Kenneth Battelle--a/k/a just plain Kenneth (or "Mr. Kenneth")--was so famous and coveted as a hair stylist that he did both Jackie Kennedy and the woman who was sleeping with her husband, Marilyn Monroe.
For Jackie, he used lots of rollers and created her famous bouffant which lengthened her head a ... More >>
Many of the Kennedy family and their spouses have long been walking car crashes, as doomed as cast members from Saturday Night Live.
All those good looks and great connections obviously come with a price.
Just yesterday, Mary Richardson Kennedy--RFK Jr.'s troubled estranged wife--was found dead at ... More >>
I've praised Frank Langella's memoir, Dropped Names, several times, admiring its candor and insight--though I did note the weirdness of him writing about Anthony Perkins coming on to him without ever revealing whether the author bit the bait.
Langella's book serves up steaming truckloads of dish ab ... More >>
After all, Katie played swellegant first lady Jackie Kennedy in the TV miniseries The Kennedys this past year.
And Michelle is currently portraying screen goddess Marilyn Monroe in the feature film My Week With Marilyn.
Drag star Hedda Lettuce presented Rosemary's Baby last night at the Chelsea Clearview and was delightfully satanic enough to bring me onstage beforehand to talk about my love for the 1968 horror classic.
I advised the audience to look for various sitcom regulars who Polanski purposely cast as witch ... More >>
via WikipediaAccording to a new book of interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy, the former First Lady said that her husband openly doubted Lyndon Johnson's ability to be president. The interviews, which were conducted by historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in the year following JFK's assassination, ... More >>
(5) Hillary Clinton
She's smart, tough, and almost ran for President, securing a high-power job in the administration when that didn't work out.
Besides, she behaved classily when humiliated by her husband's trouser antics, not letting us see her pain and using it to build char ... More >>
Jacqueline Bouvier (Kennedy Onassis) wrote quite a lot of letters -- there was no email, after all -- to her boyfriend at Harvard, a 21-year-old fellow named R. Beverley Corbin Jr., in the late 1940s. A Christie's auction held on Thursday landed them in the hands of a "French lady" and "very ... More >>
The First Ladies of butter
Yes, Brooklyn foodism is reaching an apogee of somewhat annoying proportions, but one new company stands out as a worthwhile addition to the larder: The Butter Queen of Brooklyn, which sells a variety of flavored butters.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives.
October 30, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 55
by Blair Sobel
When you come right down to it, fashion is about pure fantasy. Image-achieving or head-tripping to be exact. So why not have one of the biggest fantasy "heads" of all ti ... More >>
Last week Judge Vaughn Walker's decision setting aside Prop 8 in California unleashed plenty of grumbling from rightbloggers. As it involves gay people, this was to be expected.
There was also rightblogger outrage, also expected, that Michelle Obama and her daughters had a swell, privately-funded v ... More >>
M'hammed Soumayah, variously described as a chaffeur, bodyguard, and right-hand man to Liza Minnelli, has settled a sexual harassment suit against the Cabaret star. He alleged that she threatened to fire him from his $238,000-a-year job if he did not sleep with him, so he did, and claimed to ... More >>
It was a bad week for the Kennedys. As Teddy's corpse was barely cold, James Auchincloss, 62-year-old half brother to the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis, was indicted on possession of child porn.
And guess who supposedly ratted him out? Eddie McManus, his "former assistant" of over a decade, wh ... More >>
"Sorry to use the word 'peppy.'"
The website for Merge Records says that Bay of Pigs, the new EP from Daniel Bejar's Destroyer which came out on Tuesday, "is an account of the 1961 American invasion of Cuba." That's sort of true--there was a second or two during the songwriting process whe ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesOctober 1, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 50Bobby is Not 'Best Man' for Playwright VidalBy Mary Perot NicholsThe author of "The Best Man" stood on a sidewalk at 74th Street and Madison Avenue on a rainy Monday and told TV and newspapermen that the best ma ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesAugust 20, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 44Feeding 'em Up for LBJ at Mr. Gracie's MansionBy Roberta BrandesWith 1000 pounds of pork ribs, 500 barbecued chickens, 5000 hot biscuits, and the culinary guidance of Walter Jetton, her father's favorite chef ... More >>
Haven't had enough of the Beales, the mother-daughter duo who were the subject of Grey Gardens the documentary, the musical, the followup documentary, and the HBO movie?
Well, have I got a weekend for you! It's one entirely devoted to Grey Gardens with no mention of anything unrelated to the glamor ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesDecember 20, 1962, Vol. VIII, No. 9An Open Letter to JFK From Norman MailerDear Mr. President:For a few days I thought I might be going to the conference you will have in Nassau with Prime Minister Macmillan on December 19 and December 20. Then a ... More >>
The squalid yet strangely uplifting story of the Beales--the mother/daughter duo who went from being Jackie Kennedy's fancy shmancy cousins to living in filth in a decayed Hamptons mansion filled with raccoons--rises again. The original Maysles brothers' documentary was made into a musical, which ... More >>