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RIP Zsa Zsa, You Lived a Long Life

I did a cable TV interview with the flamboyant Zsa Zsa Gabor in the early 1980s and was not surprised by her outspokenness, because she was actually an early champion of women’s rights and the right to speak one’s mind. The most unforgettable thing about Zsa Zsa was her name. One might find it difficult […]

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Where Have You Gone, Patty Hearst?

             Looking Back to When a 19-Year-Old Kidnapped Heiress Was the Subject of One of the Greatest FBI Manhunts in American History—the Osama   bin Ladin of Her Time.     Between the time the S.L.A. kidnapped her from her Berkeley apartment on Feb. 4, 1974 and her arrest nineteen […]

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Having a Catch

Though I live in Los Angeles, my wife and I rarely venture into Beverly Hills, but sometimes we go to marvel at the busloads of foreign women who swarm certain chic upscale stores on Rodeo Drive like Gucci, Cartier’s, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Fendi, or Chanel. I have very little to look at in these posh […]

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Looking For Love in All the Wrong Places

I recently received three emails from three women I didn’t know, notifying me that they had been the victims of three different online dating match-ups for single women. Each of them told the same story: they had found my picture on a dating site, responded to it, and found themselves getting to know “me” over […]

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Robin Williams: The Last Clown

  Robin Williams: The Last Clown Robin Williams made me laugh. He had a quick mind. Unlike most comedians I have interviewed, Williams was “on” more often than he was “off.”  Most comedians suffer from depression. I don’t exactly know why.  Rodney Dangerfield suffered from it until he turned 75 and found the right antidepressant […]

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WHAT WOULD YOU ASK J.D. SALINGER?

“Larry, I just saw the trailer for the J.D. Salinger documentary and I could swear that’s your voice at the end of it.” I told my friend that it could be, since I was interviewed for the film five or six years ago, when Shane Salerno was still figuring out how he wanted to make […]

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Did AVA GARDNER Two-Time Me?

I didn’t want to believe it.  But it was impossible to ignore. Vanity Fair and the New Yorker had articles about “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations” by Peter Evans, an English journalist who passed away in 2012. In his book Evans said he began talking to Ava Gardner eleven days after the first week of […]

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ELMORE LEONARD & the Sound Of Writing

About twenty years ago I flew to Michigan to do a story on Elmore Leonard, the crime writer Time magazine had called the “Dickens of Detroit” and Newsweek labeled “the best American writer of crime fiction alive, possibly the best we’ve ever had.”  Leonard lived in an exclusive suburb called Bloomfield Village and some of […]

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TIGER vs SERGIO at THE PLAYERS

When I was a boy I used to wonder why my father wasted so much time watching golf on television. Could anything be more boring? He played the game, but he got a kick out of watching Jack and Arnie and Lee when the major tournaments were televised. I would watch with him for a […]

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