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Elizabeth Taylor -- A New Book Will Reveal the Heart (and the Beauty, of Course!)

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 7:00 PM

"Legends die hard. They survive as truth rarely does," said the legendary actress Helen Hayes.

•BACK IN the spring of 1976, Elizabeth Taylor, recently and finally separated from Richard Burton (after a disastrous attempt at a second marriage), arrived in Washington D.C. to attend the ballet. She was with her...

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'Fashion Police' Comes Apart at the Seams... Can 'American Horror Story' Survive Without Jessica Lange?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 7:34 PM

"LIFE IS a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- it only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Letting things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like," said Lao Tzu.

•THERE are not too many writers around who can make Alzheimer's into anything but a tragedy.

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A Night With Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience Is Everything That Every Theatergoer Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 6:45 PM

"I'm old-fashioned, I love the moonlight,
I love the old-fashioned things. 
The sound of rain upon a windowpane,
The starry song that April sings.
This year's fancies, are passing fancies 
But sighing sighs, holding hands, 
These my heart understands.
I know I'm old-fashioned

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Scarlett Corrects the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 6:20 PM

"I CAN'T give you the formula for success but I can give you one for failure -- try to please everyone."

Tracy Brooks Swope Avildsen insists this was said by her grandfather Herbert Bayard Swope at the Freedom House Dinner in the 40s.

Tracy is annoyed...

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Lyndon Johnson -- Re-Thought, Re-Vitalized, Re-Appreciated, Warts and All

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:45 AM

"ONE of the very best presidential memoirs I have ever read," I wrote in Newsday back when Joseph A. Califano Jr. first brought out his book on Lyndon Johnson.

I raved then as a Texan who never cared much for LBJ and I am double raving now that...

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Billy and Marilyn -- They Do Not have Those "Wedding Bell Blues"

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 10:10 AM

"SOMETIMES we are sitting around the house, and I'll say to Marilyn, 'You know, we need to get out more, see more people. Young people!" And she'll say, 'Okay. Let's do that.' But, we never do! I guess we are pretty content with ourselves."

•THAT'S Billy Davis Jr., talking about...

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I'm Just Wild About 'Wild' -- and Reese Witherspoon... Judy Abrams -- She's No Longer a "Pixie"

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 5:40 PM

"THE EAGLE has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror" wrote Joyce Meyer.

LET'S reminisce back to last Sunday before the big snowstorm when everybody seemed to be out down and around Union Square. I was just strolling...

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Curiosity Killed the Cat, But It Made Brian Grazer the Super-producer He Is Today

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:32 AM

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious," said Albert Einstein.

•Simon & Schuster is bringing out, in April, a little book for young people who adore movies and want to work in making them. Or for anybody of any age who is still ambitious. It's not...

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Vacation! The Mystery and Magic of Mustique

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 10:59 AM

THE evidence overwhelmingly suggests that money above a certain modest sum, does not have the power to buy happiness and yet even very rich people continue to believe that it does: the happiness will come from the money they don't yet have...While spending money upon oneself does nothing for one's...
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Madonna -- A "Rebel" Criticized and Constrained?

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 5:27 PM

"AS A matter of fact, the public, the public hates to 'recognize' what is familiar. It hates to be disturbed. It is shocked by surprises. The worst that can happen to a work of art is to have no fault found in it, so that its author is not obliged...

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The Good, the Bad, the Golden Globe Nominations

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 9:05 PM

"TO SUCCEED in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence." Mark Twain.

•WELL, the Golden Globe nominations are out, and as usual, some things don't make sense. But I suppose that's the fun of it, yes?

Birdman is nominated in the "comedy" category. Perhaps it was intended...

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The Dance Magazine Awards

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:20 AM

"IS IT because the dance is silent that dancers talk so much?!"

That's what a pal of mine muttered after the conclusion of the Dance Magazine Awards the other night at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan.

•OKAY -- don't ask me how I was roped...

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Flesh and Blood Thrills and Disturbs... Nina Simone Documented... More Barbra and Angie!

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 7:06 PM

"THERE are two kinds of people who sit around all day thinking about killing people...mystery writers and serial killers," said Richard Castle. 

•WHAT successful author Patricia Cornwell has shown us in her many terrific novels about forensic crime detection merely precedes the immediate future of solving mysteries in the lab.

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The Lovely Angie Dickinson

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 5:32 PM

"IN AMERICA, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the world it's a fact," said the obsessively factual Marlene Dietrich.

•SO, what with the chilly month of December here, I thought we'd think upon the lovely Angie Dickinson. I was reminded of the leggy star when The Hollywood Reporter...

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Hollywood Film Awards Falls Flat

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 5:26 PM

"NEVER TOUCH your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers!" Gustave Flaubert.

•LAST FRIDAY night! I had the incredible experience of watching the first televised Hollywood Film Awards. Okay, there's "tacky" and then there is "hopeless." The HFA was on the latter side.

Miserably photographed, awkwardly...

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Broadway Remembers and Honors the Amazing Elaine Stritch

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 6:36 PM

" Elaine Stritch gave me a wonderful birthday present; a beautiful photograph of a baby girl -- herself!" joked the great actor Nathan Lane at the memorial to his fellow actor in New York. He noted that she was "a force of nature."

Nathan and producer Harold Prince opened...

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Tinseltown the Series... Running With Britney's New Beau... Jim Carrey -- Back in Box-Office Business

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 2:46 PM

"I won't say we should misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could," said Orson Welles.

•A while back I wrote about William J. Mann's excellent and illuminating book, Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood.

This was the story of...

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Martin Short Returns to Broadway in January

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:36 PM

"I CAN'T believe Mother did this eight times!"

So said Cheryl Crane, daughter of the late movie queen Lana Turner, on the day of Cheryl's own (first) wedding.

After forty years together, Cheryl and her partner "Josh" LeRoy tied the knot last week.

Cheryl --...

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Happy 25th Birthday to Michael's Restaurant

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 6:02 PM

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Michael's restaurant in New York on West 55th Street. This place continues to make people feel good over where they get to sit," say I. 

          You can't hear yourself think most lunch days at this popular outpost in the East and you might...

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Tippi Hedren Leaves Her Stamp on Movie History -- and Envelopes!

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:15 PM

"BLONDES make the best victims. They are like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints," opined Alfred Hitchcock.

•TIPPI HEDREN, the blonde star of two of Alfred Hitchcock's most fascinating films -- The Birds and Marnie -- will receive a Commemorative Envelope and Stamp, designed in her honor....

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