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Friday, April 13, 2018

Celebrities who were valedictorians

Newsday Celebrities who were valedictorians Updated April 5, 2018 5:31 AM Alicia Keys, Conan O’Brien and more people with fame and brains. Find out which stars graduated at the top of their class, either in high school or college.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny graduated valedictorian of the prestigious Collegiate
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David Duchovny graduated valedictorian of the prestigious Collegiate School in Manhattan in 1978. He later went on to attend Princeton.

Tiffani Thiessen

Tiffani Thiessen graduated first in class from Valley
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Tiffani Thiessen graduated first in class from Valley Professional High School in Studio City, Calif., in 1992. “Of course, there were only 50 kids!” she told Us Magazine in 2011.

Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham was co-valedictorian with actor Kevin Spacey
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Mare Winningham was co-valedictorian with actor Kevin Spacey when they graduated Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles in 1977.

Natalie Portman

Actress Natalie Portman was valedictorian of the Syosset
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Actress Natalie Portman was valedictorian of the Syosset High School Class of 1999. While she was a senior, she reached superstardom as Queen Amidala in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.” During that time, Portman famously skipped the movie’s premiere to study for finals. She went on to study psychology at Harvard, and once said: “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”

Bette Midler

Bette Midler graduated valedictorian from Radford High School
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Bette Midler graduated valedictorian from Radford High School in Honolulu in 1963, according to CNN.

Troian Bellisario

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“Pretty Little Liars” star Troian Bellisario graduated top of her class from Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif., in 2005.

Cody Simpson

Singer Cody Simpson graduated at the top of
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Singer Cody Simpson graduated at the top of his class from an Atlanta high school in 2014.

Jeff Bezos

When Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos graduated
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When Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos graduated as valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1982, he told the Miami Herald he wanted to “build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth.”

Cindy Crawford

Illinois native Cindy Crawford graduated from DeKalb High
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Illinois native Cindy Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984, not only with the best grades in her class, but also with an academic scholarship to Northwestern University to study chemical engineering.

Conan O’Brien

Conan O'Brien was valedictorian of Brookline High School's
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Conan O’Brien was valedictorian of Brookline High School’s Class of 1981. Speaking at the suburban Boston school in 2003, he told students, “I wasn’t sure where I fit into high school. I wasn’t a good athlete, I sucked in math, I wasn’t very good in science.”

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was valedictorian of the Wellesley College Class of 1969, and the school’s first student commencement speaker. She was profiled that June (with graduating student speakers from other colleges) in a Life magazine story titled “The Class of ’69.”

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys was just 16 when she graduated
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Alicia Keys was just 16 when she graduated at the top of her class at Manhattan’s prestigious Professional Performing Arts School in 1997.

Weird Al Yankovic

Grammy-winning parody artist
Grammy-winning parody artist “Weird” Al Yankovic was two years younger than his classmates when he topped the class at Lynwood High School in California. “Weird Al” was only 16 when he started college at California Polytechnic State University, where he eventually earned an architecture degree.

Jodie Foster

Straight-A student Jodie Foster was valedictorian of her
Straight-A student Jodie Foster was valedictorian of her class at Los Angeles’ rigorous, bilingual school Lycée Français. When she graduated in 1980, Foster went on to study literature at Yale — though she also had her pick of Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Berkeley and Stanford, since those prestigious universities accepted the actress as well.

Chevy Chase

After he was kicked out of Riverdale Country
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After he was kicked out of Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, future “SNL” comedian Chevy Chase graduated valedictorian from Massachusetts’ progressive Stockbridge School.

Emmylou Harris

Country singer Emmylou Harris graduated first in her
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Country singer Emmylou Harris graduated first in her class from Gar-Field Senior High School in Dale City, Virginia in 1964.

