"Before most American celebrity-watchers became aware of her as Jack Nicholson’s notably elegant girlfriend, in the mid-1970s - and before her acting career took off in 1985, when she was 34 ......more".
There was a time when Nora Ephron was frequently compared to Dorothy Parker, even by Nora Ephron. (“All I wanted in this world was to come to New York and be Dorothy Parker. The funny lady. The only lady at the table. The woman...more
It’s not easy being a puppeteer. Consider the opening sequence of 1979’s “The Muppet Movie,” in which Kermit the Frog performed “The Rainbow Connection,” the follow-up to his breakout number, “Bein’ Green.”...more
The jury is still out on glamour. Some critics see it as the scourge of modern society, an illusory opiate doled out by a ruling elite to dazzle the masses into submission. For others glamour is a fragile and endangered species,...more
When it comes to frills and fashions, London defers to Paris. It was ever so. Jonathan Conlin, the American-born author of an admired history of London’s National Gallery, starts his series of sprightly strolls through these...more
Ronald Frame’s fast-moving new novel makes use of the eccentric Miss Havisham from “Great Expectations,” but the first two-thirds of it is much more Trollopian than Dickensian. Right from the start, Catherine Havisham...more