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Mourning Amy Winehouse: A biblical vixen goes back to black

by Dvora Meyers, JTA

July 26, 2011 | 11:11 am

Amy Winehouse, shown at a June 2007 rock festival in France, foretold her own fate in "Back to Black," says Dvora Meyers, when she sang, "I tread a troubled track/My odds are stacked/I go back to black." (V. Gable - Festival Eurockéennes)

Late last year, I spent the better part of a month working on a lengthy profile on Amy Winehouse, the British Jewish retro soul singer who tragically died over the weekend at 27. It was in... read full article

  • Contrary to type, Larry David’s not at all neurotic

    By Rachel Shukert, TabletMag.com

    July 26, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Three adjectives are often used to describe Larry David, the star and creator of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which recently premiered its eighth season after two excruciating Curb-less years.

    One is “bespectacled,” which is fair enough. Another is “bald,” a signifier that...

  • Family of singer Amy Winehouse: Give us space to grieve

    JTA

    July 24, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    The family of troubled singing star Amy WInehouse, who was found dead in her London home, has asked for privacy to grieve.

    Winehouse, 27, a five-time Grammy winner who was admired by music critics and beloved by celebrities, was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, but officials...

  • Fifty years later, Kirk Douglas wins tribute for breaking Hollywood blacklist

    by Tom Tugend, JTA

    July 21, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Kirk Douglas has achieved much in his 94 years, but asked for his proudest accomplishment the actor cites the breaking of the infamous Hollywood Blacklist.

    Douglas did so by giving writer Dalton Trumbo full credit for the script of the movie “Spartacus,” normally a routine...

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow wants Jewish upbringing for her kids

    JTA

    July 20, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says she wants to raise her children as Jewish.

    Paltrow made the declaration after appearing on “Who Do You Think You Are?,” a genealogy documentary series on NBC televison that each week takes a celebrity on a journey to trace his or her roots.

    Paltrow...

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt cast in ‘Jewtopia’ movie

    jta

    July 19, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Jennifer Love Hewitt was cast in a leading role for a movie version of “Jewtopia.”

    Love Hewitt, who starred in the television show “The Ghost Whisperer,” and “Crossing Jordan” star Ivan Sergei will head the cast in an adaptation of the hit play and best-selling book, Variety...

  • Portman baby’s name reportedly is Aleph

    JTA

    July 7, 2011 | 10:48 am

    The baby boy born last month to Jewish actress Natalie Portman and her fiance Benjamin Millepied reportedly was named Aleph.

    The name was reported Wednesday by People magazine, citing an unnamed source. Portman’s representatives have not confirmed the name.

    Aleph is the first...

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