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You'll Never Forget Being "Disgraced" on Broadway

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:28 PM

"ALL THE WORLD'S a stage, but in New York, most people are in a David Mamet play, not a Noel Coward comedy!"

So writes Joan Juliet Buck for the Bergdorf-Goodman Mega-Fall catalogue.

     Because my friend Ms. Buck used to be the editor of French Vogue, I...

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Studio 54 -- the Era, the Madness, the Decadence

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:53 PM

"EVEN IF WE win, we lose," wrote Andrew Bacevich in The Washington Post.

     This quote caused a stir in D.C.if nowhere else. It was reprinted in The Week along with the following:

  "Since 1980, American troops have invaded, occupied, or bombed 14 Muslim countries -- and almost...

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Speaking of decadence

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 7:22 PM

"AMERICA IS the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between," said Oscar Wilde.

•SPEAKING OF decadence, that word has been used and over-used, but perhaps not without cause in the fabulous 1970s.

From 1973 to 1983, the economy was tanking, big cities were going...

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The Sublime Weirdness of Nicolas Cage

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:21 AM

"WE MAY not know why we need Nicholas Cage, but plainly we do. The hyperactive one-man train wreck is the dude we all want to spend our last 24-hours with before a nuclear war. Because retaining dignity sure won't be much of an issue then."

That's GQ magazine's Tom...

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Remembering the Great Marian Seldes!

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:57 PM

"IT HAS been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind," said the first Queen Elizabeth of England.

•TWO well-known amazing females died this week. One of them I knew very well.  The other I never met but I loved and admired her from afar.

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Great Surprises

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 3:52 PM

"ONE OF the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he could do what he was afraid to do," said Henry Ford.

•A LOT of money changed hands this weekend. Many people had to fork over cash, buy dinners, roll their eyes and say,...

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Rosie O' Donnell's Dazzling Night for Her "Kids"... Lindsay and Madonna -- They Know How to Be Bad!

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:30 PM

I KNOW what it is to be bad. I've been bad."

That line in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, spoken by the female character, Karen, has always been difficult to utter, unless you're--Judi Dench or Meryl Streep. It often evokes titters from an audience.

Back in 1988, when Madonna...

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Do We Need a "Ben-Hur" Remake? Not Really -- At All

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:56 PM

"IT WAS Jimmy Fallon's choice for the reasons you reasoned. Your story was right on."

The above quote -- concerning Barbra Streisand sitting at Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show desk -- comes from somebody inside the Streisand camp. Somebody I trust, who would just ignore me if...

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"Glass Onion" Celebrates the Great John Lennon

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 6:53 PM

"LOSS IS nothing but change, and change is nature's delight," said the Roman Emperor and renowned Stoic, Marcus Aurelius.

•ON October 15th, at NYC's Union Square Theater Lennon: Through A Glass Onion opens. This is an internationally acclaimed event that celebrates the life and work of John Lennon.

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Stories of Joan

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 10:56 AM

"Most of the media industry's problems can be boiled down to simple math -- or is it physics?  Whichever it is, it's not good. 

"On one axis, we can plot the dynamic force of advertising rates, cratering toward ground level. On the other, we see the swelling public demand for...

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"Is That All There Is?"

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:35 PM

"MY LIFE would be much more interesting to audiences than Lena Horne's!"

That's what Peggy Lee said and thought as she prepared to mount the disastrous Broadway musical version of her life, back in 1983. Maybe I once might have thought the two great singers were on par, in...

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Cher -- Unending, Immortal -- She Is Not Stepping Aside

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:53 PM

"I'M SO the phoenix!"

That's what the one and only and eternal Cher tells AARP magazine this month.

The star, who will return to New York with her "Dressed To Kill" concert later this month, tells writer Alanna Nash: "I'm not a confident...

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Miley Cyrus -- Her Good Deed Was Very Much Punished! Casting "Price of Fame"--Charlize Theron as Clare Boothe Luce?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:57 PM

"NO GOOD deed goes unpunished," said Clare Booth Luce. Mrs. Luce also said "The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the pessimist is usually better informed!"

•BOTH OF the above could certainly pertain to the not-entirely-surprising news that the cute "homeless" guy, who Miley Cyrus put front...

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Katie Holmes Has Her Ups and Downs -- But Don't Blame Tom Cruise

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 6:20 PM

"NOBODY GETS justice. People only get good luck or bad luck," said Orson Welles.

•Katie Holmes is an excellent actress and a mighty attractive woman. However, since her divorce from Tom Cruise, her career, unlike that of her predecessor, Nicole Kidman, hasn't exactly hit the heights. (Kidman seemed on a...

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Emmy Night Considered -- Sofia Vergara GOT the Joke!

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:40 AM

"F**K 'EM if they can't take a joke!"

I often fall back on this classic Bette Midler retort, when faced with something totally ludicrous.

•FOR EXAMPLE, the cries of "inappropriate" and "objectifying" and "insulting" as to Modern Family's sex-bomb Sofia Vergara's turn (literally) on a moving platform while an...

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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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