From the time she began her first job at a New York City studio rag called Modern Screen, the renowned journalist has had a ringside seat for every celebrity story and scandal since World War II. Looking back, I just wasn't what the powers that be wanted.
Not since the glory days of Walter Winchell has a gossip columnist been as powerful — or as widely read — as she was. And I don't think it had anything to do with Murdoch himself.
And she was the first person I knew who really dressed up.
Everyone was grungy then, but Paula would swish into places smelling of beautiful perfume in tailor-made shot silk jackets.
So I don't think I have been a great lover, really, no. " he laughs, and then suddenly stops laughing."One of the qualities that gay people can have is that out of defence, you start laughing the longest and the loudest at everything," he says, his big, giraffe eyes now looking solemn."In the end, it is fatal because once you start laughing at everything, you destroy the mechanism for taking anything seriously. For the thought of Rupert Everett not taking himself seriously is very funny indeed.
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