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Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party

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Last night, Joan Rivers hosted the book release party for Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's "Double Life" at 21 Club. On hand to celebrate were A Little Night Music's Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Charles Busch, Larry Kramer and more.

"Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50 plus year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century. At the same time, they share inside stories from film, television and media featuring the likes of Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Truman Capote, Bette Davis, Robert Redford, Lee Radziwill and Frances Lear."

Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986, following a career that included Broadway and spanned forty years. As a leading casting director, he worked on such films as Catch 22 and All the President's Men. At Warner Brothers, he shepherded such long-running television series as Alice, Night Court and The Dukes of Hazard.

Norman Sunshine was a successful magazine illustrator in New York who went on to be a painter and sculptor whose works are in museums and in important collections. In the early years of his career, he was vice president, creative director of an advertising agency, and coined the phrase, "What Becomes a Legend Most?" as well as "Danskins are not just for Dancing.

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Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine Book

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine with Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Larry Kramer

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Larry Kramer & Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine with Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Norman Sunshine with Joan Rivers attending the Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Alan Shayne with Norman Sunshine & Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka & Charles Busch

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Polly Bergen & Charles Busch

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Eileen Fulton, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Polly Bergen & Charles Busch

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Eileen Fulton, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Polly Bergen

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Eileen Fulton

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Christine Baranski

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Eileen Fulton

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Hoda Kotb

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Jane Hanson & Hoda Kotb

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Charles Busch & Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Hoda Kotb, Alan Shayne & Norman Sunshine with Joan Rivers

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party
Norman Sunshine & Alan Shayne

Photo Coverage: Joan Rivers Hosts Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine's 'Double Life: A Love Story' Book Release Party

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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