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Hall monitoring

So I’m pondering, “If you had to spend the rest of your life handcuffed to a News Babe, which one would you choose?” I would just be grateful to be offered the choice, but I think I’d keep my fingers crossed for Tamron Hall, who, so far as I can tell, knows she’s a News Babe and doesn’t let it interfere with her work.

A Texas girl with a degree from Temple, Tamron worked at a couple of Texas stations before landing a spot at WFLD-TV, the Fox affiliate in Chicago, where she spent a decade doing all manner of news-related stuff before NBC picked her up and stuck her opposite Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, eventually promoting her to the Today Show. She stayed with the Peacock for ten years, departing in 2017, perhaps because the network had developed some bizarre obsession with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, who proved to be much less of a fit at NBC than Hall had been.

Tamron Hall in the Orange Room

Tamron Hall works the color-block technique

Tamron Hall is all packed and ready to go

Tamron Hall with Harvey Weinstein

The chap with Tamron in that last shot is Harvey weinstein; last summer, it was announced that they’d team up on a new talk show, which she would host. But that was before the Weinstain began to spread and Harvey became showbiz persona non grata.

Truth be told, I think she could have dealt with Harvey. In this Today Show clip, Tamron foils a prank by the ever-smarmy Matt Lauer:

Well played, if I say so myself.

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The original Rhumba Girl

Nicolette Larson would have been sixty-six today, and who knows what heights she might have reached? I mean, an almost happy-sounding Neil Young cover? Getting named Best New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music despite not having yet released any country records? And, hey, for a while in the late 1980s, she reportedly was dating “Weird Al” Yankovic. How can you not have a lotta love for someone like that?

Japanese issue of Rhumba Girl by Nicolette Larson

Nicolette Larson wearing something black

Back liner to Nicolette Larson LP All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

Her last pop single, in 1982, was a cover of a Dusty Springfield favorite:

Nicolette died in 1997, her failing liver triggering cerebral edema; it’s said that she was overdoing the combination of Valium and Tylenol PM.

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Who is Silvia?

Another discovery from the Recommended column at YouTube, this is Silvia Cavalca, thirty-five, presenter at the Italian branch of TV shopping channel QVC. I imagine it’s a fairly tough job, since you have to meld the skills of general TV hostess with those of a parts model, with the camera often on your hands or on your shoes.

Silvia Cavalca, Presenter

Silvia Cavalca, Exerciser

Silvia Cavalca, Vision In Satin

And, as is often the case with tough jobs, things can go awry:

Silvia Cavalca, Wardrobe Malfunctioner

But usually things go well, as they did in this shoe-selling segment from last summer:

Somehow I get the idea that she sells a lot of shoes.

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Mayhem, I tell you

Imelda May, then an underage singer in Dublin, was crying to her father about boyfriend issues. Said the old man, in an impeccable example of DadLogic: “Is your heart broken? Excellent. Now you can sing the blues.”

Forty-four today, Imelda May can indeed sing the blues, and almost anything else you toss her way: last time we mentioned her here, she was half of a Les Paul/Mary Ford tribute, with Jeff Beck as Les.

Imelda May at the 2017 Brits

Imelda May is not ready to retire

Imelda May at the Recording Academy

Mayhem was the perhaps inevitable title of her third album, released in 2010. Herewith, the title song:

Last year, she released an album called Life Love Flesh Blood, produced by the redoubtable T Bone Burnett. “Should’ve Been You,” track three, was the third single:

Life Love Flesh Blood is perhaps a narrative of her breakup with husband and occasional musical collaborator Darrel Higham.

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The greatest thing since sliced bread

Pat Hitchcock is ninety today, and she hasn’t done a motion picture in forty years. (That last film — 1978’s Skateboard — was the only role she ever took that didn’t involve her father, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, who’d made his last film, Family Plot, two years before.) She’d spent the 1940s studying acting for the stage, and in 1950 appeared in Sir Alfred’s Stage Fright, playing a jovial acting student named Chubby Bannister. (She was never all that chubby, really.)

