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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 29, 2011 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,5 More revelations about the late Elizabeth Taylor[ The Hollywood icon kept diaries! Her darkest secrets are hidden in intimate detailed diaries she vowed would stay sealed until after her death. But in a world exclu- sive, the popular gossip rag Globe has uncovered some of the shocking entries the Hollywood legend kept from her loving pub- lic for decades. In brief, she reveals in her no-holds-barred memoir, to be published only after her death, how she was seduced by blond goddess Marilyn Monroe and more. Liz confesses never-before-told secrets about her eight-month marriage to Conrad "Nicky" Hilton in 1950. Yes, Nicky was brutal to Liz. She says the marriage didn't last beyond the two-week honeymoon. She was just 18 and he treated her like his punching bag, if she didn't do what he wanted. She also reveals Jackie Kennedy hated her. Liz had visited Jack Kennedy at his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel when he was planning his 1960 presidential run. She was married to Eddie Fisher at the time and insists Kennedy only asked for her political support. She also confides in the tear-stained pages that the love of her life, Richard Burton, was abu- sive. Her diaries reveal Burton beat her up soon after they met filming Cleopatra and she threatened to kill herself. Enough said! As to be expected, if her diaries are pub- lished they will become big hits! Five stretch limos brought family mem- bers to Liz Taylor's funeral service. Liz was buried in an $11,000 mahogany casket, spe- cially built using special glue and no nails. It was lined with red velvet and a matching pillow. At the service, the casket was closed and draped with gardenias, violets and lilly of the valley. Good friend, actor Colin Farrell, read from the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo. Also, reading was her son Michael, daughter Liza and grandson Tarquin Wilding. Grandson Rhys Tivey played Amazing Grace on the trumpet. Fans paid tribute by flooding her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame with flow- ers and mementos. The lights on New York City's famed Broadway were dimmed at 8 p.m., March 25, in her honor. Amen. This just in! Explosive bombshells about President John F. Kennedy's assassination, his love affairs and scandals are revealed by his wife Jackie on blockbuster secret tapes. The revelations have been kept hid- den from the world for 47 years -- but now former First Daughter Caroline has taken control of the tell-all recordings. She plans to put transcripts of her mother's powerful testimony into an upcoming book -- and six- and-a-half hours of audiotape in Jackie's own words will also be released. In a quiet Kennedy cover-up, Caroline is going to "edit out parts too hot or too personal" that could embarrass the Kennedy family or tarnish the image of her late dad. Jackie, who died of cancer in 1994, gave the tapes to the John F. Kennedy Library, ordering that they be kept sealed until 2039, when most of the people mentioned would be dead. For the record, we did get to meet John Kennedy right after World War II in Orient Heights, East Boston. Kennedy was visiting some friends and there he was standing with a group of guys up in the Heights blab- bing away. We did mention to him that my stepfather was a good friend of his father who was head of the Columbia Bank in East Boston. His dad Joe once suggested to my stepfather he purchases some homes in Winthrop. That's another story. The Globe ran a photo of Katie Couric referring to her as the "Glassy-Eyed Newsgal." "Bespectacled Katie Couric may not smile so broadly if she could see how she looks without makeup while out and about in New York! The CBS Evening News anchor celebrated her 54th birthday by hit- ting the shops on Madison Avenue." Some interesting useless informationl The word constipation comes from a Latin word that means "to crowd together." The expletive "Holy Toledo" refers to Toledo, Spain, which became an outstanding Chris- tian cultural center in 1085. German is con- sidered to be the sister language of English. The word ac- cordion origi- nated from the German word akkord, which means 0 0 0 .A "agreement, harmony." Polish is the only word in the English language that, when capitalized, is changed from a noun or a verb to a nationality. In Iceland, it was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city. Be aware, Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft. It's illegal to grow or sell pork in Israel. In some parts of Alabama, it is illegal to carry a comb in your pocket. Flamingo tongues were a common delicacy at Roman feasts. All office-seekers in the Roman Empire were obliged to wear a certain white toga for a period of one year before election. Carlo Scostumato thinks we should demand office-seekers in Mas- sachusetts to wear a white toga. Our Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston offers some advice regarding table matters. Don't lean back and announce, "I'm through" =- just put your fork or spoon down. Don't ever put liquid in your mouth if it is already filled with food. And don't crook your finger when picking up your cup. It's an affected mannerism. The astute Lucille A. Monuteaux, Office Manager of East Boston Social Centers, says, "What should you do when you forget someone's name? ... Honesty is always the best policy. Just admit the name has slipped your mind. Generally, you will be forgiven." Some healthy advice! Eating fatty fish at least once a week can slash