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Barry Manilow at 80

“I’m very grateful,” Barry Manilow says of his fans. “These people believed in me when I didn’t. How do you say ‘thank you’ to people like that, who’ve given me everything?” He was photographed Dec. 19 at his home in Palm Springs.

As he breaks records in Vegas and takes on Broadway, the legend looks back on life and love, with input from an emotional Bette Midler, who is finally ready to forgive her cherished accompanist for becoming a superstar in his own right.

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by Anonymousreply 55June 12, 2024 12:57 AM

He looks like a cadaver.

by Anonymousreply 1January 5, 2024 2:45 PM

But a youthful cadaver!

by Anonymousreply 2January 5, 2024 2:51 PM

Nice article on Barry, but why the photo of Lady Elaine Fairchilde from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood? She looks good butched up like Barbara Stanwyck from Big Valley.

by Anonymousreply 3January 5, 2024 2:53 PM

The hair! WTH. They have better options now than synthetics, Barry. It's wadded up and stringy both!

by Anonymousreply 4January 5, 2024 2:55 PM

I write the songs, they do the surgery.

by Anonymousreply 5January 5, 2024 2:55 PM

So life like!

by Anonymousreply 6January 5, 2024 2:57 PM

I remember his tour rider on The Smoking Gun stipulated that a Frau Squad would receive keys to decorate Barry's dressing room.

by Anonymousreply 7January 5, 2024 2:58 PM

I wonder what kind of pickling brine they store him in at night

by Anonymousreply 8January 5, 2024 3:12 PM

He looks fab for 80

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by Anonymousreply 9January 5, 2024 3:13 PM

Mandy is a fucking great song.

by Anonymousreply 10January 5, 2024 3:16 PM

His fans are wild. Like SERIOUS devotees.

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by Anonymousreply 11January 5, 2024 3:19 PM

It's nice that he still has fanilows.

by Anonymousreply 12January 5, 2024 3:19 PM

That shake and go wig is terrible

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by Anonymousreply 13January 5, 2024 3:20 PM

[Quote] why the photo of Lady Elaine Fairchilde from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?


by Anonymousreply 14January 5, 2024 3:52 PM

OP is a Fanilow

by Anonymousreply 15January 5, 2024 4:01 PM

I just found out he was gay.

Who was Mandy? Mandy Pantakin?

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by Anonymousreply 16January 9, 2024 1:03 PM

He's STILL doing his show in Vegas???

At 80?

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by Anonymousreply 17January 9, 2024 1:06 PM

@r16, "Barry Manilow Was ‘Always Worried’ About His Sexuality Being Made Public"

But not the least bit concerned about what a hideous plastic monster-face he was developing? 😳

by Anonymousreply 18January 9, 2024 1:13 PM

I feel like we're going to lose him soon.

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by Anonymousreply 19January 9, 2024 1:14 PM

From the Taylor Swift thread...

"I haven't seen this much hatred over a musician since I wrote "Barry Manilow" on my notebook in junior high school."

😂 This is going to be my favorite sentence of 2024

by Anonymousreply 20January 9, 2024 1:21 PM

"I just think that boy is GORGEOUS!"

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by Anonymousreply 21January 9, 2024 1:25 PM

On the positive side the man is 80 years old and freely admits to it. Seems to be in good health . He has full mental faculties, he is a a multi-millionaire, and he is still working albeit not to the level of 40 years ago. I too find his facial cosmetic procedures questionable but if you have the money you go gurl. I would venture the say all the negative comments are coming from the elderly data loungers who are seated in their La-Z-Boy recliners 12 hours a day watching OTA TV. Despite the wigs and the plastic surgery I think Barry sets a standard for being an aging Eldergays.

by Anonymousreply 22January 9, 2024 1:31 PM

^ I agree with everything you said, it's just too bad that ego gets in the way of a lifetime of good work and becomes the focus of what you are today. Madonna is an extreme example of this, Barry is not nearly as bad, but holding on to your youth to this point is borderline mental

by Anonymousreply 23January 9, 2024 1:39 PM

He's a great performer for being 80. Him and Rod Stewart should duet.

by Anonymousreply 24January 9, 2024 1:59 PM

Bette Midler had a feud with Barry Manilow? For forty years?


by Anonymousreply 25January 9, 2024 2:08 PM

We prefer the term "Bee-atch".

by Anonymousreply 26January 9, 2024 5:41 PM

He's not ugly.

by Anonymousreply 27January 9, 2024 8:47 PM

Barry and Wayne Newton are preparing a Vegas show for “the ages”. Or for the aged.

by Anonymousreply 28January 9, 2024 9:17 PM

I don't even want to think what he looks like first thing in the morning before he puts his face on.

by Anonymousreply 29January 9, 2024 10:30 PM

Did you know he was gay? I didn't sense it.