Ben Stein

Television personality Ben Stein's law school classmates actually
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Television personality Ben Stein’s law school classmates actually voted him valedictorian of Yale’s Class of 1970 — a title he earned not because he had the best grades, but because he was popular, the “Ferris Bueller” actor once said.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Bette Midler, Jason Isbell Join Statement to Congress Urging CLASSICS Act Passage

Billboard Bette Midler, Jason Isbell Join Statement to Congress Urging CLASSICS Act Passage 12/20/2017 by Billboard Staff A group of more than 40 artists, including Jason IsbellEmmylou HarrisHenry Rollins and Bette Midler, have signed a letter to Congress urging them to pass the CLASSICS Act, which would require digital radio services such as SiriusXM to pay royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings. “Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before 1972,” the artists wrote. “Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The ‘CLASSICS Act’ would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due. We urge Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act and other pro-artist reforms quickly.” As it stands, SiriusXM cites state laws in allowing them to pay less (and in some cases no) royalties to play songs recorded before 1972. The CLASSICS Act — which stands for Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society Act — would close that loophole and require a uniform digital royalty rate for all music. Read the bill here. Signees: • Stelth Alexander • Matraca Berg • T Bone Burnett • Clem Burke • Mary Chapin Carpenter • Rosanne Cash • Beth Nielsen Chapman • Marc Cohn • Ry Cooder • Rodney Crowell • John Doe • Jerry Douglas • Mark Erelli • Mary Gauthier • Emmylou Harris • Debbie Harry • David Hood • Patterson Hood • Jason Isbell • Kris Kristofferson • John Leventhal • Mac McAnally • John McCrea • Bette Midler • Rhett Miller • Parker Millsap • Jason Moran • Paul Moravec • Grant-Lee Phillips • John Prine • Bonnie Raitt • East Bay Ray • Vernon Reid • Henry Rollins • Amanda Shires • Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding) • Chris Stein • Jeff Tweedy • John Paul White • Hank Williams Estate • Hal Willner
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Monday, December 7, 2015

BetteBack February 4, 1993: Bette Midler Nominated For People’s Choice Award 1993

Elyria Chronicle Telegram February 4, 1993 images (1) LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roseanne Arnold, Bill Cosby and Dolly Parton were among the performers nominated Wednesday for the 19th annual People’s Choice Awards. The top vote-getters were determined by a Gallup Poll of more than 5,000 people nationwide. They were asked to list their favorite music, TV shows and movies. Winners of the awards — billed as the only ones spanning television, film and music in which the public votes — will be announced March 9 on a CBS-TV special. The nominees are: TV COMEDY SERIES: “Cheers,” “Home Improvement,” “Roseanne TV DRAMATIC SERIES “In the Heat of the Night,” “Knots Landing,” “L A Law ” NEW TV COMEDY SERIES “Hearts Afire.” “Mad About You,” “Martin ” NEW TV DRAMATIC SERIES ‘Going to Extremes,” “Melrose Place,” “Picket Fences” TV DAYTIME SERIAL “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives,” “The Young and the Restless ” MALE TV PERFORMER- Tim Allen, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld FEMALE TV PERFORMER Roseanne Arnold, Candice Bergen, Angela Lansbury MOTION PICTURE “A Few Good Men,” “Aladdin,” “Malcolm X ” COMEDY MOTION PICTURE “Home Alone 2″ Lost m New York,” “Sister Act,” “The Distinguished Gentleman ” DRAMATIC MOTION PICTURE: “A Few Good Men,” ‘Malcolm X,” ” The Bodyguard” MOTION PICTURE ACTOR Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Jack Nicholson MOTION PICTURE ACTRESS’ Whoopi Goldberg, Demi Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer ACTOR IN A COMEDY MOTION PICTURE Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams ACTRESS IN A COMEDY MOTION PICTURE Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn. Bette Midler ACTOR IN A DRAMATIC MOTION PICTURE Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson ACTRESS IN A DRAMATIC MOTION PICTURE Whitney Houston, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone NEW MUSIC VIDEO “Achy Breaky Heart,” “I Will Always Love You,” ‘November Ram ” MALE MUSICAL PERFORMER Michael Bolton. Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMER Marian Carey, Whitney Houston, Reba McEntire MUSICAL GROUP. Alabama, Boyz II Men, Statler Brothers MALE COUNTRY MUSIC PERFORMER.Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus, Randy Travis FEMALE COUNTRY MUSIC PERFORMER Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton
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Monday, November 16, 2015

BetteBack April 12, 1992: A Dolly Parton/Bette Midler Movie Collaboration?

