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linda40Linda Harrison (1945- ) is an American actress. She is world-famous, though not by name, for one part in one film where she spoke no lines at all: she played Nova, Charlton Heston’s girlfriend in “Planet of the Apes” (1968). She was also in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” (1970) where she said just one word: “Taylor!”, the name of Heston’s character.

linda43I think she is one of the most beautiful white women ever. I was reminded of her when I was on Zaius Nation the other day.

She grew up in Berlin, Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. In the early 1960s she won a string of beauty contests in Maryland, becoming Miss Maryland in 1965 – and coming close to winning Miss USA.

In 1965 she came to New York to become a model and maybe an actress. She did a screen test for 20th Century Fox and landed a seven-year contract!

In 1966 she played a cheerleader twice on the television show “Batman” and was in a Jerry Lewis film, “Way… Way Out”.

linda04In 1967 she was in “A Guide for the Married Man”: she appears for five minutes with blonde hair but says no lines. She also became the first woman ever to play Wonder Woman for television (the show failed).

In 1968 she was in “Planet of the Apes”. Again no lines, but this time there was a good reason: her character lives in a world where apes talk and humans do not!

linda06About playing Nova she says:

I felt very intuitive that my particular personality and nature were like Nova. Automatically, I’d say that’s about 80% of the part. The director, the producer and the writer talked with me about her, and they described her as “sub-human.” We hadn’t really had an actress play “sub-human” before. Nova’s not like Raquel Welch’s character in “One Million Years B.C.” (1966). She was more primitive because of the apes’ suppression. We played it by ear and experimented. It was really a moment-to-moment thing.

The trope is Nubile Savage, kissing cousin of the Jungle Princess.

linda51In 1969 she played a regular character on the television show “Bracken’s World”, which was cancelled in the second season. About this time she made the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine and became friends with editor Helen Gurley Brown.

Also in 1969 she married Richard Zanuck, a producer whose father ran Fox. After “Bracken’s World” Harrison dropped out of sight to become a mother to two sons, Harrison and Dean. She divorced in 1978.

She later appeared in some other films, like “Airport 1975″ (1974) and “Cocoon” (1985), but nothing to top Nova.

She almost played Roy Scheider’s wife in “Jaws” (1975). Her husband produced “Jaws” and wanted her for the part, but unfortunately he was overruled by the head of Universal who put in his own wife instead.

Harrison appeared briefly in Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of “Planet of the Apes” as Woman In Cart.

These days you can still see her at science fiction conventions!

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Megan Fox

meaganfoxMegan Fox (1986- ) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the female lead in “Transformers” (2007), a part she will play again in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, which comes out on June 24th 2009. She also played Sydney Shanowski on the television show “Hope & Faith” from 2004 to 2006.

Her hotness: If Google Images is anything to go by, she is one of the hottest girls on the planet right now in 2009 along with Vida Guerra, Tera Patrick and Beyonce. In 2008 she topped FHM Online’s list of the world’s sexiest women, pushing aside Jessica Alba. (Fox herself was pushed aside in 2009 by British singer Cheryl Cole.) Maxim had her at #16 in 2008.

megan_foxHer  beauty: She has black hair against white skin, blue eyes and high cheekbones. Her eyes are a light blue and sometimes they look washed out and strange, almost not human, but at other times it is like they go right through you like an electric current. She also does not seem like an airhead, like maybe she is capable of deep thought and feeling. I vastly prefer her to the yellow-haired brainless beauties that Hollywood keeps pushing at us.

She is 5 foot 6 (1.67 m) and 114 pounds (52 kg). Her measurements are 34C-26- 34 (86-66-86 cm), giving her a waist-to-hip ratio of  0.77.  Very thin.

I would not go to see a film just because she is in it, but it would be in its favour: “Oh good, Megan Fox”. Meaning: if it turns out to be a bad film I can ride it out by just looking at her. She is a passable actress who makes up for it on looks. Like Jessica Alba.

What is not natural:

  • The bridge of her nose was straightened out in 2007;
  • Her breasts are much larger than they used to be;
  • Her lips are fuller than they used to be.

Tattoos:

  • right arm: Marilyn Monroe’s face
  • upper thigh: pink flamingo
  • back: “We will all laugh at gilded butterflies” (from Shakespeare, “King Lear”, v.iii)
  • left side: “There once was a little girl who never knew love until a boy broke her HEART”

She has at least five others.

Born in Tennessee, near Oak Ridge, she is a mix of American Indian (Cherokee), French and dark Irish. She said that growing up she was something of a tomboy and a dork: she loved comic books, video games and “Lord of the Rings”.

greenfoxAt age five she started taking acting and dancing lessons. When she was ten her family moved to St Petersburg, Florida. At 16 she got into modelling and won awards. From there she got into acting. The first film she appeared in was one by the Olsen twins, “Holiday in the Sun” (2001).

