A SIGN OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
Newswoman Lesley Stahl, publisher Joni Evans and bisexual gossip columnist Liz Smith are just three of the co-founders of a new website for women over 40, www.wowowow.com. In her official "Welcome" post on the site, Evans describes wowOwow as "a party — disguised as a website. … Here, we can talk to our readers, invite the most interesting guests, share experiences, tell tales out of school, exchange gossip and news — and make some of our own."
The site, which was launched on March 8, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, boasts an impressive list of contributors, including Candice Bergen, Whoopi Goldberg, out actress Lily Tomlin and her partner, writer Jane Wagner. (Tomlin and Wagner have been particularly busy of late, recently joining the producing team of Off-Broadway’s Beebo Brinker Chronicles.)
As one would expect, Tomlin and Wagner are supplying the funny with wry posts about feminism and pop culture. Wagner’s recent post "Confessions of a Couch Potato" is about her pesky addiction to the tube. In it, she confesses: "My life seems fulfilling — enriching even — not nearly as empty as it seems anyway. Of course, that’s helped by the fact that I have a wonderful partner who, luckily, I guess you could say, has the same addiction as I do. In fact, I think of us sometimes as the Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown of TV addiction."
Unlike Whitney and Bobby, though, it is nearly impossible to find a photo of Jane Wagner and Lilly Tomlin together. After decades of partnership, how can this be? The best I could do was this still photo from Moment by Moment, circa 1978:
John Travolta, Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin
on the set of Moment by Moment
I’m beginning to think that Wagner and Tomlin are the same person. Don’t underestimate the deceptive power of hats and wigs!
BRINGING CZECH-Y BACK
Thirty years after defecting from what was once Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) at the height of the Cold War, out tennis champion Martina Navratilova has regained her Czech citizenship. Communist authorities revoked her Czech citizenship in 1976. Navratilova did not become a U.S. citizen until 1981.
At a recent press conference in Tokyo, Navratilova announced that she will maintain dual nationality and plans to open an academy for young
lesbians tennis players in the Czech Republic.