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Celebrity Jews

by nate bloom

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Love Lovitz

Former SNL star Jon Lovitz recently decided to re-invent himself as a standup comedian because he was annoyed that he wasn't getting the roles he wanted and was waiting too long between roles. His appearances at an L.A. club have been a monster hit and he has been extended for three months.

One of his funniest bits is about growing up "not a Jew, but Jewish," and the disparity between some macho kid in Texas and his childhood: "Most [Texas] boys at 12 go hunting with their fathers, kill a deer and then learn how to gut them and skin them. I had the same experience with a bagel. My father would come in screaming, 'You're cutting it wrong! Look at all the dough you're wasting!'"




Boychiks of summer

The pro baseball season began this week with the following Jewish players: Brad Ausmus (Houston); Shawn Green (Arizona); John Grabow (Pittsburgh); Mike Lieberthal (Philly); Jason Marquis (St. Louis); Scott Schoeneweis (Toronto); and Kevin Youkilis (Boston).

As with any roster — there are a few "asterisks": Gabe Kapler, last year with Boston, has gone to play in Japan; pitcher Al Levine had a great spring training with the Giants, but last week they released him so he could find a spot with a team that would likely sign him for the whole season; and Boston rookie Adam Stern is on the disabled list and his major league status will be unclear for a few weeks.

All the players above have at least one Jewish parent and identify as Jewish or as "nothing" in a religious sense. There are a couple of other major leaguers with some Jewish background who identify with another faith.




Full moon

Former child star Soleil Moon Frye, 28, and her husband, Jason Goldberg, 34, are having a good year. Goldberg produced the current Ashton Kutcher movie, "Guess Who." Meanwhile, Frye, who's best known for her title role in TV's "Punky Brewster," is expecting the couple's first child.

Frye, whose mother is Jewish, married Goldberg in 1998 in a traditional Jewish wedding. This fall, Frye's voice can be heard in "Bratz," a new cartoon series inspired by a line of cool dolls that are the rage among young girls.




Puttin' on the ritz

Only France could produce a famous philosopher stylish enough to make Vanity Fair's new list of the best dressed. We are speaking of Bernard Henri-Levy, the scion of a wealthy family, whose last book was about the life and death of reporter Daniel Pearl.

Also in the news is top-tier designer Marc Jacobs, who just opened a Los Angeles store. The opening party drew so many celebs that some of them, like Tori Spelling, ended up spending the night on the sidewalk.

Inside, Jacobs took pictures with some of his favorites, like actresses Selma Blair and Winona Ryder. This year, Jacobs honored Blair by naming one of his coveted Louis Vuitton bags after her.

Blair has her own line of fashion accessories (Elegantly Wasted) and has just been cast as the star of a remake of the horror film classic, "The Fog."




Californian Nate Bloom is happy to answer letters at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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