December 12, 2014
Pantheon: Mary Harris Jones
Put aside your party line, your ideology and anything else you use to avoid thinking on your own. School teacher, seamstress, businesswoman, community organizer, Chicago girl and Ireland-born, Mary Harris "Mother Jones" (1837-1930) had big ones. You have to admit that. What a resume, most of it from after she turned 50.
Denounced on the U.S. Senate floor as the "grandmother of all agitators."
November 23, 2014
Pantheon: Charlize Theron
November 07, 2014
Pantheon: Alice Krige.
I have not met South Africa-born movie, television and stage actress Alice Krige but have admired her and her movies for almost 30 years. I would like to see her on stage some day. I am in awe of working dramatic actresses based on the difficulty of their craft alone--and have been lucky to spend a lot of time with one in particular. To be noticed and hired, to keep working in serious paying roles down through the years, to make a living, to endure, even for the very gifted, is not a reality for most. You must be more than pretty, more than mega-hardworking, more than resilient, more than cheerful, strong, tough, well-regarded, respected and liked. You must be Lucky, too. Uncommon and shining talent is a prerequisite. All your competitors have it. A tough, unforgiving profession you must love deeply and almost unconditionally to merely stay the course in many, many moments during a long career.
October 26, 2014
Pantheon: Kim Bassinger, 60.
October 21, 2014
Born Christa Päffgen in Cologne (1938-1988)
October 14, 2014
Pantheon: Ms. Gish.
October 05, 2014
Pantheon: Sarah Silverman.
"I don't set out to offend or shock, but I also don't do anything to avoid it."
September 21, 2014
Pantheon: Audrey Tautou.
Source: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe (2011)
August 29, 2014
Pantheon: Charlotte Rampling. Still smoldering.
Cannes Film Festival 2001
July 30, 2014
Pantheon: Elizabeth McGovern in 2012.
McGovern in 2012.
July 29, 2014
Pantheon: Catherine Deneuve in 1995
Catherine Deneuve, 52, in 1995.
April 25, 2014
Pantheon: Annabeth Gish.
March 01, 2014
Parker Posey: You don't need the money with a face like that.
October 11, 2013
Pantheon: Lisa Kudrow.
A 40-something Vassar grad (B.A. Biology) who can still play youngish lovable ditzes on nighttime TV and in feature films, Kudrow already has won or been nominated for a lifetime worth of Emmys and SAG awards. She comes from a talented and interesting LA-based family (music and medicine) with Russian-Jewish roots. Kudrow's ancestors emigrated from Belarus and lived in the village of Ilya, near Minsk. Her great-grandmother was murdered in the Holocaust. She got into acting late; she worked first as a researcher, and as an anchor/reporter for an ABC affiliate in Texas. For us, her HBO series "The Comeback" was a revelation. Watch for her to soar in the next two decades in dramatic roles. Do add her to our Pantheon. It needs a few more Blondes with Brains, Comedic Timing and Big Moxie--all three out the wazoo.
September 16, 2013
Soulful in America.
You may have dramatic cheekbones, pouty lips, Chiclet-white teeth, the neck of a gazelle, four feet of legs, a French manicure, and a serious rack of mamm. But if your insides aren't pretty, your outsides don't really mean that much...and there's no time like the present to go in for soul surgery.
--Andrew Creighton Stone, Editor-in-Chief, Los Angeles Confidential
American actress Katharine Ross: Beauty, brains, heart, soul.
August 24, 2013
Pantheon: Sigourney Weaver.
I need a woman about twice my height.
A goddess of the night.
--John Barlow and Bob Wier, "I Need a Miracle"
Patrician. Five foot eleven. Stanford and Yale. 63 years old.
Susan Alexandra Weaver in 2008
August 25, 2012
Heiresses: And Talented, Too.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Louis-Dreyfus Group, France.
May 21, 2012
Pantheon: Charlotte Rampling. Still smoldering after thirty years in three languages.
Great gifts, persistence and drive are hard to beat. If you don't know who Charlotte Rampling, do find out. Ah, Charlotte. You made up for many of the rest of us. You started with much--so you worked even harder. Into The Pantheon, Enduring One. "Still smoldering" after thirty plus years in three languages. Even Paul Newman was blown away. We're not worthy. Please stick around and help for another thirty years.
January 29, 2012
Pantheon: Vanessa Anne Hudgens. Charisma, legs and talents beyond her years.
Born December 14, 1988. American actress, singer. We were very, very wrong about her. She's not too young for The Pantheon. She got legs, legs, charisma and talent. She can act. We salute her--and stand corrected.
August 27, 2011
Pantheon: Lena Calhoun Horne.
1941 photo by Carl Van Vechten
Lena Horne died last year on May 9, 2010. She had natural class and confidence. She lived her life as a work of art. She could sing, dance, act. She could, and did, stand up to talentless arrogance, straight-up bullies and inelegance in all its forms--both before and after she became powerful in her own right. If you're of the greatest generation, you think of her as glamorous. If you're a Boomer, she's the best of the Civil Rights movement.
And if you were born after 1970, you might be curious about a New Yorker who begins life in a rapidly-changing Bedford–Stuyvesant, moves South without parents, heads back up to Brooklyn, becomes a Cotton Club mainstay at 17, breaks records in more than walk of life, and lives to be 92. Start here, here or here.
Add Ms. Horne to our Pantheon.
February 03, 2011
Heroes: Parker Posey
Got sand? Parker does. Rent "Party Girl" (1995). Watch her dance at the end. She's among the first in our Pantheon, a really exclusive club. Not one where old guys in second tier cities pay dues to drool on their shirts. Parker, it is said, likes Non-Risk Averse People Who Step Up. That's not you, is it, Wendell? Time to get off your knees, maybe?
Pretty Bohemian Girl Next Door.