I watched “Dirty Dancing” with my daughter the other night. It was the first time she had seen it and probably my 10th.
I was super excited for our girls’ night–we bought candy, made some popcorn and changed into our pajamas–but I also felt some pressure. What if she hates the movie and thinks it’s corny and old-fashioned? Maybe next time, then, she’d ask a friend over to watch a movie instead of me. Maybe next time she’d choose to watch “Gossip Girl” on Netflix by herself. I know she loves our time together as much as I do, but I feel the fragility of these moments–of an almost 14-year-old–of a blossoming young woman who will soon begin her own journey of self-discovery apart from me.
“Dirty Dancing” wasa movie that had a profound impact on me back in 1987. I was 19 then, just a year or two older than Baby (played by Jennifer Grey). It was the first time I had seen a movie that featured a Jewish girl as the romantic lead. I thought Baby was just like me because she had a Jewish nose and frizzy, curly hair. In reality she looked nothing like me. We were alike, however, in the absence of certain physical attributes. Neither of us had long golden blond hair, small button noses, big blue eyes, or full pouty lips. In fact, girls like me and Baby were typically the best friend of the pretty girl who dates the good-looking popular guy. Jewish girls like us didn’t get the cute guys. Read the rest of this entry →
The Kid-Dish: All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.
-It’s a sad day for Jewish lit fans everywhere. Literary power couple Jonathan Safran Foer and Nicole Krauss legally separated–which means they broke up about a year ago and no one knew about it! I mean, there were whisperings about their $14.5 million Park Slope home going on the market (it didn’t sell), but no one had an inkling that this too-talented-for-words pair was even on the rocks. (Page Six)
-In happier news, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are (allegedly) consciously recoupling. Don’t know what else there is to say except, wasn’t it just yesterday that they were consciously uncoupling? Is there actually a way to unconsciously uncouple? (People)
-Speaking of conscious couples, Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen are very much together and spilled everything parenthood and their new babySid in People this week. The decidedly wanna-be Jewish actor said that becoming a dad was so emotional that he cried in the delivery room. (People)
-First Jewish “Bachelorette” ever Andi Dorfman went to France with her 11 remaining men in the latest episode of this season, and dealt with racism, mimes, and frog legs. Follow Kveller contributer Tova Ross‘ recaps of the show over at Jewcy. (Jewcy)
All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.
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- While Rabbi Sari Laufer is not technically a celebrity, she’ll get her claim to fame as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” tonight. The reform rabbi and mother of an 8-month-old baby told JTA that she was was terrified of missing the question in the “Jewish” category. (JTA)
-And the name is…(drumroll, please…) Oliver Finlay Dallas! That’s right, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas had a baby boy. If you read Kveller diligently, then you already know that a few weeks ago Ginnifer talked to Jimmy Kimmel about the challenges of naming a baby boy with the last name Dallas. Mazel Tov! (People)
-Mila Kunis, who is expecting a baby with Ashton Kutcher, plans to join the list of celebrities who had a totally natural childbirth (Kveller’s Mayim Bialik made this list, too!). No epidural, nothing. (Us Weekly)
-Speaking of our very own Mayim Bialik, she can’t name all the Kardashians, but she sure can tell you which lobe of the brain contains the visual cortex. Catch Mayim in People’s video series, “Up Close.” (And we thought we were being original with the whole Up Close thing.) (People)
All the Jewish celebrity parent gossip you (n)ever wanted to know.
-Singer/Songwriter Regina Spector announced the birth of a baby boy with musician husband Jack Dishel who performs under the band name “Only Son.” So far, the couple is keeping mum on the name. On Facebook, the new mom kvelled, “As you may have noticed, we’re pretty private so we won’t be posting any pictures or updates about him….but we can report that he’s super CUTE!!! Lots of love, mama regi & papa jack (and lil dude too :)).” Mazel Tov, Regina!(E Online)
-Rachel Zoe showed off photos of 3-month-old Kaius and his big brother 3-year-old Skyler looking adorableon Instagram on Monday. She captioned the pics, “The boys are weighing in with their opinions on footwear today ;) #hardatwork.” (US Weekly)
-Christina Aguilera seems to have a thing for Jewish men. She announced that she is pregnant with a baby girl with fiance Matt Rutler, and though we have not sifted through his ancestry, the interwebs seem to believe he’s a member of the Tribe. She has a son, Max Liron from her marriage to Jordan Bratman. (People)
-Expectant parents Mila and Ashton visited Kutcher’s family in Iowa this week. The pair announced that they are pregnant last week after Kunis was spotted at a prenatal yoga class. (US Weekly)
Jon Stuart hosted Jason Bateman on “The Daily Show” recently. Bateman was promoting his newest film, “Bad Words,” but of course the conversation devolved into nonsensical Yiddish before he even sat down. Then, naturally, the pair moved on to bizarre Passover rituals.
She grew up without much money in New York City, is GQ’s woman of the year, does all sorts of charity works and was, until very recently, married to People Magazine’s Sexiest Man 2010. OK fine, she doesn’t have kids, so probably doesn’t count. But come on — tick tock — she’s going to be on this list (along with Alicia Silverstone) in no time flat. Read the rest of this entry →
As beautifully stated in Jordana’s recent post, Anderson Cooper’s coming out made me think about “the rights of others to live and love as they will.” I was raised about as socially conservative as they get, attending a glaringly white high school and having never met a Jew.
Thankfully, when I was 8 my mother gave into my relentless nagging and agreed to drive me into the city for theater classes where I was able to thrive amongst the spirit and diversity offered there. The director was brilliant, charismatic, patient and loved working with children. He was also often accompanied to rehearsals by his partner. It never occurred to me, even as a pre-teen, that the director having a boyfriend was any less desirable than him loving a woman. I have no idea how my impressionable and incredibly naïve youth was somehow free of sexual judgment. It was almost as if I was born with rainbow-colored glasses and thankfully, no one–at least no one whose opinion I modeled or valued–ever did anything to change that. For this I am incredibly grateful. Read the rest of this entry →
For those of you who missed it yesterday, Anderson Cooper is gay. In other news, I am carbon based.
I don’t know too many people who were shocked by the “revelation” that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is gay. I immediately penned an Onion-esque headline: “Anderson Cooper Comes Out As Gay: One Person On Planet Surprised.” Also, I firmly believe that sexuality is part and parcel of who a person is, and that each person should embrace and be happy with who they are. In short, good for him.
Both of these statements, of course, perhaps reflect the fact that I live in a comparatively liberal, Jewish, nebbishy Northeastern US bubble. I’m sure that in many places, Cooper’s revelation that he is gay was shocking and perhaps upsetting–but those worlds and Facebook feeds are far from my own. Read the rest of this entry →