All I will say about these events are they happened within the past 50
years and only about ten people know the whole story. Timmy was a gay man at
a time when gay men were treated miserably, not only in Hollywood but in the
rest of the country as well. Timmy's homosexuality was compounded by the fact
that he was very slightly built, had very pale features and a skin condition
that prevented much hair growth on his body. What Timmy had going for him was
a personality that wouldn't quit and a way of capturing an audience whether one
person, five hundred or through film that was unlike anything most people had
seen previously. Timmy grew up in the Northeast in a small town where he
really and truly didn't fit in. At some point he knew he wanted to be an actor
and began performing in theatres across the country. He would stick in a city
long enough to work in some plays and shows and then move on when he heard of
another opportunity in a bigger town or for more money somewhere else. Each of
these moves pushed him further and further west to his ultimate destination in
Hollywood. When he first arrived in LA, the studio system was still going
strong and most performers were tied to a studio for many years. They would
often work on several films simultaneously and often share accommodations with
other performers of the same level who also worked at the same studio.
Timmy worked often, but nothing more than a few lines here or there and spent a great deal of time in the "chorus" sections of musicals which were still fairly
popular. To supplement his income Timmy began performing in local theatre
productions. One night the lead actress was unable to perform and there was no
understudy. A sold out audience was going to be sent home unless something was
done. Enter Timmy. With the audience none the wiser, Timmy performed the
entire two hour show as the lead actress and received a standing ovation. He was
brilliant and there was even a review in the paper which talked about this
understudy who was even better than the regular actress. As good as Timmy was, it was only for one night, and he went back to his regular role the next
night. Timmy was excited about the possibilities the night before had held
though and the response he received was never far from his mind.
After another year working at the studio without getting much further than bit parts, Timmy decided to do something which would put him in the spotlight. When his studio contract ended he basically reversed his original trek to LA and began
performing in small town theatres again, but this time as a woman.
Timmy traveled and did the theatre route for almost two years while building up a
resume and a background for his new persona. When he finally felt as if he had
it down, Timmy returned to Hollywood. This time as a woman.
From his very first screen test as a woman, Timmy was destined to become a star. Timmy was initially given meaty supporting roles and moved into an apartment with two other women who worked at the studio. One of those women was JJ's wife. There was just no way for Timmy to keep his masculinity a secret in such close
quarters and so the two women became Timmy's confidantes and helped him whenever possible. Over the next two years, Timmy worked steadily as a woman and kept getting better and better roles. He was very rarely the lead, but in memorable role he was cast as the lead opposite a very closeted A list at the time actor who also remained single for his entire life. The two began a relationship which
was always kept quiet but lasted for many years. Shortly after Timmy was cast
as the lead, he was cast in another role which is the subject of the blind.
Timmy was incredible in this role and whether his acting was as a result of his
new found love or as a result of just the right part at the right time,
Hollywood took notice and so did the critics. During award season, Timmy began
winning regularly for his role. I want to make it perfectly clear that none of
these organizations knew Timmy was actually a man when they were honoring him
with awards as an actress. This award season was a blessing because it
honored Timmy for his work, but at the same time the increased publicity and
probes into his background were causing a great deal of stress and Timmy began
getting hives and breaking out as the stress of trying to maintain three
different persona's. Timmy himself, Timmy the actress, and Timmy the gay man in
a loving relationship with a closeted star. When it came to the very big
award, the one with all the television viewers, Timmy won again. There he was,
the woman who was really a gay man was being honored for being the Best
Supporting Actress/Best Actress of the year. Its up to you to figure out which
of the two he won. After the award season, Timmy thought the hives and his
skin would go back to normal, but if anything they became worse. The severe
outbreak he had been dealing with had altered his body to the point where it
just wouldn't go back to normal. At that time there was no CGI, and makeup
could only do so much. Timmy the award winning actress was having trouble
finding work because of his condition and so he saw his career slowly work its
way back down the ladder over the course of three or four years.
Timmy considered trying to resume a film career as a man but the skin condition made that impossible because it would have been one hell of a coincidence that two
people who looked remarkably alike had the same condition. What he could do
though was return to the theatre, and he did so, as a man and worked as a man
until his death from AIDS related complications.
Further hints about Timmy/Shimmy:
#1 The events happened within a 50 year time frame as opposed to happening within the past 50 years. To help you out more I will say that Timmy died between 1980-1985 so you need to go back 50 years from that date.
#2 Combined between Timmy AND his female persona they were in over 100 movies.
#3 Remember that Timmy was under a great deal of pressure even back then about his biography as a woman. People wanted to know where she was from, etc. Timmy provided information and it wasn't as easy to check on stories and timelines for reporters then, and so whatever an actress said about their past was generally just accepted and is reflected on the "official" biography for Timmy as an actress. The story Timmy gave is the one still in use.
#4 Timmy had a relationship with the closeted A list actor, but it didn't continue until Timmy's death.
#5 The date of death of the "actress" doesn't matter. She may or may not be listed as deceased.
#6 Not Sandy Dennis
#7 Not Shirley Booth
#8 Not Mercedes McCambridge
#9 Not Judy Holliday
#10 Not Danny Kaye
So who is Timmy? Who is Shimmy?
September 7, 2007
Who is Timmy?
It's been a week now and I am completely obsessed with a blind item posted in a blog hosted by someone named Ent Lawyer. It's possible that the BI is a hoax, but if not . . . whoa, baby. The original post was lengthy, so I am just going to repost the highlights. (see all originals at http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/)