Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore; Lillian and Dorothy Gish; The Marx Brothers: Chico, Zeppo, Groucho and Harpo; Joan and Constance Bennett; Zsa Zsa, Magda and Eva Gabor; Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland; Pier Angeli and Marisa Pavan; Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty;
Françoise Dorléac and Catherine Deneuve; Peter and Jane Fonda (With Henry).
My mother and father were both incapable of being parents, and I don’t fault them for it. I am lucky that I got dealt some cards that showed me what it’s like to not have family, and I am much luckier to now have the chance to create my own deck.
If you’ve given money to a political campaign, brace yourself.
You’re going to be seeing a whole lot of emails in your inbox over the next couple of weeks, asking for money as the year draws to a close.
Those emails will take many different forms:
Urgent pleas to help boost totals before campaigns have to make their fundraising results public. “Dropping out,” read a recent note from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign. The explanation for the alarming subject line came from an email Cruz supposedly wrote from his iPhone: “Jindal dropped out of the race b/c he was short on funds.”
Outraged responses to news of the day. “Media says I’m to blame,” wrote Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
They’ll try to sell you things. (Black Friday Deal: Get Your Donald J. Trump Supporter Pack Today!)
And a whole lot of candidates will want to hang out with you. From former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “dinner?” And from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, “Friend, let’s meet.” Sometimes you’ll even get an invite to win dinner with a real-life nonpolitical celebrity. “I’d love to meet you and your family,” Drew Barrymore wrote to Clinton supporters earlier this month.
Here’s the thing: as odd as some of these messages appear to be, campaigns know they work. Most political operations conduct meticulous tests to see which appeals work best, before they blast notes out to their bases.