Friday, January 29, 2016


             Dani Glowing Skin Perfector

I was at a dinner party the other night, and a woman walked in and I noticed her perfect, glowing skin. She was not 22. I know that the latest craze is reverse highlighting and you can see it on all the stars, but this was different. It seemed so natural. I quickly found out it was called Dani. I said, "Dani Lancer?" She said, "Yes." I was not surprised. Dr. Lancer, of course.

The next day, I was having lunch at La Scala, and my plan was to go to Saks afterward to get the product. Who should walk in? Dani Lancer.

I bought the product and used it when I went to dinner that night. It was magical.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016



I have known her for over 20 years. We went through almost every day of that ridiculous trial together. I have seen the death threats she has received; I've seen the damage when her house was broken into more than once; I HAVE SEEN HER COURAGE. FAYE WAS THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAD THE GUTS TO COME OUT AND SAY FROM THE VERY BEGINNING THAT O.J DID IT. I respect her greatly.

For myself, I can easily say that FX chose to make the mini-series for ratings and money. Anyone can see that. It's a real shame that innocent people like the Goldman Family, the Kardashian children, certainly Faye--and countless others--are being put through Hell again. And don't say, "Well just don't watch it." Press people are hounding them and the ads are everywhere. It is impossible to hide.

 Ever since it was announced that Ryan Murphy intended to produce The People v. O.J. Simpson, I have been inundated with the question as to “How do I feel about it?” All I can say is, for me, it was personally the most heartbreaking tragedy that altered my life forever. 

To lose my loving friend Nicole, who seemed at one point to defy the odds of surviving domestic abuse is beyond devastating. The thought of reliving the events of her death and the trial that followed is catastrophic to say the very least.

My fear is that this that it will only open painful wounds for all of us who loved Nicole and Ron and just become another pointless media circus.

In the United States, a woman is beaten in her home every nine-seconds by the man they love. The sad fact remains that there are less shelters for battered woman and their children in our country than there are animal shelters.

My only wish is that the series serves as a call to action to pass the Bills that are pending on the floor of the Senate to continue to fund Domestic Violence Shelters that 3.5 million women and children need as safe havens.

For anonymous and confidential help with domestic abuse please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE or 1.800.787.3224

Kindest regards,



Monday, January 25, 2016



Their one fast-food place is located at La Brea and Olympic. It is their trial location, and it is a smash. They feature all kinds of beef sandwiches, and the beef is 100% real. You can have it with horseradish or gravy and onions with blue cheese, or a melt....or anything you want. They have incredible fries that can be topped with their gravy and "ends."

The point is, they are taking application now for the franchise. This is going to become the next Arby's (so much better--that place is disgusting to me) or Chipotle (minus the bacteria).

You watch and see.

Sunday, January 24, 2016



You see, I have a friend named Sandy Pressman. Together, we have a sense of humor that should be in the record books. This humor has allowed us to experience unspeakable adventures from performing at a bachelor party in bathing suits, to tap-dancing on a carpet in one of Beverly Hills' finest restaurants.

We have also developed Kidnapping Capers. One of us will kidnap the other (the kidnappee is blindfolded). She has found herself in the mountains above Sierra Madre or on top of the Ferris wheel on the pier. I have been in the kitchen of the "chef of the moment" having a private cooking lesson; I have been taken to a private rock and roll memorabilia collection at the home of a legendary DJ who lets NO ONE IN. It goes on and on.

In the latest, I was blindfolded and apparently walked through Saks Men's Store, which I still call I. Magnin. We went into the elevator and got off on some floor. The blindfold was removed and I was alone on the entire floor of wedding dresses.

A lovely woman named Nancy Williams, who turned out to be a former wedding style coordinator for Vera Wang and Carolyne Rohem, was there to "be my guide." "Guide for what?" I asked. Sandy was doubled-over laughing. "We're going to dress you as if you were getting married!" exclaimed Nancy. "What?" I said.

You see...when I eloped in 1978 I couldn't tell anyone. I went shopping by myself and ended up with a dusty pink felt-jersey dress. It was hideous.

And then I started to cry. I had never had the experience of "shopping for THE wedding dress." It was a visceral pain that I never expected. My mother had screwed up the wedding I was supposed to have, but that's another story.


Sandy wearing a "Fascinator."

Sandy catches the bouquet
 The "bouquet" moment. Of course Sandy caught it. She was the only one there.

My dress was absolutely gorgeous. I had it narrowed down to three and picked what I knew was "the one." I picked the veil I wanted (seriously Catholic), and they had the perfect fake bouquet. They even had the right borrowed shoes.



Friday, January 22, 2016


Jessica with daughter and ABC EXEC, Brooke Bowman




This was an evening of inside jokes and loving memories. Family is the most important thing to Jessica, and it was a full house. At some point many of us stood and shared hilarious stories about "Jessie from Queens." That is my name for her.  From "The Group," to "Amy Prentiss" (for which she won an Emmy,) to "Arrested Development," Jessica has made an indelible mark on acting brilliance.

