Liz Smith: Steve Jobs’ Death Wipes Out Sarah Palin’s Decision Not To Run For President

Steve Jobs

And  more from our Liz: Julia Roberts is one bad apple in “Snow White” … Johnny Depp apologizes … “The Situation” gets dressed

“STAY HUNGRY. Stay foolish!” This was Steve Jobs’ advice to the aspiring young.

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PERHAPS the only person in the world who wasn’t somehow moved by the death of Apple’s creative genius was the former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Sarah’s decision not to run for president was vastly overshadowed on Wednesday, when word came of Jobs’ death from cancer at age 56. Even Fox News — though they didn’t drop their nightly line-up to pay homage to Mr. Jobs, as did CNN, MSNBC and CNBC — seemed muted in their coverage of Sarah’s momentous decision. Had Mrs. Palin stayed too long at the Fox fair?

So, New Jersey’s gov, Chris Christie, is out, and so is Palin. I wouldn’t bet the rent on Christie possibly being lured back in, but surely Sarah will not reconsider. However, she has promised to stick around to support her causes and candidates and be a down home, aw shucks, you betcha provocateur.

We probably have not heard the last of her perpetual cries of victimization.

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JULIA ROBERTS isn’t known for her bad-girl roles. Despite all the nasty tricks she played on Cameron Diaz in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” she ended up doing the right thing in the end, encouraged by pal Rupert Everett. But it was fun to see Julia go to the dark side. Well, fans of Miss Roberts will have more fun next March when her “Snow White” movie opens. (Actually, that’s not the title, or the full title. There are other Snow White-themed films pending, so producers are trying to come with a one that won’t confuse audiences.)

In any case, Julia’s turn as the Evil Queen is much anticipated. She’s just plain bad and there is no redemption in store. She hands out poisoned apples, for goodness sake!

Lily Collins, who plays innocent Snow White, was impressed by Julia’s ability to get into character. She told People magazine: “Off camera she is so down to earth and sweet. We’d be shooting and she’s being extremely horrible to me — in character — and once they yell ‘cut’ the first thing she says is, ‘Are you okay? I’m sorry. I hate being mean to you.’”

In fact, Julia told her director, Tarsem Singh: “I feel like I’m being mean to Bambi!” (Miss Collins is only 22, and Singh describes her appeal as “Liz Taylor meets Audrey Hepburn.”)

I can’t wait to see Julia — one of the least vain actresses in the world — doing her “mirror, mirror on the wall” bit, or some variation of that.

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JOHNNY DEPP looks better than he has in a long time, on the cover of the new Vanity Fair. Just shows what a haircut and a shave can do! But he got himself in trouble when he said that he found photo sessions invasive: “You just feel like you’re being raped, somehow.” He has been compelled to apologize. Political correctness — their police force is omnipresent. Bevare! (As Bela Lugosi used to warn.)

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SPEAKING OF looking good, Flow Formal Wear has hired “Jersey Shore’s” perpetually shirtless Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, to model suits. With ties and real shirts and cufflinks and vests. Guess what? He looks handsome and suave! Mike should keep his abs — nice as they are — under cover, and continue to dress like an adult. He might even extend his 15 minutes to an hour or so.

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“Well, I am really a hedonist. I don’t enjoy dieting. I think dieting is truly vain — it’s only for yourself. Being a size six instead of a size 12 is not going to make you more attractive spiritually. It’s not going to enable you to see the mountains clearer.”

That was Elizabeth Taylor, back in 1997. I had gone to Los Angles to interview Miz Liz for Good Housekeeping magazine, and to attend her big 65th birthday gala/AIDS benefit. I’d almost forgotten about this interview, but I came across it while trying to clear the chaos that is my office. Elizabeth, after three grueling hip operations was in good shape — a little plump, but still radiant, and quite introspective. She was divorced from Larry Fortensky by that time. I asked her what she wanted to accomplish in the next few years: “Wipe out AIDS, wipe out AIDS, wipe out AIDS. Then take a rest. A walk on the beach.”

Two weeks later came word that the star of stars had a brain tumor! But she survived that crisis, too. I thought she’d never succumb.

20 Responses so far.

  1. avatar Anais P says:

    News of the too-soon death of the brilliant Steve Jobs should have overshadowed the “news” we have known for years, namely, that Sarah Palin would not run for President. Jobs worked hard, was an innovating genius and created jobs for thousands and products millions use. Palin, none of the above. I am glad her news was overshadowed, but so sorry at what overshadowed it.

