In order to protect her voice, Lauren Ambrose is ducking out of the Sunday matinee performances of My Fair Lady. She has young kids and is playing Eliza Doolittle, a role that nearly destroyed Julie Andrews, so this seems fairly reasonable, though certainly a disappointment to anyone who bought tickets to see her Tony-nominated performance. It is also a major disappointment to Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Henry Higgins’s mother, and who decided to air her grievances about it all. In an email — and we shudder at the thought of anyone getting an email from Diana Rigg — obtained by the Post, Rigg wrote, “I learnt, courtesy of a newspaper, that our leading lady will not be appearing in future Sunday matinees. It is time managements put their audiences first and insist on the old adage, slightly adapted by me, ‘The show must go on — with ALL principals.’” (Impeccable em-dash use from the dame.) … [Read more...] about Diana Rigg Concerned Lauren Ambrose Is Not Willing to Destroy Her Voice for
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The first McDonald’s I went to, on West 3rd Street in Manhattan, didn’t even have the Travis Scott Meal, which was strange because the Travis Scott Meal doesn’t include anything that McDonald’s doesn’t already normally carry. I can’t say I was surprised, though; it’s one of those McDonald’s where the ice-cream machine has been busted since the ’80s. I asked the extremely nice woman working there if anyone else had asked for the Travis Scott Meal, and she told me there had been “a lot, like 20 today.” She advised me to download the McDonald’s app: There I could see which locations have it. … [Read more...] about What’s All the Hype About the ‘Travis Scott Meal’ at McDonald’s? Vulture Investigates.
She can’t read the menu, but Harris carries an array of reading glasses in various strengths that she and LaBelle share. LaBelle orders off-menu: hot Italian sausage with spicy tomato sauce and calf’s liver cooked in oil. “Hey, Pookie!” she cries as her other best friend, Diane Beifeld, whom she met in 1962 on a train, comes by a little later. Beifeld is the jeweler responsible for the incredible string of diamonds around her neck and the giant 19-carat ring on her finger. “I’m her best white friend, Norma’s her best black friend,” says Beifeld. “No, you’re my best white mother! Come on, Di!” “I’m very protective of her,” says Beifeld, getting emotional. “Anybody, they gotta get past me if they’re gonna hurt her.” … [Read more...] about Patti LaBelle on Performing in
Let’s talk about Kristen, because that’s all any of us want to do. I’m going to get it out of the way and say that I like her. I like her in the way that you like really good pad Thai or any flavor of Ben and Jerry’s. It’s not like there is anything special or unique about her yet, but she’s safe and she’s normal and you’re kind of into her general flavor. Kristen is from Farmington, Connecticut, which is the town next to the town where I grew up (and the home of Miss Porter’s Academy for Wayward Rich Girls), and she is a “model.” Her husband Josh is an “entrepreneur.” You ever notice how everyone on all of these shows is always a “model” and an “entrepreneur” but you’ve never seen them in any magazines or ad campaigns and you’re never quite sure exactly what their business is? I have a whole shitload of selfies on my phone and I sold something on eBay once. Does that mean … [Read more...] about Season-Six Premiere Recap: New Girl, Same As the Old
Bond scenes with George Lazenby — even if she didn’t like him. Rigg kept it no secret that she disliked her experience shooting On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with George Lazenby. (It was the only Bond film for both actors.) “He kind of thought he was a film star immediately, and started throwing his weight around,” she told the BBC in 2011, of Lazenby’s first film role. When the movie came out, a rumor swirled that she purposefully ate garlic before scenes with him — started by Lazenby himself, after a producer wouldn’t let him promote the movie in the U.S. Rigg denied it in a 1970 open letter to the Daily Sketch. “No, George, I did not eat garlic on purpose,” she wrote. “No, George, I was not, as you said, guzzling champagne in some warm bar when we had the row.” Lazenby later denied the story in a 1981 interview with 007 magazine. “Diana Rigg was having lunch about four or five tables away and she yelled … [Read more...] about 5 Incredible Diana Rigg Stories