3-minute interview segment from 1998 with the actor discussing his role in the movie somehow just went viral. In it, he discusses an epiphany he had while preparing to play Dorothy Michaels in the 1982 film about why he felt compelled to make the movie.
“I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself onscreen," he said he explained to his wife, "and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character.” He added, “There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.” And he concluded, while fighting back tears, that the film “was never a comedy for me.”
It was never a comedy for me, either. Not even the first time I saw it, in the theater, as a choked-up adolescent. Between the feminist soap-star narrative, the awkward love story between Dorothy/Michael and Jessica Lange’s wounded-butterfly character Julie, and the
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3-minute interview segment from 1998 with the actor discussing his role in the movie somehow just went viral. In it, he discusses an epiphany he had while preparing to play Dorothy Michaels in the 1982 film about why he felt compelled to make the movie.Dustin Hoffman's "Tootsie" made a brief but poignant comeback this week. A Read More »from 5 Lessons "Tootsie" Taught the World
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 10, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
stranded on a glacier for four days.What was meant to be a brief flyover tour of Alaska’s Denali National Park last week turned into an ordeal for seven people, including a Colorado family that wound up Read More »from Colorado Family Survives Four Days Trapped on Alaskan Glacier
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Shortly after the start of the excursion with the 66-year-old Talkeetna Air Taxi company, a thick fog swept into the mountainous region, forcing pilot John Nealon to land the small de Haviland Beaver plane on a glacier to wait for clear skies, according to KTUU. But the fog didn’t lift.
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So Nealon’s six passengers—including five members of a Colorado family and another young woman traveling solo—hunkered down in the 3-foot-wide airplane for two uncomfortable nights. They wrapped themselves in sleeping bags kept aboard the plane, eating a stash of energy bars and relying on body heat to keep warm as outside temperatures hovered at freezing.
On the third night,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 9, 2013 2:18 PM EDT
NASA to a woman yearning to become an astronaut has surfaced online this week, reminding everyone how much times have changed.A harsh 1962 rejection letter said to be from Read More »from NASA Rejection Letter to Woman in 1962 Was Blunt: No Girls Allowed
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“Your offer to go on a space mission is commendable and we are very grateful,” wrote NASA public information director O.B. Lloyd Jr. in the four-sentence letter, which was reposted on Reddit July 8. “This is to advise that we have no existing program concerning women astronauts nor do we contemplate any such plan.”
The blunt rejection was sent to a University of Connecticut mailing address, written to a woman identified only as “Miss Kelly.”
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Though NASA spokesperson Bob Jacobs stated that it was difficult to confirm the letter’s authenticity, he said that Lloyd was indeed director of public services from 1961 to 1979. Also, Jacobs told Yahoo! Shine in an email, “Our initial
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 5:42 PM EDT
Tennis champ Marion Bartoli won Wimbledon Saturday, snagging the biggest victory of her career and becoming the first Frenchwoman to capture the title since Amelie Mauresmo in 2006. But that wasn't enough to impress BBC Radio sports commentator John Inverdale, who felt compelled to insult Bartoli's appearance instead of focusing on her win. He asked listeners, "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'You're never going to be a looker. You'll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?'" The comment caused an immediate firestorm of outrage, with critics on Twitter calling him everything from an "idiot" to a "sexist dinosaur," and saying he should be fired. Inverdale then apologized for his "ham-fisted" remark, saying, "We poked fun, in a nice way, about how she looks … but Marion Bartoli is an incredible role model." (Gee, thanks.) Unfortunately, this is not a new story. Let's revisit the other alpha women who were insulted over their appearance,Read More »from Marion Bartoli Latest Successful Women to Be Criticized for Her Looks. Here Are 11 Others
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jul 8, 2013 2:58 PM EDT
birth story has elements of drama, but Kylie Babbs’s might have more than average. The infant was born on July 5 in an Alabama hospital parking lot, just moments after mom Tessa Kilgore was evacuated from the Walker Baptist Medical Center— along with 75 other patients—because of a bomb threat.Every Read More »from Baby Born in Hospital Parking Lot After Bomb Threat Evacuation
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“It was scary. I didn't know if I was going to have to hold her in until we got back inside or what,” Kilgore, 21, told Yahoo! Shine, adding that her baby had come a week ahead of schedule. “I was just like, Are you serious? I was freaking out inside."
