Archive for Rule 5

La belle femme socialiste française

It is an article of faith on the American political right that women on the left are decidedly less attractive. A lot of this is simple “my tribe is better than your tribe”; at least some of it is due to the perceived pastiness of white women high in Democratic Party ranks, most of whom got there by paying dues for several decades. This sort of stereotyping, never especially useful, becomes less so when dealing with younger and/or darker women of a leftist bent, and it may as well be discarded altogether outside the borders of the United States.

Meet Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, born in Morocco forty years ago. At the age of twenty-four, she joined France’s Socialist Party; at thirty, she won her first cantonal election, and thereafter was tapped for various ministerial positions at the parliamentary level.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem at work

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on a panel

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on the way to work

A “non-practicing” Muslim, she has been married since 2005 to Boris Vallaud, then a classmate at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

Vallaud-Belkacem was defeated in the 2017 election; she had been serving as Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research under President François Hollande. (Under President Emmanuel Macron, an ex-Socialist, the one ministry was separated into two.) She says here that she’s taking some time away from French politics, but that she may return.


She trod the boards with the best

The late Renee Asherson (she’d slightly shortened her surname from “Ascherson”) was a staple of the British stage for half a century, beginning in 1935 as a walk-on in John Gielgud’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in which Gielgud and Laurence Olivier swapped roles night after night, one playing Romeo, the other Mercutio. (Officially, Asherson was the second understudy for Juliet, but she, too, wound up in multiple roles.) In 1945, she starred with Robert Donat in Walter Greenwood’s The Cure for Love; she continued to work with Donat, and in 1953 they were married. (He died five years later; she never remarried.)

In the 1940s and thereafter, she took film and television roles; on screen, she is perhaps best remembered as Princess Katherine in Olivier’s 1944 adaptation of Henry V.

Renee Asherson autograph

Renee Asherson as Princess Katherine

Renee Asherson in period costume

Los Otros (“The Others”), a 2001 gothic-horror film by Alejandro Amenábar, featured Renee Asherson’s last appearance. She died in 2014, about six months before her 100th birthday.


Wonso lovely

Pamela Tiffin Wonso was born right here in the OKC in 1942, but she grew up in Chicago, minus her last name, where she found work as a teenage model, and a random trip to L.A. got her noticed by producer Hal Wallis. She never really hit it big, though; her last major American role was in the 1966 thriller Harper, after which she relocated to Italy. In the middle 1970s she retired to family life, and was seldom seen thereafter.

Pamela Tiffin gets some dramatic lighting

Pamela Tiffin stretches a bit

Pamela Tiffin in a promo for The Lively Set

In this clip from Harper, she and Paul Newman go for a ride:

Does she look like she could be, say, Lauren Bacall’s stepdaughter?

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Long memories

From the looks of it. this appeared some time in the 1970s:

Lola Falana for Hanes hosiery

Which prompts this distant but indelible memory:

[H]ottie singer/actress (and lately serious evangelist) Lola Falana was doing the Tonight Show one evening and Johnny Carson was speaking the name as she pronounced it to him, trippingly on the tongue. “Lo-la fa-LA-na,” he intoned. “What is the origin of that name, anyway?”

With a perfectly straight face, she said, “It’s Swahili for ‘Debbie’.”

The Great Carsoni nearly fell over.

As did I.

Lola Falana on an invisible ledge

Lola Falana in a large chair

Lola Falana in mid-jump

Recently I stumbled across this 1981 automotive ad:

Debbie Lola turns 76 this year; she retired from showbiz back in the late 1990s.


She does not shrink

This is one heck of a way to make your feature film debut:

Poster for American Violet, 2008

Nicole Beharie’s first role was deadly serious: she played a single mom in Texas whom the local district attorney was anxious to put away on drug charges, despite a complete lack of evidence against her. The film industry was put on notice: you need a fairly young African-American woman who can handle roles both fierce and frivolous, this is the name to know. If you saw 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic, you saw Nicole as Rachel, Jackie’s wife; if you watched Sleepy Hollow, sort of based on the old Washington Irving story, you saw Nicole as Abbie Mills, Sheriff’s Lieutenant.

Nicole Beharie is not quite up against a wall

Nicole Beharie against a stormy backdrop

Nicole Beharie against another stormy backdrop

We will not be responsible if you start dreaming about her.

