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Thursday
Mar132008

Plastic Surgery Delusions

You know how anorexics have a skewed view of their bodies? There must be some disorder for folks who have had so much plastic surgery they look like mannequins, yet don't see the side show image the rest of us see.

I went to a screening of "The Women" starring an all-female cast including Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachmen, Eva Mendes and more. The movie, due out in October of this year, was hee-sterical - mostly (for me) because Debra Messing plays a crunchy, pregnant nursing mom of 4. So many stereotypes (some right on!) played out on the screen... the lesbian beauty (Jada), the betrayed (Meg), the strong businesswoman (Annette)... really quite amusing.

The best line: Annette walking through Saks Fifth Avenue (which has a prominent role in the movie) and a salesgirl offers her a jar, saying, "Face lift in a jar?" Annette, goddess bless the writers, says, "It's my face. Get used to it."

However, it was disconcerting to see Meg Ryan in every single scene she was in because her lips were like watching a car accident. You didn't want to see what you were seeing, but you kept staring to verify they were really what you were seeing. Since she was THE star of the movie, staring at her lips really detracted from watching the movie. I wasn't alone; I heard several others make the same comment. Blessedly, we got to write comments to the movie studio people so they can make changes. I wonder if they can do the movie version of Photoshop throughout the movie?

I just saw an interview with Priscilla Presley who's going to be on "Dancing With the Stars" (that I've never seen). Watching her talk was surreal. She "admits" to seeing "Dermatologists" - I laughed out loud at that! Does she know what she looks like?

Does Olivia Newton-John? Does Kenny Rogers? Carol Burnett? Melanie Griffith? Joan Rivers? (Oh, she DOES know... she makes fun of herself... good going, Joan!) Poor Cher?

If someone knows the name of this disorder, I'd love to know.