November 2, 2013 |
Ed Stanco is an actuary. If anyone's going to calculate the odds of a first-time breeder's producing North America's best female horse, it should be him. "There are no odds," said Stanco. "It doesn't happen. Period. We're in uncharted territory. " An East Goshen, Chester County, resident who has dabbled for barely a decade in the sport he discovered as a boy, Stanco was talking about his 3-year-old filly, Princess of Sylmar, the Pennsylvania-bred who won four Grade I stakes races between May and September.
October 30, 2013 |
WHEN STORM Dixie's career came to an end 5 years ago, Ed Stanco and his five partners in King of Prussia Stable decided they might want to breed their mare. She had won her first race, but never won again. Their superstar trainer, Todd Pletcher, did not exactly give her a rousing endorsement, Stanco remembering him saying, "I wouldn't put a $10,000 stud fee into her. " Pletcher, one of the most intelligent and prudent people in horse racing, got Storm Dixie appraised for about $20,000.
October 27, 2013 |
There are certain stories that tear at the human heart. Tales of great heroism, about soul-crushing adversity faced and conquered, about horrific wars survived. So it is with Spelling It Like It Is , a new memoir by Hollywood princess turned reality TV pauper Tori Spelling . The daughter of Aaron Spelling , who was worth $600 mil, is virtually on Skid Row, she writes in the book. Yes, it's as dire as that, Tori tells People: She hasn't "bought a purse in three years," her four children are forced to wear hand-me-downs (oh, the shame!
August 17, 2013 |
Grace Kelly, the East Falls native who won an Academy Award and later became princess of Monaco, was an international icon, revered around the world for her elegance and style. But in many ways, according to her nephew Christopher Le Vine, she was always a Philly girl who enjoyed childhood vacations at the Jersey Shore and later brought tinfoil-wrapped scrapple back to the Monegasque palace. "She had her Philadelphia roots with her wherever she went, from Hollywood to Monaco," he said Thursday.
July 5, 2013
Princess Fawzia, 92, a member of Egypt's last royal family and the first wife of Iran's later-deposed monarch, has died, Iranian opposition groups said. Fawzia died Tuesday in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, the Paris-based opposition groups said, but no cause of death was immediately known. She was the daughter of Egyptian King Fuad I, who ruled until 1936. Her brother and nephew later rose to the throne before the monarchy was toppled in 1953. In 1939, she married Iran's then-crown prince, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown in the 1979 revolution.
June 14, 2013 |
LONDON - A glowing Kate Middleton on Thursday christened a gigantic new cruise ship named the Royal Princess. Palace officials said it is planned as her final solo public appearance before she is expected to give birth in mid-July. The Duchess of Cambridge, as she has been formally known since her marriage two years ago to Prince William, used a 4-gallon, $1,500 bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne to do the job - it was so heavy she couldn't swing it herself, but she cut a ribbon that launched the bottle toward the hull, where it smashed as crowds cheered.
June 9, 2013 |
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish Princess Madeleine fell in love in the Big Apple. Now she has said "yes" to New York banker Christopher O'Neill in a lavish and emotional wedding ceremony in Stockholm. Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and 13-foot trail, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill on Saturday. In addition to celebrities and New York socialites, the guests included the United Kingdom's earl and countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie; Princess Takamado of Japan; and princes and princesses from Norway, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, and Monaco.
May 30, 2013 |
Today's older, more free-spirited bride is mixing old-school glamour with millennial individuality to create a new genre of wedding dresses that often are captured on smartphones, but look as though they emerged from a black-and-white still. "These gowns are a reflection of a woman's personal style," said Nicole Sewall, comanaging director of BHLDN, a Philadelphia-based online wedding-dress boutique that's part of the Urban Outfitters retail family. "She doesn't want to feel like she's dressed in a costume on her special day. " Using Pinterest, Tumblr, and Etsy, the fashion-forward betrothed are creating diverse collages of images as the basis for their dream weddings.
May 10, 2013
DEAR ABBY: We have a grandson who is 4 and very much a "princess boy. " He likes girl toys and dresses and doesn't like any of his boy toys. He's an adorable little boy and we love him to pieces. His parents don't accept this behavior, and I'm afraid it will affect him now and in the future. How would you handle this? We don't say anything to his parents because they are pretty much in denial. - Worried Grandma DEAR WORRIED: If he were my grandchild I'd talk with the parents.
March 13, 2013
Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden, 97, whose decades-long love story with the king's uncle was one of the better-kept secrets of the royal household, died Sunday. A brief statement on the Royal Palace's website said Princess Lilian died at her home in Stockholm. It didn't give a cause of death, but she had Alzheimer's disease and had been in poor health for several years. Lilian Craig met Prince Bertil in 1943, but the prince's obligations to the throne and Lilian's status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public, and it would take more than 30 years before they could marry.