And while she primarily studied drama at Julliard, she also can sing:

In that 2013 film, My Last Day Without You, she sings that song and four others.

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English singer Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has released three albums: 19, 21 and 25. You might think she’d have a new one out this year, but so far, nothing. (Adele’s 30th birthday is today; Brian Ibbott did a three-set Coverville cover story for her earlier this week.) Then again, she has said: “There will be no new music until it’s good enough and I’m ready.”

Nor is she overly concerned with her appearance: “I’ve always been a size 14 to 16. I don’t care about clothes, I’d rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.” That said, once in a while she’ll dress up a bit:

Cover of Adele's Chasing Pavements single

Adele at the 2012 BRIT Awards

Adele at the 2013 Grammy Awards

And I’ve learned to trust her judgment. “Cold Shoulder,” a track from 19, was co-written by the reliable Sacha Skarbek, who’s assisted on big hits by James Blunt and Miley Cyrus, and was produced by the legendary Mark Ronson with more than a hint of his trademark uptown funk.

Somehow, “Cold Shoulder” is her lowest-charting single to date.


Order in the courtroom

Throughout history, much has happened on the first of May. In 1707, the Act of Union joined England and Scotland together. In 1999, the first episode of Spongebob Squarepants was aired. And in 1961, Marilyn Milian was born to Cuban parents in New York; the family relocated to Miami eight years later. After retiring from the “real” bench in 2001 — Jeb Bush had named her to the Miami Circuit Court — she took over TV series The People’s Court.

Judge Milian in her courtroom

Judge Milian in an unofficial capacity

Marilyn Milian on the red carpet

Marilyn Milian on Harry Connick Jr's talk show

And here we discover her favorite TV show:

I probably would not have guessed that.

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Hello, goodbye

Back in the days when David Frye was Richard Nixon, one sketch involved prepping the President for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. “The Hebrew word for ‘hello,’ said the instructor, “is ‘shalom,’ and the word for ‘goodbye’ is ‘shalom’.”

“How,” asked the President, “do I tell which is which?”

“If she leaves after you’ve said it, you’ve said goodbye.”

A more precise definition would be “peace,” though supermodel Shalom Harlow wasn’t exactly the quiet, peaceful type: she studied ballet as a child, but she apparently preferred tap dancing, which was noisier and presumably less disciplined.

Shalom Harlow in a scanty swimsuit, shifting

Shalom Harlow, shifting

Shalom Harlow and a fan of her shoes

A brief (not quite five minutes) overview of Harlow’s modeling career, with Tim Blanks:

Shalom Harlow is forty-four, and I’m as surprised as you are.


Oh, so Kriti

This is not the first time we’ve checked in with Kriti Kharbanda, and I suspect it may not be the last, if only because she’s pretty darn productive even by the standards of Indian cinema; since Googly in late 2013, she’s appeared in a dozen films, she has three more coming out later this year, and her first 2019 release (Operation Khukri) has been announced.

Oh, and readers of the Bangalore Times voted her the Most Desirable Woman in 2015, her second win. Go figure.

Kriti Kharbanda sits on a step

Kriti Kharbanda resplendent in blue

Kriti Kharbanda sits by a window

Last month, Kriti and Pulkit Samrat starred in Veerey Ki Wedding, which probably explains this little promotional video with the two of them:

This is not to be confused with Veere Di Wedding, an entirely different story that has yet to be released.

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Inside Muriel Goldman

It’s Nicole Sullivan’s forty-eighth birthday, and she has so many credits to her name listing them all might take up more space than the pictures — not a problem in Real Life, but Rule 5 professes to be all about the pictures.

Nicole Sullivan at the ASPCA

Nicole Sullivan at a CBS confab

Nicole Sullivan at her skinniest

A Northwestern graduate with a degree in theatre, she made her name as an original cast member of MADtv; her best-known character might be the obnoxious Vancome Lady:

The V.L., though, if you ask me, was a model of graciousness next to bigoted country singer Darlene McBride:

She’s voiced dozens of characters in animation, including a recurring role as pharmacist Mort Goldman’s wife Muriel in Family Guy. And I did not know this: she was the first choice for the role of Leela in Futurama.

