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Jewish World Review
July 31, 2013
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Jewz in the Newz
Chelsea Handler's Ancestry Probed: Possible Nazi Connection; Jewish Supermodels and Hunky Jewish Actors: Let's Get a Matchmaker
CELEBRITY ANCESTRY SHOW RETURNS
"Who Do You Think You Are", a well-made show exploring celebrities' ancestry, which ran for three seasons on NBC, will return with eight new episodes on TLC, the cable station. (Began on Tuesday, July 23. Many encore showings.) Actress LISA KUDROW, 49, the series' producer, and the subject of a first season episode, told Variety: "I've never stopped hearing about how much people love [the show] and I've always known that we've had more great stories to share." Just one of the eight celebs has Jewish roots: comedian CHELSEA HANDLER, 38. She'll be profiled in the episode airing on Tuesday, Aug. 6., 9PM.
Handler, the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish, German born mother, was raised in her father's faith and identifies as Jewish. Advance reports on the Handler episode indicate that comedian is surprised and understandably upset when the program's family research experts find some material that indicates that her mother's family had some possibly disturbing interaction with the Nazi regime.
SUPER MODEL RIFF By the way, former supermodel Cindy Crawford is one of the celebs whose ancestry will be covered on the show. She's been married since 1998 to RANDE GERBER, 51, a former male model and the present owner of a chain of successful bars and lounges. The couple has two kids and, in years past, I caught press references to both being baptized. Back in 1999, "People" reported on their first child's birth: "Like Mom, [their son] will be raised Protestant but with exposure to his dad's Jewish traditions."
I remembered this as friends peppered me recently with two questions: is Behati Prinsloo, the supermodel who just got engaged to singer ADAM LEVINE, 34, Jewish? Is Alyssa Miller, the Sports Illustrated model who just became the girlfriend of actor JAKE GYLLENHAAL, 32, Jewish? The answer is that neither is Jewish.
It occurred to me that somebody should set up a dating service in which hot, "A" list male Jewish celebrities can meet Jewish supermodels, like ERIN HEATHERTON, 24, and BAR REFAELI, 28 (who have both dated Leonardo DiCaprio). Not only would such dating thrill my readersbut if such couples had progeny-- to paraphrase ADAM SANDLER's "Hanukkah Song": "they would be some good looking Jews."
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If you get Ovation on your cable/satellite provider, you can watch these new programs: "Music Mavericks" profiles big-time pop stars (began July 18 at 9PM), including NEIL DIAMOND and PAUL SIMON (air date for their episodes announced next month); "Broadway Bash" features Broadway vets (no doubtmany Jewish) who give behind-the-scenes commentary on a re-run of the NBC show "Smash".(Began July 19, 10PM); and "Culture Pop", a round-up of arts news that began on July 26.
AT THE MOVIES
Opening last Friday, July 26, was the "The To-Do List," a "comedy" starring Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") as a smart, but nerdy teen girl determined to become much less innocent before she goes off to college. While verbally explicit, and often featuring crude humor, the film has no nudity. "To-Do" is being heralded as a female-oriented equivalent of "American Pie". The strong cast includes RACHEL BILSON, 31, and ANDY SAMBERG, 34.
Info Note: Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.
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