The delightful late-career resurgence of Betty White (popular Super Bowl commercial, Facebook campaign for her to host SNL, now scheduled for May 8, Mother’s Day) has got us thinking about other gero-comical women who refuse to rest on their well-earned laurels. Bless them!
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“In fashion, you’re either in or you’re out.” So says Teutonic temptress Heidi Klum at the beginning of every episode of Project Runway, currently unspooling its seventh season on Lifetime.
Achtung! If Heidi were correct, I would be out of a job and so would vast numbers of other fashionably employed New Yorkers. Thankfully, Mrs. Read More
A few days before the publication of The Sex Doctors in the Basement, Molly Jong-Fast’s rambling, name-dropping, half-crazy but very funny memoir, the 26-year-old writer met The Transom for sushi on the Upper East Side. In this book of essays about growing up Jong (she’s the daughter of Fear of Flying author Erica Jong and Read More
Since 1996, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues has been performed in over 40 countries and translated into over 35 languages. As of last May, it was booked in over 140 cities in the United States. Not bad for a six-year-old play that was first produced in a 74-seat theater in Soho.
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If, for some inexcusable reason, you’ve never seen Private Lives , go immediately to jail; do not pass go. But you’ll have a treat in store with the latest Broadway revival of Noël Coward’s 1930 comic masterpiece. If, like most of us, you’ve seen Private Lives three or four times before-including the unforgettable Joan Collins Read More
Bravo to those of you who have, thanks to advances in psychopharmacology, overcome chronic shyness or social-anxiety disorder. I salute your synthetic savoir-faire with sincerity. But, at the risk of blowing cold air up the dirndl skirt of your chemically engineered self-acceptance, I must offer a word of caution: a Paxil prescription cannot make you Read More
Are you one of those adorable naïfs who toted a copy of Memoirs of a Geisha to the beach in a misguided and insanely unsuccessful attempt to appear highbrow? Your pseudo-intellectual honey trap backfired, didn’t it? Remember that swarm of wankers who buzzed around your beach towel? Don’t rerun that pathos-drenched movie this year.
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The Collins Menace
The details are a little spotty, but, back in the 70′s, I recall seeing an old Night Gallery episode where this evil guy puts a rare lethal earwig into the auditory canal of his sleeping enemy. The poor victim learns that this bug will now burrow its way through his brain, causing Read More