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Parker's brief scene difficult

As has been widely reported, Sarah Jessica Parker was chosen to step into Demi Moore's small but pivotal role as Gloria Steinem in the upcoming bio about former porn star Linda Lovelace.

But lots of people have asked, "How exactly were Gloria Steinem and Linda Lovelace connected?" I'll tell you. Linda became infamous as the star of "Deep Throat" in 1972. The movie, produced by Lovelace's husband Chuck Traynor, achieved mainstream success. It was reviewed by serious publications and attracted a wide audience of average moviegoers, including Jackie Onassis, who was, admittedly, hardly "average."

But several years later, Lovelace escaped the porn world and insisted she had been forced into the business. She morphed into an anti-porn activist and met with Gloria Steinem in 1980, as part of the "Women Against Pornography" crusade. Linda would later become disenchanted with the group.

The Sarah Jessica Parker/Gloria Steinem scene is fairly brief. But Parker revealed in USA Today the insecurity of all actors. "I am happy we are done with that scene and I have not been fired. I actually did envision that."


This week marks the 40th anniversary of the release of "Cabaret" starring Liza Minnelli. It is certainly her best-known movie and the one that nabbed her an Academy Award. Interestingly, Liza did not mention this milestone when she recently performed at Newark's Performing Arts Center. (Perhaps she assumed her devoted audience already knew it.) The star did mention the ankle she broke during last October's freak NYC snowstorm.

Next up for Liza is a guest appearance on TVLand's big hit, "Hot in Cleveland," and Sony Masterworks will soon release remastered versions of classic Minnelli performances. And, of course, concerts, concerts, concerts.


Speaking of injuries, Madonna danced (in high heels) with a pulled, painful hamstring at her incredible Super Bowl halftime show. The New York Post -- usually not a friend to Madonna -- the Daily News and The New York Times all gave Madonna a thumbs up. So I won't belabor my own two cents. I was wildly impressed -- nuff said.

Madonna said in a pregame interview in Indianapolis, that she was dedicating the show to her father, from whom she inherited her driving work ethic and discipline. She also remarked, "Of all the things I've ever done, he is the most excited and proud of this."

And when it was over, with Madonna disappearing dramatically in a great cloud of smoke, I'm sure Silvio Anthony Ciccone was proud of his little girl.