And more from our Gossip Girl: Fashion’s Daphne Guinness talks … no more last meals … and the “rare” pics of Norma Jeane — not so rare!
“ONE SHOULD either be a work of art, or wear a work of art,” said Oscar Wilde.
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Lady Gaga — who has certainly taken Oscar’s dictum to heart — is not the kind of celebrity we usually see in the gossip magazines. Gaga doesn’t seem to have much of a personal life to gossip about. She lives for her fans — her “little monsters,” as she affectionately refers to them.
She is famous for her songs, her wild outfits, her outspoken stance on matters such as civil rights for gays, or bullying. Unlike her predecessor and inspiration, Madonna — who was also famous for her songs, fashions and forward-thinking — Gaga is not living a rich, romantic, sex life.
So imagine my surprise to find Gaga on the cover of InTouch magazine, the home of Jennifer Aniston and of reality TV stars. There was Lady G. and there was the headline: “Gaga stole my man!!” The story inside asserts that the singer spotted one Taylor Kinney while shooting a video. She just had to have him, and eventually did, despite the fact that he was supposedly attached to another. (Taylor appears in television’s “The Vampire Diaries.” That in itself might have turned Gaga on. Inspiration for a new set of outfits, fit for the undead?)
The guy’s ex-girlfriend is screaming that Gaga is a “homewrecker.” Oh, please. There was no “home” to wreck. They were dating. Stuff happens. And if the stuff happens to be Lady Gaga, that’s show biz.
If Gaga is getting it on with anybody, I’m glad. The girl needs a hobby. Her “little monsters” can’t keep her warm at night.
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Daphne Guinness, the last of the red-hot fashion fanciers and latest New York girl-of-the instant, gave an interview to The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead. In this chat, Daphne complained about the demands of fame and said she wished, sometimes, to be rendered invisible by her Alexander McQueen (and other fashionables) collection of costumes.
Ms. Guinness has platinum blonde locks on one part of her head and dyed black elsewhere, like Lady Gaga. She often wears futuristic Regency ruffles, Armadillo shoes, and resembles “a slightly deranged fairy.”
Reporter Mead remarks: “When it was suggested to her that all a woman of 43 need do to become invisible is to go without make-up, leave her hair uncolored and wear ordinary clothes, she (Daphne) grows wide-eyed, as if the idea of doing any such thing were inconceivable.”
Daphne Guinness boasts the Nazi-admirer Diana Mitford as her grandmother, has famous grand-aunts, English authors Jessica and Nancy Mitford, as well as Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. She was wed to Spyros Niarchos when she was only 19 and has three children who live mostly with their father. Daphne and Spyros are divorced and, of course, she has formed a liaison with a married Frenchman who is, himself, rather well-known.
Daphne now has a show of her fashion sensibilities at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
So much for wishing to be invisible.
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NOW THAT they’ve suddenly forbidden favorite last meals for those about to be executed, prison life has lost one of its charms.
When I read that a man in Texas had two chicken fried steaks as part of his last meal, I have to confess my mouth watered — but I resolved to stay off Death Row.
Maybe the fact that I am attempting to be funny about something so serious only means that I think and wish there were no such thing as the state taking revenge on criminals by putting them to death in the first place.
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OVER THE weekend, the New York Times and some TV networks noted the ongoing, never-ending cultural obsession with Marilyn Monroe, including the coming “My Week With Marilyn” feature movie.
Other news outlets focused on the “new, rare, very first” modeling photos of MM, then known as Norma Jeane. The Daily News even put a radiant shot on its front page! Now, it is absurd to attempt to correct such things. She’s dead for nearly fifty years for heaven’s sake! But the reportage on the “new, rare … etc” did lead me to think on the more important matters of fact-checking and follow-up, which is fast and loose, these days. The fact is, these pictures of fresh-faced Norma are not new or rare — and are certainly not her first modeling session. The estates and families of David Conover (who actually discovered her working at a factory), Richard C. Miller and Andre de Dienes might take issue with the people peddling the late Joseph Jasgur’s pics of young MM. Another forgotten fact is that Jasgur actually put out a book, with many of these “unseen” photos, about ten years ago.
But everybody reported this admittedly minor story. Nobody asked a question, looked at a file of images, nada. Now, we won’t go to war over 19-year-old Norma Jeane Baker. But we did go to war because nobody asked a real question about WMD’s. Is it really so difficult to ask a question. About anything?!
P.S. When the above-mentioned David Conover spotted Norma in a Hollywood factory, he said, after taking a few shots of her working: “Do you have a sweater?” Norma Jeane answered: “Sure, I always have a sweater.” She put it on, went outside and smiled into the California sun. The rest was literally history.