And what about the famous women — past and present — in Tom Cruise’s life? Nicole Kidman is a fine actress, one of the best, but would she have spent more years on the outskirts of stardom, like her best friend Naomi Watts, if she hadn’t become Mrs. Cruise in 1990?
Ida Lupino’s on-screen career stretched from early’-30s ingénue roles in her native England to a 1977 Charlie’s Angels guest shot, so it’s inevitable that MOMA’s retrospective of her films (which begins today) is selective, even leaving out some defining performances (High Sierra, Out of the Fog) from her noir-centric 1940s peak at Warner Bros.
Gore Vidal (1925 – ) author, essayist, playwright, and political activist, has long been a celebrity on the American scene. Son of a West Point graduate who distinguished himself in the Army and an actress, Vidal attended Philips Exeter before enlisting in the Army during World War II.
Real life takes a cue from the Onion as a Polish man discovers that a five-year-old blow to the head was actually caused by a bullet that’s been lodged there ever since.