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  • Jerry Seinfeld made me famous—sort of

    November 14, 2014 | 10:55 am

    My agent called one day with an audition for a few lines on a new sit-com.  A better-known actress had turned it down, saying the role was too small for her.  I figure a day’s work is better than staying home and re-organizing my spice rack.  My attitude is, “There are no small...

  • Comedian Jenny Slate in ‘Obvious Child’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2014 | 9:31 am

    Actress-comedian Jenny Slate held court in a throne-like chair in one corner of a vast room at the Four Seasons Hotel, looking like a quirky fairy tale princess in her gauzy sky-blue dress, an Audrey Hepburn-style up-do and turquoise nail polish on bitten fingernails. 

    “I’m...

  • Lena Dunham posts wedding plans on Instagram

    June 4, 2013 | 2:46 pm

    You probably think Lena Dunham is nothing like the lovely cast members of “Princesses: Long Island.” You are most definitely wrong.

    Not only is the “Girls” creator a Jewish woman dating a Jewish guy (Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff), but like the reality starlets, she too harbors...

  • Bar Paly of ‘Pain & Gain,’ Israel’s other ‘Bar’ supermodel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2013 | 4:57 pm

    Bar Paly is the new hot export from Israel.

    Previously we’ve heard all about Bar Refaeli, the flaxen-haired Sports Illustrated cover girl who romanced Leonardo DiCaprio. 

    [Video: Bar Refaeli’s scandalous new ad]

    Now Israel has raised yet another Bar – supermodel, that is --...

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  • Actress Bonnie Franklin dies of pancreatic cancer at 69

    March 6, 2013 | 12:37 am

    Actress and humanitarian Bonnie Franklin, died at her home on March 1 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

    Best known for her role as Ann Romano on the long-running hit CBS series “One Day at a Time,” Franklin helped define the role of single working mothers...

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as...

  • Actress Mila Kunis opens up about Jewish history

    May 7, 2012 | 8:46 am

    Actress Mila Kunis said she had to hide her Jewishness as a youngster in Ukraine and was miserable during her early years in the United States.

    In an interview published in Britain’s The Sun on Saturday, Kunis said that most of her family was killed in the Holocaust and that she had...

  • Anti-Defamation League honors actress Mayim Bialik

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Actress and scientist Mayim Bialik, communications strategist Renee Fraser and former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang all were selected as honorees for the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 18th annual Deborah Awards on April 26, which recognize women who are “unspoken heroes in a lot...

  • Connie Sawyer: The world’s eldest working actress

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 15, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    It's matzah ball soup and brisket for lunch the afternoon I meet Connie Sawyer, likely the world’s oldest working actress, at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills. Sawyer, who was born in November 1912, is soaring into her 100th year with youthful enthusiasm. She is already...

  • Streisand fights for women’s hearts

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 12, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Barbara Streisand is outraged about the gender inequality facing women’s heart disease. 

    The “man’s disease” is killing more women than all cancers combined; kills more women annually than men; and last year killed nearly 500,000 women in the United States according to the...

  • Claire Danes blows off steam in Tel Aviv

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 5, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    “Homeland” actress Claire Danes spent her evenings in Israel bar hopping in Tel Aviv after shooting the pilot to Showtime’s “Homeland” according to the Forward.  Danes told Conan O’Brien what a “party town” Tel Aviv is, remarking:

    “it’s very stressful...

  • Mayim Bialik narrates for chained women

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Mayim Bialik narrates a film about 5 agunot, “chained women who are unable, according to Jewish law, to remarry until they receive a get.” reported the Jewish Week.

    The film tells the story of these 5 American women, four of whom eventually get a get.

    The documentary will be...

  • Could Katy Perry play Marilyn Monroe?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    Harvey Weinstein wants to turn his new film “My Week with Marilyn” into a Broadway musical starring the bubblegum-songstress Katy Perry.

    According to Perez Hilton, Weinstein reportedly said:

    “If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy first. I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage. I think she would be amazing. Katy posted about [the movie] on her Twitter and Facebook and the next thing you know 250,000 people have downloaded the trailer in an hour.”

     

  • Madonna and Moore lean on Kabbalah

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Madonna has been on the phone daily, consoling Demi Moore with “spiritual guidance” following the announcement of Moore’s upcoming divorce, Perez Hilton (PH) reports.

    PH says according to a “friend”, Madge is giving Moore messages of strength and encouragement, telling...

  • ‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Lives at Intersection of Science, Religion [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    On a recent afternoon, Mayim Bialik, having finished rehearsing a scene for “The Big Bang Theory” — the CBS comedy about a clique of uber-geeks that premieres its fifth season this week — had retired to her dressing room for a bit of Talmud study and to begin planning her...

  • Natalie Portman ponders coming out of maternity leave

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 25, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman is considering returning to the big screen for the indie movie Adaline, which would be her first since giving birth to her son, Aleph, this past June, reports Hollywoodnews.com. Portman, 30, has reportedly been offered the lead role in the film about a woman who stops aging after an accident. Eternal youth makes for a compelling fairy tale, but in this one, it is love that tempts Portman’s character to surrender her immortality. Read more at People.com.

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • The new Jewess: A rising generation of actresses overturns old tropes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 10, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    The year is 1950. The setting is a dimly lit movie studio backlot. It’s the middle of the night, and an attractive young woman named Betty Schaefer is explaining to her screenwriting partner why she became a writer instead of what she really wanted to be — an actress. The movie...

  • Does it matter that Gwyneth Paltrow is raising her kids as Jews?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 25, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    After coming across the recent headline announcing actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision to raise her kids as Jews, many probably thought, ‘Who cares?’

    That was probably followed by, ‘Hmm, I didn’t know Gwyneth Paltrow was Jewish’ (she’s half, actually; father Bruce Paltrow was Jewish,...

  • Natalie Portman names son ‘Alef’ according to Israeli media

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 7, 2011 | 9:22 am

    There is a strange competition among famous people over who can come up with the most original baby names.

    According to a rumor swirling in the media, the Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has named her son Alef, according to a report published in the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom,...

  • Roseanne Sings Israeli National Anthem—And It’s Good! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    In her television studio in El Segundo, Roseanne Barr is singing the Israeli national anthem — and it’s good.

    “If I asked you to sing ‘Hatikvah,’ would you slug me?” I had hesitantly asked her, remembering her screeching mangling of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before...

  • It’s a Boy! for Natalie Portman

    By Hollywood Jew

    June 15, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The Oscar winning actress and her fiancé Benjamin Millepied are now the proud parents of a baby boy. Born Wed. morning, that’s pretty much all we know for sure.  The famously private actress is keeping tight-lipped about the baby’s name and place of birth, and has not released...

  • Jewish Men Don’t Cheat! Ha! And Ashley Madison is a Dating Site!

    By Julia Bendis

    May 17, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Ever since Tiger Woods slipped and unleashed a fury onto himself, every woman out there has been asking the same question: “How could he?  Why would he?”  Then, Jesse James, a.k.a. Mr. Sandra Bullock followed in suit, not to mention countless government officials; gay or straight. ...

  • We got Apples and Oranges and Pears, Oh My!

    By Julia Bendis

    April 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Watching Chelsea Handler the other night made me think of all the idiotic names parents give their children these days.  You might have guessed by that intro that she had none other than Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest on her show.  As Chelsea asked about her daughter Apple, I couldn’t...

  • My evening at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honoring “Hot in Cleveland”

    By Julia Bendis

    March 31, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    Last night I was at the Academy of Television’s event honoring the TV sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’.  They often have these events for up and coming shows, mainly as a panel Q and A and a celebrity host/moderator.  This time it was the legendary Larry King moderating, asking questions...

  • Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 24, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at age 79, spent much of her life in the public eye – famous for her violet eyes and her jewelry – and she managed over the years to transition from child star, to legendary beauty, to Oscar-winning actress, to tabloid fodder for her...

  • Elizabeth Taylor: Tales from the Jewish Crypt [VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 24, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    It’s no surprise that after someone passes, many and various stories of their life begin to surface—stories that haven’t been uttered in ages, stories almost forgotten, if not for the moribund trigger that whisks them back into the light.

    So yesterday, when I awoke to the news...

  • Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies

    March 23, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, who maintained a support for Israel after converting to Judaism in the late 1950s, has died.

    Taylor, known for her violet eyes and her plethora of husbands, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,...

  • Elizabeth Tayor dies at 79

    March 23, 2011 | 9:03 am

    Famed actress, Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.  She had recently been receiving treatment for congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital. 

    Taylor was raised a Christian scientist, but converted to Judaism at age 27.  Her Hebrew name is Elisheba Rachel Taylor.

    ...

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