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  • A ‘Frank’ assessment

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 11, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    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...

  • Stormin’ da castle: Tony Curtis in Hollywood

    December 30, 2008 | 10:55 pm

    In "Cultural Amnesia," Clive James' eccentric encyclopedia of modern culture, the Australian critic devotes some of his most enthusiastic pages to Tony Curtis.

    One might not think that Curtis, whose fame rests more on his beauty and outsized personality than on the quality of his...

  • Doctor with ‘healing hands’ helps kids from Iran to L.A.

    By Amy Klein

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    When Ralph Salimpour was six years old in Esfahan, Iran, he had malaria -- a blood disease spread by infected mosquitoes that kills millions of people in the developing world every year.

    After his parents took him to "The English Hospital" for a prescription of anti-malarial drugs,...

  • He’s Wandered the Earth an Exiled Man

    By Jay Michaelson

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "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...

  • Comic Book Icon Battles Everyday Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the biopic "American Splendor," cranky comic book icon Harvey Pekar frets in the supermarket. "This may be the shortest line, but I'm taking a risk because it's an old Jewish lady," he says. When the woman argues with the manager, he storms out of the store.

    The banal but...

  • All That Glitters Is Golda

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • The Holocaust and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Scott Benarde

    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...

  • Still a ‘Hero’

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    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...

  • Let’s Make a Difference

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Monty 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...

  • A Bronx Tale

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    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...