LGBTQ songwriter Allan Rich featured in new Hollywood Museum exhibit

The Hollywood Museum recently unveiled a new exhibit in honor of Pride Month in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. The retrospective of film and TV footage tells the story of the milestones and influences that LGBTQ+ characters and storylines have had in Hollywood, from early stereotypes to modern portrayals.

Songwriter Allan Rich, who has been nominated twice for an Oscar, as well as a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Emmy, is featured prominently in “Real to Reel: Representations and Perceptions of LGBTQ+ in Hollywood.” .

Best known for writing the Whitney Houston hit “Run to You” The bodyguard soundtrack, Rich’s songs have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.

He told WEHOville it was an honor to be in an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum that he could never have anticipated.

“I could pinch myself!” he said. “It’s like a dream you can’t achieve. I am proud to represent my career, but also proud to present myself as a gay man who has written for some of the greatest female and male singers – be it Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Dolly Parton.

Rich’s first hit song was Natalie Cole’s pop ballad, “I Live For Your Love,” co-written with Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel. The following year, he co-wrote (with longtime songwriting partner Jud Friedman) James Ingram’s #1 pop and #1 adult contemporary song “I Don’t Have The Heart.” Over the next few years, Rich’s hits included Oleta Adam’s No. 1 adult contemporary song “I Just Had To Hear Your Voice”, “I Drive Myself Crazy” (NSync) and songs in Runaway Bride, Outrageous Fortune, Sweet Liberty as well as Play to Keep. Rich also scored two No. 1 dance singles “Stronger” and “Walk Away” by Kristine W.

The story of her biggest hit, “Run to You,” began with an ex-boyfriend of hers.

“I had a boyfriend for 10 years and we kept on making up and breaking up, making up and breaking up. And that was a day we broke up for good. He lives here on Sycamore and Hollywood Blvd., he still lives in the same apartment. I dropped him off at his building. There’s a glass staircase, and I watched him walk up the stairs, and my first reaction was to run after him. But I took out a piece of paper and put it on the steering wheel and wrote ‘I want to run to you, I want to run to you.’ And that’s how it happened. It was based on a breakdown in my own life.

“Real to Reel: Representations and Perceptions of LGBTQ+ in Hollywood” is currently on display at the Hollywood Museum, 1660 N Highland Ave.

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