Lorrie Lynch is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for AARP Media. She is a veteran celeb writer who has been covering entertainers for longer than she cares to admit. Among her favorite interviews were those she conducted (separately) with George Clooney, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Oprah Winfrey. Follow her on Twitter @lorrlelynch.

8 Boomer Superstar Hopefuls Are Ready to Compete

Eight potential Boomer Superstars are headed to AARP’s “Ideas@50″ event in San Diego next week in hope of winning $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings in the Boomer Superstar competition Sept. 5. Coming from five states, eight cities and a variety of musical backgrounds, the contestants – all over 50 – were among hundreds who submitted music videos to AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest, powered by American Idol Live! In fact, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will emcee …

Women Over 50 Are Emmys’ Big Winners

If you didn’t tune into the 66th Primetime Emmys Monday night, you missed a whole lot of love of women of a certain age. At 54, 53, 67 and 65, actresses in both comedy and drama took home awards for doing some of the best work of their careers – and they looked fantastic doing it. Take Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for example. Dressed in a presidential shade of red, Louis-Dreyfus, 53, won a much deserved Emmy for her role as Veep Selina Meyer. …

Does Sawyer’s Evening News Departure Matter?

Diane Sawyer is stepping down from her hard-earned anchor seat at ABC’s World News, which means that we’ll return to a TV news landscape where every evening news anchor is a white man. Should we care? Let’s face it. Network nightly news programs just don’t have the gravitas that made those anchor jobs prestigious and important, as they were back in 1976 when Barbara Walters first put a crack in the glass ceiling and shared the ABC nightly news desk with a really teed-off Harry Reasoner. Back then, …

Remembering Jackie 20 Years After Her Death

There was something so special about Jackie Kennedy Onassis that 20 years later we still mourn her early death. On May 23, 1994, Onassis – one of our most celebrated first ladies – was buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her first husband, President John Kennedy, their stillborn daughter and their son Patrick, who died two days after his birth in 1963. Jackie Onassis was just 64 when she died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she was as elegant and chic at that …

5 Reasons George Clooney Is Getting Married

Leaving in the dust a string of sweethearts and a public declaration that he would never wed, George Clooney, two-time “Sexiest Man Alive,” has asked Beirut-born lawyer Amal Alamuddin to marry him. Why now? Here are five theories: 1. She’s beautiful and brainy. Yes, Clooney has had lots of gorgeous girlfriends, his lack of a college degree notwithstanding (he attended Northern Kentucky University). And he’s always been a savvy, smart businessman, as well as a committed human-rights activist for at …

Meryl Streep Worried She Was ‘Too Ugly to Be an Actress’

The greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep, admitted to a college audience in Indiana recently that back in her youth she thought she might be “too ugly to be an actress.” Unbelievable. I have no doubt that Streep’s admission is authentic – far too many young women are insecure about their looks when in fact they are goddesses who should be appreciating their youthful blush. But it’s both telling and frightening that a woman with such obvious and true …