“Starflacker” Had a Front-Row Seat to Hollywood’s Golden Age

Dick Guttman is an endangered species — an old-school press agent who maintains good relations with his star clients and with the people who cover them, while being a straight shooter to both. He’s got a ton of experience, which is what makes Starflacker, his memoir about decades spent living and working in Hollywood, so much fun to read. Guttman has worked with more stars than there are in heaven, and he tells tales about them all: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, …

Carly Simon Tells Her Truth

So, it was Warren Beatty. Carly Simon recently confirmed the world’s worst-kept secret — that Beatty is the ex-love about whom she wrote her 1972 hit “You’re So Vain.” But then she adds that the song is about two other men as well — and no, she won’t name them. You’ve gotta love a woman mysterious enough to keep secrets at 70. She reveals plenty of them, however, in her new memoir, Boys in the Trees, which shot to the top of …

9 Things to Know if You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

Maria Shriver Back on NBC with Focus on Women’s Issues

Maria Shriver, a longtime advocate on important social issues for women and the needy, has a new job at 57, one where she plans to focus attention on women’s lives as “providers parents caretakers and caregivers.” She will return to NBC as an “editor at large” to develop  stories related to women’s lives for all of the company’s media platforms. A career journalist who left NBC in 2004 after now-estranged Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California, Shriver says on …