Angelyne is still Angelyne.
UPDATE: Gary Baum, author of The Hollywood Reporter piece, issued a response to this article. It can be found below the original text.
“Saw your post on Angelyne a while back and I came across this,” a friend posted on my Facebook page. “Thought you might be interested …”
It was a link to The Hollywood Reporter‘s exposé titled “The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne’s Real Identity Is Finally Solved.”
I felt sick to my stomach. I interviewed Angelyne earlier this year for a story on the return of her iconic billboard campaign, and the deeper I got into the THR story, the more I felt Angelyne had been robbed of something precious. Reporter Gary Baum did a thorough job of revealing the forever-in-pink L.A. enigma’s origin, and did so while granting anonymity to the hobby “genealogist” who’d contacted him with evidence of Angelyne’s birth identity. A self-made woman who’d reinvented herself as a Corvette-driving, Sunset Strip Barbie had, by virtue of her self-inflicted overexposure, deservingly had her persona stripped away. Meanwhile, the male informant who’d rigorously investigated her backstory (why?) maintained his right to privacy.
Angelyne’s fans felt a similar nausea and berated Baum on Twitter, where he posted a link to his article with the description: “A year in the making: I tracked down the true ID of only-in-L.A. enigma Angelyne. She was forged by the Holocaust.”
The publication of documents featuring Angelyne’s personal information — including the names of concentration camps where Angelyne’s forebears were tortured — felt unnecessary.
“Reading this article made me feel really…
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