When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that includes lots of her facing the camera and telling stories about mama, Joan Crawford. Christina saunt ... More >>
Even more powerful than today! And today I rule from Murray Hill with an iron fist, with occasional broomstick rides to other gossip capitals to wreak even more wide-ranging terror. But back in the '30s, Louella Parsons was so powerful she might as well have been in the White House. Louella was a ... More >>
There's been a lot of talk -- mainly right here -- about whether Barbra Streisand is the right choice to play the feisty Mama Rose in the new movie version of the classic musical Gypsy. Well, I just heard from Steven Brinberg, who for years has done a letter-perfect Babs homage called Simply Barbra ... More >>
Just in case any more happened to be needed. I recently discovered Helen Hayes's memoir, in which the grande dame talks about becoming an unlikely friend of Joan Crawford starting in the '30s, possibly because Helen didn't pose a threat to Joan's movie allure.
The picks of the litter. In other business: Travolta's not exactly Divine, is he?
The romantic fever dreams of an underappreciated master
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