Our Famous 50: 2011
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41. WALLY LAMB: Lamb may be between novels right now, but his work on behalf of the women incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Niantic assures a berth here. His more-than-a-decade-long writing workshop has yielded two published books and inspired the development of a multiarts program at York coordinated by Connecticut choreographer Judy Dworin. Lamb and Dworin recently collaborated on a benefit at Old Saybrook’s The Kate, featuring the local premiere of Dworin’s acclaimed dance-theater piece, “Time In.”
42. CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: Currently narrating TCM’s miniseries “Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood,” Plummer has—inexplicably—been the recipient of only one Oscar nomination in his career (this year, for The Last Station). Next, he’ll be seen on screen in Priest and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
43. VINCE McMAHON: His wife, Linda, got most of the headlines as she ran for U.S. Senate. Vince mostly behaved and stayed in the background, although his past antics in the WWE ring may have cost a vote or two.
44. CHRISTOPHER “MAD DOG” RUSSO: The Doggie’s sports channel on Sirius/XM became a daily comic opera in October as he loudly lived and died with his beloved Giants during their quest for a World Series crown. Now that he’s won, maybe he can pipe down and get back to important stuff—like John Adams.
45. MARK TEIXEIRA: Another year like 2010 for the Yankee first baseman and he’ll have to find another list to live on. His injuries and less-than-clutch hitting were part of the reason the Yanks seemed a little off their feed. His fielding remained sweet, however.
46. CYNDI LAUPER: Kudos to Lauper’s True Colors Fund, which has raised more than $200,000 in the last two years for gay rights groups the Human Rights Campaign, CenterLink and PFLAG. A new PSA for her “Give a Damn” campaign against homophobia features Elton John, Ricky Martin and Wanda Sykes.
47. GUS VAN SANT: In his modest way, Van Sant has hit it out of the park twice this year, as executive producer of the critically lauded Howl—starring Yale University Ph.D. candidate James Franco—and as director of the eagerly anticipated Restless, the Ron Howard co-produced fractured fairy tale that seems headed for a debut at Sundance 2011.
48. MICHAEL J. FOX: He’s been hawking the 25th anniversary edition of the Back to the Future trilogy, out on Blu-ray. Will his guest shots this season on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Good Wife” earn him another Emmy?
49. 50 CENT: In 2009, Billboard named him the No. 1 Rap Song Artist of the previous decade, but in 2010, he mostly seems to have confused his audience: Is he or isn’t he going to release that Eurodance album, Black Magic? Is he or isn’t he dating comedian Chelsea Handler? When will his new film company, Cheetah Vision, release Gun? (Actually, looks like that’s due in January.)
50. CANDACE BUSHNELL: Ohhh, the embarrassment—the fashionistas’ fashionista got slapped in the press for a “fluffy” blue floral gown she wore to a New York City Ballet gala in October. We’re sure she cried all the way to the bank, where she keeps this year’s The Carrie Diaries and Sex and the City 2 royalties.