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And while we’re all judicial and everything

Christine Sullivan was the public defender in seasons three through nine of Night Court. Marjorie Armstrong “Markie” Post made this role something more than merely memorable, and it wasn’t because she was easy on the eyes:

Markie Post stretches a point

Markie Post looks the other way

Markie Post on the red carpet

Although, yeah, it helped at times:

The man writing the check is Pat Corley.

From her later Hearts Afire series, with the late John Ritter:

Most recently, Markie appeared on Chicago P.D. as the mom of Detective Lindsay (Sophia Bush).

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Oh, Julie

There’s a field in the standard Wikipedia bio block for artists that reads “Years active.” I happened to be thumbing over to Julie Christie’s bio, and hers reads: “1957-present.”

Sixty-one years! She started out on stage and British TV, and according to legend, was considered for a role in Dr. No but lost out to Ursula Andress, who presented a more impressive rack. By 1963, she was getting seriously good roles, starting with a turn in John Schlesinger’s Billy Liar.

Julie Christie in the days of Swinging London

Julie Christie takes a call

Julie Christie still has the look

John Schlesinger directed Julie again in Far from the Madding Crowd, a 1967 variation on a theme by Thomas Hardy.

I remembered this mostly for the name of Christie’s character: “Bathsheba Everdene.”

Her most recent credit was for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep (2013), in which she plays a retired — maybe — member of the Weather Underground.

Today she’s seventy-eight.

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Stop me from shaking

Mandy Moore, thirty-four today, has been around seemingly forever without coming close to superstar status, starting her film career as the voice of a bear cub in Dr. Dolittle 2, occasionally veering off into savage satire like Saved! but always returning to the animated mothership; if you saw anything related to Tangled, you heard Mandy as Rapunzel.

Mandy Moore at the 2017 Golden Globes

Mandy Moore goes glam

Mandy Moore beside Jimmy Kimmel's desk

She hasn’t quite disowned her first album (So Real, 1999), but she won’t embrace it either:

“[The record company] was like, ‘Here are your songs.’ I was like, ‘Hi, I’m 14. I’ll do anything.’ Those albums are why I’m here today, but goddamn, I should give a refund to anyone who bought my first record.”

Several years later, while she was being interviewed on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ, K&B sidekick Dave the King of Mexico asked for his money back. Moore had her manager cut Dave a check.

I missed that first album entirely, but I did line up for this track from her second:

Still, it’s kinda syrupy next to 2009’s “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week”:

What breaks my heart is that this never made it above #90 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Come November, Mandy gets to voice Rapunzel once more in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the second Wreck-It Ralph film.

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Moore than you bargained for

Kenya Moore is, and has been, a Real Housewife of Atlanta, ever since the beginning of season 5 in 2012. There was a rumor at the time that she took the role, she really, really needed the money, though this seems like carping, inasmuch as any actor below the A-list (and some who eventually rose to the A-list) has known at least some periods of low cash flow, and Moore, who was Miss USA in 1993, never became quite a household word.

Kenya Moore at the 2014 BET Awards

Kenya Moore on set at NBC New York

Kenya Moore resplendent in yellow

RHOA, like so many other “reality” shows, is utterly ridden with drama. Moore throws some high-level shade on this segment of The Wendy Williams Show:

She still does the occasional movie; in 2016 she appeared in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.


Pretty young thing

Paris Jackson, twenty today, is the only daughter of Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson. Yes, that Michael Jackson. Inevitably, the spotlight’s been on her most of her life; at four she appeared in a TV documentary about her dad, and she and brother Prince accepted MJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2010. How she ended up a gorgeous blonde is a matter for the gene-splicers to answer. In the meantime:

Paris Jackson does the talk-show thing

Paris Jackson at the 2017 Met Gala

Paris Jackson at a V.F. party

Also inevitably, she found herself in demand for music-video appearances. Last year she showed up in this evocative work by Nahko and Medicine for the People:

And I have no clue as to the nature of her relationship with supermodel Cara Delevingne.

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Still unromantic?

The last time we looked in on Indian actress Amyra Dastur, back in the fall of ’15, we reported that she thought herself to be “the most unromantic person you’ll meet.” It certainly doesn’t stop her from taking roles in films like this:

And it’s not like her to dress as though she doesn’t want to be noticed, either:

Amyra Dashtur does the yoga thing

Amyra Dashtur does the breakfast thing

Amyra Dashtur does wallpaper

That film, Manasuku Nachindi, opened in February to, let us say, not the kindest reviews. This one in IMDb was absolutely savage. The Times of India was less so, but still not pleased:

Manasaku Nachindi is one of the most visually appealing Telugu films that has released in a long time. The locales shown in the film are simply spectacular and the director amplifies the beauty of nature in a delightful manner. But while the visuals are terrific, the script is a haphazard mess.

