Berlusconi’s Babes – Part II

Berlusconi served as Prime Minister for years before journalists in Rome paid much attention to his private life, but then it hit us like a bomb. It was well known that Berlusconi like to flirt and liked young beautiful women. He made some waves when he put showgirls and starlets on his political party lists […]


Silvio Berlusconi and Me – Part I

On Saturday night Silvio Berlusconi – the man who has dominated Italian politics for the last 18 years- drove from his Roman residence Palazzo Grazioli up the street to Italy’s Quirinale Presidential Palace and submitted his resignation as Prime Minister. He had to take a round-about route because the streets were filled with joyful protesters […]


Buttando la Pasta (Throwing the Pasta)

November 9, 2011
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One evening my husband Gustavo called me at 7 pm as I was getting ready to leave the office. “ARE YOU LEAVING?!!?” he demanded. “Yes, yes,” I replied, “I’m just running out the door. “ “OKAY, leave NOW, because sto buttando la pasta.” (I am throwing the pasta.) ‘Throwing the pasta’ is an important concept […]


Alessia – Breaking Barriers in a Man’s World

Last week I did a story for AP television on Alessia Giuliani, the first woman photographer dedicated exclusively to covering the Vatican and the Pope.  I decided to do the story while we were both covering the Pope’s trip to Madrid for World Youth Day last August.  On Pope trips I have to drag around […]


Three Generations of Women Stars at Rome Film Fest

Here are some thoughts on three generations of female stars that I had a chance to interview at the Rome Film Festival. Actress Charlotte Rampling, age 65, is about a big a star as they get. She has been in dozens of films from “The Night Porter” to “The Verdict.” She has acted with Paul […]


Halloween Pumpkin Controversy In Italy

October 31, 2011
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Controversy over Halloween in Italy!! The Cardinal of Bologna has lashed out against a planned pumpkin party in his city. According to news reports he declared Halloween “a pagan festival that proposes itself as an alternative to the Christian tradition.” He went on to say “if you really have pumpkins to get rid of make […]


Oh Dear Me! A Film about the Invention of the Vibrator!

After Thursday’s moving film “The Lady” about Aung San Suu Kyi, yesterday my emotions were thrown in the opposite direction with the uproariously funny film “Hysteria” about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England. One woman says she is always hungry, another anxious, another has crying jags. It is 1880 and each woman is […]


Heroic Mamma: Aung San Suu Kyi

October 28, 2011
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French Director Luc Besson’s latest film “The Lady” was presented yesterday at the Rome Film Festival.  It is about Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.   The film is a beautiful and heart-rending tale of love and passion.  Tears were streaming down my cheeks throughout the whole movie.  The film follows Aung San Suu […]