Anorexic models will be banished from the pages of women's magazines under a voluntary code agreed by editors yesterday.
Details of the scheme have yet to be finalised, but it would include "monitoring images" and "using models who varied in shape and size". A self-regulatory body made up of editors, stylists, photographers and women who would check the contents of fashion pages, is also likely to be created.
During an interview on The Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night, Ally McBeal star Calista Flockhart spoke out about her much speculated
weight problem. She said she doesnt pay attention to all the gossip that shes anorexic. Flockhart was very direct about how she feels about all the media attention.
"I would like to take this opportunity just to tell the press to kiss my skinny white ass,"
Flockhart said. The actress was in New York, starring in the off-Broadway play bash.
From Mr. Showbiz
Early September 1997: Viewers get their first taste of Ally McBeal, a single white female Boston attorney with a penchant for neurotic fantasies and micro-miniskirts. The show's a surprise hit, outperforming its lead-in, the sixth
season premiere of Melrose Place. It also ranks a close second in the Nielsen ratings to Monday Night Football, proving that the first night of the working week needed a fresh jolt of estrogen. Soon the show's a cultural phenomenon and its star, Calista Flockhart, is an overnight sensation.
From New York Post Online
Calista's Deli Buying Spree Provides Food For Thought. The Post spotted the "Ally McBeal" star in a Midtown deli this weekend,
cruising the aisles and carefully checking out nutrition labels. Flockhart, who's been battling rumors of anorexia, walked out loaded down
with three bags full of soy milk, bread, eggs, water, bananas and other healthy items.
From George Magazine
Big-Breasted Women Are Immune to Scandal. Right, Ms. Lee?... Be honest. When you think of blackmail, you think of George Raft and late-night Cinemax movies, but
sunny ol' People magazine never enters your mind, right? Well, folks, that'll all change when you flip through the Calista Flockhart interview
in the May George. When the conversation turns to--surprise!--her weight, Flocky starts in on People, of all things.
From E! Online
So much for the theory that Ally McBeal is wasting away. According to reports, Fox is considering giving viewers two weekly
helpings of the reality-challenged lawyer series. Under the plan (reputedly dreamed up by Ally creator
David E. Kelley), a half-hour version of the hit show would air Tuesdays--one night after the regular, old hour version.
The new show would be made up of unused and scrambled footage--sort of Ally McBeal: The Dance Mix.
The plan, though cost-effective, wouldn't be entirely sweat-free. Ally stars, led by the weight-watched
Calista Flockhart, likely would be asked to pull longer (than usual) work days.
From The Los Angeles Daily News
"They're awfully fickle, those press people," chuckled the star of TV's "Ally
McBeal" and a new film adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
She makes a lot of jokes, in fact, some at her own expense and others' about
the absurdly intense media scrutiny of her weight. But there are serious things to say about her ordeal.
"The exploitation of human beings is astonishing," said the actress, 33.
"Yet, you think, why? Is it because we, the public, want it, we want the gossip?
I believe we do, but is it also because that's what they're feeding us? What
came first? Who knows?" Romance rumors about Flockhart have been flying recently. A New York tabloid
reported she was seeing comedian Ben Stiller the same week a British tab linked
her with Sam Mendes, director of the recent acclaimed "Cabaret" stage revival.
Flockhart wants to keep her love life private and says that both men are
From The Bergen Record
Calista Flockhart remembers the exact moment she regained her sense of humor. She was in the kitchen of her West Los Angeles home reluctantly poring over a batch of tabloids, all of which contained bulletins about her supposed eating disorder,
when a certain story caught her eye. "I remember reading in this paper that I had such a messed-up relationship with food that my dog Webster was anorexic," she says. "I just started laughing out loud." It hasn't always been easy for Flockhart to smile lately. "Hearing
all these untrue reports about myself certainly hasn't been fun," says the actress, who is best known for her starring role on TV's "Ally McBeal."
Daily News Online
The first thing that strikes you
about Calista Flockhart is that all expectations to the contrary she is not
a waif. Despite last fall's headlines and photographs that made her out to be as
frail as an undernourished grasshopper, the "Ally McBeal" star looks remarkably
sturdy. If Flockhart's purported anorexia hadn't been adopted as a cause
célèbre, anyone would think she was just another skinny Hollywood actress.
Slight, yes. Small-boned, absolutely. But these days hardly gaunt.
Stylishly dressed in a black sweater, long coat and pinstriped pants,
Flockhart appears not only surprisingly hale, she's disarmingly candid.
From New York Post
Just days after backing out of a planned
Today show interview, Calista Flockhart cancelled appearances on David
Letterman's Late Show and The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The Ally
McBeal star was due to come to New York this week to promote her upcoming
movie, A Midsummer Night's Dream. She had been booked for Monday night's
Letterman show and yesterday's Rosie O'Donnell.
