The Shmooze

Barbara Walters' Woes

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Barbara Walters, 83, is having a rough time health-wise. First, she was hospitalized after falling and cutting her head at the British ambassador’s home just before the presidential inauguration. Now, she is in a New York hospital with chicken pox.

Tablet makes the argument that “The West Wing” actor Josh Malina would be perfect to fill the newly vacant position of White House liaison to the Jewish community.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, best known for her role on “The Sopranos,” is engaged to pro-baseball player Cutter Dykstra.

Want to make Adam Lambert’s 31st birthday a happy one? Make a $31 donation to one of his favorite non-profits, the We Are Family Foundation, which promotes cultural diversity globally. As of Sunday night, the singer’s fans had already contributed more than $16,000.

Critics may not be crazy about Scarlett Johansson’s latest Broadway gig, but audiences are flocking to see her and paying good money to do so.

Who you gonna call for ideas on how to sex up Oscar night and the Super Bowl? Dr. Ruth, of course!

“Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin Award on February 17. “Paul Selvin was a lawyer who worked hard for unions and civil rights. I love unions, especially the WGA; I love lawyers – Lincoln was a lawyer!” Kushner wrote upon learning of the honor.

Drake recently met up with his former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” co-star Shane Kippel, who documented the occasion and posted the photo on Twitter.

Didn’t catch the SAG awards Sunday night? No worries. Here are some Jewish celeb highlights:

Mayim Bialik looked beautiful in bright blue on the red carpet and told the media that going through her divorce has been tough, but that her family is doing okay. For those of you interested in Bialik’s long and personal perspective on how the evening went, you can read her latest Kveller blog post.

Liev Shreiber and wife Naomi Watts said that attending an awards ceremony isn’t quite what you would call a date night. They also revealed how long it takes each of them to get ready for these kinds of events. We bet you can guess whose beauty routine takes 2 hours and whose takes 15 minutes.

It looked like Lea Michele couldn’t decide whether to be blond or brunette…so she went with both. And it turned out she wasn’t the only young actress to think HOT pink for the evening.

Anne Hathaway told reporters she is happy to be temporarily unemployed, and that she plans on enjoying some down time with hubby Adam Shulman.


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