Monthly Archives: February 2013

Liz Smith: The Pulse of Palm Beach

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“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money,” said W.C. Fields. DO YOU care what Emilia and Pepe Fanjul serve for dinner when entertaining in Palm Beach? Why, roast lamb and a delicious chocolate dessert. Their guest list runs like so — Kate Ford, Frank Chopin, Margaretha and Eric Javits, Annette and […]

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Liz Smith: A Good Day

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“NOTHING succeeds like excess,” Hollywood always murmurs to itself. But there were perils galore in the recently mounted ”comeback” films of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The public just didn’t seem to care. And even Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” came and went with only middling results.   (So the experts said maybe middle-aged action stars […]

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Liz Smith: “Sweet Charity” for Shirley MacLaine?

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“I HAD to be cool with everything.” That was the eternal mindset of Sachi Parker, the only child of actress Shirley MacLaine and Shirley’s distant, mysterious husband, Steve Parker. Sachi has written an extraordinarily touching and disturbing book about her helter-skelter life with mother and dad. It is titled, Lucky Me: My Life With–and Without […]

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Liz Smith: “The Good House” is More Than Good

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“THINK LIKE a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail,” says Oprah. I’VE HAD a crush on the actor Denis Leary ever since I met him backstage one night at Carnegie Hall. This excellent performer who played the conflicted fireman in television’s “Rescue Me” has been top of my list ever since. Now I’ve […]

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Dear Margo: A More and More Frequent Dilemma

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Love Is In The Air Today

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“IT’S kind of amazing, given our politicians’ obsession with self-promotion, that we haven’t yet seen a line of Congressional colognes,” writes Frank Bruni in the New York Times. I know, I know  — I’m supposed to have a big February valentine quote right here. But I couldn’t resist that one because I just read a […]

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Dear Margo: High Society

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: To Lulu, With Love

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“HOW DO you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume/It isn’t easy but I’ll try.If you wanted the sky, I would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high — to sir, with love.” This is British singer Lulu’s poignant declaration of gratitude to Sidney Poitier in […]

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Liz Smith: How To Walk The Red Carpet

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“WELL behaved women rarely make history,” said Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I KNOW  you guys reading this probably don’t spend over $200 a year to see what the revitalized and now glamorous Hollywood Reporter is telling us addicts of celebrity weekly. You’re all reading The Wall Street Journal, Taki’s conservative blogs, Vogue, and The Economist. So […]

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Liz Smith: Letters From a Legend

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“SHE’S a bang bang boogie!” said Jamie Foxx, the dynamite star of “Django UnChained,” of the one and only Beyonce. We’d already written our accolade to the Queen of the Super Bowl, but I couldn’t resist this quote. THE OTHER day this column went off the deep end remembering our friend Lillian Gish, the first […]

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