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Entries by Liz Smith from 04/2012

Can Beverly Johnson 'Save' Oprah?

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Celebrity

Beverly Johnson and her campers have high hopes for her "Full House," which one insider describes as "'Three's Company' on Acid!" Can this show "save" Oprah's OWN?

Internet Gossip Sites: Proceed With Caution!

| Posted 04.03.2012 | Celebrity

This is a tale of Internet titillation. It doesn't titillate me very much, but it illustrates how powerless celebrities are in the face of people in their pajamas, sitting at home, just making it all up.

Drop That Name! Barbara Walters Drags 'Em In For Frank Langella

| Posted 04.04.2012 | Celebrity

"I ADMIT--I WAS kind of offended when I saw that I'd been left out of Frank Langella's new book 'Dropped Names.' But then I realized everybody in it w...

My 'Favorite' New York City Scandal!

| Posted 04.05.2012 | Celebrity

It had everything -- ex-showgirl wife says she mistakes hubby for a prowler, shoots him dead. Then, the last of the truly social leaders, the elder Mrs. Woodward, sides with her detested daughter-in-law rather than expose her two grandchildren to further loss and indignity.

Lillian Hellman--'A Difficult Woman' Re-Examined For a Still-New Century

| Posted 04.06.2012 | Celebrity

Clearly, I recommend "A Difficult Woman." Oh, and I happened to have liked that difficult woman! I saw her often toward the end of her life and she would always send for me to come and sit down by her. After giving me grief over various things I'd written, she'd always warm up and critique the event we were attending.

Will Rachel Maddow 'Drift' To The Best-Seller List This Week?

| Posted 04.10.2012 | Celebrity

"THAT IS as it should be!" So Sandra Bernhard declared when Liza Minnelli's press rep, Scott Gorenstein, told her that Liza's upcoming Florida concer...

Mike Wallace: I Remember More Than '60 Minutes' (Let's Try 50-Something Fabulous Years!)

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Celebrity

"I love you, Mary Elizabeth" -- "And I love you Myron!" This is the manner in which the great Mike Wallace ended an interview with me on "60 Minutes"...

Forget Stardom--Jeremy Renner Just Wants to Be Human!

| Posted 04.11.2012 | Celebrity

Luckily, the talented Mr. Renner has a day job--real estate. It has been a genuine passion for him, and he's made a success of it. He also studied psychology before he fell into acting. All the better to deal with agents, managers, directors and Us Weekly.

Clint Hill's Tender And Loving Memories Of America's Most Famous, Fabulous And Fascinating First Lady--Jackie!

| Posted 04.12.2012 | Celebrity

I have delayed writing much about a new book titled "Mrs. Kennedy and Me" because, frankly, every time I look at it, I choke up.

'Titanic' Sails Into China.. Will The Cast Of 'The Hunger Games' Mutiny?

| Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity

One reason for Chinese interest in "Titanic" is that the populace was probably not inundated with endless TV specials about the doomed liner--its final hours...its big mystery ... the water-logged artifacts, etc. Many people here were "Titanic"-ed out by the time the 3D version opened.

Angelina And Brad--They're Doing It For The Kids? Really?

| Posted 04.17.2012 | Huffington Post

And if the children's angle is true, why go through all this fuss? How about a quick marriage with close friends, family and concerned kiddies attending? How about a secret wedlock, just sprung on us? No need for months of hysteria.

Kim Novak's Surprising Revelation, Good News For 'Downton Abbey' Fans

| Posted 04.17.2012 | Celebrity

She admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder and that she sometimes regrets her decision to leave show business, though she has been many years married to her veterinarian hubby in Oregon. She says she did not receive the proper diagnosis and medication until years after she left the movies. (No wonder Kim was always so sympathetic and supportive of Marilyn Monroe, who was probably bipolar herself.) Kudos to Robert Osborne for inspiring Miss Novak to tell so much more than she ever has before.

Bill Cunningham Honored.. Stars Gather For 'Safe'.. Bette Midler's Picnic!

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Celebrity

You can stay for four nights of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Kate Middleton's favorite inn, the Goring Hotel, near Buckingham Palace for only a mere $1,598,300 in American money.

Is A Joni Mitchell Comeback In The Works?

| Posted 04.19.2012 | Celebrity

Joni's old friend David Geffen is reportedly "wooing" her to perform a series of shows at his Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Those in the know and/or of a certain age, recall that Joni's celebrated "Free Man in Paris" song was written with Geffen in mind.

Jennifer Aniston Leaves New York (But She's Still Got Justin Theroux)..

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Huffington Post

She found, to her disappointment, the paparazzi are as intrusive in NYC as in LA. Oh, well. I still think she should try her hand onstage. I continue to stir the tea leaves.

Chelsea Handler--Is That Vodka Talking Trash About Angelina Jolie?

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Celebrity

Chelsea, you're a funny woman, a great big star on E!, a best-selling author and clearly a pal to Aniston. But Jennifer doesn't need your defense of her.

'Death Of A Salesman' Lunch: Here's To The Luminaries Who Lunch For Mike Nichols!

| Posted 04.24.2012 | Celebrity

I mean, what if "the bomb" dropped and wiped out Barry Diller, Mike Nichols, Diane Sawyer, Anna Wintour, or the distinguished cast of the current cultural historical Broadway hit "Death of a Salesman"?

Angelina Jolie--Just Your Ordinary LA Housewife With Kids .. Really!

| Posted 04.25.2012 | Celebrity

Despite the global media anticipation of the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt nuptials, the eternally gossiped-about couple continue their normal lifestyle. And I mean, truly "normal."

'One Man, Two Guvnors'--Great Show!

| Posted 04.27.2012 | Celebrity

This work by Richard Bean is based on the old "Servant of Two Masters," a hoary comedy of greed and gut-busting humor right out of Commedia dell'Arte. But don't let that put you off; this is comedy for the ages and for everybody.

Gregg Allman Remembers Cher--Was She A Mermaid, A Little Girl Or General Patton?!

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity

I know nothing of Gregg Allman's music, though I know he is highly regarded. He lives in my mind as that long-haired blond guy with the drug problem who Cher married in 1975, filed for divorce from four days later, then reconciled with, had his baby, Elijah Blue, and split from him for good in 1977.