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  • Mike Nichols: From marked man to American icon

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 24, 2014 | 10:35 am

    The title of his Hollywood biopic should be "The Man Who Almost Wasn't."

    Because Mike Nichols, the celebrated director of stage and screen, was almost claimed by history. 

    Steven Spielberg was one of the first Hollywood luminaries to issue a statement about his death last week,... read on

  • Mike Nichols, who escaped Nazi Germany and became the legendary director of ‘The Graduate,’ has died

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Mike Nichols, the legendary film and stage director whose work was celebrated both by Broadway and Hollywood, died on Wednesday at his home in New York. He was 83.

    His death was announced by James Goldston, the president of ABC News, the network where Nichols’ wife, Diane Sawyer,... read on

  • ‘Rosewater’ reveals journalist’s ordeal in an Iranian prison

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 12, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    Iranian-born journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari’s life was compelling long before he became the plotline for the movie “Rosewater.” 

    Bahari had traveled to nearly 70 countries to report on the issues of the day, some of them conflict zones, and nearly lost his life once, when... read on

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  • Renee Zellweger’s tragic beauty lesson

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 28, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    The first time I met her, I could not avert my eyes.

    Renee Zellweger was leaning on a table in the middle of a grand, mahogany library, holding court as if she were the guest of honor at this agency Oscar party, at which there were many honored guests.

    She must have been 42.... read on

  • When Bill and Hillary Clinton turn to Judaism…

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 13, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    What do you do when you are president of the most powerful nation on earth and you get caught red-handed having an affair? 

    You turn to the Talmud, of course.

    At least that's what former President Bill Clinton did, according to recently released documents from the Clinton... read on

  • Sharing the sukkah with God in a season of love

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 7, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Sukkot is my holiday.

    It’s been obvious since my girlhood, even before I saw “Titanic” a dozen times, that love stories ignite me and are my preferred mode of engagement with the world. I’m partial to eros, of course, but any love will do: filial, platonic, philosophical,... read on

  • How Jewish ritual helped me find my way through loss

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 2, 2014 | 11:06 am

    I had to press my lips closed, the day after it ended.

    The ritual was no longer mine. My duty was complete. But the words, with their cadences and rhythms, their alliterative twists — yitgadal v’yitgadash — had become my anthem. For 11 months, I had owned these words, claimed... read on

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