Like the films of Jerry Lewis, the romance of the American schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau (now Fualaau) and her pupil-turned-husband Vili Fualaau was more warmly received in France. While Mary Kay served time in prison for statutory rape, the couple published a book in France about their relationship called Un seul crime, l’amour (Only One Crime, Love), and were married after her release.
When Mary Kay talks about her affair with the adolescent schoolboy she sounds remarkably like the former drama teacher and first lady of France Brigitte Trogneux, whose affair with her own pupil, Emmanuel Macron, also resulted in marriage. Macron met first met his thirty-nine year old teacher when he was fifteen years old. At seventeen, Macron’s parents sent him to Paris in the hopes of ending the relationship.
“What is clear is that when Emmanuel met Brigitte we couldn’t just say ‘that’s great’,” his mother told the author of Emmanuel Macron: A Perfect Young Man.
The President of France and his wife have refused to reveal when their relationship became romantic. “Nobody will ever know at what moment our story became a love story,” said Trogneux, “That belongs to us. That is our secret.”
Brigitte Trogneux: 1, 4, 6.
On Season 6 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City, the cast vacationed* at the Berkshires home of Heather Thomson. Over the course of the weekend, cast member Ramona Singer pretended that she thought her hostesses’ house was the garage, ordered an air conditioner to be delivered and installed, and–most famously–whipped a wineglass at Kristen Taekman’s face to retaliate for being splashed when she was sitting in a canoe.
“I reacted,” Ramona would explain ad infinitum.”I reacted. I grew up in a family of craziness and she got me wet and I just threw what I had in my hand. I didn’t have water in my hand so I threw the glass.”
“It’s just a little blood!” Ramona yelled, unrepentant. “You’ve never had a bloody lip? It’s like a bloody nose!”
The First Apology
Ramona appeared at dinner that evening with freshly blow dried hair, determined to clear the air. Her apology began: “So I reacted to what you did. I reacted, you threw water on me.”
In the course of her apology, Ramona ended up screaming at Kristen again.
“So why did you throw water at me?” she demanded. “I told you, DON’T THROW WATER AT ME!”
“I didn’t want my hair wet,” Ramona concluded.
Back in New York, a contrite Ramona invited Kristen to tea and presented her with a bouquet of yellow roses.
“It was a fluke thing,” Ramona explained, without even once mentioning that Kristen had fired the first salvo by splashing her.
“But seriously, I am really sorry. It was the wrong thing to do, it was an impulsive reaction.”
* “No one vacations in the Berkshires,” Ramona later clarified. “No one I know. No celebrities. No one famous. Everyone goes to the Hamptons.”
“A superb hostess who’s been giving great parties for years plays a role she knows by heart. But a nervous or inexperienced one can benefit by some rehearsing. I don’t mean rehearsing the salad dressing but rehearsing herself. I know a charming woman who was always tongue-tied at her own parties although she was perfectly at ease in other people’s houses. So a hundred times she practiced walking around her living room chatting with imaginary guests. Finding the right thing to say to each one. Introducing strangers with just the right phrase to interest them in one another. She practiced moving gracefully, going to the door to greet newcomers, offering canapés. And now she thoroughly enjoys going to her own parties…
Rehearse your dress, too. Whether you’re having only six for dinner or fifty for cocktails, wear a lovely gown.”
Joan Crawford, My Way of Life, Simon and Schuster, 1971.
Nikanor “Nick” Chevotarevich, The Deer Hunter
Babies can pay tribute to Christopher Walken’s Oscar-winning performance in Michael Cimino’s searing 1978 Vietnam War drama with a simple white onesie and a rust-coloured bandanna.
Oliver Twist from Oliver!
Mummy arrived home with a smart new outfit for baby. She showed it to Daddy, who said, “Please sir, may I have some more?” in Dick Van Dyke’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang accent. Then Daddy sang Consider Yourself in a mocking voice.
“I bought this outfit because I thought it was adorable!” cried Mummy, “Why do you have to spoil everything?”
Mummy and Daddy had the most enormous row. Daddy said “You concealed from me that you liked to read glitzy magazines in the toilet until you had me in the keep net,” and Mummy cried.
Extra from the Sex and the City episode “Anchors Away”
It’s Fleet Week, and New York City is filled with sailors and marines. “Come and get me sailors!” yelled the sassy publicist Samantha Jones. Re-capture the joie de vivre of this lighthearted episode with a sailor suit. This costume also doubles as Quartermaster Hichens from Titanic or a ring-bearer from the 1986 wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York .
Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI
Long before the drought-ridden state of California caught Tom Selleck making twelve separate runs in a water van to borrow supplies for his avocado farm, he caught criminals as the Ferrari-driving, kayaking private detective Thomas Magnum. Re-create the magic of this seminal 1980s television detective series with a Hawaiian print onesie and a Detroit tigers ball cap.