‘Mrs. Maisel’ star pushes to revive boarding house for young actresses

A safe haven for actresses that went out of fashion decades ago is undergoing a revival in the #MeToo era. The Rehearsal Club, a Midtown meeting place set up in 1913 for young women who worked in the theater, also provided cheap housing and meals. Men could visit, but they were not allowed beyond the first floor of the two brownstones on West 53rd Street that over the years became home to struggling actresses including Helen Hayes, Carol Burnett, Blythe Danner and Kim Cattrall. Cynthia Darlow in a scene from…

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1947 best-picture Oscar sells for nearly $500K at auction

LOS ANGELES — One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars that ended Friday in Los Angeles. A best-picture Oscar for “Gentleman’s Agreement,” the 1947 film starring Gregory Peck that took on anti-Semitism, sold for $492,000. A best picture statuette for 1935’s “Mutiny on the Bounty” fetched $240,000. Both were outpaced by an archive of papers on the origin and development of “The Wizard of Oz” that brought in $1.2 million. Auction house Profiles in History announced…

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‘God Friended Me’ fall finale hits close to home for Miles

It’s that “Very Special Episode” time of year — and Sunday night’s chapter of “God Friended Me” doesn’t disappoint. The freshman CBS drama, one of this season’s few brighter spots (it’s been renewed for the entire season), has averaged around 8 million viewers a week in telling the tales of Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall), a good-natured atheist podcaster (“The Millennial Prophet”) in New York City who receives anonymous “friend” requests from an online account run by “God.” These requests lead Miles to help his chosen “friends” and do some…

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Catherine O’Hara loves Christmas, except for one thing

Schitt’s Creek | Wednesday, 10 p.m., Pop At the beginning of the Pop sitcom’s holiday special, family matriarch and former soap star Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) rolls over in bed on Christmas Eve morning and tells her husband Johnny (Eugene Levy), “Wake me when it’s over.” Ever since the Roses lost their fortune and gilded lifestyle — and fled to the crassly-titled town of the show’s title — Moira has been no fan of the holiday. Not so much for O’Hara. “I’m sad when it’s over. The saddest thing you…

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Olivia Cooke loves ‘naughty and cheeky’ role in ‘Vanity Fair’

Prior to her role as 19th-century minx Becky Sharp, there wasn’t much in Olivia Cooke’s resume to suggest she had the personality to play the social-climbing heroine of William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1848 novel “Vanity Fair,” premiering as a series Dec. 21 on Amazon. She’s best-known here as Emma Decody, Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) friend, a young girl stricken with cystic fibrosis, on “Bates Motel” (her first role US role). “I’d only been acting for nine months when I went to Vancouver at age 19 to do an American accent, try…

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How ‘You’ve Got Mail’ made NYC a rom-com star

Twenty years ago, the Internet was an unexplored, foreign land, not an addiction or a matchmaking service. And the Big Apple was still filled with mom-and-pop shops — a landscape threatened by corporate giants like Fox & Sons Books. Nora EphronGetty Images OK, Fox books is fictional — a part of the world of “You’ve Got Mail,” rom-com queen Nora Ephron’s cinematic love letter to New York City that was released Dec. 18, 1998.“New York was her soul and it was her place and her people,” Randy Sokol Sweeney, the…

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Rachel Dratch’s son is a weekend waffle warrior

For nearly a decade, Rachel Dratch has read aloud from the musings of Madonna, Ethel Merman and Burt Reynolds’ secretary. Lately, the “SNL” alum and others have shared all that and more at the Marquis Theatre, where “Celebrity Autobiography on Broadway” ends its limited run Monday night. “I’ve been opening the show with Mr. T,” the 52-year-old tells BARBARA HOFFMAN. “Not that I’m anything like him.” Here’s where the former Debbie Downer, who lives between the East Village and Gramercy with son Eli, 8, and their rescue poodle mix, Ruffles,…

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Bougie family offers $100,000 for vacation photographer

Photographer wanted: Must love shooting privileged lifestyles, long-term international travel and feeling financially inferior. A wealthy family in the UK is offering £80,000 — approximately $100,000 — plus food and lodging to a shutterbug willing to trot the globe with them and document their lavish journey. The jet-set job listing comes from Perfocal, a website where photographers can score paid gigs. “We need someone to travel around the world with us and take photos,” the anonymous poster writes. “There’s potential to be away for up to three months at a…

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Should Santa be gender-neutral? Debate started over new survey

For centuries, Santa Claus has traditionally been a jolly, white-bearded man in a red suit who has a craving for milk and cookies. However, a new survey from GraphicSprings, a logo creation company, has sparked a new debate over whether Santa should be a man, a woman or gender neutral. The company got the input of 400 people from America and the United Kingdom about ways to modernize St. Nicholas in October and November. They then used the top suggestions to survey 4,000 people on how they would envision a…

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Is a gender-neutral Santa coming to town?

For centuries, Santa Claus has traditionally been a jolly, white-bearded man in a red suit who has a craving for milk and cookies. However, a new survey from GraphicSprings, a logo creation company, has sparked a new debate over whether Santa should be a man, a woman or gender neutral. The company got the input of 400 people from America and the United Kingdom about ways to modernize St. Nicholas in October and November. They then used the top suggestions to survey 4,000 people on how they would envision a…

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