclay – Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He is an American television director and producer and served as the Paris BarclayPresident of the Directors Guild of America from 2013 to 2017. Barclay is a two-time Emmy Award winner and is among the busiest single-camera television directors, having directed nearly 150 episodes of television, for such series as NYPD Blue, ER, The West Wing, CSI, Lost, Law & Order, City of Angels, Cold Case, and more recently Sons of Anarchy, The Mentalist, Weeds, NCIS: Los Angeles, In Treatment, Glee and The Good Wife. He is openly gay and a regular contributor to The Advocate. In 2008, Barclay married food-industry executive Christopher Mason, his partner of 17 years.

06-30-1957 Illene Chaiken – Born in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She is an American producer, director, and writer. Best known for the 2007 television series The L Word and is an executive producer on the hit television series Empire. Her partner is LouAnne Illene ChaikenBrickhouse (former VP of production at The Walt Disney Company). Chaiken is a co-parent to twin daughters with former partner English architect Miggi Hood.

06-30-1908 – 8-10-1933   Gene Malin – Born in Brooklyn, New York. He was an American actor, emcee, and drag performer during the Jazz Age. Malin was one of the first openly gay performers in Prohibition-era Speakeasies. He didn’t impersonate women but appeared as a flamboyant, effeminate, openly gay male wearing a tuxedo. Malin was the highest-paid nightclub entertainer of 1930. Ginger Rogers was one of his biggest fans. He stood six-feet-tall, weighed 200 pounds, and had an attitude and a lisp. Malin appeared in two Broadway production. He also recorded two songs, I’d Rather be Spanish than Mannish and That’s What’s the Matter With Me.  In 1932 he took his act to the West Coast. While there, he got cameo roles in two movies. He dressed in drag for both and became the first female impersonator to appear on the big screen. In 1933, after a night of celebrating, he accidentally backed his car over the end of Venice Pier and drowned.

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