“WHEN YOU get the personality, you don’t need nudity,” said the eternally covered up and corseted Mae West.
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LINDSAY LOHAN’s mother, the lovely Dina, is saying to something called X17Online that her daughter has posed for Playboy.
The magazine will not confirm. Aside from every other consideration, we’ve already seen just about all of Lindsay there is to be seen. Perhaps nobody remembers LL’s ill-advised semi-nude session with Bert Stern a few years back, when she attempted to recreate Stern’s fabled “last sitting,” with Marilyn Monroe, with Lohan in a bad blonde wig. This appeared in New York magazine of all places. The pictures were not attractive. Lohan’s body looked surprisingly mature for a girl who was then 22.
Well, maybe Lindsay will break with tradition and do a fashion shoot for Playboy? Or perhaps it’s just an interview?
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WELL, Chaz Bono did his best on “Dancing With the Stars” and lasted longer than many thought he would. Despite a lot of vicious commenting when he joined the show, Chaz stayed strong and ignored the haters. However, at the end, he couldn’t ignore the critiques of one of the judges who felt compelled over the weeks, to compare Chaz’s efforts to those of a ‘cuddly penguin” or an Ewok. (One of those odd “Star Wars” creatures.)
Chaz didn’t appreciate this, and neither did his furious mother, the one and only Cher, who tweeted her disapproval when Chaz was finally eliminated.
In any case, this has to have been a great ride for Chaz, winner or not, leading to more open discussions and understanding about transgendered people. And I hope Chaz continues dancing or otherwise exercising — it does a body good. And, this high-profile act of bravery has probably done his relationship with Cher a lot of good, too.
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CONGRATS to one of my favorite guys, Bruce Willis. He and his wife Emma Heming are expecting their first child later this year. This will be Bruce’s fourth child. He has three daughters with ex, Demi Moore — Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Bruce seems very happy with his girls, but surely our big tough action hero wouldn’t mind a boy.
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WELL, JUST because I don’t care for the rotting, slow-motion zombies of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” doesn’t mean anybody has to agree with me. In fact, after only two episodes of the second season, AMC has picked the show up for a third season. There’s life in the zombie genre yet!
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I FEEL for the parents of Amy Winehouse, who were so convinced that their talented, tragic daughter died perhaps from attempting to detox herself too quickly.
As it turns out, though no illegal drugs were found in her system, the coroner now says, Amy had consumed a very large quantity of alcohol — five times over the legal drunk driving limit. She died as a result.
This is a cautionary tale every college kid and spring-breaker should take to heart: Getting really, really drunk can give you more than a killer hangover. It can actually kill you.
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SINGER/DANCER/Fashion icon Beyonce looks ravishingly autumnal on the front of November’s Harper’s Bazaar. Her skin is gleaming bronze, her hair is gleaming bronze, her dress is gleaming bronze. It’s quite an eye-catching cover, photographed by Terry Richardson.
Richardson also does the fabulous photos inside, which accompany Elisa Lipsky-Karasz’s profile of the star. Beyonce explains why she revealed her pregnancy on the red-carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, rather than simply release a statement.
“It was the toughest red-carpet I ever did. I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news. So I decided to say nothing, and proudly show my bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.” (If you recall, Beyonce just stood there with a little Mona Lisa smile and rubbed her tummy. The Internet went mad!)
One of Beyonce’s best friends, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, contributes this: “B. is wise beyond her years. She has taught me the value of speaking your mind. She is clear and honest and true to herself while being so respectful. She will be an incredible mother because she is full of love and knows who she is.”
And as to motherhood, the wise Beyonce sums up her decision to have a baby now. “It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming a woman before I became a mother.”
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JUDY! JUDY! JUDY! Tomorrow night at Manhattan’s Town Hall, the Seventh Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival presents “A Tribute to Judy Garland and the Art of American Dance.” Although Judy wasn’t known as a dancer per se, she was damn good, and was famous for watching a complicated dance routine once and then just going out and doing it — one take! Carole J. Bufford and Elizabeth Stanley will perform many famous Garland song and dance routines. Her daughter, Lorna Luft, will be interviewed onstage. Call 212-840-2824 for ticket information.
And still more: Coming soon — a lush two-CD set “Judy Garland: The London Studio Recordings. 1957-1964.” This includes not just Judy singing at her absolute peak, but some marvelous outtakes which feature Miss G. breaking up, chatting with her conductors, and generally displaying the humor that was so at odds with her “tragic” persona. (Most of the songs here were recorded in 1960, just prior to her great comeback, which culminated at Carnegie Hall. The voice is flawless.) Judy historian John Fricke provides a wonderful summary of these British recordings.
This is a must for all fans of “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.”