Monthly Archives: April 2013

Liz Smith: What Will You Find

Post Image

“STAR QUALITY. Whether you are born with it or catch it from a drinking fountain, she had it!” That was a significant line from the 1954 Joe Mankiewicz movie “The Barefoot Contessa.” The remark referred to Ava Gardner, but I always think of it when a star comes along and has “it” — that little […]

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Utterly divine Audrey Hepburn

Post Image

“IT’S NOT incest when it’s between men.” THAT was a portion of actor Jeremy Irons wildly convoluted, much publicized recent statement on gay marriage. He said he has no strong feelings on it, but then wondered, “Could it lead to fathers marrying their sons?” Apparently he deduces this would be part of some sort of […]

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Put on Your “Kinky Boots”

Post Image

“BE yourself! Everyone else is taken!” says the magnificent drag queen star (Billy Porter) in the opening of Broadway’s newest hit musical “Kinky Boots.” THIS is a major morality play, set to rowdy irresistible Cyndi Lauper music and adapted from a little Miramax failure of a movie, with his usual brio, by the “king/queen” of […]

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Film Still King

Post Image

“I’M not a film fanatic. If I never saw another movie in my life, it wouldn’t bother me. Acting is what I do to make money, but it’s certainly not my life-style. Compared to world affairs, to peace conferences, making a movie is absolutely nothing!” Who said this? Do you give up? It was none […]

[Read More]

Dear Margo: As We Were Saying…

Post Image

Margo Howard’s advice

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Baseball Changes Color

Post Image

“NOBODY goes there anymore; it’s too crowded!” once said Yogi Berra of a popular watering hole, in his usual explanatory manner. SPEAKING  of baseball  — as we so seldom do here —  let’s think back to the Academy Awards which only took place a few months ago. Quick! Who won what? I know, I know […]

[Read More]

Dear Margo: Gifts That Are Never Quite Right

Post Image

Margo Howard’s advice

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Broadway Bravos

Post Image

“BUT for many years I was in love with journalism. I loved the city room. I loved the pack. I loved smoking and drinking scotch and playing dollar poker. I didn’t know much about anything and I was in a profession where you didn’t have to. I loved the speed. I loved the deadlines. I […]

[Read More]

Liz Smith: Hollywood’s New Child Star Phenom

Post Image

“HEARSAY … blabbermouth … chatter … rumour … natter … scoop … chin-wag … catchin gapseed … play telephone … grapevine … buzz … pickmouth … the low down … babble … talk dirt … broadcast … report … gossip … prate … blab  … tattle … scuttlebutt!” So go the slogans on T shirts […]

[Read More]

Liz Smith: I’m a Taylor Swift Groupie

Post Image

“LOSING HER audio, but never her nerve!” writes Jon Caramanica in the Times about the recent Taylor Swift concert in Newark at the huge Prudential Çenter. The rock critic, as I suppose he is called, then added of this superstar — “Ms. Swift’s voice is stronger than it’s ever been, and sturdier. … She stands […]

[Read More]