Author Laura Albert talks about wacky fashion choices
“Sarah” author Laura Albert is never predictable — even when discussing fashion.
The scribe who famously used the pen name JT LeRoy and sent an actor to pretend to be the made-up author during interviews and at press junkets, told us she was wearing American Apparel on the red carpet for a film about her shenanigans.
She also joked that it was bought with a Groupon, then talked seriously about the outfits she wore as a mental patient.
“You know, when I was in Payne Whitney, the mental hospital, our robes were seersucker,” she said at a special screening of “Author: The JT LeRoy Story” on the Lower East Side. “We would all steal them, we’d wear them on the street.”
Albert, a 50-year-old Brooklyn native, discussed her time at the Upper East Side hospital.
“I was 17,” she tells us. “I was in the same psych ward that Marilyn Monroe had been.”
Monroe wrote in a 1961 letter to her therapist that her four-day stay at Payne Whitney “had a very bad effect” and made her feel as though she was being punished for some sort of crime. While Albert’s experience at the hospital came 20 years after Monroe came and went, she told us about a different brush with celebrity — a woman who had done Fruit of the Loom ads.
“Back then, all you needed to say was Fruit of the Loom woman, and everyone knew of her,” she recalled.
Albert also revealed something else that’s kind of nutty — she has a scene in the director’s cut of Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic film, “Taxi Driver.”
“I must have been 11 years old,” she told us.
“Author: The JT LeRoy Story” director Jeff Feuerzeig, who was also at the screening, backed her claim and said that he’d considered using the footage in this film.
“They had the election scene and it is in Brooklyn Heights,” she recalled. “It was exciting.”
With Jeffrey Slonim