"We called Jackie an icon because she glowed, because she seemed ceaseless, because she resided in a worshipped, aura-filled niche. We called Jackie an icon because her image was frequently and influentially reproduced, and because, even when she was alive, she seemed more mythic than real. We called Jackie an icon because her story provided a foundation for our own stories, and because her face, and the sometimes glamorous, sometimes tragic turns her life took, were lodged  in our systems of thought and reference, as if she were a concept, a numeral, a virtue, or a universal tendency, like rainfall or drought." —- Wayne Koestenbaum on Jackie O, who was born on this day (28 July) in 1929.

"We called Jackie an icon because she glowed, because she seemed ceaseless, because she resided in a worshipped, aura-filled niche. We called Jackie an icon because her image was frequently and influentially reproduced, and because, even when she was alive, she seemed more mythic than real. We called Jackie an icon because her story provided a foundation for our own stories, and because her face, and the sometimes glamorous, sometimes tragic turns her life took, were lodged  in our systems of thought and reference, as if she were a concept, a numeral, a virtue, or a universal tendency, like rainfall or drought." —- Wayne Koestenbaum on Jackie O, who was born on this day (28 July) in 1929.

"No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than Flashdance.” —- Elizabeth Berkley 42 today.

"No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than Flashdance.” —- Elizabeth Berkley 42 today.

PICS: Purple Rain red carpet, 30 years ago today (July 27, 2014).

VIDEO: Red carpet at the Purple Rain premiere, 30 years ago today (July 27, 2014).

"The stuff that happened was much worse. You wouldn’t believe it." —- Steve Rubell December 2, 1943 – July 25, 1989.

"The stuff that happened was much worse. You wouldn’t believe it." —- Steve Rubell December 2, 1943 – July 25, 1989.

Did you know: Jason Statham, world’s best looking man, was once a champion diver, representing England in the 1990 Commonwealth Games (clip routinely removed but if you are in the UK you can view here).

I had no idea that Michelle Johnston (Gaye Carpenter from Showgirls) had such creds. She danced with Travolta in Staying Alive and was assistant choreographer on the set of Michael Jackson’s Captain Eo. In this clip, belly full of brown rice and vegetables, she auditions in Richard Attenborough’s movie version of A Chorus Line, where she plays Bebe (who sings At the Ballet).

The gold pounding workshops in Mandalay are mesmerising. I bought 100 one inch squares of gold leaf that had been hammered just this morning.

"Barbra Streisand called me after I panned Funny Lady to tell me that she agreed with me. She phoned me after The Prince Of Tides to ask what I thought. I was very rough. Barbra Streisand doesn’t need to be let down easy.” —- Pauline Kael.

"Barbra Streisand called me after I panned Funny Lady to tell me that she agreed with me. She phoned me after The Prince Of Tides to ask what I thought. I was very rough. Barbra Streisand doesn’t need to be let down easy.” —- Pauline Kael.

“I might as well be gay. And not just because I love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because I’m a sensitive person who is supportive of gay people the same way I’m sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.” —- Richard Simmons 66 today (12 July 2014).

“I might as well be gay. And not just because I love rhinestones and Barbara Streisand. But because I’m a sensitive person who is supportive of gay people the same way I’m sensitive to grossly obese people and ugly people.” —- Richard Simmons 66 today (12 July 2014).