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Gina Mallet Remembered

Gina Mallet

The first time I heard of Gina Mallet, the Toronto theatre community was trying to get her fired. A press conference had been called to demand that something be done about The Toronto Star’s new drama critic, a former Time magazine writer

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The Ghosts At Their Underwoods

The ghosts are always at their Underwoods now, and I seem to be walking around with a constantly heavy heart in memory of them. Last week, Greg Quill, old neighbour, friend, Star colleague, and erstwhile screenwriting partner made his exit.

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The Puzzle Without A Solution

I remember the day clearly. Fifty years ago, in the time when news still arrived in newspapers, the afternoon edition of the Toronto Telegram fell onto our small town Ontario doorstep reporting that Marilyn Monroe, age thirty-six, had been found dead at

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El Sid, The Cannes Cannes, and Six Green Beans

Every year about this time I think of El Sid and six green beans. El Sid was my nick-name for Sid Adilman, the legendary Toronto Star entertainment reporter. For years in May, El Sid and I would head for the Cannes

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