Norma Desmond

  • Film

    September 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Movie Stars Who Turned Down Legendary Roles

    We all know about classic stuff like Cary Grant making sure they cast Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady instead of him, and Doris Day not tarnishing her image by doing The Graduate--a part that would have resulted in her still working today. But here are some other weird cinematic decisions, courtesy of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Petula Clark Sings "Downtown" Uptown!

    "I know a place where we can go," as Brit pop goddess Petula Clark sang in one of her 15 consecutive Top 40 U.S. hits that came out in the 1960s. It's Feinstein's at Loews Regency, where "Pet" is serving you her hits in grand style (without any of the self-conscious I'm-doing-you-a-favor attitude o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Madonna Wanted For Sunset Boulevard

    ​I recently April Fooled you about Madonna getting a special Oscar for acting, but there's finally a role that she could garner some gold with. And she doesn't want it! On Piers Morgan's chat show on CNN, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said he feels Madonna would be a ''great Norma Desmond'' i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Photos Of Me With Fabulous Celebs!

    :​It's Norma Desmond time. I've been going through my inventory and finding lots of instances were I stuck my face in photos with celebrities at various parties (often when they were hosting bashes for me or vice versa). Humor me and enjoy these images of yours truly with: *Liberace (above ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    The Most Fabulous Video I've Ever Done

    ​Please indulge my Norma Desmond-like obsession with the past just one more time -- today -- and watch this YouTube classic, filmed at the notorious Limelight club by Nelson Sullivan sometime in the carefree '80s. It has me in a glorious gown and stunning red braid, doing an impression of Ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Is Madonna Using Lourdes?

    ​I remember a time when Madonna was so sheltering of her daughter Lourdes that the girl wasn't even allowed to watch TV (though I bet a sneak peek at the occasional Madonna video was perfectly OK, yuck yuck). But once Madonna hit the age where radio turns a chilly shoulder to you -- and the y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    My Apartment Is In The Observer!

    ​You all laughed at my thrift store decor and I didn't fight back that hard because I knew that the Observer's Home magazine insert was about to give it some lavish coverage. So here it is, naysayers!

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    You Can Be a Movie Star With Yoostar

    Yoostar is a magical-computer form of cinema karaoke whereby you're filmed saying lines from a classic movie scene and then can promptly see the scene with you in it! It's the quickest rush since crack cocaine!

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    I Should Have Had A Nose Job Years Ago!

    I was looking through some old photos of myself in that Norma Desmond-y way I have, and found one where I looked almost cute except for a honker the size of Pittsburgh exploding through my face. If I had only had it chopped off back then, my whole life would have been different! I would have been a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    All About Eve vs. Sunset Boulevard

    In 1950, two instant classics about the cruelty of show business, both starring older dames, went at it for Best Picture. Joe Mankiewicz's All About Eve--starring Bette Davis as an aging actress whose entire life is usurped by an unctuous fan--clobbered Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Halloween Special: Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd.

    With Halloween arriving on Friday, cable channels are as thick as theaters with apt seasonal programming, meaning you can catch Saw V at your local multiplex or Saws I through IV at home. Which is why we were so impressed with TCM’s inspired broadcast last night of Billy Wilder’s 1950 noir, Suns ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008
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    April 22, 2008
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    June 26, 2007

    Two Hot to Handle

    I talked to Dancy, but Christian bailed. Paris Hilton got out, too.

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    May 15, 2007
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    December 5, 2006

    He Wrote the Songs

    Celebrating Tinseltown composer and musical innovator Franz Waxman

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    July 25, 2006

    Bride of Sweeney

    Marriage of Lorca and Doyle is one very Todd couple

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    February 14, 2006
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    November 15, 2005

    Maid to Order

    Boss from hell proves it's hard to find good help these days

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    August 23, 2005
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    July 19, 2005
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    April 5, 2005
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    October 26, 2004
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    March 30, 2004
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    September 30, 2003
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    July 29, 2003

    It's All Over Now

    Legends of the Fall

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    June 10, 2003

    Restorative Powers

    Preserving the Wealth

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    February 15, 2000
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    July 13, 1999

    I Think Icon

    People Who Need People

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    March 30, 1999

    Reversal of Fortune

    Is 'Stone Cold Rudy' Down for the Count?

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    February 23, 1999