Films' leading ladies are acting their age Beauties: Glamour reminds us that the hottest screen actresses Ellen Barkin, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer are all over 35.


March 17, 1996|By Sandy Coleman | Sandy Coleman,BOSTON GLOBE

In case we hadn't noticed, Glamour points out this month that Hollywood's "most desirable women are over 35 and acting their age."

The hot celluloid ladies include Ellen Barkin, 40; Meryl Streep, 46; Susan Sarandon, 49; and Michelle Pfeiffer, 38.

That's great news for all of us who aren't getting any younger. However, the fact still remains that those actresses will never be paired with a sweet young thang the way older male actors are. Robert Redford, 58, can offer 33-year-old Demi Moore an indecent proposal, but when will we see Meryl Streep get busy with, say, 34-year-old Michael J. Fox?

The main reasons for picking up Glamour are two articles in the back of the magazine. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Edward Humes looks at a girl gang member's disturbing ride through the juvenile justice system and her attempt to go straight. The other one is an inspiring article about disabled young people.

From "Young and Disabled": Muffy Davis was 16, training to be an Olympic ski racer, when an accident on the slopes left her paralyzed from midchest down.

"It always amazed me when people would say, 'I don't know how you do it. I could never do it!' You don't have a choice, you just do it! But you don't do it all at once. It takes time and grieving, but slowly you get better, and eventually you go back to attacking life the way you did before your disability."

Thin no problem

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Well, maybe you can be too thin. At least according to Donald Trump, Mr. Money Man.

The March issue of Fitness tells us that he has been telling his wife, Marla (5 feet 8, 118 pounds), that she's too thin. When they met she weighed 140. But thanks to a trendy new power yoga routine detailed in the magazine, she has shed the baby fat that came courtesy of the birth of their daughter, Tiffany, now 2 1/2 .

In the article, we learn things about Marla that will make every woman who has ever struggled with weight hate her. She never counts calories. She eats four full meals a day. She has to struggle to keep weight on, not off.

"I don't want women to hate me," she winces.

Too late.

Sax, surfer, elephant

Football/baseball pro Deion Sanders and alto saxophone great Benny Carter in the same magazine with a profile on a top-notch female surfer and an article on how to wash an elephant?

Yes, you'll find them this month in a new magazine called Live!

The magazine is a product of TicketMaster, the computerized ticketing service. Edited by Annie Gilbar, one of the founding editors of Time Warner's InStyle magazine, Live! aims to cover just about everything that moves in the name of entertainment.

In its second issue, the magazine certainly is lively with its sweeping range of articles. However, it needs more focus. Would someone who enjoys reading about insider jazz tales be the same someone who wants to know the intimate details of an elephant's digestive system? Also, the graphic layout could be more uniform. Right now it looks as if it was designed by several committees.

Live! overall is a fun read. A column by playwright Neil Simon on the pre-satellite-dish "good old days" is touching, and one by actress Carrie Fisher on her visit to Palm Springs, Calif., with her 3-year-old daughter is hysterical. What a great nugget of information offered under the heading "Collections": Corbin Bensen (Arnie Becker on "L.A. Law") has a collection of nearly 4,000 snow domes, including a Batman dome that he bought for $600.

Profile of Mfume

Emerge has a slamming March issue of intriguing articles with political bite, from talk on affirmative action to a profile of African-Americans who are now turning to white political power in Gary, Ind.

The best read is a profile on Baltimore's Kweisi Mfume as he confidently takes charge of the struggling NAACP as its newly elected president.

Though his story has been told before, one never tires of hearing it.

Mfume, who resigned his seat in Congress for this newest challenge, has been through many changes. A life of trouble, in which he fathered five children before he was 22, became one of problem solving. He lives as his late mother raised him:

"My mother always said what Moses brought down from Mount Sinai was not the 10 suggestions It was a blueprint for life."

Briefly noted

The February/March issue of American Visions has a reader-friendly article on how to go about collecting black art.

In the March issue of Working Woman, there's an excellent article on understanding the Internet and a list of Web sites for women.

Finally, the March Vogue and Elle, which can be used as tTC 5-pound weights when you finish reading, feature extensive looks at what other people (not us) will be wearing this spring.

Pub Date: 3/17/96

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