Author Archives: Liz Smith

Liz Smith: Reinventing “The View”

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“THE VIEW is still a daytime ratings-getter, last year averaging 3.3 million viewers a day … “But still that was down from previous years — according to focus groups — that was the fault of Joy(Behar) and Elisabeth (Hasselbeck) who were too politically polarizing …. And so, Jenny McCarthy is among the first of many […]

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Liz Smith: To “Gatsby” or Not to “Gatsby?

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“NOTHING SUCCEEDS like excess,” said Oscar Wilde. Alas, or luckily, Oscar never saw Baz Luhrmann’s latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. Mr. Luhrmann has done the impossible — he has rendered “Gatsby” lurid, noisy and without soul. STARRING Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the shallow […]

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Liz Smith: Candy Bergen’s Life on Film

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“THE ENEMY of good conversation is the person who has ‘something to say!’ Conversation is not for making a point …. There is no winning in conversation,” wrote Henry Fairlie. Oh my! I have so many friends and acquaintances who have a distinctly opposite point of view these days. THAT “Living Landmark” of New York […]

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Liz Smith: Hanks, Stritch, Harry, Holland, etc.

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“WHEN you start a column, you’re in a very creative state; you’re building a personality in a piece of writing.  It’s a strange kind of business. “After a while the column becomes a tyrant. You’ve created a personality that is one aspect of yourself, and it insists on your being true to it every time you […]

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Liz Smith: Wide Awake

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“MARRIAGE is the unsuccessful attempt to make something lasting out of an incident,” said Albert Einstein. And here I thought he was always thinking about the universe. But then we are ever surprised by what the famous say. For instance, Lenin‘s last words were “Good dog!” EVERYBODY I meet, just about, talks to me about movies […]

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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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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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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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