Helen Lawson

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    The Five Fictional Characters I'd Most Want To Be! How About You?

    Of course I'm perfectly happy being the fictional character known as myself. But if I could dig into the vaults of literature and find someone even better, here's who I'd choose to switch costumes and time periods with: (5) Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest A vengeful wizard full of sound an ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    The Best Catfights In Hollywood History

    They're all in John DiLeo's new book Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies, and not surprisingly, a bunch of them involve Susan Hayward. In fact, as anyone with any breeding knows, the above scene has Hayward as aging battleax Helen Lawson getting into a tussle with Patty Duke as pill-pop ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Isabella Rossellini Is The Queen Of The Bees

    ​Screen and glamour icon Isabella Rossellini played a bee when she did those award-winning Green Pornos for the Sundance Channel, in which she personally enacted the mating rituals of the animal kingdom (while wearing the proper protection, I'm sure). Well, at her daughter Elettra Wiedemann's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Marilyn Maye Is A-Maye-Zing

    ​Marilyn Maye is an old-time standards singer who's sort of Helen Lawson meets Anita O'Day, but with a unique sound and an individual spin. The 80-something singer--enjoying a career renaissance as the queen of cabaret--has a voice as sharp as a tool and a personality that's currently lightin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Camp Flashback: Valley of the Dolls Casting Weirdness

    ​The 1967 campfest Valley of the Dolls is the ultimate glossy film about three show biz glamour girls who fall into a big bottle of pills. (They should remake it with Britney, Paris, and Lindsay.) Interestingly, the book's author, Jackie Susann, wanted Liza Minnelli to play the part of risin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    What's Your Favorite Show Within a Movie?

    via FashionState​Hit The Sky starring singing barracuda Helen Lawson in Valley of the Dolls? Tell Me, Darling starring Neely "I'll do the second act first" O'Hara, also in the immortal Valley of the Dolls? Goddess, the appallingly entertaining Vegas revue starring underwater-flexible Nomi Ma ... More >>

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    July 31, 2007

    Can You Top This?

    Unrelated: the city's sex life bottoms out; Hillary's gal Friday; Dean among the Queens

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    May 30, 2006
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    November 5, 2002
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    October 29, 2002