The Night a Gay Don Draper Called Peggy Lee

April 6, 2015 9:08 PM

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The Night a Gay Don Draper Called Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" opens and closes Mad Men's mid-premiere of its final season, and it's the perfect anthem for the talented but self-destructive alcoholic, 40-something Don Draper. I was ahead of Don. It was the perfect anthem for budding alcoholic me when I was five in 1973.

That's when I saw Miss Lee singing it on some variety show. I stood on the shag carpeting of my family's living room in small-town Texas mesmerized. She stood in a white fog on the Zenith TV screen, like a glamorous ghost in a platinum-blonde Cleopatra wig wearing about 200 yards of white, diaphanou...

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