your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older. Women who ate one or more servings per week of fish -- mainly canned tuna and dark-meat fish -- were 42 percent less likely to be diagnosed with AMD than women who ate less than once a month. "This will be a great break through, if it is true," says ophthalmologist Dr. Jack Cohen of Chicago's Rush University Medical Cen- ter. About 9 million Americans aged 40 and over show signs of AMD. Hey[ Eat more tuna! Gee, Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill thinks if we eat baccala once a week it will also help. Hollywood babble! According to Christo- pher Plummer on working with Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, "It's like being hit over the head with a Valentine's card every day." Tony Curtis claims every- body in town has had Yvonne De Carlo! And she responded by saying "Everybody in Hollywood has had Tony Curtis[" Barbara Stanwyck once said that Marilyn Monroe's body has gone to her head. Otto Preminger reported directing Marilyn Monroe was like directing Lassie. You needed 14 takes to get one right. John Wayne says, "Rock Hudson's all right. He's a man's man and not a bad actor." And here is what Ingrid Bergman once said about Robert Rossellini: "He was so domineering, very Italian. Actresses hated him, but I knew he was brilliant ... with time, I liked it less and less, and when he would bark an order at me, sometimes I would forget we were married and shout back, "Who do you think you are my hus- band?" Naturally, with time, we had to cease both associations; the magic was gone. Time to hear from the stately, musicolo- gist, Albert Natale, the Lawrence Welk of New England. Composer Vincent Youman's early career saw him work as a song plug- ger. He co-wrote with several composers on such standards as "I Want To Be Happy," "Tea For Two," "I Know That You Know," "More Than You Know," "Without A Song," "Time On My Hands," "The Carioca," and "Orchids In The Moonlight." A reminder, singer Tony Bennett is said to have actu- ally been "discovered" in 1950 by Pearl Bailey and Bob Hope working under the name Joe Bari. He signed up with Colum- bia Records a year later. And when Joseph Barisano launched his career in music he originally was going to call himself Joe Bari. Well, he settled on using the name Ray Barron. Hal AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALLRIGHTS RESERVED ROLLED GREY SOLE FILLET with Rice and Shrimp Stuffing 6 grey sole fillet* 1 tablespoon mayonnaise pound medium shrimp 3 tablespoons white wine 20-25 Ritz or Hi Ho crackers cup water or clam juice 2 tablespoons butter or 3/4 cup rice of choice margarine *Fillet of flounder can be used in place of grey sole filet Cook rice according to directions on the package. Set aside. Peel shrimp and place in a bowl with water and set aside. Crush crackers thoroughly. Add softened butter or mar- garine and work it into crushed crackers. Set aside. Drain shrimp. On a cutting board, cut up each shrimp into half-inch portions and set aside.. Line bottom Of a baking casserole dish lightly with may- onnaise. Spread cooked ,rice over bottom of casserole. Wash out the grey sole fillet and drain. Using one fillet at a time spread some cracker stuffing mixture in center por- tion of fillet. Add shrimp portions over the stuffing. Starting at narrow edge of fillet, roll the fillet carefully toward the wider end to create the stuffed roll. Continue stuffing remaining fillet. Place each rolled fillet, side by side, over rice in baking dish. With butter knife, spread some mayonnaise lightly over each fillet roll. Sprinkle some crackermixture over them and top each roll with ly8 tea- spoon of butter or margarine. In a cup, mix three tablespoons of white wine in one-half cup of water or clam juice. Spread mixture over rice and rolled fillet. Place casserole dish in a preheated 375F oven to bake for fifteen or twenty minutes. Then remove baking dish from oven. Additional water or clam juice can be added to casserole if needed. Return to oven to bake until tops of fillet brown lightly and rolled fillet is fork tender (approx. five to eight minutes). NOTE: Watching my elders become creative with foods through the years encouraged me to do the same in my home. This recipe resulted from my curiosity to prepare something different for my family with rice and grey sole fillet. During the summer months, I prepare and bake this recipe in a throwaway aluminum baking dish over low heat on my gas grill. Vita00n be at e Mark It Program (Continued from Page I) This spring Boston will also see the start of an innovative pilot program that repairs large cracks in roads five to ten years old in such a way to extend their lifetime by over seven years. The preventative mainte- nance program will be used in all neighborhoods and could potentially save the city millions of dollars in road repair in the very near future. As part of this season's effort to keep residents informed of road reconstruc- tion work in their neigh- borhoods and to ease poten- tial traffic congestion or confusion, the Public Works Department in coordination with Mayor Menino's Office of Neighborhood Services, will send out notification letters describing the type of work, the scope of the project and the times work will be happening. The letters will also serve as a way to communicate with resi- dents and business owners to make sure any private utility work they are plan- ning does not conflict with the city's efforts. r M00akery Perch VITA 0HLANDO SINOPOLI Ist Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON. COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN I