In the population of Transylvania there are four distinct nationalities: Saxons in the South, and mixed with them the Wallachs
, who are the descendants of the Dacians; Magyars in the West, and Szekelys in the East and North.
The Wallachs declined several requests for interviews.
The group left, but the Wallachs reportedly later demanded that a number of items be turned over to them, including Baccarat glasses, Streisand memorabilia--and the couple's Cartier wedding bands.
Wallach and his lover--Michael Replogle, a 47-year-old weight trainer and former model--were familiar faces on the circuit, that endless series of all-night gay bacchanals that attract the same crowd of well-heeled A-listers to different cities across the globe.
And Wallach was facing a health crisis of his own: a stubborn throat infection, aggravated by his use of party drugs and two-pack-a-day cigarette habit, which had further roughened his high-pitched Harvey Fierstein rasp.
Replogle, who had been with Wallach for over five years, was another challenge.
This morning at Roseland, however, Wallach was happy.
When the AIDS crisis had been at its worst, in the mid 1980s and early '90s, Wallach had been at his best.
Indeed, Wallach surrounded himself with adoring people: friends from the Fire Island Pines, where he and his previous partner spent summer weekends; current and former patients with whom he had become close; other cob leagues facing down the AIDS crisis.
Beatty and Replogle say Wallach explained that he had probably stuck himself in the leg with a patient's needle.
According to Replogle, Wallach had begun to realize that he was drifting away from his own ideals.
Afterward Wallach, Caltabiano, and friends would bypass all-night dancing at the Pavilion to watch Funny Girl for the hundredth time.