Cover Photo: A photograph of Whoopi Goldberg and Mary Wickes from the film Sister Act. They are wearing nuns' habits and staring into one another's eyes intensely.
Screencap via Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Studios

Nuns, Nurses, and Busybodies: The Queerness of the Character Actress

This is what I became known for in acting class: old-lady drag.

Sister Act

The Man Who Came to DinnerLittle WomenThe Music ManThe Farmer Takes a WifeplayedThe Wizard of OzSister Act


clownThe Sound of Music

Funny Girl

The Sound of Music The Wild Party The Crucible

Three Sisters

The Cherry OrchardBlithe Spirit

Mary Poppins.The Sound of Music

Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before

Anne Rodeman is a queer writer and performer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Slate, Vulture, Shondaland, McSweeney’s, and the collection She Found it at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema. She co-hosts the long-running actress-centric podcast, You Might Know Her From.