April 7, 2015
Adventures in the Skin Trade: Ed Driscoll on the suicide of Dr. Brandt
“Famed dermatologist to the stars hanged himself aged 65 at his Miami mansion after being left ‘devastated’ by comparisons to Martin Short’s doctor character in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Riffing on a single photo of the unfortunate Dr. Brandt, this is what Ed Driscoll does best.
Back in 2011, Adam Carolla had a brilliant metaphor for the current state of plastic surgery. In one of his podcasts, he described the technique, along with Botox and other surgical/medical techniques, as currently going through the same experimental phase as digital special effects went through in 1990s Hollywood, i.e., some outstanding examples when it all works, and plenty of weirdness when it doesn’t. Like CGI in Hollywood, there’s no doubt, in the coming decades, plastic surgery and its spin-offs will become even more seamless and difficult to detect — and even more ubiquitous.
But in the meantime, the quest for eternal youth, combined with, as Diana West dubbed it in 2007, The Death of the Grown-Up, continues to produce some head-shaking results, even amongst those who perform the procedures on celebrities, and should have enough sense to know that they’re going too far.
Which brings us back to the elements on display in the photo atop this post: a 65-year-old man with skin the translucency of a wax soda bottle photographed wearing a ten year old’s sneakers and no necktie to a charity event at “583 Park Avenue,” the corporate name for a catering hall in a building that was originally designed to be a church…
From the NYT:
Although Dr. Brandt had a wide range of musical knowledge, he usually stuck to standards familiar from boyhood. Ms. Wells, of Allure, said Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Younger Than Springtime” was his favorite tune.
And not this?