It's Delightful, It's Delicious—It's Wrong
De-Lovely allows that Cole Porter was gay, but doesn't tell the whole story.
Correction, August 3, 2004: This piece originally misstated the name of the author of Cole Porter, the 1998 biography of the songwriter. The book was written by William McBrien, not William McBride. (Return to corrected sentence.)
Franklin Bruno is a writer and musician who lives and works in Los Angeles.
All audio excerpts from the De-Lovely soundtrack © 2004 Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax. All rights reserved. Still from De-Lovely by Simon Mein © 2004 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. Photograph of Cole Porter and Jean Howard from Corbis.