Two of her credits were for smallish parts in great films: Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960).

Pat Hitchcock in Strangers on a Train

Pat Hitchcock in Psycho

Note the medicine bottle in the second shot: this is Caroline, who has generously offered to share her tranqs with her coworker, played by Janet Leigh.

Pat also did several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, starting in 1955 with “Into Thin Air.”

Pat Hitchcock in Into Thin Air

In 1997, she talked to the BBC about Strangers on a Train:

As for our title, it’s a reference to 7 July 1928, the date of Patricia Alma Hitchcock’s birth — and the date the first loaf of sliced bread was sold, in beautiful downtown Chillicothe, Missouri, sliced with a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder (1880-1960).

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Knees of the business

Mr Wagland here is the Head of Pictures at London’s Evening Standard, and he wasn’t about to call out the Duchess of Sussex:

There was an uproar, of course: Royals simply do not cross their legs in this manner. The Duchess Formerly Known As Meghan Markle quietly redeployed the official gams, and all was well.

And anyway, I know my cue when I hear it:

Meghan Markle in the barber's chair

Meghan Markle on the edge of the sofa

Meghan Markle smiles a lot

And just because, here’s Diana in the same dazzling deployment, on V-J Day 1995:

Princess Diana and the clan

Then again, she wasn’t sitting two spaces from Her Majesty, either.

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Meanwhile in Damascus

Set the clock back to the turn of the century, and you’ll find this:

Upon Hafez al-Assad’s death in 2000, his son Bashar al-Assad was elected as President of Syria. Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma, a Sunni Muslim born and educated in Britain, initially inspired hopes for democratic reforms. The Damascus Spring, a period of social and political debate, took place between July 2000 and August 2001. The Damascus Spring largely ended in August 2001 with the arrest and imprisonment of ten leading activists who had called for democratic elections and a campaign of civil disobedience.

Nobody has any kind words for Bashar these days. Asma, who studied computer science and French literature at King’s College in London, and who dropped her plans for a Harvard MBA when she married Bashar, is not a whole lot more popular.

Asma al-Assad finds a smile

Asma al-Assad on tour

Asma al-Assad says it's this big

The Syrian First Lady is forty-two, a decade younger than her husband. She’s not allowed in most of the European Union, though she’s retained her British citizenship all these years. And she will stand by her man:

And four years ago, those madcap cutups from She Politico put together two minutes of cheesecake from a series of stills:

Why, yes, I do have rather a lot of Syrians on my family tree. Why do you ask?

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Now appearing

A fellow named Tim Wilson once put out a record called “Back When Country Was Ugly,” which contained the line “When no one could compete with Dolly Parton’s wigs / And her boobs wasn’t this damn big.” Not that Dolly’s had work done or anything. But motivated by Wilson’s plaintive wail (“Girls never threw panties at David Allan Coe”), I decided to go through a few of the Parton pix on hand that didn’t seem to emphasize either her coif or her cup size.

Dolly Parton on the phone

Dolly Parton on the love seat

Dolly Parton on the cover of 'Heartbreaker'

Oh, well, I tried.

That last shot is an outtake from the session that produced Heartbreaker, Dolly’s 20th album, circa 1978. The title song, atypically, was written by Carole Bayer Sager:

To complicate matters further, the video is not actually of that song. Blame the Kings of Kopyright.

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Open for Bissyness

Today at the Packard in downtown Oklahoma City, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Allie Ayers — were this Fark, we’d already be complaining that you’ve gone elsewhere — introduced Bissy Swim.