From Fox News
Actress Calista Flockhart doesn't want to talk about weighty topics, so the Today show doesn't want to talk to her at all.
The star of Fox's Ally McBeal backed out of a long-scheduled interview
with the NBC morning show when its producers refused a request not to talk about
her weight. The ultra-thin actress has denied rumors that she has an
eating disorder. Flockhart had been booked on Today for next Monday to promote her new
movie. She also has appearances planned for next week on CBS's Late Show
with David Letterman and on The Rosie O'Donnell.
From TV Guide
Flockhart, 34, is sitting in a corner of the pastel-appointed restaurant of the
Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. She arrived minutes earlier wearing a knit cap and
huge black sunglasses, her size 0 (yes, zero) frame lurking somewhere inside a
baggy pair of cargo pants and a thick turtleneck sweater. As she talks, a young
couple seated nearby stare and whisper. Waiters linger. One of them presents
Flockhart with a menu; its after 2 pm and the kitchen will stop serving lunch
soon. She searches for something to eat. Soup? No. Salad? No. Shes not really
hungry after eating a late breakfast. Finally, she chooses her lunch: double
cappuccino, tall orange juice.
From Yahoo News
Actress Calista Flockhart doesn't want to talk about weighty topics, so the "Today" show doesn't want to talk to her at all. The star of Fox's ``Ally McBeal'' backed out of a long-scheduled interview
with the NBC morning show when its producers refused a request not to talk about her weight. The ultra-thin actress has denied rumors that she has an eating
From NY Daily News Online
Calista Flockhart claims People magazine coerced her into talking about her
alleged battle with anorexia. "I was told that I could either cooperate or
not, but that it would would behoove me to cooperate," the "Ally
McBeal" star tells George magazine. A rep for People insists Flockhart
"freely cooperated with us" and "has continued to cooperate with
us on other stories."
Calista Flockhart, Ally McBeal herself, might be
headed to Off Broadway this summer. The TV star, who hails from the New York
stage and who left a production of Chekov's "Three Sisters" at the
Roundabout Theater in order to assume the role of McBeal, is said to be hungry
to return to her theatrical roots, at least during the summer hiatus of her hit
series, reports Variety. An offer is understood to be on the table to have
Flockhart star in a revival of John van Druten's "I Am a Camera," the
original adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories" which
later became the basis for the musical "Cabaret." Flockhart would
begin rehearsals in early May for three weeks and then do a five-week run.
Returning stares is in sync with Flockhart's give-no-ground attitude, which was
on display after media types complained about her teeny-weeny skirts on the
show. "It just made me wear them shorter," she says. "That's
so in my nature. If somebody tells me not to do something, I'll do it faster,
louder and bigger than ever." This doesn't mean handling the "is she
or isn't she?" anorexia questions was a walk in the park. "It was
hard," Flockhart admits. "People were staring and watching what I was
putting in my mouth. If I was on an airplane and I wasn't particularly hungry,
the reaction was like, 'Uhhh' - you know, 'Quick, make a phone
call'... It was a virulent, vicious, relentless pursuit."
Michael Bolton and Jon Secada will headline the March 6 grand gala ``Rays
of Hope'' opening of Loews Miami Beach Hotel, to benefit the Elizabeth
Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Miami's Children's Hospital
Foundation. Loews' Jonathan Tisch has had a longtime relationship with
the Glaser group and cochairs the event along with Gloria and Emilio
Estefan, Pat and Chris Riley and Paul Michael Glaser, who is chairman of
the board. Larry King m.c.'s the night. The hotel is on the site of
the now-restored art deco Saint Moritz (100 rooms) and adjoining
property (now a 700-room tower). Among those checking out South
Beach's latest addition over the weekend were Fox-ites in for the
Super Bowl. They included Calista Flockhart, Dylan McDermott, Rob
Estes, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Peter Horton.
Calista Flockhart has repeatedly said what she isn't. She will concede,
however, that she has panic attacks. "I'm riddled with insecurities about
the future," the 34-year-old Ally McBeal star said in Sunday's Parade
magazine. "In the back of my mind, I think: 'If the show's cancelled, I'll
go back to the theatre.'" Flockhart, who won a Golden Globe for her
portrayal of the flighty young lawyer Ally in Ally McBeal, first achieved
success on Broadway, getting raves for playing Laura in The Glass Menagerie in
1994. "On stage, I feel at home, comfortable, accepted, whole. It's like a
drug for me," she said, laughing. "It doesn't sound too healthy, does
it?" The rail-thin actor has denied persistent rumors that she is
From The Sunday Telegraph, London
William Shakespeare is currently the undisputed favourite screenwriter in
Beverly Hills. With the plaudits for Shakespeare in Love still echoing,
several more films based on his plays are being released this year. Actors have
been clamouring for roles, and one of the most star-spangled productions is
20th Century Fox's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by
Michael Hoffman and set in Tuscany at the turn of the century. Bottom is played
by Kevin Kline, who becomes a pawn in the love battles between Oberon (Rupert
Everett), King of the Fairies, and Titania (Michelle Pfeiffer), his Queen. The
film will also star Calista Flockhart of Ally McBeal fame as Helena.
