Author Archives: Liz Smith

Liz Smith: Christmas Reflections

    Our Gossip Girl sends holiday joy to one and all!

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Liz Smith: Burlesque Laid Bare

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“YA, know, from the way that dame walks, she would have made a damn fine stripper in her day!” So says Tessie Tura, commenting on Mama Rose, in “Gypsy.” (Tessie is one of the three strippers who belt out “You Gotta Have a Gimmick!”) I’VE HAD “Gypsy” on my mind ever since I finished reading […]

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Liz Smith: Sweet New York Charity

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“CHARITY begins at home!” some wise philosopher once said. In this particular case, charity is home! I WENT to a fundraiser last week for The Neighborhood Coalition where they had a “live auction’ and guests began offering up huge sums of money just to get it to end! They raised a considerable sum with this […]

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Liz Smith: Wrapped Up In Liberace

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“THERE’S NOTHING MORE intriguing than a movie star wrapped like a mummy playing someone just emerging from plastic surgery. Think Humphrey Bogart in “Dark Passage,” Elizabeth Taylor in “Ash Wednesday.” And now, in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” Michael Douglas playing Liberace, the swishy but closeted Las Vegas piano player. Matt Damon, bleached blond for his role, costars […]

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Liz Smith: Mick’s Size Victory!

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So opined Mick Jagger on how he agreed to go on tour with The Rolling Stones again, provided Keith Richards would apologize for claiming in his memoir that Jagger had a tiny penis! WENT downtown near Katz’s Deli to a former synagogue which played host to the elite playwrights, producers, directors, actors of the not-for-profit […]

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Liz Smith: Blow That Jazz Trumpet

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“SOME WOMEN choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you it doesn’t love you anymore!” A great quote from Lady Gaga, although she is too young to realize your career can wake up […]

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Liz Smith: Tributes

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“BEARDED IN my den!” That’s your Liz who dared to bring up ideas about clean-shaven versus stubble guys and other in-betweens, including mustaches! SO, NOT on a clear day — as Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane wrote — but on a slow day, I will offer you my idea of total glamour. Four of the […]

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Liz Smith: Cleopatra Barges Into Cannes

“I WILL have to ask you to mind what you say. I am Isis. I am worshipped by millions who believe it.” So snapped Elizabeth Taylor to Rex Harrison in “Cleopatra,” a movie that pretended to chronicle the life of Egypt’s ancient queen, but was really “All About Liz.” “CLEOPATRA,” directed in stately style by […]

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Liz Smith: NYC Happenings

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“DO not join encounter groups. If you enjoy being made to feel inadequate, call your mother!” I found this in a quote file attributed to one Liz Smith. I can’t believe I wrote that. Perhaps whoever did, will communicate and take credit. I adored my mother. Here’s what I wrote about her for a recent […]

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Liz Smith: Liza Minnelli Silenced

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“JOURNALISTS … know perfectly well that it is almost impossible to consider their activities for any period of time without laughing out loud,” said Alexander Cockburn. LIZA MINNELLI is the latest big star to step forward and support the NOH8 Campaign. This is a photographic protest created in response to the passage of California’s Prop 8, […]

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