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October 16, 1998 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
What's it take to be a diva nowadays? Webster's defines a diva as the leading female singer in an opera or concert organization, and suggests she is often a "prima donna," plagued with a difficult temper. For decades, the tempestuous Maria Callas was synonomous with the term. Today, we're more accustomed to hearing the word applied to a pop superstar - someone with a high-powered voice, personality-plus and (hopefully) a unique take on the world. And yeah, a diva also enjoys a huge claque of devotees, many of whom could be convinced to follow her off a cliff.
NEWS
August 30, 2001
JUDGING by Janet Jackson's cancellation of her First Union Center concert last night due to "flu," the answer is: HARDLY!
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 1988 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
Diva offers flashy, winning and totally unpredictable proof that a French connection can exist between the opera stage and the underworld. Part police thriller, part offbeat love story - between a diva (Wilhelmenia Fernandez) and a smitten postal worker - it keeps the viewer off balance with its dash and many surprises. Diva is a tale of two tapes. One records the voice of a prima donna and the other the last words of a murdered prostitute that could incriminate various powerful figures.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2001 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Though much of the entertainment world feverishly aspires to divadom, Betty Buckley, one of a handful of pop singers who command a large concert hall with voice, presence and talent, finds that it's a distinctly annoying pedestal on which to be placed. Onstage, she fears that audiences will expect some variation on her Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. If so, they'll miss some of the more varied and subtle things she's out to do. "The [diva] expectation involves a level of showmanship and glitz," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1999 | By Fred Beckley, FOR THE INQUIRER
On getting past the flak: "I'd like to set up a brief phone interview with Bette Midler. Tomorrow OK?" "Sorry, she's got two already. Bette only does two a day. " "Next day?" "Next day she's got a show. Bette never talks on days she sings. " "Next?" "Weekend. " "Monday? I only need 15 minutes. " "I can get you 10. " For which, of course, she's 20 minutes late. Some divas are born to it. Midler's first album, 1973's The Divine Miss M (Atlantic)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2008
GOV. SARAH PALIN a diva? That's what an adviser for Sen. John McCain called her. Since my eyes are still rolling because of those wildly misleading comments she made this past Monday about how Sen. Barack Obama would not only "raise taxes" but also "punish hard work," I would have let this decidedly sexist diss pass. (For the record, Obama is proposing to raise taxes only on those who make more than $250,000. That's just 5 percent of the country. So, Joe the Plumber, who makes far less, has nothing to fear.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A light-headed, fleet-footed French caper, Jean-Jacques Beineix's ultra-stylish Diva stormed the art houses when it was released in 1982, and it's still a lot of fun now - though its hip patina feels more quaint these days than cool. A neo-Hitchcockian bouillabaisse about a young Paris postal worker (Fr?d?ric Andr?i) who is obsessed with a beautiful opera star (Philadelphia's Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez), secretly records her concert, and then finds his tape mixed up with a prostitute's cassette exposing an international crime ring, Diva has beautiful women, sinister mobsters, crooked cops, and a great chase scene up, down and through the Paris Metro.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Sopranos long to sing the courtesan Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. She is opera's most touching and tempestuous heroine. The singers will also tell you, though, that the character may be the all-time toughest to perform, because of a long, difficult first-act aria. "Callas never thought she solved it," says Nelly Miricioiu, Romanian soprano, who, like La Divina, the late Maria Callas, has performed the role countless times, and adores it. Miricioiu will sing Violetta again in the Opera Company of Philadelphia production that opens tomorrow at the Academy of Music and runs Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2003 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
My guess is that the drag comedy Girls Will Be Girls, a tale of Hollywood bottom feeders, was originally titled All About Evie. Like a certain Bette Davis classic, the story revolves around an aging Queen Bee who has lost her stinger but not her sting. She's named Evie (Jack Plotnick), was once the star of grade-Z movies such as Asteroid!, and is shamelessly courted by an ingenue, Varla (Jeffery Roberson), who wants her career - and probably her Bob Mackie minidresses, too. Intermittently amusing, the film (written and directed by Richard Day)
NEWS
October 31, 1993 | By Tia Swanson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
OK, hold onto your seats. Or, better yet, get ahold of a seat. Beverly Sills is coming to dinner. Sills, the longtime diva who is general director of the New York City Opera, will be here Wednesday to launch Cherry Hill's latest cultural event. She'll be the first speaker for the Star Forum, a subscription-only series that will also feature New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and, later in the season, the Capitol Steps. But first things first. Like dinner. Before Sills takes the stage, she'll be sitting down to supper with Bette and Bill Tomar of Cherry Hill.