She has been going with Brian Austin Green since 2004. Green played David Silver on “Beverly Hills, 90210” in the 1990s. He is 13 years older than her. They hope to marry in 2010.

Fox is her family name, not  just a stage name. Her grandfather wrote it as “Foxx”. No relation of Redd or Jamie (for whom Foxx is just a stage name).

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Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), the stage name of Norma Jeane Baker, was an American beauty and Hollywood actress. She appeared in the first issue of Playboy magazine and in dozens of largely forgettable films in the 1950s. What she is most remembered for is her beauty and a life cut short.

The best-selling song of the 1900s was written by Elton John about her: “Candle in the Wind”. Andy Warhol’s most famous painting is of her. She is far more famous now than she ever was in life.

Her best-remembered films are “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) and “Some Like it Hot” (1959). She wanted to be a serious actress, not just a blonde beauty. She modelled herself on Jean Harlow and Lana Turner.

The daughter of a Hollywood film cutter, she grew up in Los Angeles never knowing her father and barely seeing her mother, who was in a rest home. In 1942 she married at age 16. Two years later her husband went off to war. While he was gone, she worked at a parachute factory and started modelling.

In 1946 she signed with Twentieth Century Fox as an actress, making $125 (150 crowns) a week. She coloured her hair, took the stage name of Marilyn Monroe and divorced her husband. “Monroe” was her grandmother’s name.

On May 27th 1949, short on money, she posed naked for some pictures for Tom Kelley for $50 (70 crowns). Four years later in 1953 those same pictures would appear across the country in the first issue of Playboy magazine. It made her famous.

She was different than most Hollywood beauties that came before her. In the 1940s they tended to be thin with dark hair and great legs. But Monroe had light hair (coloured, not natural), large breasts and an hourglass figure. She acted innocent and brainless, not worldly.

She shaped white American ideas of beauty and its effects can still be seen today more than 50 years later. The hourglass figure is out, but the blonde hair and large breasts are still in. Madonna in the 1980s and Anna Nicole Smith in the 1990s both modelled their look directly on hers.

Monroe was briefly married to baseball great Joe DiMaggio in 1954. Then she went to New York to study acting and there she had an affair with writer Arthur Miller. They were married from 1956 to 1961. He wrote “The Misfits” (1961), the last film she appeared in. He wrote her part especially for her.

Some say she slept with President John Kennedy in 1961 and maybe his brother Robert Kennedy. She certainly knew them.

She was found dead on August 5th 1962 at age 36 of a drug overdose. The police called it a “probable suicide”, but some suspect murder, perhaps at the hands of the Kennedys. The police said “probable” not because they thought it might be murder but because it is unclear if she meant to kill herself.

Her body is in a crypt in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, owns the place next to hers.

In 1986 feminist Gloria Steinem wrote a book about her life.

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Cindy Lou McCain (1954- ) is the wife of John McCain, the American senator from Arizona who is running for president in 2008.

John McCain met her in 1979 at a party in Hawaii. He was 42 and married, she was 24 and the daughter of one of the richest men in Arizona. They had an affair. A year later he left his wife: “he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona”, as Ross Perot put it. Cindy used her fortune – she is worth about $100 million (8 million crowns) – to help John run for Congress.

Her father was the country’s third largest beer distributor for Anheuser-Busch. Cindy McCain is now the head of his company, Hensley & Co, employing about 650 people. She does not run the company day-to-day, leaving that to others.

She keeps her money separate from her husband’s. She is far richer than he is.

In addition to beer, she founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) in 1988, which helps to get doctors, nurses and medicine to parts of the world struck by war and disaster, places like Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Although AVMT came to an end in 1995, she still continues doing that sort of work, frequently going overseas to see how her money is spent to help the poor and the suffering.

She sits on the board of CARE.

Her children:

  • 1984: Meghan, news reporter
  • 1986: Jack, in the Navy
  • 1988: Jimmy, in the Marines
  • 1991: Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh

In the 2000 election John McCain’s enemies spread a lie that he had Bridget by a black woman out of wedlock.

Cindy McCain’s sufferings:

  • 1980s: several miscarriages
  • 1989: slipped disc (twice)
  • 1989: became hooked on the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin
  • 1993: hysterectomy
  • 2004: stroke, short-term memory loss
  • 2000s: carpal tunnel syndrome

She suffered back pains from at least 1989 to 1993. That was when she became hooked on painkillers. She got a doctor who worked for her as part of the AVMT to prescribe them.

In 1993 Tom Gosinski, who also worked for the AVMT, told the government about what was going on. That brought the DEA down on her. If it was one of us, we would be in prison.

A year before Gosinski wrote this in his journal:

In reality, I am working for a very sad, lonely woman whose marriage of convenience to a U.S. Senator has driven her to: distance herself from friends; cover feelings of despair with drugs; and replace lonely moments with self-indulgences.

That same year John McCain called her a “cunt” in public: she said his hair was getting thin and he said, “At least I don’t plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt.”