Picture this, the lead protagonists run away because they don’t want to get married to each other. But they decide to live together and discover what they want. Except, it’s not a live-in relationship with the intent of getting to know each other. They want to live together but pursue other men and women. One minute, Nithya {Dastur] calls a guy “cute”, gets drunk with him and then tells him that she likes him. The next minute, she kisses Suraj [Sundeep Kishen] (in an another drunken misadventure) and then they forget about it and move on. But when Suraj goes missing, Nithya magically realizes that she cannot spend a waking moment without him.

That lack of romanticism kicking in, I guess. Then again, a daytime TV show asked her — she’s twenty-four — “At what age did you lose your virginity?”

Amyra replied: “Who said I lost it?”

That calls for a Pepsi.


How Shweta it is

I know from nothing about this film:

For something out of India, it seems almost raunchy at times. Credited first, says IMDb, is actress Shweta Bhardwaj. Billed third is Rashami Desai, playing someone named, um, Shweta Bhardwaj. The trailer came out in late 2015; the actual film has yet to materialize. At the very least, I figured I needed to find out something about this Shweta Bhardwaj.

Shweta Bhardwaj in lace

Shweta Bhardwaj shows a little

Shweta Bhardwaj shows a little more

This is as close as I could come to finding her philosophy:

Unlike actors, who can show their abs in the morning despite nightlong bingeing, actresses can have that one bad day on the very day of the shoot because of the PMS. I really feel we should have more women directors who would plan the “hot shoots” keeping our PMS in mind! As luck would have it, I shot my bikini scenes [in Players, 2011] during those crucial days only, but still I think I looked hot enough. Honestly speaking, bikini makes me more comfy than a saree, and I feel that I’m Bollywood’s fantasy gal!

The camera, or at least this cameraman, adores her:

I know his pain, if pain it be.

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It’s Olcay for now

Zuhal Olcay is close to being a household word in her native Turkey. In the middle 1970s, she was a highly regarded stage actress; starting in 1983, she appeared in about three dozen films; she released her first record album (Küçük Bir Öykü Bu — “A Little Story”) in 1989. The singing has gotten her in trouble, as we shall see.

Zuhal Olcay in her younger days

Zuhal Olcay's greatest hits, volume 2

Zuhal Olcay lets it shine

Now about that trouble:

Turkish singer and actress Zuhal Olcay has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for “insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” finalizing an indictment approved by the 46th Criminal Court of Peace.

A lawsuit was filed against Olcay for “insulting” Erdoğan during a concert last year, with the prosecutor seeking a four-year prison sentence for the singer.

The indictment prepared by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office said a citizen told the police that Olcay had made an insulting hand gesture about Erdoğan during a concert in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul on Aug. 5, 2016. An investigation was subsequently launched and footage from the concert was examined, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Dec. 12, 2017.

Olcay was also accused of revising lyrics to the song “Boş Vermişim Dünyayı” (I Let Go of the World) to criticize Erdoğan, devising a hand-gesture to accompany the melody. According to the footage, the revised lyrics say: “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it’s all empty, it’s all a lie. Life will end one day and you’ll say ‘I had a dream’.”

The maximum sentence for insulting the President is, um, four years.

Nor is this the first time she’s run afoul of the Turkish authorities; six years ago she was fined TL10,620 ($2708) for “insulting a public servant.”

Said Turkish authorities have apparently sent all existing footage of “Boş Vermişim Dünyayı” down the memory hole. But we have to hear her sing, so here’s an “unplugged” version of “Eksik Bir Şey” (“One thing missing”):

Still got the pipes at sixty, I’d say.

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The story so far

Australian model Nicole Trunfio, thirty-two last week, has managed to pull off the following:

1. Cheesed off Naomi Campbell;

2. Appeared on the cover of a magazine feeding her baby;

Dinner for Nicole Trunfio's youngest

3. Auditioned for a part as a Bond Girl.

And she did all these things without ever once showing up on my radar, which is why she’s here today.

