Monday, February 8, 2016
Two of a Kind? Best Kept Boy and Literary Playboy Lioness were Cousins
The New York Times today ran a lengthy obituary of Alice Denham, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/arts/alice-denham-ex-playboy-centerfold-dies-at-89.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=mini-moth®ion=top-stories-below&WT.nav=top-stories-below&_r=0.
Alice was the cousin of Denham Fouts, the subject of Arthur Vanderbilt's first biography of Denham Best-Kept Boy in the World: The Short, Scandalous Life of Denny Fouts, Muse to Truman Capote, Gore Vidal and Christopher Isherwood. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Kept-Boy-World-Loves-Denny/dp/1936833417/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454957190&sr=8-1&keywords=best+kept+boy+in+the+world
According to Vanderbilt, Alice and Denny were the mirror reflections of each other: both extremely good looking, sexy, and sexually active. In her book Sleeping with Bad Boys, Alice, once a Playboy centerfold Playmate, describes her affairs with James Dean, Marlon Brando, Hugh Heffner, Norman Mailer, etc. "Every month I had a mad new crush, a fabulous new romance. Sex was my great adventure."
In Best Kept Boy in the World, we learn all about how Denham Fouts was pursued by a shipping tycoon, a Greek prince,an English lord, one of the wealthiest men in Great Britain,and many others. He was, as Truman Capote said, "beyond being good looking; he was the single most charming looking person I've ever seen"
Alice died on January 27 of this year at the age of 89. Denham died in 1948 at the age of 34. Both of their lives are worthy of a television movie.