And more from our Liz: Janet Jackson conquers Europe … Madonna as a “female force?” … shout-outs to Kirstie Alley and New York’s Governor Cuomo
“I THINK men are afraid to be with a successful woman, because we are terribly strong. We know what we want and we are not fragile enough.”
So said the great singer, Dame Shirley Bassey, who still sounds exactly as she did when she belted out “Goldfinger” in 1965.
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EVEN BARBRA Streisand has to wait. Honest. The great star has paused for decades to finally put out an album of music with lyrics written exclusively by her longtime friends and collaborators, Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
On August 23rd Barbra releases “What Matters Most,” personally produced by the star herself. Fans will find ten Bergman songs that Streisand has never recorded before, including “The Windmills of Your Mind,” “So Many Stars” and one of Frank Sinatra’s signature, swinging songs, “Nice and Easy.” The deluxe version of the CD includes ten previously released Barbra/Bergman tunes. Among them —“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”…”Pieces of Dreams”…”Papa, Can You Hear Me” (from “Yentl.”)
This album is sure to be great, although I don’t think anything can touch the purity of her live performance two years ago at The Village Vanguard which resulted in the “One Night Only” album. Smooth, silky perfection — with a four-piece band!
Oh, and just so you know that Barbra still matters — a lot — “What Matters Most” is already # 2 in Vocal Pop Bestsellers on Amazon.
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JANET JACKSON is tearing up Europe with her “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal” tour. After her stint at the famed Olympia Music Hall in Paris, the critics raved “Janet Sets Paris On Fire!”
Apparently, this was just the review to set Janet on the road to purchase property in the City of Light. Actually, Janet has been scoping out properties in every city she’s hit. Including London, where she’s sold out at the Royal Albert Hall.
Miss Jackson is my very favorite Jackson.
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MADONNA IS glam and calm these days, as the debut of her movie “W.E.” approaches. She has also rarely looked more attractive. (I think she’s sneaking a cheeseburger now and then.)
But M as a power-woman who changed the face of pop music and the way in which women perceive themselves has not been forgotten. In August we will see “Female Force: Madonna.” It is a comic book that focuses on M’s rise to the heights. This publication by Bluewater follows similar comic books on Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah and … Sarah Palin.
Now don’t laugh too much. Remember the old Classic Illustrated comic books, which condensed great literature such as “A Tale of Two Cities” and “The Iliad?” Why not Madonna — are those not the biceps that launched a billion dollars?
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I’VE BEEN late in sending a shout out to Kirstie Alley, who is looking so terrific these days.
Nature did not intend Kirstie to be a thin girl. And except for periods when she really put on weight (and was photographed to make her appear bigger) she always looked attractive. And whether she felt comfortable when zaftig, she seemed to be. She’s a tall woman and carries her pounds rather majestically. But to hell with majestic, Kirstie wanted to get out of caftans and into some smart designer clothes. She’s been up and down numerous times, but her “Dancing With the Stars” gig jumpstarted a diet/ exercise regimen to which she seems to sticking.
Now Kirstie appears to be at the perfect weight. Not so thin that it is impossible to maintain. Or so thin that her face suffers. She is a voluptuous stunner with attitude, still tossing that tawny mane of hair.
Now, get back on TV or into movies, honey! You’ve been missed.
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Having lived in New York since September, 1949, only a few years after the end of World War II, I have observed the city and state in many cataclysms of change. None, may I say, is greater than the cultural alterations taking place among gay people.
Come July, legal same sex marriages will increase to the point of a $300 million revenue for marriage licenses among persons of the same sex. Only Tea Party-ers and the fadingly less influential Catholic Church keep protesting this fair-minded progress.
I never thought I’d see the day. I salute Governor Cuomo and his many supporters. It is just great to feel that New York State is leading the charge for change.