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Liz Smith

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(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 6:11 PM

"IF YOU reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees," said Kahlil Gibran.

•BACK in 2004, Maureen O'Hara was publicizing her memoir, Tis Herself. The book was good, although O'Hara did seem intent on settling some old scores, especially with...

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Held Hostage By 'Hostage Taker'

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 10:23 AM

"What are you guilty of?...I already know.

Your first instinct will be to call the police, don't: I don't 
...hurt those who do as I ask... I won't kill the undeserving. Obey my commands and I will protect what you hold precious."     

•THIS is partially the opening of thriller writer Stefanie Pintoff's new...

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Celebrating the Divine Ann Blyth

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 6:33 PM

"YOU THINK just because you made a little money that you can get a new hairdo and some expensive clothes and turn yourself into a lady. But you can't because you'll never be anything but a common frump whose father lived over a grocery store and whose mother took in...

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he Hard Efforts of Independent Filmmaking... Chiquita Banana and... Ingrid Bergman

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:49 PM

"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone...The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials," said Chinese writer Lin Yutang.

•LOTS OF speculation these days about how to get a small movie made, since the big Hollywood powers are throwing everything...

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A Great Press Rep Remembers Glorious Stars and Grander Times -- Dick Guttman's 'Starflacker'

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:37 PM

"The whole challenging and privileged adventure of being a press agent seemed to be the point for me to write of my life, precisely because it's been told up to now primarily by writers who found flacks an easy target for satire and disdain," writes veteran Dick Guttman in the preface to his new memoir, titled...

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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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