October 20, 2012 The HBO film The Girl sets out to shed light on the complicated behind-the-scenes relationship between actress Tippi Hedren and director Alfred Hitchcock during the filming of The Birds in 1963. As Elizabeth Blair explains, Hitchcock's obsession with Hedren is the stuff of a Hollywood thriller.
September 5, 2012 One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to an iconic event in America's history.
August 20, 2012 In the 1950s, when Diller started being funny for a living, there were no female standup comedians making it big. Some critics have said she succeeded because a lot of her material was about mocking herself. She died at home, where she'd been in hospice care after a fall, at the age of 95.
August 3, 2012 Fifty years after Marilyn Monroe's death, the starlet is making more money than ever. She's become a multimillion-dollar brand thanks, in part, to the will she left behind. But most of those profits are going to companies that didn't even exist until after she died.
July 18, 2012 Corporations pay a lot of money to be official Olympic sponsors, so there are strict rules about who can and can't use the games to promote their products — rules the Olympic Committee isn't shy about enforcing. Just ask a group of knitters who recently got a cease and desist letter from the USOC.
July 17, 2012 When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn't buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she's "way, way, way out" in the Bronx.