Monthly Archives: December 2012

Liz Smith: The Abasement of Authenticity

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“Which one of the stars of ‘Les Miserables’ is the best-dressed?” asks a movie advertisement. I found this quite funny since the characters in Victor Hugo’s great book are all starving, living in the Paris sewers in rags and stealing bread to live. I’m just warning you, dear reader, we got a lot of e-mails […]

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Liz Smith: The Golden Globe Nominations Are In

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“I AM into comedy!” declared model Heidi Klum. Anyone who has ever watched — or participated in — “Project Runway,” might disagree. Sometimes “P.R.” seems to be just a teeny bit sadistic. But I guess that can be amusing to some people. NEXT YEAR marks the 50th anniversary of the first “The Pink Panther” movie. […]

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Dear Margo: Tis the Season To Give Peace a Fighting Chance

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Iconic Debbie

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“WHEN I met you in the restaurant, you could tell I was no debutante!” That’s Debbie Harry singing “Dreaming” one of her first big hits with the band Blondie. Now here’s an interesting rumor. Disney/Touchstone Films is supposed to be quite interested in putting the history of Blondie — the group’s meteoric rise, sudden demise, […]

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Dear Margo: When Sticky Fingers Are a Sticky Wicket

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Are We “Over-Informed?”

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“THE media-winter of our discontent,” someone called it recently. It occurs to me, as Newsweek goes digital, that I write a five-day-a-week column for at least six media outlets including the syndication company Tribune Media Services. (I probably have more readers now than when I was a hot number for many years at the New […]

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Liz Smith: The Last Lion

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“… Now, the hour had come for him to mobilize the English language and send it into battle,” reported America’s grand reporter, Edward R. Murrow, speaking of the new Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the start of World War II. Ladies and gentlemen readers, I want to follow this with a rather long quote from […]

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Liz Smith: Number One Again!

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“WHEN YOU’RE younger and have the early success I had — it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliché — but I didn’t have anyone to share it with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them. I want to make the kind of movie that my kids […]

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Liz Smith: Anne Hathaway Represents

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“AT THIS stage in my life — and this moment will not last forever — me walking my dog is news … I don’t fall out of nightclubs. I don’t have photographers catching me spending untold amounts on a handbag. Of course, in the court of celebrity, if you try to be serious, you may […]

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Dear Margo: Autonomy Even in Relationships

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Margo Howard’s advice

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