It's like those videos of cross-species animal friendships, but even cuter: Daft comedian Eugene Mirman, impresario of the Brooklyn comedy festival bearing his name, onstage at North Carolina's Cat's Cradle club with daft psych-pop cult hero Robyn Hitchcock, the rare rock-era musician whose old-man ... More >>
So says Debbie Reynolds in her wonderful new memoir, Unsinkable. Debbie remembers hearing a thumping noise and some opera singing while she sat in her trailer on the set of the 1959 comedy The Mating Game . It was coming from Tony Randall's trailer, so she promptly headed there to investigate, as ... More >>
In her new book, Unsinkable, America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds talks about her bad luck with husbands. But while she could sort of understand Eddie Fisher leaving her for Liz Taylor, it was harder to fathom her third husband, Richard Hamlett, cheating on her with some strumpet. Debbie relates h ... More >>
But they wouldn't let her! Let me explain: Postcards From The Edge is the campily funny yet dramatically riveting 1990 movie based on Carrie Fisher's book about a recovering drug addict battling her manipulative, patronizing, and narcissistic mom, who was a 1950s and '60s movie star. Even a dropou ... More >>
I generally loathe one-person shows because they often fail to be all that dramatic, usually consisting of a long-winded famous person pretending to be another long-winded famous person, taking an occasional breath only when the phone rings. But the three one-woman shows that are coming sound like ... More >>
You don't have to be gay to enjoy the staggeringly entertaining and wildly campy clips I've compiled for you, but it helps. Simply click on the links and you'll see: Joan Crawford/Cyd Charisse, "Two Faced Woman" (narrated by Debbie Reynolds, of course). This defies description. Must be seen to be ... More >>
I won't be reading the comments on this one because I don't want to see all the cries of "You forgot about..." I forgot nothing. I know everything. These are my faves. Deal with it or go to hell.
Ever watch a star belt out a song in a movie musical and think, "Wow! I didn't know they could sing!"? Well, they couldn't! So many times, a perfectly nice-looking performer with lovely sounds emanating from their mouth is faking it like a drag queen doing Britney -- or even like Britney herself.
As we've reported previously, the white halter dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch -- you know, the one in that iconic subway grate scene -- will soon be up for sale by an L.A. auction house. The dress, currently owned by Debbie Reynolds, is worth an estimated $1 to $2 million ... More >>
Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch is on sale for the low, low price of $2 million. It's the halter dress she wears while standing over the subway grate, trying to keep the skirt down. Actress Debbie Reynolds, 79, who is Carrie Fisher's mother, is also a movie memorabili ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. March 22, 1973, Vol. XVIII, No. 12 Wake up! The party's not over by Blair Sobol Perhaps Norman Mailer started it all. The latest craze is giving extravagantly dull parties. The bigger and more boring the better. Nowadays the success of ... More >>
I thought it would never happen. I wrote several times that if it did happen, it would mean the end to old-time Hollywood glamour as we know it. Elizabeth Taylor has died at 79. A great movie star and a fabulous personality, Liz had radioactive charisma centered by those violet eyes which, ... More >>
And Lesley Ann Warren, Patrick Duffy, Barbara Eden, Sandahl Bergman, Nancy Allen, and tons more. It was the Chiller Theater expo in Parsippany, New Jersey, where pals Mickey Boardman and Angelo Pitillo and I giddily trekked to hang with the culty and classic stars in a Jersey Hilton.
A letter just came in from my writer friend Gary LeGault way out in LA LA Land: "Dear Michael: "I wanted to provide you with an update on the script I wrote for the Brolins, which you were so kind to have mentioned in your blog. Barbra never formally acknowledged my manuscript, but in the ... More >>
In the 1950s, Eddie Fisher made himself a walking punchline for the rest of his life by dumping America's sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, in favor of the vamp next door, Elizabeth Taylor, as any sensible person would do. He was basically the original Brad Pitt. Li'l Debbie was furious, but yea ... More >>
This one puts the ass back in YouTube classic.
I do a full Gaynor! . . . over Mitzi and over Reichen Lehmkuhl; Friars toast David Dinkins
Yes, kids, Princess Leia's mother, Debbie Reynolds, is considering an offer to replace Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music. Can the peppy, old-time movie star (and the original Jennifer Aniston, victim-wise) give good wheelchair action? Can she ... More >>
A toast to sobriety
In the midst of one of the dying-est years in celebrity history, I feel it's imperative to cherish the old-time stars who are still with us and make sure (via prayers, voodoo, or interventions) that they never transition to the other side. But who are they? Who's left?
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
That desperate headline was the only way I could draw your attention to my column (CLICK HERE) reviewing Debbie Reynolds, who was Hollywood's original girl-next-door-who's-man-left-her-for-a-vamp, way back in the '50s. Anyway, Debbie debuted at the Cafe Carlysle last week with a fun act of singing, ... More >>
City Harvest is a wonderful organization that feeds people--including me at a benefit luncheon the other day, where they honored social scribe David Patrick Columbia, who's sort of the uptown version of me, but way nicer. David is the editor of Quest magazine and the author of newyorksocialdiary.co ... More >>
In her new book, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, Debbie Nelson says the portrayal of Em's mama in the movie 8 Mile was as fictional as Slim Shady. Writes Debs, "The Basinger character comes on to her own son and his friends. That is just sick. She's addicted to alcohol and bingo, her trailer is an ... More >>
Way back in the 1950s, Debbie Reynolds emerged as a bright-eyed, efficient singer/actress as well as a fabulous professional victim. (Liz Taylor stole her husband, Eddie Fisher, away in a whirl of whoriness, and Debbie truly worked it, though now both she and Liz are united in deep hatred for Eddie. ... More >>
Accosted by fat guys, disgusted by Ann Coulterall side effects of fabulousness