Diane Keaton Has 7 Ways to Age With Attitude

Diane Keaton’s new memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty (Random House), is like reading your best friend’s diary. Provided your BFF is a famously funny actress, of course. Up close, I found out when I interviewed the 68-year-old star in New York City last week, Keaton, a L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel, is attractive, scarily smart and a complex mix of confident and quirky. I scrambled to keep pace as she covered all sorts of fashion and beauty topics related to …

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 …

Whoopi Goldberg: Acting Is All I Ever Wanted

Watching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven’t been seeing enough of The View host’s Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is. The film puts her at the center of another scenario by novelist Terry McMillan (Goldberg was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, you may recall) and reunites her with Ving …

An Unusual Challenge to an Actress’s Will

Imagine that you die after a long series of illnesses. Because you’ve been successful in your field and leave a considerable estate. You might expect a will challenge – sure. But from your former lawyer?  Now, that’s one weird situation. But that’s exactly what has happened with the estate of Julie Harris, the renowned actress who died late last summer. Back in 2009, Harris had fired long-time lawyer Herbert Nass, who was potentially the executor of her will.  Several months …

‘The Simpsons’ Tribute to Bart’s Teacher of 23 Years

Actress Marcia Wallace appeared in scores of TV shows, from The Bob Newhart Show to Taxi. But Wallace, who died on Oct. 25 at age 70 in Los Angeles, made her biggest impression in The Simpsons, as the voice of Edna Krabappel, an embittered, chain-smoking fourth-grade teacher with the misfortune of having Bart as a student. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter On Nov. 3 the show paid a poignant tribute to Wallace in the opening credits, during which Bart …

When Danger Lurks in ‘Lily Collins’

Move over, Emma Watson. The new Malware Maven is fellow actress Lily Collins. The star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Mirror, Mirror (and daughter of ’80s music icon Phil Collins) tops McAfee’s 2013 list of “Most Dangerous Celebrities”  to search for on the Web. Roughly one in seven online searches of her name – along with words such as “free downloads,” “nude pictures” and “apps” – landed computer users on websites that the security vendor says “tested positive” …