Now and then, a politician comes along who is both cantankerous and somehow lovable, highly principled and yet open to argument, possessed of both a sense of honor and a sense of humor. The late New York Mayor Ed Koch was one example, and Arizona Sen. John McCain is another. And so...
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"Chronicles: Volume One" by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster), $24.
Toward the end of last year's rambling, barely coherent film "Masked and Anonymous," Bob Dylan, its masked and anonymous star, spoke in voice-over one of his most direct and self-revelatory addresses. Fittingly, it...
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When Renee Taylor was growing up in the Bronx, her relatives described packaging matzah for Palestine with Golda Meir in the 1920s. "That made an impression on me," said Taylor, best known as "The Nanny's" Jewish mom, Sylvia Fine.
Today the actress is hoping to make an impression...
April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm
One of the first things Gene Simmons reveals in his new autobiography, "Kiss and Make-Up," is that he is the child of a Holocaust survivor. The co-founder and bassist for Kiss, one of rock's most commercially successful bands, writes that his mother, Flora Klein, a Hungarian Jew, was...
February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Robert Clary doesn't really enjoy sitcoms.
Even though he played the French sidekick on one of television's most unusual sitcoms, "Hogan's Heroes," the POW situation comedy (1965-71) set during World War II.
"I prefer more dramatic shows," said Clary, 75, who enjoys watching "The...
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...
February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pmMonty Hall is guiding a visitor past the fine artwork in the foyer of his Spanish-style Beverly Hills home, where you don't see a single memento from the game show that made him a TV icon.
People mostly remember Hall from "Let's Make a Deal," the landmark show that ran intermittently...
May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm"Before I was born, my mother had decided to name me either Laurel or Lydia, names that appealed to her artistic temperament. But then somehow, while under the scrim of anesthesia, she was convinced by my father's sisters to make me a lackluster Ruth, in honor of their recently...