"Don't go back. Go on," advised the great acting teacher Stella Adler.
My friend Margo Howard has used this quote as the opening to a half humorous, half serious book titled "Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife."
In this day and age when 50 percent of marriages fail, maybe the story of Margo Howard, born the daughter of the famous Chicago advice-giver mother "Ann Landers," is not so hopeful as she segues through four wedlocks saying, "Why not?"
But depending on your point of view, whether marrying for money, love and romance, or convenience -- you'll either disapprove of writer Howard, or you'll say, "Go girl!" But you'll read about her four marriages, her ups, her downs, her points of view and whatever you feel, you're bound to laugh.
Young ladies who think their marriages can't possibly go on the rocks, probably won't be dissuaded. The romantics may be a bit suspicious and disbelieving. But Margo includes it all, including her third marriage where she lands TV star Ken Howard, who sounds quite adorable, which, when added to her well-known mother's fame, pretty much covers the "celebrity" portion of this book.
I'd just suggest you lean back and enjoy Margo's useful thinking of "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I guess we should also applaud. But there is so much heartbreak in almost all divorces and it seldom brings out the best in anybody, so I'll leave it up to the reader who still believes "marrying" is more important than practically anything else.
You'll enjoy these Margo Howard reflections and it all reminds me of a friend who is wed to a man even older than she is, and she's getting along in years herself.
I asked if she was ever fed up with it all, caring for him, doing thousands of things she doesn't like, pleasing, ever pleasing.
She looked at me, obviously pitying my twice-divorced self, "Oh, no. I just couldn't imagine living without a husband!"
This book is surely for you if you feel the same way. Husbands can indeed be very nice. I am fond of all my friends' husbands.
GOOD LUCK to Shia LaBeouf, who is now "seeking treatment" for an addiction to alcohol. His antics and arrest around that New York performance of "Cabaret" was apparently the last straw for somebody. However, "seeking treatment" doesn't mean rehab. Relapse generally happens even when people go into a facility. Shia is not doing that. In any case, best to him, a very talented actor whom I've admired since he was a teenager in "The Greatest Game Ever Played."
P.S. Good luck as well to Robin Williams who has not fallen off the wagon, but has entered into a rehab place to "maintain" his sobriety. Work stress has threatened it. Addiction of any kind is not funny. I say this as a reminder and chastisement to all the online trolls who make jokes and think it's just celebrity self-indulgence and entitlement at play.
ON JUNE 29, the great Dolly Parton was recognized by the Recording Industry Association for having sold more than 100 million albums! That's a lot of vinyl and ... whatever they make CDs from.
Dolly is still going strong. She was a sensation at the Glastonbury Music Festival a few days ago. She drew an estimated 100,000 people to hear her go through her repertoire. Although fans and critics raved, there was some back-biting when it was suggested Dolly had lip-synced some of her numbers. Many rushed to her defense, including performers and others in the biz, who know how things can appear on TV in a live broadcast -- the millisecond delay.
But, of course, it was Dolly who had the final word: "My boobs are fake. My hair is fake. My voice and my heart are real. I did not lip-sync." I believe her.
ENDFACT: Reeve Carney, who plays Dorian Gray on Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," is the great-nephew of the famous Art Carney of "The Honeymooners" fame. Art also won an Academy Award for "Harry and Tonto" in 1975. Excellent, talented bloodline there!
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)
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