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October 16, 2017

It's lonely at the top — "Gaga: Five Foot Two"

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I'm not a big fan of Lady Gaga (full disclosure: none of her songs are on my iTunes playlist of some 300 tracks).

Nevertheless, I loved this movie, which premiered on Netflix last month.

What an amazing person she is, on her own in the final analysis regardless of the myriad number of people surrounding her helping to make the trains run on time, as it were.

I don't know how she does it: that she's postponing her European tour isn't the remarkable thing — it's that she's able to ever perform in public what with the demands and pressures of "stoking the star-maker machinery behind the popular song."

Hmmm... I wonder if she's ever met Joni Mitchell.

But I digress.

The candor and rawness on screen here is compelling.

Gaga tearfully laments how, after all the peeps with roles in her life leave for the day, she's alone at night, in silence.

She so wants a relationship but understands how it's nearly impossible for a man to be involved with her, what with the demands on her to travel and the unrelenting glare of the bright lights and paparazzi everywhere she goes, telephoto lenses staking her out no matter how much she pays for security and privacy.

So poignant, when she phones her doctor and says "Hi, it's Stefani."

Her powerfully mixed emotions when, just before her jawdroppingly great Super Bowl 51 halftime show this past February, she receives an elaborate bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from her ex-fiance, Taylor Kinney....

Tell you what, I don't know of ANY other megastars who'd post a makeup-free picture of themselves on their own website, as Gaga did (below)


in 2013.

October 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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