October 27, 1993 |
Fabio is averaging two women a minute - a comfortable pace. One line forms to his left side, one to his right. By the end of his appointed two hours, he will have smooched and hugged and flirted and posed with more than 200 of them. Some plop on his knee, as if he were a For Women Only Santa Claus. (No need to ask what they want. He knows.) He signs their Fabio posters, their Fabio calendars, their romance novels with Fabio on the cover, boxes that contain Fabio's new cologne. Everyone gets equal treatment: Fabio is as apt to squeeze a sturdy matron as he is a giggling dolly whose shirt gaps as much as his. Why not?
August 17, 1996 |
A news item caught my eye the other day: Fabio has a new book out. But this one, he's supposed to have written. Uh-huh. You know Fabio - the guy with the lion mane, bulging biceps and vaguely Italian accent who poses with some swooning, bosomy maiden on the covers of romance novels. Why, he must have felt just like a hunk of meat! Unappreciated for the intelligence behind his gorgeous eyes or the depth of his soul residing somewhere behind his shapely pectorals. He wanted to be someone, to do something meaningful.
June 9, 1999 |
Before I get to today's topic, which is celebrity-attacking birds, I want to issue a formal apology to the "Tri Cities. " The "Tri Cities" are Pasco, Richland and Kennewick, Wash., which call themselves the "Tri Cities" in proud recognition of the fact that there are three of them. I had not heard of these cities until recently, when I wrote a column about the Hanford contaminated nuclear dump site, which is located near the "Tri Cities. " My column was about the fact that radioactive ants, flies and gnats had been discovered at Hanford; I expressed concern that they might mutate and become gigantic and attack Los Angeles and suck all the blood out of Fran Drescher.
March 31, 1999 |
Look up in the sky - it's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's definitely a bird - aaagghh!!! That may have been the last thing to pass through the mind of poor Fabio yesterday, as a cute promotional stunt for a Virginia amusement park turned into a scene from "The Birds, Italian Style. " The hunky star was in the front car of Apollo's Chariot, a new roller-coaster at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. At some point during the ride, a low-flying bird intersected with the high-rolling coaster and smashed into Fabio's nose.
April 16, 1995 |
On a cool Friday night last month in Fort Worth, Texas, almost 1,000 revelers in romance packed the crystal ballroom of the Radisson Hotel to watch a bashful construction worker from Horsham make his debut as a heartthrob. Tanned and taut, 29-year-old James Kulick - who describes himself as just a guy looking for a job he'll look forward to every morning - paraded down the runway in his Levi's, answered questions on the principles of seduction, posed bare-chested with female models, donned a cowboy costume to win over the natives, and signed autographs for roaring women, all in pursuit of the Mr. Romance crown.
October 29, 1993 |
It's not every day that a People magazine cover hunk who has been called the sexiest man in the world shows up at the neighborhood mall. Fabio, all 225 pounds, 48-inch chest and 6 feet, 3 inches of him, fanned the fantasies and fluttered the hearts of hordes of his fans when he appeared Wednesday at Encore Books in Ardmore and outside Waldenbooks in Springfield Mall. He grabbed women's hands when they asked for autographs. He gently rubbed their backs when they posed for pictures with him. He looked deeply into their eyes, as if no one else were in the crowded mall.
February 4, 1994 |
There was a sighting of the King at the Cherry Hill Mall yesterday. It wasn't Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. It was Fabio, the King of Love. And the more than 350 fans who turned out for his perfume promotion at the Strawbridge & Clothier store may have outscreamed any audience that ever saw Elvis swivel his hips on The Ed Sullivan Show. Not bad for a 32-year-old model from Milan, who doesn't even sing on his recently-released CD entitled "After Dark. " He doesn't have to. After all, when you've graced the covers of more than 1,000 romance novels and earned the title, "Sexiest Man Alive" it only takes a flip of that streaked-blond hair to set the fans a-swooning.
August 14, 2009 |
Since turning from documentaries to fiction in the mid-1990s, the Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have crafted a series of stunning if bleak dramas about Europe's outcasts: the unemployed, the homeless, an underclass of illegal immigrants, black marketeers, teenage hoods, and thieves. In Lorna's Silence , the Dardennes' austere but oddly hopeful fifth film, an Albanian woman (the mesmerizing Arta Dobroshi) tries to make a new life for herself in the Belgian city of Liège.
November 30, 2003 |
What do Fabio and Florence Henderson have in common, other than the fact that their first names start with F? In the highly competitive world of real estate products and services, the aging Italian model and the woman the Brady Bunch called Mom are surefire ways to draw Realtors into the vendors' booths at their annual convention. While male Realtors at this month's convention tended to poke fun at it all, female agents and brokers were willing to endure the half-hour wait to engage in small talk with Fabio, who posed with hundreds of them in the course of two weekend afternoons.