Proudly Representing the ’B’ in LGBT: Let’s Hear it For Bisexuals
While this list is by no means complete, it does pay homage to some of the better-known Bs in LGBT.
Famous and beloved for her role "Karen" on the now classic series "Will and Grace," Mullally was open about going "both ways" from the show’s inception. At the show’s very first press junket in 1998, she made it clear that sexual orientation was a non-issue in her world.
After eight seasons on NBC, Mullally moved on to a failed talk show, but has since enjoyed success on Broadway. She can currently be seen in the new gay teen comedy "G.B.F."
Tallulah Bankhead: (1902-1968)
Bankhead was a major star on the London and Broadway stages during the 20s, 30s and 40s. These days she’s fondly recalled for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s film "Lifeboat" and for guest starring on the "Batman" (TV series) shortly before her death in 1968. Legend has it that, at the height of her theatrical career, she would stumble out of New York bars at 4 a.m., plastered. Then she would hail a cab and say nothing more than "home, darling!"
Every cab driver in New York knew where to drop her off.
Bankhead had many affairs with men and women, some as famous as she. When asked by a gossip columnist if Cary Grant was gay, she quipped: "How should I know, darling? He never sucked my c**k!"
Known for her roles on "ER" and appearing in many films, Bello, who has a son with her ex-boyfriend, recently came out as bisexual as she settled into a relationship with a woman.
Bello was quite involved in Haiti earthquake relief and co-founded We Advance, an organization that assists Haitian women with healthcare issues and works towards ending violence against Haitian women.
The iconic star is heir apparent to an acting dynasty: Her grandfather John Barrymore was considered the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. Her aunt and uncle were theater legends Ethel and Lionel Barrymore.
When asked if she liked women, Barrymore replied: "Totally!" and said she’d had affairs with a number of women.
She continues to date men.
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992)
The German born beauty shot to fame with her starring role in the film "The Blue Angel." That same year she signed a contract with Paramount Pictures. Audiences at the time were shocked when Dietrich, dressed in a male tuxedo, kissed a woman on the lips in the film "Morocco," her first film under contract with Paramount.
Dietrich kept her private life out of the press, but had affairs with many of her co-stars, both male and female.
Her film career continued for thirty years. During the ’60s and ’70s she toured the world in a well-received concert act in which she performed songs from her many films.
The Jersey girl and star of "Jersey Shore," has only dated guys on camera, but admits to having "done things" with girls.
"Little Joe never once gave it away, everyone had to pay and pay," is the famous lyric from Lou Reed’s classic rock anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Reed’s song paid homage to several of the more famous members of Andy Warhol’s "factory," the underground film studio of the 60s. Joe Dallesandro was the best known (and most beautiful) factory member, and was an early icon of gay erotica.
After supporting himself by modeling nude in gay magazines, Dallesandro shot to international fame in a series of no budget Warhol produced films like "Flesh," "Trash" and "Heat." His co-stars were an odd collection of dope addicts and drag queens who indulged in every vice imaginable, on-camera and off.
Dallesandro went on to enjoy minor success in mainstream films and was open about his bisexuality every step of the way.
Sexy, long haired singer-songwriter topped the charts with his 1993 album "Painted Desert Serenade." Hit singles included "Jesse and Beautiful In My Eyes." He’s produced several more albums and remains a popular concert act in Europe.
His mom, Gloria Castillo, was a 50s starlet who appeared in drive-in classics like "Invasion of the Saucer Men," "Reform School Girl" and "Teenaged Monster." Her early death from cancer inspired his tearjerker song "Mamma’s Arms."
Kadison, who once dated Sarah Jessica Parker, came out as bisexual in 2004, revealing that he had just left a relationship with a man.
Scottish star of stage and screen scored major hits in the "X Men" film series and as the master of ceremonies in the recent Broadway revival of the musical "Cabaret." His recording of Cabaret’s "Mein Herr," a song performed by the show’s female lead, led many to believe that Cumming was gay.
Not so, he said, casually saying that he was, in fact, bisexual.
Cumming is divorced from a woman and currently lives in New York with his husband.
Ron Woodroof (1950-1992)
The true life AIDS drama "Dallas Buyer’s Club" has been nominated for six Oscars, including a nod for Matthew McConaughey’s portrayal of Ron Woodroof, a foul mouthed homophobe who changes his views after being diagnosed with HIV in 1985.
How Woodroof contracted HIV remains vague, according to the film, which portrays him as "banging chicks.’"
Not so fast, says those who knew Woodroof.
In stories published at Slate and in the Advocate, friends of Woodroof have come forward and taken issue with the film’s portrayal of him. They say that he was openly bisexual, and not homophobic at all.
Those who’ve spoken up include his ex-wife and his personal physician.
Lou Reed (1942-2013)
The iconic underground rocker who immortalized Dallesandro in song recently passed away at age 71. He was openly bisexual throughout his life.
Davis, an American record producer and music industry executive shocked the world when he came out as bisexual in 2013 in his autobiography "The Soundtrack of My Life." He told Katie Couric that he hoped his coming out would lead to greater awareness of bisexuality. He’s been in a relationship with a man since 2004. Before that he was in a 14-year relationship with a male doctor.