Monthly Archives: February 2013

Liz Smith: Back Where She Belongs

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“THE THING women have yet to understand is nobody gives you power. You just take it,” said Roseanne Barr as she climbed the heights in Hollywood, taking power, and not apologizing. PEOPLE ARE again talking about: Rosanne Barr’s return to network TV in a series for NBC. This is good news for those of us […]

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Dear Margo: Something Sounds Not Quite Right

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Margo Howard’s advice

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To Big Sur With Love

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How could any one of us resist a world that is totally breathtaking? Just a plane’s flight away to California – not that many hours from any of our homes – lies a piece of heaven on this earth called Big Sur. A warning though: once seen, once under its spell, and you find you […]

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Liz Smith: My Pink, “Flowered Bear” Birthday

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“I READ about a lady who makes ice cubes out of leftover wine. I never knew that was possible …” reads the funny card from Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue. And it follows up: “… to have leftover wine, I mean.” IF you were given a birthday celebration where you found a big bear made […]

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Dear Margo: A Brother Becomes Distant

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Will Beyonce Rule the World?

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“LUCK IS what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. DESPITE the infamous power outage at the Super Bowl, people are still talking about Beyonce’s performance. Some even blame her electric sexuality as the cause of the outage! (Conspiracy theorists insist it was really Madonna’s doing, but something went wrong. The power […]

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Liz Smith: Classic “Cabaret”

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“Tributes! Tributes! Tributes!” cried the actor Robert Morse as Truman Capote in the one-man comedy about the famous writer’s later life, written by the late Jay Presson Allen. Truman, onstage, turns away from his own front door in a mock kind of sardonic response to all the accolades and good will being offered. It’s obvious […]

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Liz Smith: It Mattered Then. It Matters Now

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“I’M SURE SHE (Anna Wintour) agreed in the end (to cooperate with the documentary “The September Issue”) only because she wanted to show that Vogue is not just a load of airheads spouting rubbish. By then we had all had enough of ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’with its portrayal of fashion as utterly ridiculous.” This is […]

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Liz Smith: Broadway’s Snarling New “Cat”

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“OH, you weak beautiful people, who give up with such grace …” Those are Maggie the Cat’s final lines in Tennessee Williams’ classic stage tale of frustrated love, tortured lust, greed and mendacity. Tennessee’s three-act epic about a Southern family falling apart is best known as a sanitized but still sizzling 1958 movie starring Elizabeth […]

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Dear Margo: To Love Versus “Being in Love”

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Margo Howard’s advice

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