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by Anonymousreply 31January 10, 2024 1:54 PM

I saw him live in London yesterday.

I've never been surrounded by so many fraus before. It was fucking scary.

When Barry took his jacket off, or thrust his groin or humbled bragged about being a "sex god at 80" they screamed with menopausal lust.

They were doing this for an 80 year old gay man. It was bizarre.

Can't fault the guy for entertainment value though.

by Anonymousreply 32June 10, 2024 2:06 PM

Another Brooklyn blond..

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by Anonymousreply 33June 10, 2024 2:13 PM

R22 = Barry

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by Anonymousreply 35June 10, 2024 5:34 PM

sexy sluts

by Anonymousreply 36June 10, 2024 5:39 PM

We should all be so lucky to find ourselves at 80 being as active and content as Barry.

by Anonymousreply 37June 10, 2024 5:47 PM

He looks like one of the marionettes from The Thunderbirds.

by Anonymousreply 38June 10, 2024 5:52 PM

r10 Too bad he didn't write or have the original record of it. And it wasn't even called "Mandy," originally.

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by Anonymousreply 39June 10, 2024 8:09 PM

Barry, with a trunk of unrecorded originals is the Gay Dolly Parton, an old Prince. His estate will be worth hundreds of milly. Good for Gary.

by Anonymousreply 40June 10, 2024 8:29 PM

Last Christmas, I was in the living room with my dad watching the Barry Christmas special - and when he sang "I've been alive forever, and I wrote the very first song" I said "Yes! He has been alive forever!"

My dad couldn't stop laughing.

by Anonymousreply 41June 10, 2024 8:51 PM

Was the bit about Mandy being a dog an urban legend?

by Anonymousreply 42June 10, 2024 9:05 PM

Why do so many elderly people move to the blisteringly hot desert?

Does it preserve them better?

by Anonymousreply 43June 11, 2024 1:14 AM

It is the isolation. It is easier to live safely in less densely populated areas.

Why Montana?

by Anonymousreply 44June 11, 2024 11:01 AM

I actually met him twice (briefly, professionally) about 25 years ago. He looked like a wax figure then, so I can only imagine...

by Anonymousreply 45June 11, 2024 12:13 PM

R43 - The older you get, the colder you feel. My parents (mid/late 80s) think room temperature is 80 degrees. And turning on an overhead fan is tantamount to attempted murder.

by Anonymousreply 46June 11, 2024 12:15 PM

I used to like Barry Manilow. Id kinda like to go to a concert were it not for the screaming fraus. I have a friend who is one of them. She’s been to so many concerts that he knows her name. He’ll waive yo her ftom stage. My friend is a highly educated computer tech engineer, but she has issues fer sure that I wont go into here, and I seriously fear for what will happen when Varry shuffles off this mortal coil. She will MOT be able to handle it.

by Anonymousreply 47June 11, 2024 1:03 PM

We've seen much worse.

by Anonymousreply 48June 11, 2024 1:09 PM

[quote]Why do so many elderly people move to the blisteringly hot desert?

Their circulation is shot, they don't feel the heat like younger people do.

by Anonymousreply 49June 11, 2024 4:43 PM

At my last two high school reunions, an alumna was accompanied by her husband, a Barry Manilow impersonator. It never occurred to me there would be a demand for that.

by Anonymousreply 50June 11, 2024 8:56 PM

He's just NEVER done it for me outside of "Copacabana", and MAYBE "Looks Like We Made It". And I love that easy listening shit. Mandy who?

by Anonymousreply 51June 11, 2024 9:07 PM

I saw him at a Bette Midler concert in 1973, when he was the musical director. In addition to being the pianist, he performed a solo set.

by Anonymousreply 52June 11, 2024 9:17 PM

Mick Jagger is 80, and last Friday night he played to a 60,000+ audience at Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta. Singing, running up and down the catwalk, the whole nine....it's on you tube.

by Anonymousreply 53June 11, 2024 9:28 PM

I really enjoyed the Hollywood Reporter article and including Bette with those extensive and expansive quotes? I think she's reached an age where she's starting to apologize to those she hurt over the decades becuase she's (as it has beeen rumoured) truly an insecure and self-centered person.

I'm pleased they reconnected; Barry did a lot of the producing and arranging on her CD's of Rosemary Clooney and other "girl" singers.

He's a very talented man who I think has battled his own insecurities for decades... hence the extensive plastic surgery. I wish him all the best and if I were in Palm Springs and Manilow showed up for a karaoke or sing-along evening, I'd be thrilled to participate.

by Anonymousreply 54June 11, 2024 10:26 PM

R43, I’m not sure about the desert in general, but Palm Springs is very gay friendly and elderly friendly. I would love to retire there one day, but will likely never be able to afford it.

by Anonymousreply 55June 12, 2024 12:57 AM
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