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The Endlessly Discovered "Archeology" of Sally Kirkland

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 4:36 PM

"MY ATTITUDE is always one of sensuality and, aggressive enthusiasm and a kind of outrageousness of expression. I suppose if I'd wanted to be the girl next door, I could have been. I think America is confused by someone who appears sensual and spiritual at the same time."

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Good Advice, Pointed Opinions and a Little Correcting From My Readers

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:12 PM

"Liz, you do your column with minor mistakes, so your readers will respond!" said my friend, the late Nora Ephron.

She liked to josh with me about making corrections, saying, "You're the only one who does this!"

So we were ahead of "social media" all along and...

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Ron Galella's "New York" -- Reliving the Good Old Days of the First and Greatest Paparazzo

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:33 PM

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity," wrote Dorothy Parker.

•I have written over and over and even did a documentary extolling the talents of the greatest paparazzo of them all, my longtime friend Ron Galella. Ron was chief of all he flicked at back...

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Hotel on Place Vendome Is Full of Gossip, Dread, Joy and Horror

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:52 PM

"WHEN I dream of an afterlife...the action always takes place at the Ritz Paris," said Ernest Hemingway in 1944, as World War II was hurtling toward an end.

I have two good friends, Peter Rogers in New Orleans and Jim Mitchell of NYC. Both wrote me on the same...

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Beyonce and Jay Z: the Real Turtle Soup or the Mock? (I Do Mean the Tales of Their "Split.")

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:42 AM

"ADULTERY IS the application of democracy to love," said H.L. Mencken.

•SPEAKING OF Beyonce and Jay, no -- just kidding!

But the fact is, the question of whether or not this powerhouse couple is on the verge of breaking up -- at least according to...

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I Love Hercules and Dwayne Johnson and I Don't Care Who Knows It!

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:36 PM

"A TRUE hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart," said Zeus.

• I HAVE A LOT of friends who are scandalized that I wrote here about how much I loved the new I-MAX film Hercules. Well, I decided to go see...

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Joe and Marilyn -- Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 4:14 PM

"YOU ARE an evil bastard! I should have stayed with Joe!"

One of the more colorful quotes that erupted from Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, as her marriage to Arthur Miller turned to dry dust on the Nevada desert.


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"IF It Can't Be Good, I'm Not Going to Make It!"

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 9:51 AM

"IF it can't be good, I'm not going to make it!" said Oscar-winning producer Wendy Finerman to me last week, while we were doing a lunch catch-up.

We were running down Oscar lane because Wendy's Forrest Gump, 20 years ago, caused the young producer's film to take home six...

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Remembering Jackie Kennedy and Jackie O, on Her 85th Birthday

(14) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:44 PM

"Some may believe that there is such a thing as 'The Kennedy Curse'....There is no doubt, however, that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis could rightfully be called "the Kennedy Blessing," states author Tina Flaherty in her recent book, What Jackie Taught Us.

If she had lived, Jackie would be 85 years...

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A "Timely" Lunch...Chris Meigher's New Venture...Charles Busch, Vaudeville Veteran...Bill O'Reilly's Latest.

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:47 AM

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer, Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby.

• I had lunch this week at the one...

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Mick Jagger Energizes "A Most Wanted Man" Premiere...Hot Stuff Coming to Broadway: "It's Only a Play" and "A Delicate Balance"--Plan in Advance!

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 10:58 AM

"OH. MY. GOD. It's Mick Jagger!!"

Real stars generate jaw-dropping awe. Sure, there can be frenzied paparazzi scenes, but the mark of a genuine legend is the great hush that falls and a literal parting of the waters (or the people.)

That happened the other night at the after-party...

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Jo Nesbo's latest page-turner, "The Son"...Elaine Stritch---The Great Fantasy Dinner Guest!

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 3:59 PM

"SUSHI had become the pizza of the upper­middle class, the policeman Simon Kefas as he attempts to eat a tiny jellyfish in Norway's best­selling latest thriller titled The Son. The ads say that author Jo Nesbo is "the reigning king of Scandinavian crime fiction." And the Times pronounced him "the...

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Marlo Triumphs.. "Sex Tape" Flaccid...Ann-Margret Still Sizzles...Patti LuPone Signs On...Art Garfunkel Returns Home..."True Blood" Gets a Healthy Last-Season Transfusion.

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:06 AM

"SEX IS emotion in motion," said Mae West.

• SPEAKING OF sex, movies centering on that theme can be fun or frolicsome or tiresome or unpalatable. But like vampires, super-intelligent apes or (more recently) zombies, the sex-comedy genre never grows old. Although now they are often referred to as...

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Remakes, Re-Boots, A Lack of Imagination--But The Money Keeps Rolling In!...Mother/Daughter Memoirs...The Last Words of Elaine Stritch---Exactly What You'd Expect!

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:45 AM

"HAS there ever been a summer of 23 sequels before?" asks The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy. (We here, writing for the older masses, are ever grateful to the lush-
looking Reporter for keeping us so ably up to date.)

Reporter McCarthy goes on: "The praised Dawn of the...

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Elaine Stritch--A Great Life Force Passes On.(But She's Raising The Roof Someplace Else, Right Now!)

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:54 AM

"SHE WAS very much Elaine, right until she died this morning."

This is Elaine Stritch's nephew Chris Bolton calling me from Birmingham, Michigan Thursday, a.m. "She never really got over the operation she had when she moved back here recently."

Elaine will be buried with John Bay, her husband,...

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Melissa McCarthy and Me--Was I Too Mean?!...Womanly Passions--and Betrayals--Dominate Anne Somerset's Bio of a British Queen...Hating Celebrities...Disdaining Beauty. (Oh, Really?)

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:15 AM

"I ONLY read Liz Smith if her column is visible when I change the paper in the birdcage."

"Doesn't that scare the bird?"

So went an online exchange in response to an article in the Huffington Post about how "everybody" got it wrong about Melissa McCarthy's new movie, Tammy. It's...

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Tuesday's Tossed Salad: Anthony Bourdain...Paul Theroux...Cameron Diaz...Madonna

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:30 AM

"RICE IS an explanation for everything!"

That's adventurer/chef Anthony Bourdain talking to Smithsonian magazine for July.

Bourdain tells writer Ron Rosenbaum that "Any rice culture is beautiful. It's super-intricate. Just the irrigation systems, the level of cooperation with your neighbors. Rice has something magical about it."

I know....

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The Monday Mix--QE 2's New Portrait....HBO Sweeps the Emmy Nominations...Lindsay Onstage in London?...How Does Justin Bieber Keep on Losing His Clothes?

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:12 AM

"IN PHOTOGRAPHY there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality," said Alfred Stieglitz.

• OUR GOOD Scots Presbyterian pal who just happens to be the genius photographer Harry Benson, has had his darling wife, Gigi, send us some photos Harry took recently of Queen...

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Wednesday Wrap-Up: Charlize and Sean -- What's the Attraction?

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:28 PM

"PASSIONATE LOVE, I take it, rarely lasts long and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is much more valuable," said Anthony Trollope.

For a man with a name like Trollope, he was certainly a killjoy!

•USUALLY I let my gifted associate Denis Ferrara...

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Recalling the Words and World of John Adams: Everything Old Is New -- and Terrible!

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:41 AM


That was Thomas Jefferson's description of the job of the presidency.

I would say for some occupants of the White House -- the current inhabitant, for instance -- it might just be "miserable misery."

•I CAME across the above Jefferson quote re-reading parts of David McCullough's masterpiece John...

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