Lyle Talbot starred with Ed Wood (above, right) in his 1953 film Glen or Glenda about a man who secretly dresses as a woman.
Today Lyle’s daughter Margaret Talbot tells stories from her childhood. She remembers one time when filmmaker Ed Wood was too drunk to go home and spent the night at her family’s house:
My father was really a very tolerant guy in many ways but didn’t kind of know a whole lot about cross-dressing and transvestism … and one night after a premiere of an Ed Wood movie — and you can imagine what kind of event that might have been — [Ed Wood] came home with my dad. They were driving together, but Ed Wood was drunk and couldn’t remember where he lived, or couldn’t tell my dad. So my dad said, ‘Well, you can sleep it off in the car outside.’ [He] went inside to the apartment and my mother was there, who was 26 years younger and a somewhat innocent person … at that point, and they had the two little boys, my two brothers. And my mother, who is very soft-hearted, said, ‘Oh, don’t leave him out there on the street; have him come in and he can sleep in here. He can take our room, and we’ll sleep in the boys’ room.’
So in the morning, the family was sitting around having pancakes with the little boys, and out comes Ed Wood, and he’s wearing my mother’s negligee and a bra that he had found evidently hanging on the back of the bathroom door. And that was it for my dad. He did order him to leave at that point. My mother, I think, was shocked but, knowing her, probably laughed a little, too. So he actually never saw Ed Wood again after that.
Margaret Talbot wrote a book about her father’s life and career titled, "The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father’s Twentieth Century."
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