Louise Sorel had us in stitches. She and Jess talk every day

Just the beginning of the massive gourmet meal




Monday, January 11, 2016




Everybody loves it when things go wrong at the Globes. We like it when someone has too much to drink. It's a party. We love it when people dress in the worst dresses. We love it when it's so obvious that someone wins because the studio "bought" the award. It's the GLOBES, after all.

My father, for years, was the attorney representing the Globes. As a reporter I have been to so many Globes shows that I lost count---more than 30! I know where all the bodies are buried and how the politics work. I know about their TV contracts with the networks through the years...why their contracts were canceled; why they were renewed. Don't get me started.

The fun certainly went out of the arrivals when we lost Joan. That's a whole other subject that does not bear repeating. It can't be fixed. All I'll say is that the people doing it now are incompetent and boring. How sad. No point in even watching that part anymore.

Ricky was funny He did his job. He pretended to be dangerous. That's why he was hired. And he's also why Mel Gibson was asked to present.

Remember how beautiful Mel used to be..before his drunk, anti-semitic side was revealed?

What annoyed me most about this year's show was that it was so sloppily and unprofessionally produced. I understand that there were beeps because of swearing, but there were also sound glitches, bad visual cuts; cameras on the wrong shot. That shoddy work has nothing to do with what the guests did. It looked like a high school production. Good sets, though.

I also can't stand swearing on awards shows. It has become cool. Why? Can you imagine Cary Grant or Grace Kelly accepting an award using a four-letter word? I don't care that people say, "Oh, we're in a different time now." Manners are manners. An award is a gift and should be treated as such.

Clothes? Do I care? Not really. Ever since the stylists took over, people's bad taste has been substantially curbed. NOT ALL, however. Let's just say that Jennifer Lawrence and Leo DiCaprio were the best dressed.

 Yay. Good taste in 2016. Thanks, Leo and Jennifer.

And, by the way, Hollywood has already made up its mind that it's the year of Di Caprio and Stallone. They are anointed---particularly Leo. It's just his turn; and he deserves it. As for Stallone...he is like a plucky puppy who keeps on trying no matter what. He has a beautiful family. He's never been involved in any scandals. He's now an aging, lovable hound, and should have a superb awards season.

The Sexy Pup

The Sweet Hound

My disappointment----The fact that Lily Tomlin didn't win either of her categories. PLEASE, OSCARS, GIVE HER THE NOMINATION.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

PEGGY NOONAN ON DONALD TRUMP--from the Wall Street Journal


Peggy Noonan is one smart cookie, and she laid it all out in the Wall Street Journal. You'd better stop laughing and start reading.



Peggy Noonan wrote about Trump this weekend in the Wall Street Journal

Trump - Things You Might Not Know About Him

Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs (REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY) up.  The criticisms of Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him.  After all the employees he's had and all the business deals he's made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think. 

And while it may surprise many, he's actually humble when it comes to hisgenerosity and kindness.  A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City.  A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn't brag about that.  Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others.But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump's plan is for America. It's funny how so many people say they don't know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. Theinformation is readily available if people would just do a little homework.  But, since most Americans won't.

1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country's problems without being compensated for doing so.  If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.

2.) Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn't said it directly that I know of, Trump's attitude about America and about winning tells me he'd most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a "win at all costs" kind of guy, and I'm sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too

3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles. 

American interests come first. Always.
No apologies. Maximum firepower and military preparedness. Only go to war to win. Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.Keep the technological sword razor sharp. See the unseen. Prepare for threats before they materialize. Respect and support our present and past warriors.

4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.

5.) Trump makes the point that China's manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here.Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U.S., once again creating jobshere.

6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically  thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreignoil.

7.) Trump believes asecure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. He also wants to enforce our immigration laws.

8.) Trump wants aradical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we've lost to the current tax system. He also wants tocharge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to: Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%. From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%. From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%. $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%.

9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it's a "job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity" that "can't be reformed, salvaged, or fixed." He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes intort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don't stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.

11.) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy.  On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.

12.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs "a safety net, not a hammock." He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare rolls and encourage people to get back to work.  And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.

13.) Trump believes climate change is ahoax.

14.) Trump opposes Common Core.

15.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

16.) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.

17.) Trump's view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a state’s rights issue, not a federal issue.

18.) Trump supports the death penalty. Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm... looks like he believes in horse sense!). He says it's about seeing the unseen and that's the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He tells a personal story to illustrate the point: "When I opened Trump National Golf Club atRancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it's on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn't the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs.They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn't need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs!  So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense. It's amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense. On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time.

19.)Donald Trump's entire life has been made up of success and winning. He's been accused of bankruptcies, but that's not true. He's never filed personal bankruptcy. He's bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time. But he's never been bankrupt personally.

20.)He's a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation. Earlier I quoted Trump saying, "I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even."  We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans. Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them. Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due.

Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer, as it is important to know what each of our candidates to replace a President who has ruined us globally, and who has put us on a path to disaster! This is not an appeal to vote for Trump, only to give some depth of comparison, before this week's debate.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


                                   WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY?



