Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dear Margo: Love, Family and Prejudice

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Margo Howard’s advice

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Liz Smith: Mark Wahlberg Delivers “Pain and Gain”

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“GOD! I need a horse tranquilizer after that movie!” said one patron staggering out of a screening of the new Mark Wahlberg/Dwayne Johnson flick, “Pain and Gain.” “Oh, how lucky” said the event organizer Andrew Saffir of The Cinema Society, “That’s what we’re serving.” And he wasn’t kidding. A towering, crop-haired blonde waitress with the […]

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Dear Margo: No Need for a Hostage Situation

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Liz Smith: Broadway At Its Provocative Best

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“NIAGARA Falls????!!!!!! …. slowly he turned ….” God knows who wrote that, maybe someone like the early W. C. Fields. This is the beginning of one of the many nonsense sketches performed constantly in American burlesque during the 1930s, in a theatre where low turns were confined to vulgar plays on words. There were always […]

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Liz Smith: Defining Roles

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“I’VE THOUGHT very little, consciously …!” says the fabled actress Edie Falco to Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” This caused a big laugh from the audience. This was after Stewart asked Edie if she defined herself, consciously, as having created two very separate memorable characters on TV in her roles as the wife of […]

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Liz Smith: Debbie Reynold is “Unsinkable”

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“WHAT ARE you doin’ up so late, darlin’? … Waiting for you to come home. Where have you been for the past day and a half? … At a brothel? … You smell like sex.” (My husband) looked at me wearily and said, ‘You’ve been drinking.’ “You bet I have!” THAT juicy, bitter exchange (and […]

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Liz Smith: Manhattan Gossips About Caroline

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“I KINDA like Caroline Kennedy. Not that she would care if I do or don’t. “In any case I haven’t seen her for a dozen years — and before that only fleetingly. We first met when she was an undergraduate at Harvard in the late ’70s. She was the belle (or maybe not …) of […]

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Dear Margo: Acknowledging Priorities

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Liz Smith: Are the Rolling Stones $till Worth It?

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“IT IS actually very very soul destroying,” says Newsbeast’s editor Tina Brown to Bloomberg TV’s question about the business-side fixation with numbers and demos over quality content and editorial integrity. MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! Even though some fans are loudly complaining about the ticket prices for the coming Rolling Stones tour, “50 Years and Counting,” you […]

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Dear Margo: Belief and the Unknown

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