Monthly Archives: September 2012

Liz Smith: New York Turns Out For Penny Marshall

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“WHATEVER you have read I have said is almost certainly untrue, except if it is funny in which case I definitely said it,” to quote Tallulah Bankhead. SPEAKING OF old-time stars who really twinkled reminds me of something I read in the New York Times last Sunday. They reported that a two-floor penthouse in what […]

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Dear Margo: A Real-Life Soap Opera

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: The amazing Marvin Hamlisch

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“OH, THE stories, I have. But … they’ll have to wait. They make me too sad. Maybe later, when it doesn’t hurt too much.” That was Liza Minnelli onstage at the Manhattan memorial for the late and very much lamented Marvin Hamlisch. SOMETIMES a memorial is just a memorial. Sometimes it is a joyful, bittersweet […]

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Dear Margo: Worries About a Set of Twins

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: The Last of Mrs. Astor

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“WHEN I was 40, I used to wonder what people thought of me. Now I wonder what I think of them,” said the saucy philanthropist Brooke Astor when she was only 92 years old. Tomorrow, we will begin to get a look at the late Mrs. Astor’s belongings, artifacts, art work and the tasteful gee-gaws […]

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Liz Smith: Bob Dylan on Voting, Touring

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“SHOULD WE vote?” “Uh …” “Should we do that? Should we vote?” “Yeah, why not vote? Respect the voting process. Everybody ought to have the right to vote. We live in a democracy. What do you want me to say? Voting is a good thing.” “I was curious if you vote?” “Huh?” And so it […]

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My Legitimate Rape

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Excerpted and adapted from Sandra’s upcoming memoir, Sleeping with Bozo, and Other Clowns

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Liz Smith: Fashion, Art and Gloria Vanderbilt!

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“DON’T you think fashion is basically over?” asked the humorist and expert Cynthia Heimel, back in the year 2004. “DON’T you think fashion is basically over?” asked the humorist and expert Cynthia Heimel, back in the year 2004. Well, fashion happens to be the biggest item in  what we laughingly call “the civilized world” right […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us Gift Cards, Groupons and Deals: Use them or Lose Them!

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on making the most of your daily deals

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Liz Smith: WHY NOT go out on a limb?

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“WHY NOT go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” said the late Variety scribe, Frank Scully. IN DIRECTOR Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “The Master” (his sixth) not only does he go out on a limb, but he allows two of our finest actors — Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman […]

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