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Finally, An Opportunity to Find Out If Stomachers Are Better Than Diets!

Finally, An Opportunity to Find Out If Stomachers Are Better Than Diets!

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I'm going to lay it out for you — straight. We're doing a show on time travel. That's right, time travel, folks. (See above for more explanation). Ashley, intrepid producer that she is, called an assortment of famous people, and asked them this: "If you had a time machine, what period would you like to visit?"

I'm pretty sure there were a few people/publicists (not quite the same thing, you know), who thought we were crank calling them. But darn it all, we've got them for you — everyone from Miss Manners to Joseph Ellis — and they're going to let you in on their secret wishes for time travel.

But now, on to the important part — ME. My secret wish is to go back to the early sixteenth century, and just hang with Queen Anne — Boleyn. Actually, hang might be literal — I suppose I just want to see the court of Henry VIII right as he broke with Rome. I am addicted to the various fictionalized versions of the story (bless Philippa Gregory), and I am dying to see what a stomacher does for my figure. I'm including in here a clip from my favorite film version of the famous story, Anne of a Thousand Days. You can see Genevieve Bujold kicking royal butt about a day before she's beheaded. Awesome, right?

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