Nicole Trunfio in the shortest possible dress

Nicole Trunfio in the second-shortest possible dress

And oh, yes, she does some model-type stuff now and then:

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Making a career of it

The story so far:

2005: YouTube is created.

2006: YouTube is bought by Google.

2007: Sabrina Lentini, nine years old, gets a YouTube channel, and posts a clip of herself singing a song from Annie.

She managed to escape my notice until 2013, by which time she’d released an EP (No Price for Love) and decided to try out for American Idol. She made it to the Top 48 before being culled.

This week, Sabrina’s in Austin for her second SXSW, and it occurs to me that now she’s old enough for Rule 5 consideration. These photos came from her Facebook account this year:

Sabrina Lentini and her guitar

Sabrina Lentini rocks the boots

Sabrina Lentini in the flesh

“Bullseye” was on her second EP (Sabrina Lentini, 2016), and appears here in unplugged fashion:

In her native Orange County, California, she’s doing some sort of show seemingly every week, because hey, that’s what she does.



Seems like we can’t go more than a year or so without taking a look at what Halle Berry’s been up to. This first shot comes from 2016, at a time when she felt like giving up some scare quotes; the other two happened this year.

Halle Berry makes fun of what she's saying

Halle Berry stretches a bit

Halle Berry at a Vanity Fair party

Last time out we mentioned the motion picture Kings, starring Halle and Daniel Craig, which was first seen at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival. Halle, too, was seen at TIFF:

Kings will open in April.

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Using what you’ve got

Fifteen years ago, Barbara Corcoran wrote this book:

Also known as Use What You've Got

Corcoran, who turns sixty-nine today, originally made a killing in real estate and since has done nine years on Shark Tank as one of the resident investors, having put up somewhere over $5 million on various deals. She also dresses well:

Barbara Corcoran on the window seat

Barbara Corcoran looks over the Tank

Barbara Corcoran chills at home

What she doesn’t do especially well is dance:

Give her points, though, for enthusiasm. (Clip from Dancing with the Stars, season 25.)


Frequent flyer

Senta Berger was born in Vienna in 1941; at the ripe old age of four she was singing on stage, accompanied by her father, pianist Josef Berger. After a few German-language films, she found herself in Hollywood, far from home but far from unnoticed; Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck, she said in her autobiography, had made a clumsy attempt to get her onto the casting couch. In the middle Sixties, she returned to Europe and made lots of films, some as noteworthy as Major Dundee, some as inconsequential as Diaboliquement Vôtre, in which she gets to humiliate Alain Delon:

Senta Berger goes for some Jeep thrills

Senta Berger shows off a bit

Senta Berger in living color

That autobiography, published in 2006, is called Ich habe ja gewußt, daß ich fliegen kann (“I Knew That I Could Fly”).

And at 76, she still acts. This is the second trailer made for Willkommen bei den Hartmanns, inexplicably retitled Welcome to Germany for us Yanks:

Warner Bros. disabled comments on this video, following the response to the first trailer. The film, directed by Berger’s son Simon Verhoeven, was a fair-sized hit.

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Hold the Mayo

And hold her close, lest she get away.

Virginia Mayo started out in St Louis as Virginia Jones; “Mayo” she picked up from her brother-in-law Andy Mayo, who by all accounts was something of a horse’s ass. By the late 1940s she was the biggest money maker at Warner Bros.; according to legend, the Sultan of Morocco said her appearance was “tangible proof of the existence of God.”

Virginia Mayo takes a call

Virginia Mayo sticks her feet on the desk

Virginia Mayo gets some shade

Mayo was very popular in musicals; while she could dance up a storm — she was taking dance lessons as early as age six — she couldn’t sing a lick, and was always dubbed. Her last film role was in the lightly-regarded The Man Next Door (1997).

In this clip from A Song Is Born (1948), Danny Kaye tries his darnedest to resist:

As romantic dialogue goes, it’s just plain wacky.

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Somehow it seems unlikely that a Bollywood actress would be nicknamed “Thunder Thighs.”

Then again:

Sridevi in 1980, all of seventeen years old. This clip came from Guru, her fifty-third (!) Tamil film. In all, she did over 200 movies in five different languages.

Sridevi on the sidelines

Sridevi with a smile

Sridevi waits patiently

Sridevi in display mode

After an eight-year hiatus, Sridevi returned to the big screen in English Vinglish, playing a housewife who was tired of being mocked by family for her lack of English skills.

