And more from our Gossip Girl: rethinking old age … remembering “Planet of the Apes” … Michelle Obama — last to know?
“THIS BUSINESS is scrounging around for what to do. The medium is busy knocking its brand out to display the fat lady at 375 pounds, who in two months is gonna be 240. Who gives a shit?” asks the one and only Jerry Lewis.
He was speaking of TV’s show “The Biggest Loser.” Boy, oh boy, I’m with Jerry. I don’t really care if fat people chose to remain fat. It’s their business if they want to die early and get diabetes. I guess the fact that they cost the rest of us a fortune in medical overages is beside the point. We’re getting screwed coming and going anyway.
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Some of the biggest names in New York are hosting an elegant lunch at the famed historic La Grenouille restaurant on August 10th. They’ll be lifting glasses to a major American revolutionary who has never bothered to exalt or pay any mind to food or drink.
I do mean Gloria Steinem, who is still the pivotal driving force behind the modern women’s liberation movement. She has been an icon, much celebrated, often misunderstood, for over 40 years. She is still dazzlingly beautiful and, these days, I find her serene and upbeat.
This is to celebrate a landmark documentary coming from HBO, titled “Gloria: In Her Own Words.” It debuts on Monday, August 15 and you shouldn’t miss it. Kudos to HBO, fabulous as always, and especially to the producers Sheila Nevins and Peter Kunhardt. He also directed.
Television, quite literally is often sordid and debased these days, but HBO keeps raising the profile and doing great important work. You won’t want to miss Gloria!
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DIDJA know that a baby girl born today is eight times more likely to live to 100 than one born 80 years ago? New figures released in Britain say also that 20-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents, twice as likely as their parents. A man born in 1931 has a 2.5 % chance of reaching 100. Women have a 5.1 chance.
Life expectancy is changing dramatically and experts think we need to radically rethink saving for retirement and old age.
And while we’re on statistics, do you notice your feet seem bigger? In the past twenty years, women’s feet have gotten wider and larger by a size and a half. This is because women grew taller and heavier.
Women shouldn’t be concerned with vanity in their shoe size. Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo sported less than delicate tootsies. Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Michelle Obama, and Geena Davis all have large feet. Shoemakers are beginning to stock more sizes 10 and 11.
As my Park Avenue foot doctor, the brilliant Dr. Richard Kushner, says: “The minute my foot hurts or a shoe pinches, I throw the pair away and get a larger size. Your feet are so important!”
While we’re goofing around here, let me ask the question – are older people more content because they are capable of experiencing happiness without excitement?
Professor Cassie Mogilner of the University of Pennsylvania says: “Whereas younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, as they get older, they are more likely to associate happiness with peacefulness.” She adds, “The difference appears to come from the varying degrees of importance placed on the future, compared with the present. Among young people, around 60% of happiness is all about the future and excitement.”
Her team programmed an analysis of millions of blogs written by people in various age groups. Results were fairly consistent.
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WHEN THE first “Planet of the Apes” came out in 1968, The Hollywood Reporter says nobody thought it would spawn six sequels, prequels or remakes.
Makeup for the first one was the most ever spent in Hollywood history, to that time. And when a lone Oscar was awarded to the movie, it was to makeup man John Chambers, who received a “special honorary” Academy Award.
This was presented by actor Walter Matthau, who was holding a tuxedo-clad chimpanzee in his arms as he handed over the Oscar.
Say what you will about this movie based on a French sci-fi novel, whenever I see the ending where Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison ride on a horse down the beach and realize that they are seeing the head of the Statue of Liberty and are still on Earth, not a different planet, it makes me sob out loud.
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BEFORE the recent debt limit crisis, the First Lady Michelle Obama was saying, when asked if she’d ever go into politics, “The answer is N-O. Period. Dot.”
And since that time, she feels the same, but with more emphasis. Mrs. Obama says also she is always the last know what is happening.
Arriving at a dinner with friends, she was told that Osama bin Laden had been killed, “I was like ‘Wow.’ Then I wanted to know the details. I was like every media person.”