Kilgore was in active labor in the hospital’s delivery room at 8:30am last Friday when the Walker County hospital received a bomb threat—one of many in the area that morning, according to WBRC. That forced staffers to evacuate its patients to various places, including the parking lot, a surgery center across the street, and a downtown Jasper community
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 3, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
Women have done the boyfriend-jean thing to death already. What about turning the tables for once? Lucky for us, it's an approach Barcelona-based photographer Jon Uriarte not only thought of, but executed and documented, in his head-turning series "The Men Under the Influence." In it, he asked men in Spain and in the U.S. to pose for portraits wearing their girlfriend's clothing, aiming to illustrate the ever-changing dynamics in modern hetero relationships. "The project seeks to talk about a sense of looseness on [the part of] the men of our generation when facing the new status of the women," he told Yahoo! Shine. And the results--which may look ironically like a series on cross-dressers or early-stage trans women--are intriguingly beautiful.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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Rest assured that the significance of the Cosby sweater--the loud, busy knitwear worn by Bill Cosby during the eight-year run of "The Cosby Show"--has certainly not been lost on its star. A new poll on Cosby's own website is inviting fans to vote in different rounds, March Madness-style, on their favorites of 64 styles, neatly organized into categories of argyles, cashmeres, cardigans, pullovers, fleecy and the like. "I had suits made for him, but he really would rather be very comfortable, so I started doing sweaters," explained the show's costume designer Sarah Lemire, speaking in a recent TV Land video about Cosby sweaters on exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. Here, a romp through some of the funkiest examples from the legendary show, which ran from 1984 to 1992.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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Who can say what makes the perfect man? A random sampling of 1,168 American adults who answered a recent 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, that's who. So, for anyone who believes that that's as good a measure as any, listen up: You're about to be schooled about the importance of mothers, chivalry, sobriety and school.-Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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A voice of reason for young girls everywhere, illustrator Nickolay Lamm is not letting up with his eye-opening series of Barbie critiques. First he focused on the icon's heavy makeup, giving her a more natural look. Then he went after her unrealistic body proportions. For that, he compared her side-by-side to illustrations of a mockup realistic version, based on average measurements of a 19-year-old American woman as provided by the CDC. And this time, through the magic of Photoshop and 3D printing, the Pittsburgh-based artist and blogger-whose other recent projects have taken on the Great Gatsby and how humans might look in the future-has "made" the true-to-life Barbie (on paper, at least). "So, if there's even a small chance of Barbie in its present form negatively influencing girls, and if Barbie looks good as an average sized woman in America, what's stopping Mattel from making one?" Lamm asked Yahoo! Shine. Good question.--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jul 1, 2013 4:57 PM EDT
iPad to communicate had heartbreak quickly turn to happiness last week thanks to the generous good deed of a fellow Portland, Oregon resident.A 10-year-old autistic boy who relies on an Read More »from How an iPad and a Generous Stranger Changed a Boy's Life
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The boy, Corbin Murr, who sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around, had his custom-app–packed iPad stolen off his chair last week while he was up and about, playing with his older cousin and caregiver, James Freeman, at a local playground.
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“I felt really bad, you know, because that is his world,” Freeman explained in a local KGW TV news story about the theft. “That’s his toy he communicates [with], it’s always glued to his hand, he doesn’t like sharing it with other people, and it just keeps him in his own calmness.”
Luckily, Portlander Charles Turner was watching the news that night. The real estate agent and father of one was so moved by the report that, after