Philadelphia-born-and-bred actress Holland Taylor tells WNYC's Sex, Death & Money podcast she is in a relationship with a woman. It's her first committed relationship. The Two and a Half Men star said this was not her coming out, though. "I haven't come out because I am out. I live out." After Taylor's 2013 Tony-nominated turn in the one-woman Broadway show Ann, about former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Taylor fell into a deep depression. While reflecting on her existence, she noticed she had lived a solitary life with no real deep personal relationships. At 72, she's in her first committed relationship.
"It's the most wonderful, extraordinary thing that could have ever possibly happened in my life," she said. Taylor was hesitant to talk about her partner, revealing that she is younger and that they have discussed the possibility of marriage. "Given my generation, it would not be something that would automatically occur to me," Holland said. "But as a symbol, as a pledge, as a plighting one's troth, it would be a wonderful thing to do."
- Molly Eichel
Lovely Amanda Peet will be in town at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History at Fifth and Market Streets to talk about her new kids' book, Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein. She made it with pal Andrea Troyer and illustrator Christine Davenier. Dear Santa explores the complexities of being a Jewish kid during Christmastime. Tickets: $15 public, $10 members. Information: NMAJH.org or 215-923-3811.
We know because the National Board of Review awards are out. Best pic? Mad Max: Fury Road. (Pret-ty racy for the frequently stodgy awards.) The Martian took three wins, including best actor for the lovely Matt Damon. Best actress was the lovely Brie Larson for Room. The awards gala is Jan. 5 in Manhattan.
Forbes' annual World's Highest-Paid Celebrities list is fun to filter. You can slice the cake according to genre, gender, gander, goose. The music biz is shrinking, but folks are still making music bucks. Here are the top 10 musical acts: (1) Katy Perry [3 overall], $135 million; (2) One Direction , $150 mils; (3) the lovely Garth Brooks , $90 mils; (4) Taylor Swift , $80 mils; (5) The Eagles , $73.5 mils; (6) Calvin Harris , $66 mils; (7) Justin Timberlake , $63.5 mils; (8) Sean Combs , $60 mils; (9) Fleetwood Mac , $59.5 mils; and (10) Lady Gaga , $59 mils. In an era when the ladies are beatin' up the gents in music, the gents still dominate the top spots. In an era when you have to tour to make music money, acts with big, pricey tours, including Perry, One Direction, and legacy acts like the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and the Rolling Stones (#11), all of whom jam the arenas, are way, way ahead.
In movies, same-same. Gents dominate. It goes: (1) Robert Downey Jr. , $80 million; (2) Jennifer Lawrence , $52 mils; (3) Jackie Chan , $50 mils; (4) Vin Diesel , $47 mils; (5) Bradley Cooper , $41.5 mils; (6) Adam Sandler , $41 mils; (7) Tom Cruise , $40 mils; (8) Scarlett Johansson , $35.5 mils; (9, tie) Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan , $33.5 mils. Just two actresses in the top 100.