    • avatar Lila says:

      Well said, Anais.

    • avatar Baby Snooks says:

      I know it’s impolite to speak ill of the dead but I am rather amazed by all the praise of Steve Jobs given the fact that he was a vulture capitalist in every sense of the word and probably more vulture than capitalist. So call me impolite. And while his companies kept quite a few people employed they also made him very rich. And he was not known for sharing the good fortune. Philanthropy was not part of his vocabulary. So, well, praise away. But don’t expect the check in the mail for doing so.

      • avatar Lila says:

        Jobs could have been kinder, steadier, more even-tempered, more generous – but even so, he did have some pretty cool ideas and inspired his employees to do the same, so that is a pretty good contribution. People enjoy his products and the Apple-inspired products that other companies make later (and even improve upon). Personally, I am not an Apple fan – too expensive and restrictive for my tastes – but many friends just love their Macs, their iPods, etc. etc.

        • avatar Baby Snooks says:

          Of course he inspired them. He loved it when they came up with something that could be patented and make him even richer. He was a role model for vulture capitalism. And probably more vulture than capitalist.

          • avatar TheTexasMom says:

            For someone to be a vulture capitalist I find it odd he would/did not draw a salary from Apple.

          • avatar KarenR says:

            At his level the $$ is in the stock holdings, not the salaries.

          • avatar TheTexasMom says:

            Karen, I agree but my point was if he really was a vulture he would have taken money in any shape, way or form.

          • avatar Baby Snooks says:

            Be assured he did. And be assured that there will be many “rememberances” of the man after all the “flowery tributes” have wilted. None of them “flowery.”  He was, if anything, a symbol of everything that is wrong with America.

      • avatar JCF4612 says:

        You have no clue on how he or his wife (who sits on assorted non-profit education boards) have chosen to share their wealth. 

  2. avatar LandofLove says:

    It will be interesting to see if the media coverage of Mrs. Palin declines, now that her relevance has diminished.

    • avatar rick gould says:

      By all rights, interest should diminish…since Palin isn’t actually DOING anything now, except being an annoying media gadfly.
      But since we live in the age of tabloid media and media whores who love them, that may not neccessarily be the case!

    • avatar Lila says:

      LandofLove, please, please, please, please….

  3. avatar Bonnie O says:

    It will be interesting to note if the folks at wowowow continue to do stories about Sarah Palin.  She has been a mainstay at this website.

    • avatar Mary says:

      It actually has declined and she has been a media mainstay on most websites.  I didn’t even use her name once!

      • avatar Baby Snooks says:

        Eventually the books and the bookings will dry up and she most likely will turn to another venue in the medium she loves so much. Probably about the time someone decides to “revamp” the old television show “Hee-Haw” and they announce the date of the casting call. “Howwwwwwwwwwdeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”

  4. avatar JCF4612 says:

    Sad as losing Steve Jobs has been, his timing was once again brilliant.

    Upstaging Palin’s announcement (timed for a day after Christie’s) serves as Jobs’ departing gift to us all. 

    As for all the silly stories now popping up criticizing him for not “giving” in the standard manner to assorted run-of-the-mill charitable causes that do more for stoking big salaries for executive directors and other administrators than the so-called victims — he should get kudos for good judgment on that, too. 

    Who’s to say he hasn’t contributed anonymously without ever asking to have his name plastered on museums, university business schools and hospital wings across America and beyond?  

    Bravo, Steve Jobs, for alternative thinking in whatever style you saw fit.

    • avatar TheTexasMom says:

      Exactly JCF, that was I was thinking about his contributions.  Just because I have not heard of them doesn’t mean he didn’t give.

  5. avatar chipgiii says:

    The hate for Palin knows no bounds:

    “PERHAPS the only person in the world who wasn’t somehow moved by the death of Apple’s creative genius was the former half-term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. Sarah’s decision not to run for president was vastly overshadowed…”

    Everyone knows I am not a fan of Palin, but that is a pathetic comment.

  6. avatar Aline says:

    Julia Roberts lost me as a fan during the time she was trying to lure her then married future husband Danny away from his wife Vera. She went out in public and was photographed wearing a t-shirt that had a snarky, juvenile comment to Vera to hurry up her divorce proceedings so Julia didn’t have to wait any longer. Totally tacky.