- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2000

Pro-choice, no feminist

"Abortion is the political issue that supermodel Cindy Crawford won't compromise on. 'I'm very pro-choice,' says Mrs. Crawford. 'If someone opposes abortion, that would pretty much make me not vote for them… .' But that doesn't mean she … would automatically support any pro-choice candidate, like, for instance, Hillary Clinton. 'It's inauthentic that Hillary is running in New York,' says Mrs. Crawford. 'It's, like, pick a state and then go run. Why there? Go back to Arkansas or even Washington or wherever. If any other person did that, they would be booed out of town… .'

"Feminist is a word that gets on the model's nerves. 'It has such a negative connotation to me,' she says. 'It's like man-hating. I want a guy to open a door for me… . I like all that. I like being treated like a woman. I don't want to be equal in every way.' "

Michelle Willens, writing on "Strange Bedfellows" in the September issue of George

For the kids' sake?

"Children in postdivorce families do not, on the whole, look happier, healthier or more well adjusted even if one or both parents are happier. National studies show that children from divorced and remarried families are more aggressive toward their parents and teachers. They experience more depression, have more learning difficulties, and suffer from more problems with peers than children from intact families… .

"It's feeling sad, lonely and angry during childhood. It's traveling on airplanes alone when you're 7 to visit your parent. It's having no choice about how you spend your time and feeling like a second-class citizen compared with your friends in intact families who have some say about how they spend their weekends and their vacations. It's wondering whether you'll have any financial help for college from your college-educated father, given that he has no legal obligation to pay… .

"It's reaching adulthood with acute anxiety. Will you ever find a faithful woman to love you? Will you find a man you can trust? … Not one of the men or women from divorced families whose lives I report on in this book wanted their children to repeat their childhood experiences… . They envied friends who grew up in intact families."

Judith Wallerstein in her new book, "The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce"

Bad career advice

"The alarm bells should go off when a promising young star begins to destroy that promise by appearing in one embarrassingly bad flop after another… .

"There's a long tradition of smart, experienced actors who pick the wrong movies again and again… . If they're big enough and lucky enough, their careers recover.

"But when bad movies happen to less established stars, they can be crippling.

"Then it's time to get a new agent, or these days, a new manager, someone who can see the potholes ahead and is strong enough to steer the client around them… .

"Sometimes a massive success can overshadow a star's subsequent career, making stumbles seem more catastrophic than they really are. For instance, 'Titanic' hangs like a curse over both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet… .

"Winslet chose to star in two self-indulgently arty failures 'Hideous Kinky' and the awful 'Holy Smoke!' perhaps drawn by their exotic locations and hippie-ish sensibility. And Leo … did something very similar with 'The Beach.'

"Now, it's no secret that many actors are incapable of telling the difference between good and bad scripts that's why they pay agents … up to 15 percent of their paycheck.

"But that's a high price if you had the clout to get top roles but ended up starring in lousy films that never found an audience."

Jonathan Foreman, writing on "Fire Your Agent!" in Thursday's New York Post

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