Meet the lady in question:

Allie Ayers rocks the LBD

Allie Ayers gets lasered

Allie Ayers guards the gate

As for Bissy:

Allie Ayers grew up in the small town of Snyder, Oklahoma, and if you’ve met her, you know it. Allie is proud of her family and her southern upbringing, but her love for country life hasn’t suppressed her big dreams. After moving from Oklahoma to New York City, Allie was chosen from thousands as an Open Call Finalist for the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. From Allie’s first audition to her photoshoot in Belize, she loved every minute with SI Swim — but a spot in the magazine isn’t all she’s accomplished this year.

Bissy Swim is Allie’s creation. For years, she designed and sewed her own swimsuits because she couldn’t find suits that fit her body just right. Using her platform as a professional “midi” model, Allie now designs swimsuits to flatter all body sizes.

She’s not kidding about the sizes. There’s an XXS, down toward zero; a C6, if you’re 52-46-56; and every size in between.

For the record, here’s Allie’s audition video for SI:

And maybe this is more fun than being an occupational therapist — though Allie has the college degree for it.

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A short Pier

Okay, that was unkind. Italian actress Pier Angeli, born Anna Maria Pierangeli on this day in 1932, was five feet tall, maybe. Still, she’s gotten short shrift from The Industry; twice this century Hollywood has seen fit to have someone portray her, and both times they were showing the few months she spent as James Dean’s girlfriend. They met while she was filming The Silver Chalice in 1954, and she remembered the affair this way:

We used to go together to the California coast and stay there secretly in a cottage on a beach far away from prying eyes. We’d spend much of our time on the beach, sitting there or fooling around, just like college kids. We would talk about ourselves and our problems, about the movies and acting, about life and life after death. We had a complete understanding of each other. We were like Romeo and Juliet, together and inseparable. Sometimes on the beach we loved each other so much we just wanted to walk together into the sea holding hands because we knew then that we would always be together.

Then again, Pier married singer Vic Damone later than year, and Dean may have been a switch-hitter anyway.

Pier Angeli with The Silver Chalice

Pier Angeli with other works of art

Pier Angeli celebrates 1958

“Anema e core” means “Soul and heart,” more or less, though this 1950 song is not the one you likely know as “Heart and Soul.” Pier recorded the song in 1958 for an album simply called Italia.

And while I’d love to tell you she was celebrating her 86th birthday today, she never made it to forty: in the fall of 1971, she was found dead in her Beverly Hills home, victim of an accidental overdose of barbiturates.

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Nessa

Originally, I figured that by her 30th birthday, Vanessa Hudgens would be a major star. It hasn’t quite happened that way; after High School Musical and various Disney Channel stuff, she seemed destined for greatness, but now I wonder. Certainly she’s worked hard enough all these years.

Vanessa Hudgens, teen starlet

Vanessa Hudgens surely can't drive like that

Vanessa Hudgens reveals the secret of smoother legs

As a singer, she did manage one gold single. “Sneakernight,” which died at #88 in 2008, wasn’t it:

Due out in August is this silly film:

So maybe her best career move is to the stage, where she’s done good work, most recently a Kennedy Center production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights this past spring:

And she’s still 29 for about six more months.

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Without benefit of cast

Last time we looked in on Kira Kosarin — which was, um, yesterday — we snagged a leg shot and left it at that. After agonizing about it all night, I decided that this did her no justice. So here’s Kira, now that The Thundermans has wrapped, in a few different looks:

Kira Kosarin not quite head over heels

Kira Kosarin does a fashion layout

Kira Kosarin at the German version of the Kids' Choice Awards

Who knew there was a German version of the Kids’ Choice Awards?

Kira, all of 20 years old, also has made a record. To be honest, I don’t much like it, but your mileage may vary.

And really, not everyone’s first waxing is great.

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Je m’appelle Barbara

Actually, her name was Monique Andrée Serf; she got “Barbara” from her grandmother in old Odessa. She was born 9 June 1930 in Paris, and went into hiding when the Germans came to town. Eventually she built a reputation as an interpreter of songs by Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens, but stardom eluded her until she began writing her own material.

