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Donna Karan wanted to be a singer

13 October 2015 1:40 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Donna Karan originally wanted to be a singer. The 67-year-old designer may have founded her own fashion and beauty empire but she has admitted she never planned to go into that business as she had hoped she'd land a career in performing after falling in love with dance. Speaking on 'Fresh Air,' she said: ''I didn't want to be a designer. The last thing I wanted to do was work on Seventh Avenue. I wanted to be a singer like Barbara Streisand and a dancer like Martha Graham. I loved the body. I loved the movement of the body. But I was neither of them.'' She added: ''However, what I decided that I thought I would like to do is be an illustrator. I love drawing. I love drawing bodies. I love drawing fashion, but I wasn't thinking of myself as a designer in those days. And then »

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The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: Sexual Fantasy Island

17 June 2015 5:52 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Here at the Real Housewives Institute, this is our least favorite episode of any Real Housewives franchise: the before-the-trip episode. Mostly it just consists of packing, planning, and another P word to be named later (no, Carole, not that). There is no worse activity in all of humankind than helping Sonja Tremont Morgan of the $20 Suitcase Store on Seventh Avenue Morgans pack. There should be an episode of Scared Straight where a bunch of inner-city, at-risk youth are taken to Sonja’s house and made to fold her bikinis and caftans and night dresses and various assorted underthings into packages the size of postage stamps. “If you fail History, this is what you will spend the rest of your life doing: helping a rich lady organize her suitcases while two dogs soil the carpet next to you.” The only thing possibly worse than helping Sonja pack is giving Ramona a »

- Brian Moylan

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Remembering Film Critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015)

24 April 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I wouldn't be who I am today without the recognition, insight and mentoring of Richard Corliss. I first met him when I was a wee Nyu Cinema Studies grad toiling in the publicity bullpen at United Artists at 729 Seventh Avenue. He was looking for photos for Brian De Palma's "Carrie" for Film Comment Magazine. We hit it off. He was smart and witty and loved movies and knew more about them than anyone I have ever met. But he was also curious, and always asked questions. He and then Village Voice columnist Stuart Byron and I would dish on the movie business, the box office and the Oscar race in a neverending quest to understand How Hollywood Works. Now I will have to carry on without him. Richard plucked me from publicity, took me in at Film Comment as Associate Editor, tried to teach me how to write. He'd edit my copy, »

- Anne Thompson

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