Mister D: This would have been so good! Syracuse Herald Journal April 12, 1992 l In Development: “Where There’s a Will,” featuring Dolly Parton and Bette Midler as never-introduced sisters who must live togethar to inherit their father’s fortune and who wind up as singing partners.
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

BetteBack February 8, 1990: Bette Nominated For A People’s Choice Award – Favorite All Around Entertainer

Walla Walla Union Bulletin February 8, 1990 313608_151152948305091_100002311596243_297072_7611172_n LOS ANGELES (AP) – Roseanne Barr, Bill Cosby and Tom Cruise were among nominees picked in a public opinion poll for the 16th annual “ The People’s Choice Awards.” “ Batman” and “Dead Poet’s Society” were among nominees in the movie categories, while“ Cheers” and “ Life Goes On” were among the shows winning nominations in the television categories. The winners, to be announced during a March 11 telecast on CBS, were determined by a poll conducted by the Gallup Organization and announced late Tuesday. Here is a list of the top three vote-getters for each of the 20 categories. Some categories have more than three vote-g^tters because of ties. Favorite female television performer: Roseanne Barr, Candice Bergen, Phylicia Rashad. Favorite male television performer: Bill Cosby, Ted Danson, Tom Selleck. Favorite young television performer: Neil Patrick Harris, Keshia Knight-PuUiam, Fred Savage. Favorite television comedy series: “ Cheers,” “The Cosby Show,” “ Roseanne.”

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Woman Scorned: The Top 12 Female Revenge Movies

Time A Woman Scorned: The Top 12 Female Revenge Movies By Richard Corliss April 29, 2014 10514135_356082334597872_732269323_n They fight for justice, and we cheer. They slash out in anger, and we cringe. From The Women to The Help, and from Carrie to Lady Vengeance, we honor a dozen movies that brandish female fury. It’s a story as old as the Greeks’ Medea and as modern as any YA novel-turned-film, whether The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games or Divergent. We present a dozen movies, from Hollywood, France and South Korea, that treat the vengeful-woman theme with fondness or dread, as comedy, melodrama or stark tragedy. You’ll think of other films, too. THE WOMEN, 1939. Directed by George Cukor, from the play by Clare Boothe. Word spreads around a posh Manhattan beauty parlor that Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford), a perfume counter girl, is having affair with ritzy Stephen Haines; and his sweet wife Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) isn’t yet in on the secret. Whispered gossip being the prime social media of the ’30s, Mary soon learns the awful truth and, on a divorce trip to Reno, plans revenge — not on Stephen but on Crystal. Mary needs to humiliate the conniving, working-class Other Woman so she can win back the philandering husband of her own social station. In this divinely salacious comedy, the men are nearly irrelevant; anyway, we don;t see Stephen or any other dude. Everyone in the cast of 135 is female (including Terry, the Cairn Terrier who the same year played Toto in The Wizard of Oz). A Broadway hit written by the woman who would become the second wife of Time Inc. co-founder Henry Luce, The Women was remade as a ’50s musical comedy (The Opposite Sex) and a 2008 misfire with Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes. But the 1939 version is the true, sparkling, dirty dish. It proves that, sometimes, the only weapon a woman needs is words. THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, 1968. Directed by François Truffaut, from the novel by Cornell Woolrich. Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau) tracks down five men, one by one, determined to kill them for the murder of her husband on the day she married him. This crepe-draped bride is an avenging angel as she locates her victims, plays the role of each man’s dream woman and employs brutal elegance in dispatching them — with a push, a poison, suffocation, an arrow and a knife. The movie gives pungent quirks to each of Julie’s victims: the wolf (Claude Rich) who has recorded the sound of his girlfriend crossing her silk-stockinged legs; the lonely loser (Michel Bouquet) who says he won’t touch Julie, but wants to be asked; the pompous politician (Michel Lonsdale) who suggests they have sex so that “You can say, ‘For one hour he forgot about France and gave himself to me’”; and the skirt-chasing artist (Charles Denner) who is almost too charming to kill. But not quite. As the U.S. trailer notes: “The five men who killed the groom made one mistake. They should have killed the bride.” (Keep on reading for the vengeful bride in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.) One or two implausible plot twists are detonated in this melodrama from the world-class filmmaker warmly remembered for the lighter, more romantic Jules and Jim and Day for Night. Moreau’s Julie is freon-cool, a sang-froid killer, and the love that spurs this sexy widow on is not so much post-coital as post-mortem. “I’m already dead,” she says. “I died the day he did. When I’m done I’ll join him.” CARRIE, 1976. Directed by Brian De Palma, from the novel by Stephen King. Poor Carrie White, “the girl who lives in that creepy house with her crazy mother.” She’s cursed with outsider loneliness in high school, and blessed, if that’s the word. with telekinetic powers that are triggered like a mega-explosion of puberty in the gym shower. When Carrie (Sissy Spacek) gets invited to the prom by a senior dreamboat (William Katt), her deranged Christian-fundamentalist mom (Piper Laurie) tells her it’s all the devil’s work, and she’s not far off: the girl is the victim of a vicious prank from two classmates (Nancy Allen and the young John Travolta). If you don’t know what happens next, you can guess: blood, death and overturned cars. One of many horror movies than transforms a teen’s body changes into seismic eruptions, Carrie remains a template of the worm turning into a wild force of nature — estrogen unleashed.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