Barbara in black, as usual

Barbara in black, as usual

Barbara in black, as usual

Cover of Barbara's 1990 album

I am at a loss to explain that last picture, the cover art from Barbara’s 1990 album Gauguin.

One of her early originals was “Dis, quand reviendras-tu?” (“Tell me, when are you coming back?”) from 1962:

Perhaps Barbara’s biggest hit was “L’aigle noir” (“The black eagle”) from 1970. I tend to think of it as a sequel to that earlier song:

She died in 1997 from a respiratory ailment.

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Tomorrow, right on schedule

At first, I thought she was a relative of Brazilian organist Walter Wanderley, who came up with the zippy “Summer Samba” in 1966. But no: Wanderléa Charlup Boere Salim, seventy-two today, is a singer, and while she could do the bossa nova with the best of them, she hung around long enough to become an institution.

Wanderlea's first album, from 1963

Wanderlea on stage

Wanderlea takes it easy

Her biggest hit, “Ternura” (“Somehow it got to be tomorrow”), was blown up to motion-picture size (Juventude e Ternura, 1968). It’s lovely, but elsewhere they worked in her song “Foi assim” (“It is so”), which comes closer to being a favorite in these parts.

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Tumultuousness personified

Tatum O’Neal has led one of those lives you’d probably think was too improbable for fiction: an Academy Award at the age of ten; a brief relationship with Michael Jackson; a marriage to tennis bad-boy John McEnroe, in which McEnroe eventually got custody of their three children; and TV appearances on everything from Faerie Tale Theatre to Criminal Minds. She’s now 54, but it’s still hard for me to see her apart from her Paper Moon role as a grifter-in-training.

Tatum O'Neal crosses the street

Tatum O'Neal tests the shock absorbers

Tatum O'Neal exhibits sprawl

Because I must, a scene from Paper Moon:

And because I can, a clip of Tatum on The Wendy Williams Show this past spring:

She’s held up remarkably well, if you ask me.

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Life of Riley

Riley Keough, twenty-nine today, is, if not the queen of indie film, certainly among the nobility. Her very first role was as Marie Currie: not Marie Curie the scientist, but Marie Currie the kid sister of Cherie Currie in The Runaways. She had a small role in Mad Max: Fury Road, but she is perhaps best known for her work with Steven Soderbergh, including Magic Mike, Logan Lucky, and the lead in his TV series The Girlfriend Experience.

Riley Keough attends a fashion show

Riley Keough knows her colors

Riley Keough among the wreckage

Oh, and just incidentally, she’s Elvis Presley’s eldest grandchild. Not that she’s at all uncomfortable with that:

She’ll appear in four 2018 films, and two (so far) in 2019.

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Jain lightning

She was born Jeanne Galice in Toulouse, but the world knows her as Jain, a nominally French singer/songwriter who is perhaps better shelved under the vague term “world music,” mostly because she did a lot of that obligatory growing-up stuff a long way from France: Dubai, the Republic of the Congo, and then Abu Dhabi, before returning home and making a career out of all these decidedly unFrench sounds she’d heard.

Jain in concert in 2015

Still from Makeba by Jain

Jain strikes a slightly surreal pose

Jain stretches a bit

Jain’s first single, “Come,” aided by a largely surreal music video, made Number One in France, selling about a quarter-million copies, and made noises elsewhere in Europe; the follow-up, “Makeba,” an ode to Miriam Makeba, made more serious sounds and presented more wacky visuals. She began to sell records in Canada and the States. The deeply silly “Dynabeat” might have been my favorite pop tune of 2017.

Yesterday there appeared the not-especially-grammatical “Alright,” along with a loud-looking lyric video. As is Jain’s wont, it’s highly danceable and not enormously cerebral:

She doesn’t really sound like a Frenchwoman in her middle twenties, and maybe that’s the whole idea.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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30

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.

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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.

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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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