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August 20, 2016 | By R. Eric Thomas, FOR DoTHIS
Barbra Streisand has done it all. In her six-decade career, she has been a singer, an actress, an activist, a director, and an urban legend. She is, in short, everything. Babs was Celine before Celine, she was Beyoncé before Beyoncé (sacrilege, yes, but true). She's a pioneer, and, at 74, she's not done yet. In honor of her stop Saturday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center - only the sixth tour of her career - let's look back at some of her most defining moments. Miss Marmelstein Babs burst onto Broadway with a bang in the 1962 musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale . Much of the musical, set in New York's Garment District and using Jewish harmonies in its pop-music score, was remarkable, but Streisand's tour-de-force performance as the secretary Miss Marmelstein and her eponymous song remain the stuff of legends.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, STAFF WRITER
Did you know that some sea turtles blow bubbles out of their noses and eat them? It's one of the many fascinating things I learned at the new Sea Turtle Cove exhibit at Adventure Aquarium . You can feed Stitches, Bob, and Old Green, and meet the hatchling, Koopa. You can also find out about conservancy efforts and what you can do to help the turtles. Here are a few more unexpected things I discovered while visiting the exhibit: 1. Adult sea turtles can be massive What surprises people most when they first see the turtles up close is their size.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2016
THURSDAY EVENING I attended the 150th anniversary of Einstein Healthcare at the Constitution Center, the gala celebrating the Jewish hospital's commitment to their patients of all backgrounds in the Philadelphia area. The evening was spectacular as "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander hosted and original diva Diana Ross sang her hits. The hall was filled with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen and everyone danced and sang along.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two local universities can claim fashion diva status - they made Business of Fashion's inaugural "Global Fashion School Rankings. " Drexel University placed 10th in undergraduate fashion education, while Philadelphia University came in 16th. In graduate school education, Philadelphia University showed up again, in 10th place. That prompted the New York Times' Vanessa Friedman to quip in her blog, "On the Runway": "Philly: hotbed of fashion invention. Who knew?" Business of Fashion, an industry website, said it looked at 60 data points from 24 participating schools, surveys completed by students and alumni, and input from other experts.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of National HIV Testing Day, an annual observance dedicated to promoting more frequent HIV testing and raising awareness of the deadly disease that affects 1.2 million people in the U.S. alone. Sheryl Lee Ralph , wife of state Sen. Vincent Hughes , is not only an acclaimed actress and best-selling author, but she's also founder of the Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware Foundation (DIVA), which aims to raise AIDS awareness. Her foundation is intended to serve as a living memorial to the friends she has lost to HIV/AIDS, and makes a goal of erasing the stigma attached to it, as well as lowering the HIV infection rate in general.
NEWS
December 29, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Aretha Franklin's powerhouse version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" became her 100th single to hit the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart when it came out in October. Recently, it also hit No. 1 on the Dance Club chart. Aretha's back, and she returns to Philadelphia Monday for a performance at the Kimmel Center. "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" comes from Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics , her 38th studio album. The Queen of Soul interprets songs from her youth (Dinah Washington's "Teach Me Tonight," Etta James' "At Last")
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia. Nina Simone lived here. Melody Gardot keeps an address here, as does Rhenda Fearrington, Peggy King, Shamika Byrd, Suzanne Cloud, Rachelle Ferrell, and Dyana Jean. So a summit of Philly jazz divas makes divine sense. And that is what Homer Jackson and Aaron Graves have done with DivaNation - a series of conversations, workshops, and live showcases on Friday and Saturday at Drexel University's Mandell Theater. Name a local jazz chanteuse and Jackson has an epithet of praise for her. Barbara Montgomery "owns the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
NEWS
August 21, 2013
Rob and Remy Maaddi, the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow. So Remy and I weren't ready. Remy had a nail appointment for a mani-pedi on Sunday night.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer TV Critic
Finally, this weekend brings a summer series I can really get behind: Total Divas on E! (Sunday, 10 p.m.). The series captures the tangled professional and personal lives of seven of the WWE's most exciting lady wrestlers: Cameron and Naomi (a tag team known as the Funkadactyls), the Bella Twins, Natalya, and newbies Eva Marie and Jo-Jo. "This is just basically the first time that the WWE has allowed cameras behind the scenes," said an E! publicist. "We really follow these seven divas both out of the ring and in the ring.
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