- The Washington Times - Monday, March 8, 2004

Indian ‘Monologues’

Call her Bombay Jane.

Jane Fonda, along with Marisa Tomei, planned to join Indian and Pakistani actresses in performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on a Bombay stage to mark yesterday’s International Women’s Day.

“Violence comes in many forms and affects women all over the world,” said Miss Fonda, who was to appear in three performances, according to Associated Press.

She and Miss Tomei are taking part in a series of worldwide events organized by the nonprofit V-Day Foundation, led by “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler to raise money and awareness about violence against women.

Miss Fonda said that despite her film success, money and fame, she took the back seat in all three of her marriages, the last with cable-TV magnate Ted Turner.

“Behind the closed doors of my marriage, I would give up all my power. I would silence my own voice to be accepted,” the 66-year-old said. “My whole life was about pleasing my man.”

No ‘Sex’ after ‘Sex’

Don’t expect a “Sex and the City” movie, says the retired TV series’ executive producer, Michael Patrick King.

“Nothing we did in the series was altered to save something for the movie,” Mr. King said Friday at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

“This is exactly the way we wanted to end the series,” he said. “We’re proud of what we did.”

Shake for Kelis

Kelis feels no shame about the racy video for her song “Milkshake.”

“I just don’t take myself so seriously. I don’t mean everything verbatim. So there’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. “People also have to understand I’m an artist and it doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how I am 24/7. It’s just a video.”

The “Milkshake” clip has Kelis teasing diner patrons with sultry sashaying and suggestive poses. The milkshake theme is echoed on the back cover of her album — a photo of the singer in her underwear sitting atop a giant milkshake.

“It’s a fantasy. I can’t really sit on an enormous milkshake. It’s not possible,” she said.

Weighty matters

The Royal Opera House in London canceled a performance by American star soprano Deborah Voigt because of her weight, a spokesman for the prestigious theater Sunday, according to Associated Press.

Miss Voigt had been scheduled to play the lead in a summer production of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne on Naxos,” but casting director Peter Katona decided that a slimmer singer would be better for the part.

“Normally Ariadne is presented on a stylized Greek island with the singers wearing toga-type clothes, but we wanted to present it in an elegant, modern evening dress,” Mr. Katona was quoted as saying in London’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Anne Schwanewilms, a more slender but lesser-known soprano, was tapped to replace Miss Voigt.

Miss Voigt’s weight remains a closely guarded secret, the newspaper said, but observers estimate it to be more than 200 pounds.

“I have big hips, and Covent Garden has a problem with them,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying. “Or at least their casting director, Peter Katona, has the problem, and he’s made it clear that I won’t be singing in his house as long as he’s around. Which is sad.”

Stripes fashion

Move over, Beyonce. Rock-chick chic belongs to Meg White.

In Paris last weekend, American designer Marc Jacobs introduced his autumn-winter collection for Louis Vuitton, and it’s inspired by Miss White, drummer of the White Stripes.

Reuters News Agency reports that even as singers from Beyonce Knowles to Gwen Stefani launch their own clothing lines, the raven-haired Miss White has spawned legions of imitators who dress in her Goth uniform of red, white and black.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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