January 14, 1988 |
On the note pad is the name Faye Dunaway, on the phone is Carl Bernstein and in the wing chair is Kathleen Tynan, willowy widow, author and friend of the famous. She is not famous herself, but she married famous (legendary British drama critic Kenneth Tynan) and dates famous (film director Barbet ("Barfly") Schroeder). Her tailored herringbone jacket looks like one of Armani's, but she says it's "nobody's," meaning nobody famous. She has written a book, "The Life of Kenneth Tynan."
October 11, 1990 |
It may seem odd that the editors of a collection of profiles by the late Kenneth Tynan--possibly the best theater critic writing in English since George Bernard Shaw--would start with a couple of pieces he wrote for his school magazine. Tynan's youthful tribute to Orson Welles, for instance, is all velvet swatches of aged certitude--the kind that only adolescents can muster. Why reprint it? Perhaps to show what the grown-up Tynan could do in four words.
August 17, 1992 |
The Scene: Bookend parties Friday night for the West Coast premiere of "A Brief History of Time," based on Cambridge University professor Stephen Hawking's life and his concepts of the origin and fate of the universe, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Before the screening, Shirley MacLaine hosted a small reception at the Peninsula Hotel. Afterward, there was a larger confluence of bodies in the Academy lobby.
April 1, 1990 |
Director Karel Reisz and writer Harold Pinter's dazzling 1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman (KTLA, Sunday at 8 p.m.) stars Meryl Streep as an enigmatic Victorian-era beauty who entrances Jeremy Irons' proper British gentleman. This ravishing, mesmerizing film becomes a wry comment on what has become of personal morality between 1867 and the present. In The Girl Who Came Between Them, a new TV movie (KNBC, Sunday at 9 p.m.), a vet and his wife bring over his Vietnamese daughter.