When Judy Sang to JFK

Fred Astaire didn’t want to make movies with Ginger Rogers. Though Jackie denied it, Judy Garland often sang “Over the Rainbow” to JFK by phone. Paul Newman would taste-test movie-theater popcorn before buying a box to share with Joanne Woodward. Katharine Hepburn gave Spencer Tracy’s favorite hat to Henry Fonda on the set of On Golden Pond. You don’t spend more than 30 years creating documentaries about Hollywood royalty without unearthing some sparkling anecdotes. Joan Kramer and David Heeley — …

“Marigold” Not the Freshest Daisy in the Bunch

The guest register at the Exotic Marigold Hotel gets thicker this week, while several Oscar winners — and Oscar-worthy efforts — arrive on home video. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Turns out chemistry isn’t everything. Alhough this sequel reunites virtually all the original stars (including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy), and though they prove just as delightful this second time around, the script adds precious little to the first installment. Richard Gere is predictably charming as a …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘My Fair Lady’ … Jackie O

Notable events from our shared experience During the “Saturday Night Massacre” of Oct. 20, 1973, U.S. Attorney General Elliott Richardson (left) refuses President Richard Nixon’s order to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and resigns in protest. Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus follows suit. Solicitor General Robert Bork, the third-ranking Justice Department official, carries out the order to remove Cox. Twenty-one resolutions calling for Nixon’s impeachment are introduced in Congress. >> Famous Latino Baby Boomers In the deadliest day for …

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 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

 News, discoveries and … fun 1. Jackie Kennedy confided personal thoughts in a 14-year correspondence with an Irish priest. (Learn more at Irish Times) 2. A mother’s worth increased $3,123 last year. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s a square hole in the sun. (Learn more at Space.com) 4. Age discrimination can kill you. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing, making a rise in global sea level inevitable. (Learn more at National Geographic) 6. Most Russians are …

50 Years Later, JFK Death Again a TV Event

The flood of upcoming TV specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination threatens to be a little redundant: Conspiracy theories aside, we probably know about as much as we’ll ever get to know about that awful November day. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter That’s not to say that remembering the tragedy isn’t important. It’s just to point out that the most interesting of the JFK-themed programs scheduled to air in the run-up to the Nov. …