Sideshow: 'Girls' costar fights body image battle

In an episode of "Girls" on HBO are (from left) Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke.
In an episode of "Girls" on HBO are (from left) Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke. (JESSICA MIGLIO)
Posted: August 14, 2014

Zosia Mamet on her secret

Zosia Mamet, 26, who plays one of Lena Dunham's Gen-Zero pals in HBO's Girls writes in the September issue of Glamour that she has battled an unspecified eating disorder since childhood.

"This struggle has been mostly a private one. . . . But the truth is, I'm not alone. I have come to discover that 30 million other Americans share the same secret," writes Mamet, who has a regular column in the mag.

"If you are lucky enough never to have battled this beast, let me tell you what it's like: I was told I was fat for the first time when I was 8. I'm not fat; I've never been fat," writes Mamet, who is the daughter of renowned playwright, essayist, and filmmaker David Mamet and his ex, actress Lindsay Crouse.

"But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am - that convinces me my clothes don't fit or that I've eaten too much. At times, it has forced me to starve myself, to run extra miles, to abuse my body."

Zosia Mamet writes that her dad eventually persuaded her to seek treatment. "He came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, 'You're not allowed to die.' "

Stealing Cecil Taylor's prize

A Uniondale, N.Y., general contractor named Noel Muir has been arrested and charged with second-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $500,000 in prize money belonging to jazz great Cecil Taylor.

Police say Muir, who befriended the pianist and poet while repairing the house of a neighbor, last year accompanied the 85-year-old Taylor to Japan to an awards ceremony for the Inamori Foundation's Kyoto Prize.

Brooklyn prosecutors say Muir offered to help transfer the prize money to Taylor's bank account, but wired it to his own account instead.

Shep on Williams comment

Keeping true to Fox News' policy of inclusive love and respect for all humankind, the channel's famed news anchor Shepard Smith apologized Tuesday for the less-than-loving comments he made about Robin Williams shortly after news broke Monday of the actor's death.

"Something inside you is so horrible or you're such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it," Shep told the millions who watch Fox News. "Robin Williams, at 63, did that today."

On Tuesday, the anchor softened his speech.

"I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word coward, I would be horrified," Smith told the website "To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I'm so sorry."

The economics of death

Exploring yet another angle in the Robin Williams story, USA Today says online sales of the actor-comic's films have exploded. As of Tuesday afternoon, Williams' films account for seven of Amazon's top 20 best-sellers in the Movies/TV category.

Instant Video sales of Williams' private-school dramedy Dead Poets Society are so hot, it is No. 4 on the list, while the film's DVD edition is at No. 7.

Other Williams releases on the list include Mrs. Doubtfire: Behind the Seams Edition DVD (No. 5), Good Will Hunting: Miramax Collector's Series DVD (No. 9), and Good Morning, Vietnam: Special Edition DVD (No. 14).


Audrey, my grandmom

She never met her grandmother Audrey Hepburn, but Emma Ferrer grew up surrounded by images of the actress, who died in 1993. Emma is the daughter of Hepburn's son Sean with her first hub, Mel Ferrer. "The first images I have of her are, interestingly enough, when she was quite young," Emma, 20, tells Harper's Bazaar.

"I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline - I believe this was before I understood that she was famous. But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had."

The mag features Emma's very first pictorial. She was shot by Michael Avedon, grandson of Richard Avedon, who immortalized Audrey in his own pics.


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