September 29, 2000 |
Minnie Driver easily lives up to the title of the new film "Beautiful," in which she stars so impressively under Sally Field's aptly nuanced direction. Yet Driver's angular features are just distinctive enough to make it credible that her small-town Illinois beauty contestant might find it a struggle to come out a winner. Written perceptively by Jon Bernstein, "Beautiful" is not yet another easy satire on a target that is by now overly familiar.
November 25, 1994 |
If China boasts the world's fleetest female swimmers, France the most select of vintages and Ukraine the greatest pole vaulter, where do the world's most comely women come from? From India, of course. It's as official as these kinds of things ever get. This year, anyway. Last Saturday, Aishwarya Rai, 21, an architecture student with gray-green eyes from Bombay, bested contestants from 86 other countries to become Miss World 1994.
July 16, 1987 |
"Oh, my God," blurted 80-year-old Teresa Segura from her wheelchair, "I can't walk, I can't see, and now I've won a beauty contest. Unbelievable. Babalu! Bombs away!" Almost as excited was runner-up Maude Burton, 100, who said she had so much fun that she might "give it another shot next year."
August 25, 1990 |
A former dairy princess was sentenced Friday to life in prison, without possibility of parole until 2003, for strangling a former homecoming queen in a jealous rage over a farmer whom both women loved. Lori Esker, 21, was convicted in June of first-degree intentional homicide for the September, 1989, slaying of Lisa Cihaski, 21, who was strangled with a belt in a car outside of a Wausau area motel.
February 25, 1990 |
L.A. is not The Place for beauty queens these days. Heads don't always turn when they walk by, agents don't necessarily return their calls, no one is dying to turn them into movie stars or TV talk-show hostesses. Miss USA can't even get a guest shot on her favorite talk show. "Arsenio, are you listening?" asks Gretchen Polhemus as she coils her sinuous, six-foot body toward a reporter's tape recorder, in the hope that her plea will reach Arsenio Hall. But it probably won't--and she knows it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2004 |
Orange County might seem a little less talented, a bit less articulate and a lot less cute this weekend, when 12 local women will be in Fresno competing for the title of Miss California. Miss Placentia, a pianist and aspiring professional snowboarder, will be there. So will Miss Orange County, a hard-of-hearing woman who hopes to use the title to empower the disabled.
January 28, 1992 |
The lights were dimmed, the audience held its breath and the master of ceremonies ripped open the envelope. On a card inside was the name of the new People's Miss Johannesburg--"Nani Mokoena!" A crown was placed on the tall black model's head and photographers snapped pictures of her holding the keys to the Opel Kadette she had won. It was the happiest moment in 20-year-old Nani Mokoena's life. But by the next day, her warm glow was gone. Pageant officials said there had been a misunderstanding.