Must-see 1986 profile of sexpot actress/exercise guru/wig merchant Raquel Welch that is BEYOND gushing. After listening to the first 30 seconds, you’ll find yourself wondering if Lifestyles host Robin Leach thought he actually had a chance with her, but no, that’s just how he gushed about EVERY guest. It makes the softball questions and puff pieces on shows like Access and Extra seem like David Susskind.
Tag Archives: the ’80s
Stop. Just stop. I can’t with these. They’re just TOO PERFECT. The backlit hair, the makeup, the outfits, the lavender and lamé. God I miss the ’80s. A new book of celebrity photographer Mario Casilli’s decade-defining portraits hits the shelves November 21, with a forward by Joan Collins. From top left: Queen Collins, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson, Joan Van Ark, a sexy Barbra Streisand (SO WRONG), and Stryper superfan Oprah Winfrey. Says the Daily Mail: “It was the decade of Dynasty, Dallas, shoulder pads and excess in all forms. Big was beautiful, greed was good, and beauty was bold. Popular television series’, films and music reflected the 1980s trend for beautiful people living extraordinary lives. And cult photographer Mario Casilli captured those mesmerising subjects at their best, defining forever the look of 80s pop culture through his soft focus lens.” Order your copy here.
The magnificent queen of LA Public Access, Penny Pearce, performs her iconic 1983 hit “The Shrink” aka “Why Do You Think You’re Nuts,” with its marvelous chorus: “Are you nuts, are you nuts?/Have you lost your guts?/Are you nuts are you nuts?/Eating cigarette butts.” Sharon Needles, of course, covered it on her album PG13, and if you’re a fan you’ll want to watch the original here. It’s just INSANE.
From the severely underrated Halloween masterpiece The Worst Witch (!986, starring Fairuza Balk)
Hollywood Is Out of Ideas, example #147: NBC has decided to reboot Murder, She Wrote with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth who self-publishes her first mystery novel. Because the rebooted Ironsides with Blair Underwood was SUCH A RUNAWAY HIT, why not? *Rolls eyes.* NBC describes the new Murder as “a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo” and says: “Set in a day where sensational headlines inundate the news, this woman’s avid fascination with true crime leads her to become an active participant in the investigations” Which sounds just zzzzz. (via BroadwayWorld)
When news of Karen Black’s death spread around the office yesterday, among the wailing and gnashing of teeth were whispers of “Who’s she?” from the younger cubs. The heresy! Karen Black was only the most vivid, iconic, and versatile actress of ALL TIME! With her slightly crossed eyes and big, frizzy hair, she was the perfect everywoman. Here’s a primer for those who don’t know, and a fond look back for those who do.