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Vanity Fair Hollywood 2018

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BETH KSENIAK For 25 years, V.F. Executive Director of Communications Beth Kseniak has been navigating the media landscape with aplomb. As Graydon Carter says, “Beth has all the attributes of a great communications chief: honesty, forthrightness, a heightened bullshit detector, and a brilliant sense of what’s news—that said, she wasn’t above pleading when necessary. Frankly, those are pretty much the same qualities you look for in an editor, and had she ever decided to become one, I would have moved her over in a heartbeat.” JAMES WOLCOTT In “Revival of the Fittest,” on page 128, Contributing Editor James Wolcott chronicles the fall and surprising recent resurgence of New York City’s revival houses. Now these theaters face new hazards, as when a program is curated by someone accused of sexual misconduct. “That’s the new…

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good-bye to all that

All good things—certainly in my case this month—eventually come to an end. This is my final issue of Vanity Fair. I won’t bore you with the details of my complex emotions right now, but I will say that being the editor of Vanity Fair may well be one of the most extraordinary professional experiences there is. I will have been here for more than a quarter of a century, which, in magazine years, is more than a few eternities. It’s 9,200 days of covering presidential terms (eight of them) and countless terrorist episodes, foreign wars, financial meltdowns, weather disasters, and societal upheavals. What have I left out? Oh yes, Washington scandals, Wall Street scandals, Hollywood scandals, Silicon Valley scandals, Westminster scandals, and Kremlin scandals. Plus Deep Throat and Caitlyn Jenner.…

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everyone clicked

The Queen. Wonder Woman. Oprah. This year’s Hollywood cover features some of film and television’s most iconic and beloved women (and the roster of men—Han Solo, anyone?—isn’t too shabby, either). Unsurprisingly, managing to assemble the group of 13 cover stars for the ultraglam, white-tie-and-shimmery-gown shoot was no simple feat. Photographed in Los Angeles and New York by Annie Leibovitz, this year’s cover marks the last one in the 25-year tenure of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. And yes, Carter—nestled between Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and New York institution Robert De Niro—appears on the cover for the first time ever. “We wanted to celebrate all things Graydon on this cover,” V.F. creative director (fashion and style) Jessica Diehl explained. Said Annie Leibovitz, “In honor of Graydon, we went to the full…

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edie and andy and bob

I loved the Edie Sedgwick pictures in the Holiday issue [“Edie in Andyland,” by Lili Anolik]. I did not think there was a photograph of her that I had not seen, but you provided one: the picture of Edie and Andy at the dinner party. Thank you for that. I just wanted to comment on the rumor that Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman” is based on Edie. It probably is not. Dylan reportedly wrote that song with a former or current lover in mind. Edie lives, instead, in the verses of the classic “Like a Rolling Stone.” In it, Dylan speaks of her school days: “You only used to get juiced in it.” Many people think the “chrome horse with your diplomat” refers to Andy Warhol. Apparently, she spent her $80,000…

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more from the v. f . mailbag

“I wish you well, but farewell,” writes Rose Steele, from San Jose, canceling her subscription. “I’m keeping the tote bag.” Her valedictory note comes at a momentous time, for this is not only her last issue (apparently) but also Graydon Carter’s. About which a number of readers felt moved to comment. The letter from Cathy Langdon, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, summed up the feelings of many: “Thanks, Graydon, for a great magazine!!!” Or maybe Alice Cutler, in London, said it best: “Thank you for many years of a thoroughly enjoyable read.” Or, possibly, it was Kevin Ross, of Cincinnati, who struck the most representative tone: “I was saddened to read of Graydon Carter’s retirement from V.F. He is carrying the torch of a free press for many of us. I can only…

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yara shahidi

AGE: 17. PROVENANCE: Minneapolis, Minnesota. PLAYING PRETEND: “I lived a very atypical childhood with two creative parents— my mother is a commercial actress, and my father is a cinematographer.” When she was four, her family relocated to Los Angeles, where Shahidi began acting. PRIME TIME: In 2014, she landed the role of Zoey Johnson on Kenya Barris’s ABC sitcom, Black-ish. Her character’s college-set spin-off, Grown-ish, debuted last month on Freeform. “I heard that it had been picked up while I was at prom. It was surreal. I’m so excited to tell these new stories; it’s my turn to talk to the camera.” CRIMSON PEAK: This fall, Shahidi will enroll at Harvard, juggling her time between real-life and sitcom campuses. “I have the great fortune of working with fabulous people who…