“THE MODERN Hollywood scandal has developed its own set of rituals: steeped in history, accessorized with contemporary flair, and in the end as tightly scripted as any blockbuster sequel or red-carpet processional,” writes editor Graydon Carter in a special edition of Vanity Fair.
His handsome magazine is 128 pages of the “Ten Best” scandals already illuminated by the famous Conde Nast magazine — ten classics. (I told you some time ago we were going to get a part of this, including the story of the night Natalie Wood drowned. And, lo and behold, suddenly the California cops revived interest in the case, although I don’t personally believe anything will ever come of that.)
Here are the rest, with dazzling, fantastic photographs of the famed personalities — L.A. in the Age of O.J. (how pleased the columnist Dominick Dunne must be up in heaven) … The Miranda Obsession, which I confess I don’t remember from the past, but now I will never forget it … The Warren Report, or the famed Norman Mailer examining of Mr. Beatty and Annette Bening … Those twin queens, Jackie and Joan Collins, again by Dominick Dunne … Michael Cimino and the final cut … Patty Bosworth on Lana, Cheryl and the gangster … Pat Dollard’s War on Hollywood … the one and only Robert Evans and his celebrity life … and, of course,“When Liz Met Dick.”
Vanity Fair gives us also more historical, less imperative scandals which never means they weren’t important and didn’t make headlines. Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini … Fatty Arbuckle … Thomas Ince and William Randolph Hearst … Jean Harlow and Paul Bern … Errol Flynn … the death of Marilyn Monroe … Roman Polanski … Sean Young and James Wood … Phil Spector — and like that!
Pick this up on the newsstands because it’s only available for a limited time, and it belongs in the celeb “immortals” portion of your library.
This kind of collection pretty much puts the Lindsay Lohans and Paris Hiltons in their place.
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PHIL TRACEY, one of the good guys who works for the HomeGoods of TJX, sends me a list asking Americans which celebrity chef they would want to cook their Christmas dinner,
The votes are for Gordon Ramsay, 20%; Martha Stewart, 14%; Giada De Laurentiis, 10%; Tom Colicchio from Top Chef, 10%; and Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations, 9%.
But the all-American winner comes up Paula Deen, at 37%.
I would have voted for her anyway, because she believes in butter and sugar and all those nifty Southern things that we can’t eat all the time but we can eat at Christmas. Paula Deen — the greatest!
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SIXTY major names, thinkers and celebrities — including seven former U.S. presidents, 12 Nobel Prize winners and six British MP’s — have called on the leader of Great Britain, David Cameron, to begin a dialogue about legalizing drug use.
They argue that the illicit drug industry is worth over $300 billion a year, and ask that a public conversation be started between governments and the 250 million drug users of the world. They argue also that “drug use” should be treated as a medical problem, and they believe if PM Cameron started it, this might develop into progress with other world leaders.
These distinguished people say tens of thousands die in the drug war each year. “Corruption among law enforcers and politicians, especially in producer and transit countries, has spread as never before, endangering democracy and civil society.”
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THE 19TH Kay Scarpetta book is here from Patricia Cornwell and it is titled Red Mist. This will move her over the 100 million copy mark — and also be the first of her novels to be converted to a movie. (Angelina Jolie will play Scarpetta, the former chief medical examiner of Virginia and a forensic consultant.)
The character, Dr. Scarpetta, created by Cornwell as a frustrated amateur Italian chef and major worrier about the people in her life (her disappearing detective friend lover, her irritating, selfish sister, her weird technocrat niece, and her on-and-off-again gruff detective aide) can take a lot of credit for having inflated young people’s interest in forensics.
I can’t wait to imagine the feisty author Patsy Cornwell meeting up with her international star Angelina Jolie. Both women like to put out those “I’m naughty vibes,” so it should be interesting.
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The Vatican made waves again bothering itself by pronouncing that yoga is “Satanic” because it leads to the worship of Hinduism. The Church went on the claim that all “All Eastern religions are based on a false belief in reincarnation.”
But ignoring such as that, there are many many good and great people in Catholic charities. I just read a book titled Raised by the Church — Growing up in New York City’s Catholic Orphanages. Edward Rohs, the author, speaks as a special child of the Church, and the talented Judith Estrine helped him bring this wonderful book to life. It will inspire and refresh you. A few caring adults can make all the difference. This is a Fordham University Press issue.
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Everybody who meets Daniel Craig, who is now filming the 23rd installment of the Ian Fleming-created James Bond movies, remarks on what a downright upright good guy he is.
But Craig himself told GQ magazine that he lacks the competitive spirit.“I’m one of the least competitive people you’ll ever meet — except with myself.”