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"How to describe Elizabeth Taylor? She was not a movie star; she was the entire galaxy of stars in one package. That was the energy she emitted when she walked into a room. People froze. When they spoke to her, they stuttered."That's designer Vicky Tiel describing Taylor, her friend and frequent client, in her book, "It's All About the Dress." This is a delicious, sexy, go…

I have been raving about Peter Dinklage since the very first episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones." By the second episode, I was confidently predicting he'd win the Emmy for his characterization of acid-tongued Tyrion Lannister. He did. Now I'm not claiming credit for his success or his awards -- he also won a Golden Globe -- but I feel I was at least slightly ahead…

"I hate gay weddings. I'm thrilled about the equal rights thing ... but gay weddings are like the War on Terror -- they go on forever. ... Gay weddings are a lifetime commitment -- for the guests. They start at seven and end in October. Why? Because stereotypes be damned, gays love parades."That is Joan Rivers. With all the ponderous punditry on same-sex marriage…

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."-- Ralph Waldo Emerson. ***So, I decided last weekend to not be timid and take myself right to the head of the line to see "The Avengers," because if I read one more word about it I'd be surfeited and might never see this phenomenon of the box office with its historic $200 million-plus…

"I thought, 'Well, why not?' I cared about her quite a bit. Well, I cared about one side of her. Couldn't stand the General Patton side. But I did love the helpless little girl side of her."That's rocker Gregg Allman in the new issue of Rolling Stone, writing about accepting Cher's proposal that they marry in Las Vegas, after six months of dating. This is an anecdo…

Nobody was more convincing as a gladiator-on-a-mission than Russell Crowe. He received an Oscar for avenging -- as Maximus Decimus Meridius -- the deaths of his wife and child.Russell will be a chilling, relentless Inspector Javert in the upcoming "Les Miserables." And he plays Superman's father, Jor-El, in the 2013 reboot of that franchise, "Man of Steel." The burly …

First off, I extend my sincere congratulations to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on their upcoming wedding. They are nice people and good stars. That is, they are as glamorous as we're going to get these days, so we might as well accept it and enjoy it. And they do good deeds in a naughty world.But (sorry, but there's always a "but"!) the announcement of this engag…

bigcap,3,,y "T "The star thing, the celebrity thing, is new to me. I don't want to be a good celebrity, a good f---ing star. I want to be a good human being."So says two-time Oscar nominee and star of the coming "The Bourne Legacy" -- Jeremy Renner. He doesn't want to be a good f---ing star? He wants to be merely a good human being? What a revolutionary approach…

"That is as it should be!" o Sandra Bernhard declared when Liza Minnelli's press rep, Scott Gorenstein, told her that Liza's upcoming Florida concert at the Hard Rock Casino had instantly sold out all of its 5,000 tickets. Sandra loves Liza.This exchange happened at the surprisingly intimate, friendly fete thrown by MSNBC's Phil Griffin recently for his star of sta…

"I admit my stories are most likely prejudiced, somewhat revisionist, and a tad exaggerated here and there. But were I offered an exact replay of events as they unfolded, I would reject it. I prefer my memories."That is the great actor Frank Langella, writing in the preface of his new book, "Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them."Frank continues: "Don'…

"I see a woman can be made a fool, if she had not the spirit to resist!" declares literature's most recalcitrant and battling virgin, Shakespeare's Katharina in "The Taming of the Shrew." Notable actresses on stage and screen have interpreted the fiery Katharina, including Mary Pickford, who was attempting to change her image. Her swashbuckling hubby Douglas Fair…

"I don't want to judge people for using a stylist, but when people say that I'm just a dumb stripper, I can't help but think, 'Wow, you really give accolades to these hair and makeup people and stylists?' I'm holding my own up there. I don't have a stylist and I do my own hair and makeup. That counts, even though it's not always appreciated." So says burlesque ar…

I ask you, why are we listening to all these expert prognosticators on MSNBC and Fox?"Words, words, words," said Hamlet, in response to Polonius' question as to what the Melancholy Dane was reading?That's how I feel today. By now every word has been uttered about Whitney Houston, dead at 48, the probable victim of drug addiction, drink and a body weakened by years …

After eight seasons, Fox is pulling the plug on "House." This series stars the celebrated Brit Hugh Laurie as a pain-wracked, limping, close-to-sadistic doctor. Every episode is the same -- somebody gets sick, misdiagnosed, tortured, misdiagnosed again, tortured again and finally (usually) they are saved. Dr. House is as mean as a snake to everybody.Hugh Laurie h…

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, …