THROUGH NEW EYES: Each generation has memories of childhood movies. During the holidays, I spent some time looking at movies that I thought affected me in different ways. Well, I found out that when you see them again, some of the resulting opinions can be shocking.

Starting from the "Dumbo-Bambi" group, we get the message that your mother is going to die and you are going to be alone and crying in a cage.

If you saw "A Summer Place," starring Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee, at age 11, you learned you'd better not kiss a boy or you'll get pregnant and your family will hate you.

Those movies I didn't need to see again to recall what I "learned." I still am against the Disney formula of "killing mother," and am sorry that their animated movies, for the most part, still follow that formula.

CAT ON THE HOT TIN ROOF---As a young girl, I really didn't understand what it was about. I just saw Paul Newman's eyes and Elizabeth Taylor's black hair against the creamy skin and white chiffon dress. All I heard was yelling. It bored me. So, I saw it again yesterday for the first time in decades. The yelling of my youthful perception has now become whiny, over-acted performances that do not hold up. With 2016 eyes, Burl Ives gives the best performance of all. It's truly authentic. Paul Newman tries to tone it down, but I can just imagine the director constantly yelling at him, "Bigger! Bigger!" As for Elizabeth, she has moments of , but it was just Elizabeth Taylor, the movie star, doing a southern accent and acting superficially with her eyes, hair and waistline.

Yvette Mimieux

Dolores and George

WHERE THE BOYS ARE-- I'm sure you remember Dolores Hart, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss, and Connie Francis as they experience their first spring break vacation in Fort Lauderdale. Like most "teen" pictures, this one is primarily cast with beautiful people. When I first saw it, as a young teen, they all looked older than the college kids they play.  To hit you on the head, they start out with a sex education class in college, and then head south. Sex is on everyone's mind--good girl/bad girl--all girls are boy crazy and brainless. No wonder that generation of young teen viewers didn't understand sex at all. Yvette Mimieux is the "fast girl," dumb and innocent as well, who sleeps around. In the end she gets raped. I was so young when I saw it I didn't understand that. I knew that the swells of scary music over her face meant I'm sure. The word rape is never used. She's bruised; goes to the hospital and is going to be fine. Dolores Hart takes her back to school. No wonder Dolores became a nun.     P S. And poor Connie Francis, who's not the pretty one, gets stuck with the weirdo with the thick glasses because "that's all she deserves."

HIGH SOCIETY--I've seen this movie consistently through the years. I wanted to live with the Lords. I still do. At one of my numerous viewings, abut ten years ago, I took particular note at the decor of the house. Then I looked around at my house. I was shocked to see that every decor choice I had made, right down to colors, wall paper and china, was exactly like the movie. I had no idea when I was decorating that the choices in my brain were put there by a childhood movie.

THE GRADUATE--I loved this movie. My takeaway when I was younger was that it had nothing to do with an affair or what one does after college. I only retained that someone who is in love with you will follow you and scream until you are his. Well..............

GIGI--What a beautiful musical.....pretty pictures, pretty clothes......and a story about hookers. Whew got that as a child? What a choice it presented to young girls. Do you want to be a hooker or a wife? Nice......


Monday, January 4, 2016




I wish all elections would last no more than one month, and that all media ads were FREE equal time. The government would make sure the airwaves were free. Each candidate would be equal, and money and fat-cat contributors would be out of the equation.

I wish we had more than two viable parties. I'd like the right-wing wackos and the left-wing wackos to form their own parties, and leave the reasonable people in the middle, be they Democrat or Republican to talk to us about their thoughts and let us chose by a POPULAR VOTE. No more electoral college.

I'd like the tax code redone properly, once and for all. I don't believe wealthy people should be penalized because they were smart enough to make a lot of money. I'm talking about individuals, not greedy corporations. America is the country that rewards hard work! I'd like a flat tax for everyone. Much cleaner.

I wish the Supreme Court ruling about corporations' political contributions being whatever they want, were over-turned. There should be no contributions at all.

I'm sick of our entertainment awards being judged by how many white people or people of color have jobs. Awards should be given on the best performance, not skin color. This is art, not politics. I reject being "shamed."

I don't want driverless cars.

I'd like to raise the pop culture "icons" quotients so they might have some real talent and some brains.

I'd like to eat fish again and know that it isn't contaminated by what happened in Japan.

I'd like Monsanto to be the next "terrorists target." They are killing American daily.

I'd like to see Lily Tomlin win an Oscar.

Oh, yes.. Men and women equal pay. I am so sick of having to repeat it decade after decade.

I wish there were a DNA gene in utero procedure to take away addiction, although the psychological component can never be eradicated upfront.

I wish there were a loving home for every animal and child.

I wish autotune never had been invented.

I wish Las Vegas hadn't become a plastic theme park without soul. I don't think it will ever be fixed now.

I wish colleges and universities would stop sweeping sexual assaults under the rug in order to keep getting funding and tuition money.  

And, continuing on that theme. I wish football teams wouldn't look the other way and continue to sign rapists who should be in jail.

I wish we would end hunger in America first.

I wish there were no inheritance tax. Dead people are taxed twice. What?

This is not the end.