Author Archives: Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

Kate Hudson: Her Mother’s Daughter

It’s hard to look at Kate Hudson without noticing the remarkable resemblance to her Academy Award winning mother, Scorpio Goldie Hawn. They have the same adorable, infectious grin, the same golden curls and the same petite and perky figure. While many young actresses would balk at the inevitable comparison, Kate is secure enough in her […]

Laura Bush: First Lady of His Heart

When George W. Bush takes the oath of office as president on January 20, 2001, his wife Laura Welch Bush will be at his side, holding the Bible—probably the same family Bible his father used twelve years earlier. From that moment on, neither of their lives will be the same. Quiet, unassuming Laura will be […]

John Lennon: Beautiful Dreamer

“You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one.” from “Imagine” by John Lennon It’s hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the murder of John Lennon outside his Central Park West apartment on December 8, […]

Gore and Bush: Does It Really Matter?

I think it was Dennis Miller who first joked about Gush and Bore. This clever little play on words mirrors the public’s perception of the two presidential candidates. Gore fought hard and may have finally overcome the popular belief that he is a bore, but it took a passionate kiss in front of millions to […]

Al Gore: The Fortunate Son

Some folks are born made to wave the flag, ooh, they’re red, white and blue. And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief” they point the cannon right at you. It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I’m no senator’s son. It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I’m no fortunate one. Remember the old tune […]

Kathie Lee Calls It Quits

On February 29, 2000, Kathie Lee Gifford announced that she was quitting her fourteen-year stint as co-host of the popular morning talk show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. The show, which catapulted Kathie Lee to fame and fortune, is the centerpiece of her successful and varied career. Finding a replacement for the vivacious Kathie […]

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: The Power of Love

For those of us of a certain generation, the song “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan served both to immortalize the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and to symbolize the injustice of racism. In 1966, against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the up-and-coming boxer, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, was accused and convicted of the murders of […]

The King of TV- Regis Philbin

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? the highest rated prime time quiz show ever, made “Is that your final answer?” the most popular catchphrase of 1999 and the show’s host, Regis Philbin, an overnight success at age 66. Regis (or Reeg as he is affectionately known), born on August 25, 1933 (see chart notes about […]

Seeing Double: Jim Carrey ~ Andy Kaufman

Man on the Moon, the much-anticipated film biography of Andy Kaufman, stars Jim Carrey as the legendary comic. Danny de Vito, one of Kaufman’s Taxi co-stars, also appears in Man on the Moon and says that Carrey’s performance is nothing short of remarkable. It is as if Kaufman were reborn in Carrey. Is Carrey’s chillingly […]