Author Archives: Liz Smith

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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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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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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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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Liz Smith: What Will You Find

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“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 […]

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