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  • Before Hillary Rodham Clinton, there was Helen Gahagan Douglas

    Before Hillary Rodham Clinton, there was Helen Gahagan Douglas
    BEFORE Lee Atwater became a political hit man and before "Rovian" was written into the nation's campaign lexicon, the campaign against actress Helen Gahagan Douglas symbolized the viciousness of politics by smear.
  • Ellen Burstyn takes acting triple crown with Emmy win

    Three years after causing an uproar with her supporting nod for a 15-second appearance in the telefilm "Mrs. Harris," Ellen Burstyn won her first Emmy for a guest appearance on the drama series "Law & Order: SVU." With this victory, she becomes the 18th...

    A Kinder, Simpler Time Dept.: Your Movies

    Oct. 10, 1938: MGM plans a series of mystery films for Melvyn Douglas (casting him in ???The Thin Man???? Now there???s an interesting idea). And Bulldog Drummond gets a wife for his next movie.

    'The Pink Lady' by Sally Denton

    'The Pink Lady' by Sally Denton
    It is odd how history often bequeaths to us iconic names bereft of personality. Helen Gahagan Douglas, once a paladin of California's progressive politics and a congressional stalwart of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, is such a name. To the extent she'...

    Oscars poll: What's the worst case of category fraud?

    There are accusations of category fraud at the Oscars every year -- sometimes justified. Consider last year when Kate Winslet had two rival lead roles in "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader." Dubiously, she defined her "Reader" role as supporting so...