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Hermes PanThe Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire$
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John Franceschina

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754298

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Hermes Pan

John Franceschina

Oxford University Press

An overview of Hermes Pan’s personality displays strong ties to family (particularly to mother), fervent religious beliefs (Catholicism), an inherent humility, and closeted homosexuality. These traits often come into conflict in the world of Hollywood but Pan accepts life with the grace and gentility of a southern gentleman. He greets the ironies of life with a smile and possesses an innocent, almost childlike sense of humor that finds delight even in the most awkward situations—as is evidenced by his story about having dinner with Cole Porter.

Keywords:   Hermes Pan, Cole Porter, Catholicism, family ties, Hollywood, homosexuality

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