The Tailor-Made Man

Author(s): Claudio Macor Running time: 1h 55min approx

William “Billy” Haines was a popular MGM movie star in the 1920s who was fired by studio boss Louis B Mayer because he was gay and refused to give up his lifelong partner, Jimmie Shields, and marry the silent screen vamp Pola Negri in a sham lavender marriage.

As punishment, his films were pulled from release and sealed in the MGM vaults never to be seen again, and his official studio photographs were destroyed. It was an attempt to erase him completely from movie history.

But Billy and Jimmy’s turbulent, passionate love affair was to survive and lasted over 50 years. This is their story.

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Venue: Stage Door Theatre, London Dates:

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