6 Secrets Of ‘Badass Babes’ Who Never Age

Huffington Post 6 Secrets Of ‘Badass Babes’ Who Never Age April 14, 2015 432111_214608018635659_214468311982963_409114_1403884406_n Here’s the thing about “Badass Babes”, we don’t wait for anything. It’s a part of our charm. A Badass Babe” doesn’t wait for her knight in shining armor, for happily ever after, or for someone else to create the awesome in her life. She creates it. Badass Babes know how to stick out one hip defiantly at life, while simultaneously winking seductively. She can figure out how to make things “all better” for herself, and isn’t stuck waiting for the next bus to drive by. She knows how to hail a cab. She’s the kind of woman that walks courageously into the middle of everything and literally creates her own universe. Let’s face it; a Badass Babe knows how to spin adventure, create fun and turn on the sexy. And of course Badass Babes share our secrets, because there’s no great fun in being a “Badass Babe” all alone! We love to run in packs. Badass Babes Ageless Tips: 1 Screw your reputation: This is the code of the truly ageless Badass Babe and Rumi wrote it hundreds of years ago: “Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” Badass Babes know this famous poem by heart and even have the magnet on their refrigerator door as a daily reminder. Get it. Read it. Live by it. Stuffing down who you really are is a waste of time and can lead to blocked chakras. Do you want a blocked chakra? Of course you don’t! You know when you have entered the realm of the Badass Babe when you have finally figured out that you only have to answer to yourself. You have stopped worrying about showing your upper arms in public, putting a purple streak in your hair, and frankly what other people think. You no longer need anyone to tell you that you are getting it right or wrong. You trust your own passion and desires; and you are willing to change course in mid life and go after your hearts desire. Badass Babes make U-turns sometimes without signaling, and sometimes cause the occasional scandal. Come on, don’t you want to give “them” something to talk about ? 2. Badass Babes own their Own Bodies: And that can mean deciding to sculpt and color and decorate their bodies as they desire; so from going gray to purple streaks it’s up to them. So Badass Bad Girls may tattoo their skin to mark stages of their lives, or just for beauty. They may pierce. And they may visit the Plastic Surgeon. The magnificent Helen Gurley Brown was the baddest, badass babe around, and she said it best when challenged around her devotion to plastic surgery: “Capped teeth, hip replacements, dyed hair, pace makers, blood transfusions and polo vaccines are not natural either!” Amen sistah. I recently asked Dr. Richard Swift, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board certified plastic surgeon, while I was sitting in his office getting “botoxed” what kind of woman comes into his office these days. “Are they frightened of aging?” I asked him. Dr. Swift laughed. “No, they are wanting to live from the inside out; and wanting their outside to continue to reflect that fire that is wildly alive inside of them.” Exactly. Badass Babes own their bodies. It’s our own canvas to do with what we desire and we can paint whatever picture we would like. From Botox and fillers to deciding to eat a hamburger instead of a kale salad (in public!), we recognize that our bodies belong to us in every moment to give us pleasure and that we have the freedom to choose what we want to do with it. Want some real-life examples? Check out Cher, Bette Midler, Madonna and even Dolly Parton! They are bringing their inside to their outside shamelessly! 3. Badass Babes Attract Lovers: Let’s face it. Badass Babes are flirty, funny and playful. We are the kind of woman that could be compared to an exciting roller coaster ride. Do you like sharp curves and deep dips? Hold onto your safety belt! Do you like to squeal? Badass Babes do. We are adventurous in bed; and we are curious about our own sexual bodies. Badass Babes want to understand their own pleasure and their own desire. If they read about “the g spot” they want to find it! When you finally have gotten it deep in your own pores that you belong to you; anything is possible. And that’s why Badass Babes are ageless and frankly attract the hot lovers. Good Girls often color within the lines and do activities that are acceptable to others. Badass Babes have found the extraordinary pleasure in being deeply vulnerable and honest with themselves. If you can bring that deep raw vulnerability to yourself; you can bring that to your lovers — and that’s hot. 4. Badass Babes Do Not Settle: They have learned that you can pay for things in many ways such as with money or your self esteem. They have stopped the credit line on their self esteem; no more withdrawals.These women have also learned that the more they are willing to own their own desires the sexier they will become. The truly badass amongst us will not settle in relationship; “just to have one”. The Badass Babe flies her own flag and that is a magnet for lovers who want a woman who is so self confident that she would rather walk alone than give up her self esteem for someone that isn’t right for her. It’s all about how we value ourselves. And the Badass Babe understands that if they are holding onto a lover for security, there is no room for the right one to come along. Badass Babes say “No”.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

