Biba Nova



This clip, from the British series Rock Follies, is one of our favorite things.
Amongst it's charms: a certain Miss Rula Lenska.


19 comments:

  1. am I the only one who was concentrating on the gigantic photos of the '30s-'40s movie stars? I spotted pics of Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Alan Ladd, Orson Welles, Ruth Chatterton...

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    1. Regarding the classic stars, I just read that Sheila Graham claimed that Kay Francis painted on her widow's peak! Well, it has shaken me to my very core.

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  2. Oh, Thom, you know how much I adored this programme... Fabulous! Jx

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    1. Of course I thought of you when I posted this!

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  3. "Rock Follies" is one of my all-time favorite TV moments, and this particular moment is a highlight. When I lived in London in the 1980s, I managed to see both Charlotte Cornwell and Julie Covington in person, but I never tracked down Rula Lenska (and how I tried!)

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    1. Well, as Meat Loaf would say, two out of three ain't bad!

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    2. I have literally bumped into Miss Lenska before - she is so tall, my head was between her bosoms before I could cry for help! Jx

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  4. From Ms. Lenska's Wiki page: "Her work on tour with the London Gay Men's Chorus is assumed to have prompted her participation in the UK version of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2006. Her reason for accepting the invitation to go on the show was "I'm a crazy Polish countess who likes a challenge". Also, she can pilot hot air balloons.

    I am up for adoption as of now.

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  5. so glad you put this back up. I've been in love with it since you first introduced me to it so many moons ago.

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    1. It's so fabulous and chic, I couldn't resist!

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    2. My memories of her - past her introduction to U.S. audiences via commercial - are mostly of the all-girl comedy troup at college doing a number set to "Anatevka" from Fiddler on the Roof: "Rula Lenska, Rula Lenska / Who are you, what are you, Rula Lenska? / In-ter-na-tion-al Ce-le-bri-teeeee!"

      Well, it was hilarious at the time...

      This number, by the bye - past fabulous. Scissor Sisters should do a remake...or maybe the Puppini Sisters. Some sisters, at any rate...

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    3. A cover by either set of sisters would be fabulous! Jx

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  6. She's makes occasional appearances as a character on Britain's "Coronation Street."

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  7. Oh, this is absolutely fantastic! By the way, "biba nova" means "new gay" in Portuguese; "biba" is a very nice Brazilian slang, not offensive at all.

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