Monthly Archives: April 2013

Liz Smith: A New Book Tells All

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“SHE LOOKED self-made, not handled, but she had the air of somebody who knew stardom was inevitable. The subtext of her attitude was ‘You have no idea how big I’m going to be. You’ll rue how you weren’t more respectful.” That is former MTV VJ, Alan Hunter recalling his first meeting with Madonna, back in […]

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Liz Smith: She’ll “Eat You Last”

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“Hon-kneeeeee!” said the Hollywood agent Michael Blackkissing me Sue Mengers style after the opening night of Bette Midler‘s one-woman play, “I’ll Eat You Last,” where she brings Sue back to life on Broadway. Michael and I had made a pact to see the show separately and then meet the day after at Docks on 3rd […]

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Liz Smith: Mel Brooks Honored

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“HE LOOKED like my father and he acted like my mother!” said the great actress Anne Bancroft of her husband-of-41 years. (Miss Bancroft died in 2005 and Mel Brooks has never gotten over his loss.) Now comes Channel Thirteen, offering a full look at the genius that is Mel Brooks, who has earned more major […]

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Dear Margo: Changed Friendships

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Garbo, Dietrich

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“THERE’S a blush for won’t, and a blush for shan’t, And a blush for having done it: There’s a blush for thought and a blush for naught, And a blush for just begun it.” This is John Keats in his poem “Sharing Eve’s Apple.” DIRECTOR-writer-producer Linda Yellen does it again movie-wise! She is already well-known […]

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Dear Margo: When Granny Knows Best

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: She’s Still Here

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“WELL, IN my limited experience, I’d have to say  — that was the best-girl-on-girl action of my life!” THIS WAS actress Amy Irving, referring to her “love scene,” kissing Barbra Streisand in ”Yentl” — you know, the one where Barbra is forced to masquerade as a male Yeshiva student, so as to further the education […]

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Liz Smith: Whoopi!

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“THE  ABC show ‘The View’ has become the news comment place du jour as if you guys  — meaning you fabulous women —  were all Edward R. Murrow. How do you explain your show’s news value prominence?” THIS IS what I asked Whoopi Goldberg when we had our “Conversation” for a recent charity fundraiser and […]

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Liz Smith: Are the Rich Stylish?

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“BEAUTY IS truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know,” wrote the poet John Keats. (I always think of Keats in Rome because he died near The Spanish Steps in 1821 at age 25.) THERE was so much pain, sorrow and violence commanding our hearts and minds […]

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Liz Smith: History at Its Most Monumental

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“I’ll HAVE you know, that as a child my nursemaid would never prevent me from taking a walk in the park if I wanted to do so. And as a man, Adolf Hitler certainly won’t!” That was Winston Churchill in 1940, defying Germany’s repeated bombings on the city of London — “The Blitz” as it […]

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