Emmy party: whole other show
Sandy Grushow of 20th Century Fox threw his post-Emmy bash at Morton's for
Ally McBeal, The Practice, NYPD Blue, The X-Files and more.
Ally's Calista Flockhart brought visiting parents Ron and Kay
Flockhart. "We went to the Getty, tooled around Beverly Hills, did the
L.A. thing and went to the dog park (with her terrier mutt, Webster)." The
actress reports: "Ally's skirt length will be about the same as last year,
although I'm also going to wear long skirts, 'cause I happen to like skirts
that go down to my knees." And Flockhart's social life? "Absolutely
nothing is happening."(continued)
From E! Online
"He didn't deny it." Stellar Hollywood legal and
business reporter on David E. Kelley's recent television comments regarding the
red-hot scuttlebutt that Calista Flockhart is anorexic. Fixin's are my mixin's
this week, babes, so if you've got a problem with comestibles
comin' yer way,
then go stuff yerself. Alrighty, then, let's go.
From Ultimate TV
It's been quite a year for Calista Flockhart--taking her, you could say, from
the sublime to the ridiculous. Her breakout series, Ally McBeal, got a
boost of legitimacy when Flockhart won the 1998 Golden Globe for Best
Performance by an Actress in a TV Series in the Comedy/Musical category. Then
this summer, Time magazine put Flockhart's Ally's image on their cover, as
illustration for an article asking if feminism is dead--provoking a firestorm
of debate on the merits of the series. No doubt Flockhart will weather the
storm--the quirky Ally McBeal starts up again this fall.
Born in Freeport, Illinois, but raised in New Jersey (where she graduated
from high school in 1983) and later from Rutgers College, she established
herself in Chicago theater. She took her gal-next-door looks and appeared as
the Barnard Girl in 1994's Quiz Show before Naked In New
York, The Birdcage, Milk Money and Telling Lies in
America. Next up are A Midsummer Night's Dream and Like A Hole
in the Head.
Not bad for an actress who got her start vomiting into little jars in an HBO
Family Series segment about anorexia and bulimia. Even then, UltimateTV knew
she was something special ... then we caught her opposite the brilliant Robin
Williams in The Bird Cage, and her career was just in front of her.
She's taken her fresh, sweet girl looks, added enough neuroses to suit a
hungry-for-a-smart-series audience, covered it in comedy and has become a huge,
From the Daily News | News and Views | Daily Dish
Is Calista Flockhart worried about her weight? The Ally McBeal star
sure has others worried. Staffers at Entertainment Weekly in New York were so
concerned that the waiflike actress seems to be getting even skinnier that they
took some action. I'm told Flockhart was asked to wear bulky clothes to
de-emphasize her body in her cover spread in this week's issue, rather than
risk exposing how painfully thin she is.
How thin is she? At last week's
Emmys, one source reported having to "turn away" when Flockhart
walked by because the bones in her back were protruding. "It looked
scary," said the source. Flockhart these days looks "like a little
boy with a girl's head," another source said. An EW spokesman said
Flockhart decided what to wear for the shoot, not the magazine.
'Ally' Star Puts Bite on Rumor
Dogged by rumors she has an eating disorder, Ally McBeal star Calista
Flockhart says she chows down on three square meals a day and wishes critics
would stop bugging her about her weight. The 33-year-old actress told
People magazine she doesn't even know what anorexia means.
"I guess I don't know the exact definition of anorexia. But I eat. I eat
normally. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want. I don't have a messed-up
relationship with food," Flockhart said. "Am I anorexic? I guess my
answer would have to be no."
Who Cares How Skinny Calista Flockhart Is? by Marya Hornbacher
The January 1999 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine has an article about
the damage that gossip about Calista Flockhart can have: "Besides, if
Flockhart really is anorexic, all our speculation is only feeding her
starvation. Part of what drives an eating disorder is a need to believe you're
good enough at something; you settle on thinness and try to be the thinnest of
them all. When I was at my deathly thinnest, I saw the constant, unfriendly
gossip about me as evidence that I was doing "well" at my little
project of starving to death. Tabloid talk won't help Flockhart if she has an
eating disorder -- gossip will only prove to her that's she's "good"
From Houston Chronicle
Calista Flockhart, besieged by stories that she has an eating disorder, has
faced the situation head-on. She's replaced publicist David Pollick with Pat
Kingsley. He managed to get a TV shot of her at the World Series opener wearing
a Yankees cap and, most importantly, having a snack. He calls her a
"healthy, well-adjusted woman" and likens the Ally McBeal
star to screen legend Audrey Hepburn. "If they even knew the word anorexia
back then," he notes, "I'm sure they would have used it to describe