Monthly Archives: May 2013

Liz Smith: The Loss of a Great Champion

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“WHAT people think of me is none of my business!” This has been attributed to Oscar Wilde, Mae West and Gary Oldman. So, who do you think said it? THE music world lost a great champion over Memorial Day. She was Jean Bach, a beauty in her 90s who reigned over the jazz and music […]

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Liz Smith: Hollywood’s Sexiest, Savvy-est Lawyer

“I EVALUATED myself very carefully. It sounds vain and egotistical to say, but I knew I was good looking.” That was the late Greg Bautzer, Hollywood lawyer and romancer deluxe. BAUTZER IS the subject of a fascinating new biography, The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, by B. James Gladstone […]

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A wOw Lunch

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wowOwow’s Lesley Stahl, Cynthia McFadden, Liz Smith, Joan Ganz Cooney and Joni Evans with PureWow’s CEO Ryan Harwood, Editor in Chief Mary Kate McGrath, and Managing Editor, Jillian Quint

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Liz Smith: More Tales of Burlesque

“MOST AWARDS, you know, they don’t give you unless you go and get them. Did you know that? Terribly discouraging!” So said young Barbra Streisand, back when she was first receiving armfuls of awards. Since then, she’s mellowed a bit about being adored. WE REALLY have to call her “Dr. Streisand” now. On June 17th, […]

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Liz Smith: Two Great Talents

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“WHAT a rage for fame attends both great and small! Better be damned than mentioned not at all!” wrote Peter Pindar. I WAS in Orso, the under-stated theatre café on West 44th Street the other night, and there was music tycoon Clive Davis with his entire family. I asked why they seemed so excited? “Why, because we […]

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Liz Smith: Hold On To Your Ice Picks

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“THERE’S NO smoking in this building, ma’am.” “What are you going to do, arrest me for smoking?” So it went between murder suspect Sharon Stone and the detectives grilling her in 1992’s “Basic Instinct.” Moments later Sharon briefly uncrossed her legs and made movie history. (“I forgot my panties that day,” Stone would later complain […]

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Liz Smith: At Long Last

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“CHINA IS a big country, inhabited by many Chinese,” said Charles de Gaulle, with incredible insight. FANS of Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were caught by surprise when they learned that a sequel is being planned. Thirteen years after the original film debuted, they’d just about given up hope. But the Weinstein Company has […]

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Liz Smith: Burlesque Laid Bare

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“YA, know, from the way that dame walks, she would have made a damn fine stripper in her day!” So says Tessie Tura, commenting on Mama Rose, in “Gypsy.” (Tessie is one of the three strippers who belt out “You Gotta Have a Gimmick!”) I’VE HAD “Gypsy” on my mind ever since I finished reading […]

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Liz Smith: Sweet New York Charity

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“CHARITY begins at home!” some wise philosopher once said. In this particular case, charity is home! I WENT to a fundraiser last week for The Neighborhood Coalition where they had a “live auction’ and guests began offering up huge sums of money just to get it to end! They raised a considerable sum with this […]

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Liz Smith: Wrapped Up In Liberace

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“THERE’S NOTHING MORE intriguing than a movie star wrapped like a mummy playing someone just emerging from plastic surgery. Think Humphrey Bogart in “Dark Passage,” Elizabeth Taylor in “Ash Wednesday.” And now, in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” Michael Douglas playing Liberace, the swishy but closeted Las Vegas piano player. Matt Damon, bleached blond for his role, costars […]

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