Monthly Archives: March 2013

Liz Smith: Garbo! Garbo Then! Garbo Now!

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“SHE WAS LIKE A HORSE ON THE TRACK. Nothing, and then the bell goes, and something happens,” said Hollywood cinematographer James Wong Howe about Greta Garbo. If you’re like me, sometimes you roam your living quarters picking up and putting down books that have accumulated in piles, all of which you intend to read  — […]

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Dear Margo: Old Loves in a New House?

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Liz Gets “Intimate”

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“Leisure is the mother of Philosophy,” wrote Thomas Hobbes. I recently spent a delicious week in the islands of the Exumas which are part of the Bahamas. This happened while New York and much of the rest of the country was suffering from a “spring” spate of cold weather. I’m not bragging; I was just […]

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Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close Part II

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As I got close to the Court on my way to the DOMA hearing, I was greeted with big, ugly posters with Hate Fag language.  Soon, I did see our people, and they took up all the rest of the street.  A large press area was cordoned off.  Once inside the Gallery, I saw a […]

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Dear Margo: Almost Unbelievable

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close

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My feelings are full & complex after today in the Prop 8 hearing.  Since they started with Chief Justice Roberts interrupting the Proponents’ lawyer, Cooper – barely a sentence in – to say he wanted to hear about whether they even had standing to  bring the case, there was a full-throated bombardment from virtually every […]

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Liz Smith: Reminding Liz of Sharks

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“THIS IS where they shot the film ‘Thunderball’ … a James Bond movie. Sean Connery. My favorite, actually,” says the fictional hero Alex Hawke, created by thriller writer Ted Bell. I FOUND a paperback book, circa 2003, titled Hawke in a house I visited recently in the Bahamas. I just couldn’t resist the yellowing thriller […]

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Liz Smith: Celebrating Bert Stern

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“QUALITY IS not an act, it is a habit,” said Aristotle. SO WHAT great star is receiving a 17 DVD box set of her wide and varied work on television? That would be the divine Loretta Young. “The Loretta Young Show: The Best of the Complete Series — 100th Birthday Edition” arrived in February. Loretta […]

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Liz Smith: No, Not Her Life

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“YOUR NEXT move, it seems to me, should be toward television,” said George Sanders with droll indifference to Marilyn Monroe’s aspiring, if untalented stage ingénue in “All About Eve.” WELL, those words of might be ringing in the ears of Lindsay Lohan, who has apparently burned every bridge and scorched every highway in Hollywood. The […]

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Liz Smith: Lena Dunham Says

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“I HATE the conventional wisdom that men are supposedly complete pieces of s**t and it’s our job as women to put up with them. Men are just as sensitive and easily victimized as women are … that drives me nuts. We’re all humans and doing human stuff.” That’s Lena Dunham, the creator and star of […]

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