|credit: David Horsey|
Here are a few "mostly movies" items that have caught my eye over the past couple of days:
- The New York Times — Jane Russell, Sultry Star of 1940s and ’50s, Dies at 89
- Guardian.co.uk filmblog — Jane Russell: a life in clips
- Mythical Monkey — Jane Russell, 1921-1011
- Some Came Running — Jane Russell, 1921-2011
Here's one after my own heart: The New York Times — Natalie Portman, Oscar Winner, Was Also a Precocious Scientist
I'm not just a movie buff. I'm a science enthusiast who has worked a sizable portion of my life as a public science writer and popularizer (cf. here and here) in various media and venues. In fact, that's been the work that has brought me the most satisfaction in a dizzily varied career.
So reading that newly minted Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, who at Harvard studied neuroscience, is "one of a handful of high-profile actors who happen to have serious scientific credentials — awards, degrees, patents and theorems in their name" dovetails two of my favorite things, chocolate-and-peanut-butter style.
I've been aware that Hedy Lamarr, "that most beautiful woman in Hollywood," sidelined as a rocket scientist, a fact that strikes me as among the coolest movie-star bios ever. What I didn't know — thank you, Natalie Angier, a NYT writer I particularly enjoy — was that Mayim Bialik, who plays nerd-love neurobiologist Amy on "The Big Bang Theory," really is Dr. Mayim Bialik, Ph.D. neurobiology. She is now my new impossible crush (well, maybe after Natalie; let us not speak of the Star Wars prequels).
Some Like It Hot to spike through the ceiling. According to the referrer logs, for most of yesterday there was a seismic uptick in hits to that page and out-clicks on images of Marilyn there. The rush has plateaued and is now tapering off, though the number of page-hits remains atypically high. Thanks, James, I guess.
Near at hand: Coffee mug with "Future City" illo by Douglas Smith.