June 26, 1993 |
We never knew her. Not really. Not the people who once voted her the Most Admired Woman in America. And not the people who once named her Plastic Pat. She came to the White House after Jackie and Lady Bird. She came before Betty, Rosalynn, Nancy, and Hillary. But there is no cause, no recovery center, no career named after Pat Nixon. No court would ever have ruled - as one did of the current First Lady - that she was a "de facto government official. " The woman who died Tuesday was, rather, described by the obituary writers as "the quiet consort," "the loyal wife," "a private person.
October 31, 1986 |
Barbara Walters has pulled off another coup. With interviewers everywhere trying to nab new author Julie Eisenhower along with her famous subject, her mother, it took Walters to pull it off. On the advent of the book by Julie, "Pat Nixon: The Untold Story," we'll see the former first lady for the first time in a dozen years when Mrs. Nixon appears on "20-20" along with the ex-president, both her daughters, and Tricia Nixon Cox's young son. The...
December 23, 1986 |
With the Dems testing every Iran/Contra word for an echo of Watergate, there comes a book by Richard Nixon's daughter, Julie, to say stop - if just for a moment. Stop and listen to Watergate sounds which even the most partisan Dem would tiptoe away from; he would be constrained to close the door to the White House ever so gently and steal away from scenes no pol with any sense of decency would intrude on. Or try to exploit. Instead of the headlines which have dominated virtually every Watergate book to date, Julie Nixon's "Pat Nixon, The Untold Story," records the sounds of family grief, contained but barely.
April 28, 1993 |
WASHINGTON EX-N.Y. TOP COP TO BE DRUG CZAR Ex-New York City Police Commissioner Lee P. Brown will be named drug control director today with a Cabinet seat but lean staff, according to administration and congressional sources. President Clinton said early on that he would make the drug control director, known popularly as the "drug czar," a member of his Cabinet. But he also said he would reduce the size of the 146-person office to just 25 staffers. Clinton's budget seeks a 7 percent increase in drug control funding to $13 billion.
May 8, 1988 |
No recent opera has matched the measurable success of John Adams' Nixon in China. The contemporary, newsy subject; the pop-flavored music and cartoonlike flavor; the occasion of its premiere, and its broadcast on television cascaded into a torrent of reclame. The piece opened a new theater in Houston last year, won the implied approval of the avant-garde by moving into the Brooklyn Academy's New Wave Festival last fall, played the Kennedy Center in Washington in March and will hop from festival to festival in Europe beginning next month in Amsterdam.
June 24, 1993
A striking juxtaposition on the front page of yesterday's New York Times: A picture of Pat Nixon, referring to her obituary, directly above a headline reporting a court decision on the redefined role of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton, the court held, is a de facto government official - a significant decision because, after health care, President Clinton surely will choose his wife for other high-profile tasks. Hillary Clinton has challenged the concept of the "political wife," an image once personified by Pat Nixon.
February 4, 1987 |
Julie Nixon Eisenhower is nothing if not a loving child. During Watergate, the President's younger daughter steadfastly and, to the extent possible, effectively defended her father, becoming known in the media as "the only credible Nixon. " Now, Julie Eisenhower, who since 1980 has lived with her husband, David, and their three children in the Main Line community of Berwyn, has come out with a biography of her mother, Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. Suffice it to say that the story - the triumphs and trials of the Nixons as seen through her mother's eyes - contains no smoking guns and little in the way of eye-opening surprises.
September 30, 1986 |
It's all over for Mary Lou Retton, the teenage gymnast whose bubbly persona and bounding body won the heart of a nation - at the same time she was winning five medals at the 1984 Olympics. During a news conference in New York yesterday, the perennially effervescent Retton announced her retirement from gymnastics, reluctantly abandoning her quest for further glory to return to school. Retton, 18, smiled as she announced her decision, although she admitted that there was sadness involved.
December 7, 1987 |
Directorial whiz kid Peter Sellars has had such a field day reinterpreting the classic operas, one expects something altogether more outrageous from his recent brainstorm, Nixon in China. But the work Sellars inspired composer John Adams and poet Alice Goodman to create is not outrageous or even mildly shocking. It is a serious - if sometimes unfortunately simplistic - look at the former U.S. president's biggest coup, the opening of relations with the People's Republic of China.
November 26, 2011 |
I may miss other holiday films, but I definitely won't miss My Week With Marilyn , starring gorgeous Michelle Williams, and focused on a week in the life of a young man determined to make his mark in filmdom in 1957. And the "Marilyn" in question, on the off-chance that you haven't seen the avalanche of ads for this week's opening, is Marilyn Monroe. Why such passionate determination? Because in ways that may seem frivolous and foolish, Marilyn Monroe changed my life.