Sridevi died in Dubai last weekend; she apparently drowned in a hotel bathtub. She was 54.

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Bad actress

Wait, what? No. Of course not. Beth Broderick, who turns 59 today, is not at all a bad actress. But in 2011, she starred in a film called Bad Actress, which, says the guy at Wikipedia, is “a retelling of the Greek tragedy Elektra set in the San Fernando Valley.” This is quite a step for someone who used to be an aunt to Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and who appeared in four seasons of Lost.

Beth Broderick saves you a smile

Beth Broderick takes it easy

Beth Broderick tries on shoes

I admit to not having seen Bad Actress. Based on the trailer, though, I might have to:

“Alyssa Rampart-Pillage”? Gotta love her.


The most direct approach

So I’m minding my own business at the start of the weekend when the little slider whizzes by with a notification. Oh, look, it’s a Twitter follower, and it’s a pretty blonde:

Twitter bio for Clara Helms

The pretty blondes I usually get are bots with numbers and nothing to recommend themselves. Ms Helms seemed to have something of a history, and so I sought out that New Single:

Yep, it’s that Eric Carmen song with the melody lifted from Rachmaninoff; I didn’t expect her to sing the verses in Italian, though. I found her My Love album, and finally figured out where she belongs on the spectrum: think Susan Boyle divided by Celine Dion. This becomes most obvious in Clara’s cover of Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”:

The following exchange ensued:

Meanwhile, I scrolled down her timeline and snagged a few photographs:

Clara Helms gets cuddly

Clara Helms floors it

Clara Helms is ready to go

There exists a video of Clara Helms presenting a house in Perth (Western Australia), utilizing the purest of real-estate conventions, and I got the distinct impression that she did this sort of thing only long enough to get her music career started. (Alternate explanation: she lived in this house, and sold it to finance her trip to the States.)

Had I the wherewithal — but no, I was never intended to live this high on the wombat.

And I still wonder how it is that music acts find their way to my Twitter account. I mean, yeah, I’m the sort of person who’ll give them a chance, but who knows that? How is anyone finding this out?

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We still need her

Heck, I’d even feed her; Rene Russo is sixty-four today, which means that any day now, she’s going to start looking fifty or so. A model in her late teens, she backed away from modeling in her early thirties and signed up for acting lessons; her first feature film was Major League in 1989.

Rene Russo in her younger days

Rene Russo stretches out a bit

Rene Russo at the Independent Spirit Awards, 2015

After a flop or three, she avoided the camera for six years or so before resurfacing; in 2014, she resurfaced in Nightcrawler, written and directed by her husband Dan Gilroy, which got her plenty of acclaim. She also went public with her bipolar disorder:

The chap at her side is her Nightcrawler costar Jake Gyllenhaal.


Professing misandrist

This somehow got shunted into my tweetstream last night:

Rae Sanni was indeed nominated for a Writers Guild award, for her work on The President Show. I did my usual “Why haven’t I heard of this person?” bit, and settled down to do some due diligence.

Rae Sanni wearing her 2017 Babefest shirt

Rae Sanni brandishing a bottle of vitamins

Rae Sanni doing standup

That last picture motivated me to hunt down some video of her doing standup, and this turned up quickly enough:

I laughed rather a bit more than I’d anticipated.

After The President Show completed its run, Rae Sanni moved on to NBC’s The Good Place. She also does a podcast called Misandry with Marcia and Rae, alongside Marcia Belsky.

As for the awards:

There’s always next time.

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Still super after all these years

Carol Alt is an International Supermodel. Really. Says so on her Twitter profile. Which is not a bad thing to be, especially if you were waiting tables and only got into modeling to raise some college money, which she was and did. And at 57, she’s done it all: she’s appeared on about 500 magazine covers, hawked lots of cosmetics and fashions, and gotten fired by Donald Trump.

In 2014, Sports Illustrated honored her for her, um, body of work, including the cover of the 1982 Swimsuit Issue:

Carol Alt in Sports Illustrated 2014

Carol Alt on her Twitter account

Carol Alt changes shoes

Apart from the fact that she’s the only International Supermodel who follows me on Twitter, I tend to hang on her every word, especially on Tuesday, which she and many others celebrate as #shoesday. An example of her celebration:

Like there’s a chance I’ll let myself miss something like that.