BetteBack 1976: Songs For The New Depression Lacks Old Excitement (February 22, 1976)

Gazette Mail Midler’s latest album lacks old excitement By Jim Carnes February 22, 1976 Some performers, once they find a formula that works, stick with it through successive albums. That’s what Emmylou Harris has done (we’ll discuss her latest. Elite Hotel, a little later), and that’s what Tom Jones (Memories Don’t Leave Like People Do) and Black Oak Arkansas (Lite Mutha) have done. Not so, however. Bette Midler. The only thing standard about her latest album Songs for the New Depression (Atlantic SD18155). is the way the singer will attack any material, old or new. On this set/songs range from ‘Ol Cape Cod to Strangers in the Night with a duet with Bob Dylan on his Buckets of Rain thrown in. Strangers opens the set. and its disco beat is a little unsettling at first. It takes some getting used to, but finally becomes acceptable. I Don’t Want The Night to End, which follows, is an exquisite little song, while Mr. Rockefeller is a mere filler piece. Old Cape Cod is a beautiful old tune preserved intact with quite a nice voice, but the undisputed high point comes with Buckets of Rain. The energy and vocal interplay is good, and Dylan gets in a nice dig at another male singer who was supposed to sing with Ms. Midler before, when he says. “I think Paul Simon shouldda done this.” Love Says It’s Waiting is an extremely short selection with a nice string arrangement but nothing else exceptional going for it. Side Two opens with a quiet, lovely song with really effective sound effects. Shiver Me Timbers is excellently produced with just the right amount of sea gull sounds in the background. It is followed by Samedi at Vendredi, a samba with French lyrics that Ms. Midler cowrote. No Jestering is a humorous song that fills a gap but contributes little, while Tragedy gets a treatment that suggests the singer’s work on another rock standard on a previous album. It fares well. Marahuana is a funny little ode to “grass,” praising its power to help love. The album ends with a ballad, Let Me Just Follow Behind. There is not the same excitement about this album as each of the performer’s other two created in the listener, but there is some quite nice material here. It has been a couple of years since Bette Midler released an album, and while one might have expected a bit more, Songs for the New Depression is not a major disappointment.
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