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Liz Smith

The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community. Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her.

Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Polly Bergen was a real class act. She had a grace about her, an intangible quality that not many possess.

A Glimpse Inside the Life of Elaine Stritch

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.14.2015 | New York
Cara Joy David

There have been very few people during my career -- some, maybe, but not many -- that have meant as much to the Broadway community as Elaine Stritch d...

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.

Liz Smith | Posted 09.21.2014 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

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

Mothers and Sons at the Golden: Terrence McNally Makes History

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Strident, a woman with whom to reckon, Tyne Daly's Katharine Gerard is a force of nature. Encased in fur, she's the refrigerator-sized iceberg in Terr...

Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner's Frozen Assets in "The Commons of Pensacola"

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In Amanda Peet's fine playwriting debut for Manhattan Theater Club at City Center, "The Commons of Pensacola," Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner ...

Cate Blanchett Feted at the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.05.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

She may have been jet lagged and slightly tipsy from a drink or two at a pre-Tribute dinner at the New York Film Festival evening in her honor, but th...

Joan Kron in Allure -- Angie's Brave Announcement -- the Encore Series

Liz Smith | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"There's nothing more intriguing than a movie star wrapped like a mummy playing someone just emerging from plastic surgery. Think Humphrey Bogart in D...

Edie Falco -- Her Defining Roles Do Not Define Her -- Real, Rare Gems -- Angela Cummings -- Tom Hanks -- Bette Midler

Liz Smith | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

Edie Falco -- Her Defining Roles Do Not Define Her -- Real, Rare Gems -- Angela Cummings -- Tom Hanks -- Bette Midler

Kinky Boots: High Kicks for Everyone

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Here is a musical on Broadway with a philosophy a girl can love: Kinky Boots starts with a rousing tribute "The Most Beautiful Thing," to shoes.

Love Is in the Air Today... No Driving When Obama Speaks... Aflac Duck Inundated With Get-Well Cards

Liz Smith | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"It's kind of amazing, given our politicians' obsession with self-promotion, that we haven't yet seen a line of Congressional colognes," writes Frank ...

The Tony Awards: Broadway's Most Religious Event?

Liz Smith | Posted 08.13.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain," reads the third commandment in the famous Ten! I thought of this when watching the Tony Awards las...

Lindsay Lohan Should Not Drive; A Good Year For Charlize Theron; The Last Hotels Of Paris

Liz Smith | Posted 08.12.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"I married David for better, for worse; but not for lunch!" said the Duchess of Windsor whenever she turned up at the famous Ritz Hotel in Place Vendo...

Ralph Fiennes' Unusual Movie In London

Liz Smith | Posted 08.11.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"It turns out that, at social gatherings, as a source of entertainment, conviviality, and good fun, I rank somewhere between a sprig of parsley and a ...

Why Mayor Bloomberg Is My Hero

Liz Smith | Posted 08.08.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"MAYORS do things. Mayors make things happen. There's one thing mayors can agree on, whether they're Republicans, Democrats, or Independents and I'm t...

Here's To The Luminaries Who Lunch For Mike Nichols!

Liz Smith | Posted 06.24.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

I mean, what if "the bomb" dropped and wiped out Barry Diller, Mike Nichols, Diane Sawyer, Anna Wintour, or the distinguished cast of the current cultural historical Broadway hit "Death of a Salesman"?

Mike, Me and a Final Coincindence

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.17.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

About Mike, I have only one more tale to tell, and it happened by pure coincidence. Mike Wallace was always a ladies man.

Will Rachel Maddow 'Drift' To The Best-Seller List This Week?

Liz Smith | Posted 06.10.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"THAT IS as it should be!" So Sandra Bernhard declared when Liza Minnelli's press rep, Scott Gorenstein, told her that Liza's upcoming Florida concer...

Lillian Hellman--'A Difficult Woman' Re-Examined For a Still-New Century

Liz Smith | Posted 06.06.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

Clearly, I recommend "A Difficult Woman." Oh, and I happened to have liked that difficult woman! I saw her often toward the end of her life and she would always send for me to come and sit down by her. After giving me grief over various things I'd written, she'd always warm up and critique the event we were attending.

My 'Favorite' New York City Scandal!

Liz Smith | Posted 06.05.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

It had everything -- ex-showgirl wife says she mistakes hubby for a prowler, shoots him dead. Then, the last of the truly social leaders, the elder Mrs. Woodward, sides with her detested daughter-in-law rather than expose her two grandchildren to further loss and indignity.

Drop That Name! Barbara Walters Drags 'Em In For Frank Langella

Liz Smith | Posted 06.04.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

"I ADMIT--I WAS kind of offended when I saw that I'd been left out of Frank Langella's new book 'Dropped Names.' But then I realized everybody in it w...

Internet Gossip Sites: Proceed With Caution!

Liz Smith | Posted 06.03.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

This is a tale of Internet titillation. It doesn't titillate me very much, but it illustrates how powerless celebrities are in the face of people in their pajamas, sitting at home, just making it all up.

Americans Do Not Have An Unhealthy Obsession With Celebrities

Liz Smith | Posted 05.28.2012 | Celebrity
Liz Smith

Gossip and celebrity are the great luxuries of true democracy. They're the tawdry jewel in the crown of free speech and expression. Gossip about the famous or infamous is for leisure, for fun, for entertainment, for relaxation.

Elaine Kaufman Memorial: The Salon and Its Resaurateur Remembered

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.01.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

When Elaine Kaufman died last December 3, she left a city of broken hearts. For months, "Elaine's" lingered on, a nostalgic haven for "regulars," but many still had to admit, Elaine's was simply not the same without Elaine.

Lesbian and Gay Musical Ambassadors Play Carnegie Hall

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The Big Apple Corps started out as a social organization, and continues today to offer a place where people can make friends -- and even fall in love.