Monthly Archives: January 2013

Liz Smith: The Foxiest “Little Fox” of All Time

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“I’M LUCKY Horace. I’ve always been lucky. I’ll be lucky again.” So declared Lillian Hellman’s ruthless anti-heroine Regina Giddens in “The Little Foxes.” She announces this to her critically ill husband, after he has foiled her crooked plans to become wealthy. Moments later, Regina does indeed become “lucky” once again. RECENTLY, I interviewed veteran actor […]

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Dear Margo: Compelled To Be a Doormat

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Some Girls

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“WORK AND work for love and sex/Ain’t you hungry for success, success, success/ Does it matter (shattered) Does it matter?” Those were some of the lyrics from the Rolling Stones’ song “Shattered” from their epic 1978 “Some Girls” album. This collection told a lot about life on the streets of New York — uptown and […]

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Dear Margo: Conflicted About Long-Lost Mother

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Django UnChained

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“THE MOVIE ‘Django Unchained’ has something to offend everyone,” as almost every critic of this dynamite film experience has written and said. The following isn’t haut movie analysis, just a visceral reaction. The Quentin Tarantino movie may be the funniest movie ever made for psychotic sadists and us just plain folks. “The Texas Chainsaw” massacre […]

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Liz Smith: Honoring Ann-Margret

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“WHY DO you think you’re such a smoky somethin’ when you’re so nothin’ painted blue?” Every disreputable film fan knows that line. It is one of Ann-Margret’s many out-of-space utterances in 1964’s black and white juvenile delinquent saga, the luridly titled “Kitten With a Whip.” This movie was made a mere two years after Ann-Margret […]

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Liz Smith: Celebrating Loretta Young

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“THERE IS no personal achievement in being born beautiful.” SO SAID Loretta Young. She was correct, but it was pretty easy for her to say. Loretta was born a beauty in 1913, and remained a beauty till her dying day in August of 2000. This year marks what would have been Loretta’s 100th birthday, and […]

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Liz Smith: He Did It His Way

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“I’VE WANTED to make a movie about Frank Sinatra for years. I love his music. And his life was so majestic and full of richness on every level.” That was Oliver Stone, talking to an admirer, who had approached the director to compliment him on his ongoing Showtime series, “Untold History,” and his amazing book […]

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Dear Margo: Of Relatives and High Horses

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: A Man and a Woman

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“I’M NOT having any morning sickness yet.” So Kim Kardashian assures her public, on the matter of her three months along pregnancy, courtesy of boyfriend Kanye West. Kim sounds a little regretful that things are so easy for her right now. If it makes you feel any better Kim, millions are sick to their stomach […]

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