She lives in Arizona, seeing her husband mainly on weekends.

When she was younger she worked with children with Down syndrome, like what Sarah Palin’s youngest child has.

In the 2008 election she informed us:

I have and always will be proud of my country.

This was in answer to Michelle Obama’s comment about being really proud of America for the first time in her adult life.

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Caroline Kennedy (1957- ) is the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. When her brother John died in a plane crash in 1999, she became their only living child, the last child of Camelot.  Senator Ted Kennedy is her uncle, Maria Shriver is her cousin.

In January 2008 she came out in support of Barack Obama, saying that he would be a president like her father. She became part of the committee to choose a vice president for Obama. She said that Joe Biden was by far the best choice. Obama has faith in her wisdom.

Up until then she led a largely private life, avoiding the public eye, bringing up her three children. But now with her mother and brother gone and her children almost grown – the youngest is 15 – some say she is entering a new stage in her life. She does have that Kennedy thing of wanting to make the world a better place and a deep respect for civic courage.

There was even talk that maybe Obama should choose her as a vice president. She certainly has the name but not the experience. She could certainly become a senator if she wanted to and so maybe even president in time.

In 2004 she did campaign for John Kerry but she did not come out in support for him till after the party convention.

She was a Hillary Clinton supporter, giving her money in 2006 and 2007, but by September 2007 she was giving money to Obama instead. It was her children who got her to take a serious look at Obama.

Neil Diamond came up with the song “Sweet Caroline” (1969) after seeing a picture of Caroline on her pony, Macaroni, which she brought to the White House.

Her father was shot dead five days before her sixth birthday. A year later her mother moved the family to New York where she grew up at 1040 Fifth Avenue, just a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art – where she would one day work and meet her future husband. She studied at Harvard and got her law degree at Columbia.

In 1986 she married Edwin Schlossberg but kept her last name. Schlossberg is an artist and display designer. They have three children:

  • 1988: Rose
  • 1990: Tatiana
  • 1993: John, named after her father

She wrote two books with Ellen Alderman, a schoolmate from Columbia:

  • 1990: In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights
  • 1995: The Right to Privacy

Both explain the law to the general public. She has also edited some books, something her mother used to do when she was growing up.

She is the head of the Kennedy Library in Boston and takes part in the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

She helped to raise $350 million for public schools in New York.

She owns the Red Gate Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, something she got from her mother.

She has lived most of her life in New York and still does, on Park Avenue.

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Sarah Palin (1964- ) is the governor of the state of Alaska and John McCain’s pick for Republican vice president for 2008. She is part of the Christian right and once supported Pat Buchanan on the far right.

McCain’s choice was so surprising that some wonder about his judgement. It seems like a cheap, desperate move. It is either that or a bold and brave master stroke. Only time will tell.

The choice is not quite as desperate as it might seem at first sight. Of all the Republican governors she is the most beloved by her citizens: she cuts taxes and cleans up government. She stands up to the bad apples even in her own party and gets them kicked out.

She has courage and faith in God. Instead of working all the angles and playing the game, like a Hillary Clinton, she looks at it this way:

I believe everything happens for a purpose. In my own personal life, if I dedicated back to my Creator what I’m trying to create for the good . . . everything will turn out fine.

Like most Republican voters she is a regular church-going Christian who believs in old-time Christian morals. She is a Pentecostal Christian (Assemblies of God) who is against same-sex marriage and abortion. She has said  creationism should be taught in schools.

If the 2008 election comes down to voter turn-out, as it looks like it will, then McCain needs a vice president that the Christian right can go wild for.

Palin’s main drawback is her lack of experience. She has even less of it than Obama. Which seems to destroy McCain’s main argument against him.

She grew up in Alaska hunting moose with her father and used to work with her husband in his fishing boat. As a hunter she is a strong supporter of gun rights.

Her husband has worked for BP, one of the three big oil companies in Alaska. She is for pumping all the oil out of ANWR, the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, a vast untouched piece of wilderness in Alaska.

She has five children:

  • 1989: Track, joined the army on September 11th 2007. He will soon be in Iraq.
  • 1990: Bristol, pregnant but intends to marry the father.
  • 1995: Willow, a girl
  • 2001: Piper Indy, a girl
  • 2008: Trig, a boy. When Palin was four-months pregnant she knew he would be born with Down syndrome.

The daughter of schoolteachers, she is from Wasilla, a town north of Anchorage:

  • In high school she led its basketball team to state-wide victory, getting the name Sarah Barracuda.
  • In 1984 she was crowned the town’s beauty queen, and almost became Miss Alaska (she came in second).
  • In 1996 she became its mayor.

After her two terms as mayor, ending in 2002, she went on to become the state’s regulator of the oil and gas industry and then, in December 2006, the governor, defeating men with bigger names and bigger money.

Of past presidents she seems most like Harry Truman.

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