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Entries by Liz Smith from 05/2012

Judy Garland: Gone, But Still On The Comeback Trail--Straight To Broadway's 'End Of The Rainbow'

| Posted 05.01.2012 | Celebrity

"End of the Rainbow" is a troubling experience in Broadway's new musical theater, being both thrilling and depressing. I suppose the dichotomy of it all goes to the heart of those of us who remember the real, live Judy Garland and others, to whom her early tragic death and unending genius, remain mysterious.

Marilyn Monroe--Vanity Fair's Favorite Cover Girl!

| Posted 05.02.2012 | Huffington Post

Over the past four years, Marilyn Monroe--who is dead, you must understand--has been on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine three times! The latest cover shows a radiantly fresh-faced Marilyn, still a model, photographed by Andre de Dienes.

Mike Wallace Memorial: New York City Embraces The Great Journalist One Last Time

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Huffington Post

How I wish that every person in the world who loved, admired, hated, decried my onetime boss, Mike, could have seen what happened in Rose Hall just as I experienced it.

Sofia Vergara, Raquel Welch: Like Mother, Like Daughter?

| Posted 05.03.2012 | Celebrity

Word has wriggled out of LA that Raquel has met with the creators of TV's big hit "Modern Family." She is being wooed to make a few appearances as Sofia Vergara's mother.

Elsa Schiaparelli And Miuccia Prada At The Met: Fashion Is Modern Art

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Celebrity

You may not care about the Costume Institute's exhibition of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada and their proposed "Impossible Conversations" opening at the Metropolitan Museum this very night. (It runs into the summer!) But if you 'd like the great Museum to keep functioning and being a bastion of culture in the U.S., you'd better accept "fashion" as part of it all.

Liz Experiments--And She LOVES 'The Avengers!'

| Posted 05.07.2012 | Celebrity

I just loved "The Avengers." I had never before seen the Black Widow...or Captain America...or Thor...and I had only seen part of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.

Johnny Depp And Tim Burton--Partners Again On 'Dr. Phibes?'

| Posted 05.08.2012 | Celebrity

The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton big-screen retooling of TV's legendary "Dark Shadows" isn't in release yet, though the trailers look fabulous. (This new version appears to be intentionally funny, as opposed to the unintended yucks sometimes generated by the series, which was taped live.)

Jane Fonda's 'Peace, Love & Misunderstanding': It's A Movie, It's Her Life, It's A Beautiful Thing

| Posted 05.09.2012 | Celebrity

Jane told me, in a lively phone conversation last week: "If you cannot come to forgive your parents, accept them as human beings, how can you accept yourself and go forward in life? How can you truly be free? It's nice too, if your parents forgive you, as well. But they have had their journey, the focus should be yours."

'Game of Thrones' Sex Symbol Peter Dinklage On The Cover Of Rolling Stone

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Celebrity

I have been raving about Peter Dinklage since the very first episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones." By the second episode, I was confidently predicting he'd win the Emmy.

Rita Wilson Covers AM/FM Classics On Her New Album

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Celebrity

Recently, Rita performed an exclusive gig at the Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. (This famous spot has seen Linda Rondstadt, The Eagles and Elton John, back in the day.) The crowd loved her.

Joan Rivers Hates You. No, Not Kidding, She Really Does! (Her New Book Tells All)

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Celebrity

With all the ponderous punditry on same-sex marriage -- not to mention President Obama on the cover of Newsweek with a rainbow-colored halo, being called "Our First Gay President"--I think we need some irreverence.

Michelle Pfeiffer Talks Trust, Vulnerability And Her Empty Nest

| Posted 05.16.2012 | Celebrity

Pfeiffer is celebrating the 19th anniversary of her marriage to producer David E.Kelly, and beginning to suffer empty-nest syndrome as her children go off to college.

'Hysteria' Grips Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal And Rupert Everett!

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Celebrity

The movie, despite its seemingly salacious subject, is completely charming and amusing.

Sobriety Rules At New York Gala Honoring Clive Davis

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Celebrity

Clive, accepting the Richard J. Caron Award for Excellence, appeared to be deeply moved when he said, "I wish with all my heart Whitney had availed herself of the facilities at Caron." His remarks were brief and powerful.

Remembering Donna Summer .. Celebrating Jane Fonda

| Posted 05.18.2012 | Celebrity

How well I recall nights at Studio 54, and other clubs of the 1970s and '80s, with Donna's groundbreaking music blasting.

Mick Jagger and 'SNL' Keep On Rolling Along

| Posted 05.21.2012 | Celebrity

If Mick had not been so profitably good at his day job--rock and roll singer--he would have certainly made a bigger noise as an actor.

Justin Bieber, Michael Fassbender, D'Angelo: GQ Studies Youth, Fame, Sex-Symbolism And The Price Of Success

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Celebrity

It's not that reporter Drew is mean, he simply has a journalist's jaundiced eye and cocked eyebrow, observing 18-year-old Bieber -- his high voice, his inattentiveness, his slight frame, the eardrum-puncturing decibel at which he plays his music.

Sing Out, Hillary! .. 'Desperate Housewives' Reboot? Maybe.

| Posted 05.23.2012 | Celebrity

"DH" could return, rebooted with a slightly younger cast.

The Men Of 'Magic Mike'--They Work Hard For The Money!

| Posted 05.25.2012 | Celebrity

Everybody involved with "Magic Mike" is at pains to insist it is not a male version of "Showgirls." It's intentionally funny.

Liz Advises: Give Battleship (and Taylor Kitsch) a Chance. It's Better Than The Avengers. Really.

| Posted 05.29.2012 | Celebrity

Battleship, directed by Peter Berg, is a very entertaining movie, unlike most smash-and-bang films of today. In fact, I liked it better than The Avengers. (Blasphemy!)

Justin Bieber 'Batters'? .. Bette Midler Beautifies.. It's Marilyn Monroe, All Summer Long!

| Posted 05.29.2012 | Celebrity

I must say, however, in the language of John Wayne to Maureen O' Hara--"you're awfully purty when you're riled up, Justin."

'Bring Up The Bodies' Is The Best Book Yet About Henry VIII And Anne Boleyn

| Posted 05.31.2012 | Celebrity

I am busy now reading Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies." This is the best-selling hit sequel to the writer's Man Booker prizewinner, "Wolf Hall" -- a story that even amateur historians just can't get enough of -- the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and of the men and women who rose and fell with her.