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Joan Rivers

Is the “sadest”, hardest working woman in show biz.  Joan Rivers “A Piece of Work” is a brutally honest look at the rules of the fame game. Joan chases a relevance that constantly eludes her. This is the most revealing look at Joan Rivers I’ve ever seen, it’s not pretty and neither is she. Joan never aspired to be a beautiful starlet, her self depricating and sometimes painful tour of duty has made her more like a tragic figure. 

Rejection plays itself well in this documentary, originally released in June 2010. If you’re looking for a breakdown of the cost of fame, this doc is for you. Check it out on your favourite stream or click on "A Piece of Work"

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Semantics: Actor vs. Actress

While posting an article (about a female actor) on Twitter, I got to thinking about the term actor vs. actress. The english language is very focused on gender. By contrast, in Chinese, “he” and “she” are used interchangeably in spoken word. In writing they use the same character preceded by a masculine or feminine designation, much like saying male actor or female actor. As a connoisseur of words and language, I’m more interested in moving the english lexicon forward.

Yet, it’s more complex, becuase the use of actor and actress seems to be based on perspective and or personal preference.

Here are some other points of view: 

"My friend, who is herself a woman, said she prefers the term "actress." She points out that women performers know going into an audition that they will be cast according to their gender, so why not use the gender specific term to describe them? ("They know that they are not going to be cast - at least in most cases — as Hamlet or Othello, for instance. They know that they are auditioning for female roles.") She claims that the prejudice against the term "actress" that exists in some quarters is a holdover from the days when starlet wannabe’s described themselves as "actresses/models," which had a slightly unsavory connotation. She states that that connotation has long been left behind, and that "actress" is a perfectly good word." the term “actor” vs. “actress” for females 

 Actor: according to the Guardian Style Guide 

"For both male and female actors; do not use actress except when in name of award, eg Oscar for best actress."

One 27-year-old actor contacted the Guardian to say “actress” has acquired a faintly pejorative tinge and she wants people to call her actor (except for her agent, who should call her often). As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper: “An actress can only play a woman. I’m an actor – I can play anything.”

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