September 3, 1997 |
Carl Davies brought memories, a message--and painkillers--to make his mark on British history. Doreen King came with a single red rose and a poem. Linda McAdam brought two preschoolers and tears she couldn't staunch. Across Britain, along country lanes and in the palace where her body lies guarded by a single redcoat in a bearskin hat, an astonishing national lament swelled Tuesday for Diana, princess of Wales.
September 7, 1997 |
In this age of celebrity, it may be said of certain people, however horrifying the thought, that death becomes them, and that is certainly true of Diana, princess of Wales, as it was of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Had she lived, she could have doddered off into senility, tottering from one sordid affair to another, from one escapade to another, a better, more elegant version of Elizabeth Taylor--a celebrity for the ages.
February 25, 2011 |
There's something inspiring for old-fashioned book lovers out there about an early scene in Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches" (Viking: 579 pp., $28.95). Magical creatures suddenly gather as a woman opens a legendary lost book. Never mind that most of these creatures ? vampires, daemons, witches ? are all plotting to get the book out of the hands of Diana, an American professor on a research trip in England. Menace aside, the scene is almost an hommage to the printed word: There's far more magic in an old book than in an iPad no matter how good the latter's backlighting is. "My fingers trembled when I loosened the small brass clasps?
September 18, 2005 |
THERE'S nothing like a red double-decker bus zipping down the wrong side of the street to let you know you're in London. I've always loved London's cheery behemoths but only as a symbol. When it came to getting places, I used to be strictly an Underground gal.
April 29, 2011 |
I wish Diana, the Princess of Wales, were around to see the royal wedding of her son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Mostly because I just wish Diana were still around. Those of us who are of her generation already went through this ritual once — the early rising or late-staying-up to watch her wedding 30 years ago, the one that turned out to be a fairy tale without a happy ending. We saw the signs but, like Diana herself, tried to ignore them. We remember the way she smiled so expectantly and hopefully at Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding.
April 28, 2011 |
I admit it: I love Kate Middleton. I love that she defied the usual dating advice and waited years for her prince to come around. I love that she's a commoner but still wears those outrageous feathered hats. Most of all, I love that the hats are the most remarkable thing about her. Pretty without being distractingly gorgeous, fashionable without pushing boundaries, reserved without being shy, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton doesn't have even a fraction of the tragic mystique of Diana, Princess of Wales.
January 29, 1987 |
David Moller lays cradled in his 6-year-old sister Diana's arms sucking vigorously at the formula-filled bottle. David might appear a bit smaller than most other 5-month-old infants, but that's because David is a "preemie" and his delivery was not routine. The baby now sucking, burping and occasionally smiling up at Diana had made recent medical history.
August 18, 1989 |
An American intelligence officer, carrying vital knowledge about the Allies' planned invasion of Normandy, is captured and tortured by the Nazis. He wakes up in an American military hospital in Germany and learns the war has been over for two years. Or has it? Tonight's TNT cable movie "Breaking Point," at 5 p.m. and again at 7, 9 and 11 p.m., is an abundantly stylish remake of "36 Hours," the 1964 film with James Garner, Eva Marie Saint and Rod Taylor.
July 23, 1997 |
One of my best friends resists visiting Los Angeles because she says all the women out here are thin, maybe even thin and beautiful. I don't agree, but Debbie got me thinking: If a tourist can be intimidated, what must Hollywood be like for a resident non-skinny actress? Liz Torres sums it up matter-of-factly: "You combine the cruel, heartless, rude town with an out-of-work, overweight, over-40 actress and you're not going to get great treatment."
January 17, 1990 |
The actress who portrayed housekeeper Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show" lived her last years in seclusion in a dark, dingy house and kept a 1966 green Studebaker with four flat tires in the garage. The home of Frances Bavier reflects little of the coziness of the fictional house that Aunt Bee managed for Mayberry's sheriff and his young son on the popular television series of the 1960s. The 86-year-old Miss Bavier died Dec.