Monthly Archives: November 2012

Liz Smith: And God Created Bardot

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“FAME BROUGHT me so much unhappiness!” That was Brigitte Bardot, years after she retired at the age of 39, mulling her experiences as one of the world’s great symbols. (She attempted suicide at the age of 25.) After Bardot left films, she devoted herself to animal causes. More recently, and less pleasantly, she has become […]

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Dear Margo: Cheating and the Computer

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Journalism as Fiction

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“THE THING is there are people who are writing phony romans a clef about people they never knew or met. Like Jackie Susann. If you are writing about people you actually know, then it’s different. But to take Mrs. Onassis or Lee Radziwill or me, like Susann has done, is not playing the game fair. […]

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Dear Margo: Sex and the Seniors

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Heartbreak Dead Ahead

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“HE WILL definitely break her heart!” That’s what an “insider” says about the current relationship between country music sensation Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, one of the cutest members of the boy-band “One Direction.” Well, Taylor is probably looking for a broken heart. More grist for the mill of her songwriting, which is ever-so-personal. Miss […]

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Liz Smith: Liz and Dick

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“You’re all flops. I am the earth mother and you are all flops!” That was Elizabeth Taylor at her raging, ribald best in the movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” Although the Edward Albee dialogue had not been written for Taylor, that line flamboyantly expressed Elizabeth Taylor’s hold on the world’s imagination. Even when Taylor […]

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Liz Smith: Pure as the Driven Slush!

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“I’M AS pure as the driven slush!” said Tallulah. Finally, an evening where we didn’t even need Tallulah. I thought I was the world class expert on fundraising evenings, but last week I received a big surprise when I trekked west, almost to the Hudson River, where something called Espace was the scene of the […]

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Julie Morgenstern Brings Us The Search for the Perfect Handbag

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Organizing expert Julie Morgenstern on how to optomize your purse

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Dear Margo: Over and Out

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: A Good Time for Thanksgiving

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“THANKSGIVING IS indeed the nearest thing we have to a national liturgy. From sea to shining sea, it calls forth a grand harmony of groaning boards …. Yet, what must we think of a nation that, as the central motif of this gustatory concerto, insists upon a bird that has a name used chiefly as […]

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