'The World According to Wonder': 10 fascinating Hollywood portraits
Hollywood’s untold stories are what we pop culture-obsessed live for, and how about when those juicy tales are paired with beautiful photography? Well, it’s pure heaven.
And that’s exactly the combination percolating in a new over-sized photo book, The World According to Wonder, which was published and made available on Amazon.com a week ago today. The huge book — which clocks in with almost 400 pages — chronicles one of Tinseltown’s most interesting and risqué production companies, World of Wonder, which was founded 21 years ago by producers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. Via the company, the pair are responsible for entertainment you undoubtedly love, everything from TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing to movies like Party Monster and The Eyes of Tammy Faye. (And truly, much, much more.)
More than 300 never-before-seen portraits — mostly shot by photographers Idris Rheubottom and Tony Craig — fill the pages, spotlighting personalities as varied as Pamela Anderson, Perez Hilton, La Toya Jackson, Kato Kaelin, Marily Manson, Carnie Wilson, Linda Evangelista and Joey Ramone. Stories paired with the photos chronicle how the highlighted folks are a part of the World of Wonder world and helped build it into the Hollywood player that it is today.
As a taste of what’s inside, EW has a peek at 10 of the tome’s most interesting — and EW-ish — portraits, as well as the captions penned by Bailey and Barbato themselves. Click through for a look at everyone from Tori Spelling and RuPaul to the Beekman Boys and John Waters.
NEXT PAGE: Actress Pam Anderson…
PAMELA ANDERSON, actress (page 290)
Star of her own show, Pam: Girl on the Loose on E! and guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
NEXT PAGE: Actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott…
DEAN MCDERMOTT, actor; TORI SPELLING, actress, author (page 269)
With their two oldest children, Liam and Stella.
NEXT PAGE: Drag superstar RuPaul…
RUPAUL, superstar, supermodel of the world (page 53)
We had known RuPaul since he was a mandrogynous act in Atlanta. A few years after moving to New York and becoming the toast of the town he asked us to manage him because he said he saw reflected in Randy’s eyes the list of everything he wanted to achieve: record deal, book deal, talk show, cosmetics contract, and so much more.
NEXT PAGE: Actress La Toya Jackson…
LA TOYA JACKSON, musician (page 82)
Guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race season three. We first worked with LaToya on RuPaul’s Christmas Ball, spoofing the famous Mommie Dearest scene where Joan and Christina have it out. La Toya was priceless playing Ru’s daughter. And now she has her own show on OWN.
NEXT PAGE: Drag performer Lady Bunny…
LADY BUNNY, performer, DJ, blogger (page 56)
Bunny is a permanent member of the faculty on RuPaul’s Drag U. She and Ru have been friends since their early days together in Atlanta.
NEXT PAGE: Director and author John Waters…
JOHN WATERS, director, author (page 203)
The hilarious, notoriously camp filmmaker with the pencil moustache was an invaluable contributor to Inside Deep Throat; however he drew the line at narrating an episode of Shock Video.
NEXT PAGE: Actress Chloë Sevigny…
CHLOË SEVIGNY, actress (pages 149-50)
Chloë was able to call on her days in the New York club scene for her portrayal of Gitsie in Party Monster.
NEXT PAGE: Performer Charo…
CHARO, musician, performer (page 113)
Charo lives with her miniature bull in Beverly Hills.
NEXT PAGE: The Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer Purcell and Brent Ridge…
JOSH KILMER PURCELL, author, ad executive, farmer; BRENT RIDGE, doctor, farmer (pages 173-74)
Two seasons of the series [The Beekman Boys] not only saw them transform their farm into a booming business, but also turn around the fortunes of neighboring village Sharon Springs. Make hay while the (gay) sunshines (even though a blizzard was raging outside).
NEXT PAGE: Bravo’s Andy Cohen…
ANDY COHEN, TV executive, talk show host (page 281)
Andy is the host of the wildly successful Bravo promo talk show Watch What Happens Live. The set of his show so closely resembles his apartment it’s hard to tell them apart.
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