Monthly Archives: October 2012

Liz Smith: A World Lit By Fire

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A World Lit By Fire was already a famous history book title that reminded us of all the years mankind hunkered down around blazing logs, lit candles, followed torches, fooled around with whale oil and kerosene lanterns. This reminder of how important instant heat, warmth and light, and now instant communication is staggering. (This is […]

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Liz Smith: Celebrity 2012

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“I NEVER said ‘I want to be alone.’ I said “I want to be let alone.’ There is a difference.” So remarked Greta Garbo. But GG did actually utter “I want to be alone” in the movie “Grand Hotel.” Twice. PEOPLE ARE trying to make a big thing out of the “gag order” imposed on […]

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Liz Smith: Movie Dish From a True Insider

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“ALL YOU need for a movie is a gun and a girl, said French director Jean-Luc Godard. SOMETIMES someone gives you a book that just blows your mind, and you know you’d have missed something great without reading it. A longtime friend of mine, the attractive Suzanne Goodson from Tennessee, is now a serious sports […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us Storage Wars: Is it Worth the Price?

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on hidden treasures and forgotten junk

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Dear Margo: Letters of Reference

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Celebrating New York

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“MOVIES will make you famous; television will make you rich; but theater will make you good!” said actor/director Terrence Mann. MANY READERS know about the Broadway theater even if from afar. If you ask a sampling who is starring on the Great White Way, a lot of them would enthusiastically tell you that the former […]

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Dear Margo: Oh, How Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth…

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith Remembers Helen Gurley Brown

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On October 18th, at Alice Tully Hall/Lincoln Center in Manhattan, Liz Smith spoke in memory of Helen Gurley Brown who died  August 13th..  While all the speakers were wonderful (Frank Bennack, Mayor Bloomberg, Barbara Walters, Brooke Shields, among others), we wanted to share Liz’s  remembrances here: Hi. I’m Liz Smith. I want to say that I am […]

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Liz Smith: Ageless Voices Still Thrill

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“THE BEST pop singers never seem to age.” So wrote music critic Anthony Tommasini, musing in a positive fashion over the recent concerts of Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall and Barbra Streisand at the Barclays, in Brooklyn. Obviously, audiences and record buyers agree. They remain passionately devoted to these great singers, aged 85 and 70, […]

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Liz Smith: The “Girl” Has Wrought

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“WHAT HAVE I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this?” sang Dusty Springfield and the Pet Shop Boys. SOMEWHERE, Alfred Hitchcock is probably wondering the same thing, in the wake of HBO’s movie “The Girl,” starring Sienna Miller and Toby Jones. It purports to tell of the fabled director’s abuse of model-turned-actress […]

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