|In between The City and The Venetian Room, my memories are of
Charles on film -- do you remember him as the Queen of England in Joan Rivers' "Rabbit Test?";
Charles singing (to the tune of "Brazil") -- "Brassieres. They're on the second floor at Sears."
Charles as Katharine Hepburn -- singing "Always Mademoiselle" and moving well beyond impersonation into the realm of great play acting.
He was, to me, more than funny, more than outrageous -- he was the epitome of the class act.
As the song ended, Charles would sing,
So it was.
I discovered, only after Charles died, that Kevin Bochynski has created a Charles Pierce Web site that is really wonderful. You can find it here:
And Peter Mintun has written a lovely tribute that can be found at the Web site of The Museum of The City of San Francisco:
I extend my thanks to Joan Edgar, Kirk Frederick and Jim Reiter, and to Fritz Jude Jeanniton, Graphic Designer at The Fairway Market, for their gracious assistance in preparation of this piece. (Fairway employee Steven Jenkins selected all the quotes for the window display.)
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