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Anita Mann and Acting Gigs

04 29, 2010

The Bilerico Project: The Fabulous Disease of Mark S. King

By | April 29th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, News|0 Comments

"Someone stepped in and helped me out. I was not capable of getting that needle out of my arm on my own. I'm the one who wouldn't leave the dance floor. I'm the one who couldn't get enough of anything. I tried every new drug that came along. I brought that attitude into my new [...]

04 2, 2010

Win a car, bed a star in “a place like this…”

By | April 2nd, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, My Fabulous Disease|1 Comment

When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on "The Price is Right." And so begins my first book, "A Place Like This," about my years in 1980's Los Angeles. The book has been on my mind lately because of my work preparing a new one. Since the [...]

03 25, 2010

Facing Change

By | March 25th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, Gay Life, Living with HIV/AIDS, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|3 Comments

I recently made the move from my beloved Atlanta back to Fort Lauderdale, and it's been tough saying goodbye to my friends, my doctor and my support system. And the physical act of moving is hard. I've had to decide what is worth keeping and what to finally give up. In this video episode, I [...]

03 20, 2010

Anita came out to play last night…

By | March 20th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|4 Comments

Sometimes the old girl busts out of her shell (how she breathes stuffed in a gym bag in the back of the closet I'll never know) and takes the stage. She got her chance last night, when my drag alter ego brought some laughs to a group of friends in recovery with her infamous TV [...]

03 6, 2010

Anita Mann performs “Funkytown” with the Armorettes

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Back in 1997, while performing with The Armorettes (who still have a weekly show raising money for people with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta), I created the first of Anita Mann's signature act with this, a fun house freak-out of a number, "Funkytown" (also featuring the great Mary Edith Pitts). Producing this number helped me become familiar [...]

03 6, 2010

Video promo for “Night of the Living Dead” on stage

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

My brother, Dick King, directed a stage production of "Night of the Living Dead" and asked me to re-create scenes from the movie on video, using the stage actors. What zombie horror movie fan could refuse? This project was a blast. Dick and I also did a television morning show interview that had the crew [...]

03 6, 2010

Talking zombies on the morning news

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Family and Friends, My Fabulous Disease|0 Comments

Since helping re-create scenes from "Night of the Living Dead" is too much fun to pass up, I visited Shreveport, Louisiana to help my brother Dick mount a production of the zombie classic. Here, I'm interviewed on the morning news while Dick clowns around as the late, great director of the production.

03 6, 2010

Anita Mann as “Miss Pink Cloud”

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Gay Life, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|2 Comments

My drag queen alter ego first appeared while in recovery at this event, which raised funds for Hotlanta Roundup, an annual gathering of gay and lesbian folks in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Here, Anita vies for the title "Miss Pink Cloud," and later in the evening performs her famous TV Set number. And yes, [...]

03 6, 2010

Anita Mann’s infamous TV Set Number

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, Meth and Recovery, My Fabulous Disease|5 Comments

Set to Nancy Lamott's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," my drag queen alter ego battles herself locked in a TV set in this, her finest hour on stage. This performance was taped at a fund raiser for gay and lesbians in recovery from drugs an alcohol, since Anita (and I) are in recovery from crystal [...]

03 6, 2010

My television commercials from the 1980s

By | March 6th, 2010|Anita Mann and Acting Gigs, My Fabulous Disease|5 Comments

In my distant youth, I did television commercials as a young actor in Los Angeles (described in my book "A Place Like This"). I specialized in nerd, dorks and geeks, as this video clearly demonstrates. Everything from McDonald's (the director kept asking me to place less emphasis on the word "fabulous"), Denny's (my favorite geek [...]

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