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Sep 29, 2012

J.C. Isabella wanted to write books.

But doing it the old fashioned way – you know, with paper and ink – can be a torturous, time-consuming process with no promise of success.

And so, modern, resourceful young twenty-something that she is, J.C. chose the do-it-yourself route. She wrote her first book,...


Sep 26, 2012

I know that NBC wants me to talk about its new sitcom, “Guys With Kids.” But I can’t get there without telling you first how much I enjoyed one of its stars, Erinn Hayes, in her breakthrough work on the brilliant but cancelled comedy “Worst Week.”

You probably never saw that show, but it was incredibly...


Sep 21, 2012

She was the live wire, wise crackin’, anything but predictable female comedy writer on “The Alan Brady Show,” the show-within-a-show portion of “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” And yes, that was 50 years ago. And yes, Rose Marie is still working, still getting gigs and still making Betty White look over her...


Sep 14, 2012

I didn’t know I would one day be talking to actress Julie Newmar when I left the showing of The Dark Knight Rises a month ago. Then I was thinking that Anne Hathaway was the best thing about that film and that she might just be the best Catwoman since… Julie Newmar. I wonder what Julie Newmar will say about that!

In...


Sep 6, 2012

We all know Melissa Manchester’s hits – “Don’t Cry Out Loud” is probably the most famous – but the casual listener probably doesn’t know much about how she became the singer we all recognize today. I include myself in that group, although I feel like her work has been one of those soundtracks in my life...