To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar

Synopsis: After jointly winning a local drag queen pageant in New York City, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme win the right and are given the round trip airfare to compete in the Drag Queen of America pageant in Hollywood, California. Noxeema sees herself as the next Dorothy Dandridge, who bucked the trend of most black American movie actresses of her time by never playing the slave house maid. Vida's style reflects her past of growing up in upper class suburban Pennsylvania. One of their fellow New York contestants, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, is a straight-talking but naive and inexperienced drag queen. Seeing that Chi-Chi needs some drag queen confidence (despite her bravada), Vida and a reluctant Noxeema decide to cash in their plane tickets and buy an older model Cadillac convertible and drive to Hollywood with Chi-Chi. Their drive takes them through much of the country where alternate lifestyles are less tolerated than they may be in New York or Los Angeles. The three have an extended stay in small
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Beeban Kidron
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

ebony enchantress in the rough

and how, through styling

and the occasional make-up tip,

I helped her look just a little bit

less like Moms Mabley.

- Moms Mabley?

- And who'd think that enchantress

would one day share a title with moi?

Now, on those steps,

that dear little Spanish soul,

working that tired Abbe Lane drag

for all it's worth

is all alone in this world.

And she just once

wants to be special,

to have a moment in the starlight,

to dream of being

utterly, utterly fabulous.

- Hello!

- I'm walking here! I'm walking here!

(Vida) Now, the China Bowl is the place

if you want to be outrageous.

What stunning visions! Tell us

your beauty secrets or we'll die.

Darling, I cannot be held responsible

for that.

- I wish I was as beautiful as you.

- Honey!

Good luck. Come on, honey.

Thank you.

- They really like us.

- Love...

Delighted to meet us!

(Man) Vida! Hi.

Excuse me. Oh, Vida, Vida!

Che bellissima. Come va?

Darling, enchant.

Oh, you spoke French. How bi.

Look at you, my little piata.

How are you?

The only man of money matters,

Mr John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.

- Ay, tan chulo! El gusto es mo.

- No, no. El gusto es mo.

No, papito, el gusto es mo.

- See that?

- El gusto es mo.

Si te ajusto las nalgas...

You remember

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.

- His name is my name, too.

- Do people shout? I hate that.

Look at you!

I'm like a compass near north.

- Congratulations on your victoire.

- Thank you.

Now, we must talk.

We have une petite crise.

- Crise? Oh, jamais.

- We have decided

to take our young protg,

Miss Chi Chi, to Hollywood with us.

- How Three Sisters. How Chekhov.

- We?

- What part do I play?

- Two round trips to LA.

- To have or to dump?

- To dump.

- One thousand.

- That is fabulous.

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Douglas Carter Beane

Douglas Carter Beane is an American playwright and screenwriter. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Beane now lives in New York. His works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays including The Country Club and The Little Dog Laughed, which was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and As Bees in Honey Drown, which ran at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1997. Beane often writes works with sophisticated, "drawing room" humor. more…

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