Liz Smith: Liza Minnelli Silenced

liza“JOURNALISTS … know perfectly well that it is almost impossible to consider their activities for any period of time without laughing out loud,” said Alexander Cockburn.

stripLIZA MINNELLI is the latest big star to step forward and support the NOH8 Campaign.

This is a photographic protest created in response to the passage of California’s Prop 8, which amended the state constitution to ban same sex marriage.

Photographs show celebs with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing voices being silenced. Liza joins others in this protest, such as Deepak Chopra, Fran Drescher, Audra McDonald, Ashlee Simpson, Cindy McCain, Tori Spelling, Greg Louganis and Kim Kardashian.

Liza, long a champion of gay rights, says: “Here’s what I believe. No shame. No blame. No guilt … Be who you are.”

Powerful words. And oddly enough, they could stand as the personal mantra of her life!

mika-brzezinski-obsessedamericasfoodaddictionandmy-91TODAY Mika Brzezinski, the usually bare-armed, well-toned blonde who tries to calm down the unruly frat boys of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” — will appear at the MDC Partners Innovation Centre. Mika will be promoting her candid new book, Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction — And My Own.

Mika, who seems to have an easier time of it on-air these days, what with Joe Scarborough taking more chill pills, has apparently struggled with a variety of issues concerning her weight, self-image and her relationship with food.

Obsessed is published by Weinstein Books. Harvey Weinstein himself, along with comic David Steinberg, are hosting the event. Harvey says, “I am so proud of Mika and this book!”

The big question — will Mika wear one of her well-known sleeveless little dresses to her book party? If she does, it’ll be fine. Unlike some women (and some clueless men who walk around in tank tops) Ms. Brzezinski has the arms for it.

TWO-TIME Olympian runner Nick Symmonds is being pursued by ABC to become its new hot “Bachelor” on the still-popular reality show. Nick is an Eagle Scout from Boise, Idaho, and likes to go fishing when he isn’t sprinting. He’s charming and good-looking (natch!) and the kind of guy “any girl could introduce to her parents.”

Well, a girl could introduce any kind of guy to meet her parents. But Nick seems to be a genuine sweetie.


ROBERT DOWNEY Jr. must feel he is living under a lucky star. The brilliant actor soared fast and high, plummeted faster and lower than anybody could have believed. He seemed to be forever lost to drugs.

But he came back, slowly but surely, first as the great actor he has always been, and now, incredibly, as the action star of the “The Iron Man” films. Each one of these is more phenomenally successful than the last. Already, after the astounding weekend of “Iron Man 3,” talk of a fourth and even fifth film, is already being discussed — in the press, at least. Men tend to have an easier time rehabilitating themselves in the public eye, so that helped Downey. But it was his talent and intelligence that were his real assets.

I’m glad for him. Now, let’s see what re-hab lockdown does for Lindsay Lohan.


AdWeek-KeithAD WEEK features Keith Richards, back in 1980, holding a big open bottle of Jack Daniels bourbon. They say marketers love this sort of look back into nostalgia and that consumers are “drinking it up!” So everything old is new again, like they keep saying.

This magazine asked multi-media celeb Michael Smerconish, to talk about how he has changed in going for sat radio over his former 80 stations:

“This will allow me to deliver a program without regard for the fact that I’m surrounded by people who want to kick the crap out of Obama whether he deserves it or not … I am now an independent. I’m a believer in the death penalty. I believe in a strong defense. I’m a firearms owner. But I’m also pro-choice. I believe we should legalize pot and prostitution.”

Michael also appears on MSNBC, writes for the Philadelphia Inquirer and has written several books.


This column originally appeared on on 5/8/13

2 Responses so far.

  1. avatar JERILYN says:

    Go Liza Minnelli our Dame Eluzabeth is rooting you on and would be standing with all the others who are supporting this campaign. Just remember Dame Elizabeth’s words in her 1993 speech accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar: “And at the end of each of our lives be proud we have treated all with the KINDNESS, DIGNITY, & RESPECT every human being deserves.” Elizabeth Taylor was right then and those words ring true even more now! Stand up and be heard! Brava to all in this fight for equal rights for all.

  2. avatar elizalizzie says:

    Clueless? Talking about a book on women’s self image and you end it with: “Unlike some women (and some clueless men who walk around in tank tops) Ms. Brzezinski has the arms for it.” Nice