April 10, 1994 |
So did Zlata actually write her diary? Was it massaged by translators, editors, avid publicists? How to account for differences noted by one critic between the version of the diary first published by UNICEF and the version recently published by Viking? Questions about Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo surfaced almost as soon as the book was out. Viking has said that the UNICEF edition was abridged and did not contain all of Zlata's text. In her diary, young Zlata Filipovic describes the end of summer, the beginning of fifth grade . . . and, then, the beginning of war. On Sept.
May 16, 1995 |
Oh, goody. More deliciously fermented cheese from Ricki Lake. A cheapo slasher flick has surfaced starring porn actress Traci Lords and the talk-show queenlet before she started dieting. Heidi Fleiss' former boyfriend, Ivan Nagy, directed the 1992 "Skinner," which advertises much gore, blood and partial nudity. Lake, who appeared in John Waters' "Hairspray" and on "China Beach," plays a landlady who rents a room to Dennis Skinner, requisite low-budget psychopath. He is fond of stalking and then skinning his victims.
January 16, 2001 |
QUOTE "People keep telling me I was crazy to support Bush and that I will never find work in Hollywood again. As I've almost never worked there, it won't make any difference. " - Sudden politico Bo Derek standing proud on her choice of President-elect George W. in the New York Post. Perpetual teen Keanu Reeves throws out his "dude" image and gets serious about sex and cinema in his latest interview. Reeves criticizes Warner Bros. for cutting out a bathtub scene in his upcoming flick "Sweet November" with Charlize Theron, to the San Francisco Chronicle.
October 1, 2007 |
Celebrity has its perks. You can jet anywhere, stay in the finest hotels, eat the most delicious food. Everybody knows you - so much so that simply catching a glimpse can make a tired working stiff's day. Just ask the crowd that packed the Inquirer building's lobby Thursday when rock star Bono visited Philadelphia to collect the Liberty Medal. It's popularity. It's curiosity. It's celebrity. It's power. Bono has power. He - and other celebrities of substance - use it to help push humanitarian crises from the periphery of American public interest toward the center.
January 21, 1993 |
Audrey Hepburn, the swanlike, Oscar-winning actress and UNICEF ambassador who described herself as a "skinny broad" or "the other Hepburn," died yesterday of colon cancer at her Swiss villa. She was 63. For a generation that, like her, survived World War II, the woman with the mockingbird laugh and dancing fawn eyes redefined femininity, glamour and political activism. Miss Hepburn, reed-thin, was not slim for fashion's sake, but because of childhood malnutrition. The Belgian-born daughter of Anglo-Dutch parents had endured World War II in food-deprived Arnhem, the Netherlands.
October 21, 1995
Many Americans seem to see the United Nations' 50th anniversary celebration this weekend as an over-the-hill party. That's sad and shortsighted, and scarily close to being U.S. policy. The U.S. right often regards the U.N. as a clutch of wasteful bureaucracies at best, and a stalking horse for Big Brother at worst. And many onetime advocates just acquiesce in treating it as a mere vehicle for furthering U.S. aims and especially for getting other countries to foot the bill to use U.S. forces abroad.
December 12, 1998 |
Tickets are on sale for the NBA players exhibition game Dec. 19 in Atlantic City. Finally. And talks between the league's owners and the locked-out players might just continue today or tomorrow. Thankfully. Commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter were among the principals at a secret five-hour meeting Thursday in New York. "We agreed not to discuss any of the details, and I don't want to break that pledge," deputy commissioner Russ Granik said.
December 11, 1998 |
While agents David Falk and Arn Tellem worked on a Dec. 19 charity exhibition game in Atlantic City, representatives of the NBA and the locked-out players were meeting secretly in New York. Although league officials declined to comment, sources confirmed that commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter attended the meeting and that it appeared some progress had been made. One source indicated additional discussions could be held during the weekend.
January 29, 1995 |
Fred Grandy, who played Gopher on TV's Love Boat before serving four terms in the U.S. House, signed a three-year contract last week to become president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International Inc. beginning July 1. He left Congress last year to run for governor of Iowa but lost the Republican nomination to Gov. Terry Branstad. "This is a real point of departure for me," said Grandy. "I've been in the private sector and the public sector. This is somewhere in between. " Goodwill provides disabled people with job training and rehabilitation.
November 3, 2003 |
After her mother married for the second time, Aline Kabila felt her life would be better. But in this war-ravaged nation, where poverty and superstitions are plentiful, her stepfamily saw her as a curse: another mouth to feed, another body to clothe. So members of her stepfamily branded the 11-year-old girl a witch. They starved her. They beat her. And when the girl's half-brother fell deathly ill, they said she had cast a spell on him. That's when they decided to purify her of the demons they thought were inside her. Her step-uncle poured acid over her head, face and right arm, almost killing her. Across Congo, thousands of girls and boys, some as young as 4, are accused by their families of practicing witchcraft.