Back in the day before e-cards, I used to send out elaborate holiday cards.  I started when I was traveling the world with Princess Cruises and continued after I left the ships.  I got really into it and it was usually a huge production.   I gave making the card  in the late 2000's and guess what, I don't miss it that much.  But some of these cards are pretty fun and they're really interesting reflections of their time.  In other words, there are references to The Spice Girls and Blanket Jackson being dangled over a balcony.

1998 - The card that started the craziness.  I went all the way to B.F.E. for the shot.

The card that started the craziness...Egypt.

1989 - Xmas Italian style...and I had the foresight to take a Santa hat into Venice.

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1990 - Shot in North Hollywood by photographer Rex Bullington.  I had a real thing for hand colored photos at the time. 

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1991 - Shot on a beach in Tahiti and I remember my fellow cruise ship dancer friend Becky Wilson drew the snowman and took the photos.  I was very impressed when I saw how good her snowman was.

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1992 - My first foray into color copying, this a tabloid themed creation.

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1993 - A photographer named Peter Duke that I met through Detour Magazine shot this at the Beverly Center and he Photoshopped it, too, although maybe it wasn't called Photoshopping then.  I remember changing in the mall bathroom and that we had to be sneaky to get the shots.

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1994 - Designing my friend Scott Williams, this one was a compact disc cover.  Remember compact discs.  This was the year RuPaul burst on the scene so I did a little drag.  Anything for my art.

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1995 - In 1993, I interviewed Sandra Bullock for Detour magazine.  She was pretty unknown at the time but I could tell she was something special and we got along really well.  Not long after that, she blew up in "Speed" and I got to interview her again in Jackson, Mississippi where she was shooting "A Time to Kill."  She was totally game to pose for this parody of her hit movie "While You Were Sleeping." What a gem of a gal.

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The 2-page interview that came inside the "While You Were Shopping" card:

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1996 - This was inspired by those folded paper fortune tellers we all use to make in elementary school and features pictures of me with actors I had interviewed; Billy Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julianna Margulies and another celeb that I accosted at a Pool Aid benefit, Tanya Harding.

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This was the letter that went with it.  The photo was taken in New Orleans.  I was on a bike ride and happened by that amazing Santa.

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1997 - Remember Pop Up Video on VH-1.  That was the inspiration for this card that's in GALLERY form so click on the first image and it will take you through the rest.

1998 - I used to save answering machine messages that I thought were funny or memorable and my roommate Tony and I used to do really silly outgoing messages that no one would have patience for today.  I compiled all my crazy messages and some other random recordings, too, like a bunch of friends on speakerphone with me during OJ's Bronco chase.

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1999 - I didn't have a fresh idea so I just recycled past cards into a calendar.

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2000 - I bounced back with this card inspired by the Bush v. Gore kerfuffle that had consumed the nation since November.  My friend Renee Rosenfeld was working as the script supervisor on The West Wing and she let me visit the set one day and we shot this in the oval office that was usually occupied by President Bartlett.

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2002 - This is probably my favorite.  It was shot by Greg Henry at the same session where he shot the cover for my book Screening Party.  My grooming was done by my friend Brett Freedman who did everyone's make up for the cover.  We had just become friends at that point and he's still the only one I trust with my brows.  The graphic design was by Steve Kirwan.

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2003 - I love crosswords puzzles and here was my chance to try and create one. Notice I'm photographed with Alex, the original Bachelor.  Can't believe that show's been around so long.

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2004 - This time out, I told the story of the year through Mad-Libs, which I ordered off of Amazon.com.  One of my first ever Amazon purchases. On top of the tree with me is Beyonce who I had interviewed for Glamour magazine. I wonder what ever happened to her.

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2005 - You're never too old to take a class and learn something so this was Learning Annex parody, complete with a marriage equality bit.  We've come a long way.

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2006 - This was the last year I did a printed card, with a tribute to everyone's favorite ex con, Martha Stewart.