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  • Larry David: Curb your curmudgeon

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 25, 2014 | 2:30 pm

    He is nothing if not a mensch, Larry David declared — about himself. 

    How else to explain why the salty star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” was willing to forgo an evening on the couch watching Turner Classic movies and admiring Doris Day (“She hot,” he panted) to make a rare public... read on

  • Hollywood legend Eli Wallach dies at age 98

    By Ryan Torok

    June 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

    Eli Wallach, the star of classic films “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and The Ugly,” has died.

    The child of Polish Jewish immigrants, Wallach was 98-years-old. Married to actress Anne Jackson, he leaves behind three children

    I am not enough of a cinephile to... read on

  • Cookbook author Dana Slatkin’s culinary fairytale

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 18, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    All year long, we long for the slow, sun soaked-days, the warmth, the waves, when we can fritter away the daylight hours in a marvelous cacophony of sensory summer pleasures — sweating in the sand, sipping sweet or sparkling, reading Russian literature and eating fresh garden meals... read on

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  • David Geffen graduates with top honor from UCLA—sort of

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    Philanthropist and entertainment mogul David Geffen was awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for Geffen School of Medicine graduates on May 30.

    Presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who described the prize as... read on

  • From Russia, with Love

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    I admired her gumption.

    Sofia Gelman’s very first email to me got straight to it: The 83-year-old Russian-born immigrant to Los Angeles had led a very colorful life — the child of shtetl Jews, she was forced to flee her home as an adolescent to escape the Nazis, suffered hunger,... read on

  • AJWS goes to Washington

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 22, 2014 | 9:30 am

    I always have an answer.

    It is a tricky character quality, I admit — often amusing, but just as easily infuriating — and which one of the two you find it to be almost always depends on the question. Even when I’m not sure of something, I’ll concoct an argument to defend my... read on

  • When a mother dies

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

    On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted, is holding her baby up to her cheek and looking out, almost heavenward. Their faces are... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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