Liz Taylor’s bedtime for Bonzo

Getty images file photoTell-all: A new Elizabeth Taylor biography dishes on Ronald Reagan

Getty images file photoTell-all: A new Elizabeth Taylor biography dishes on Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan may have been an actor before he became a politician, but he was never a sex symbol like Rock Hudson or Montgomery Clift. There’s a reason for that: The dude is asexual. That’s why the allegations in the upcoming tell-all, “Elizabeth Taylor: There Is Nothing Like A Dame,” are especially, um, unsettling.

According to the book’s author, a teenage Taylor went to then 36-year-old Reagan’s house for dinner and seduced him. Ew.

One excerpt reads, “We sat on his sofa and I could tell he wanted to get it on but he seemed reluctant to make the first move. I became the aggressor. … After a heavy make-out session on the sofa, we went into the bedroom.”

Gack. It sounds like the father of personal responsibility was so passive that he had to be cajoled by the Lolita.

The book also alleges that Taylor had a three-way with John F. Kennedy and Robert Stack in a swimming pool, and aborted Frank Sinatra’s baby. Dame, indeed. Please, let there have been no hanky-panky on the set of “National Velvet.”

Streaming scheming

Here’s a test: Try to name any show on MTV that’s not “Snooki & JWOWW” or “The Jersey Shore.”

Can’t do it? You’re not alone. You’re also not missing much, because everything on the once-great network is now completely irrelevant.

According to the L.A. Times, analyst Todd Juenger portends “a very tough year” for the channel, citing a 32 percent decline in viewership. Sister network Nickelodeon isn’t much better. Spike, Comedy Central and BET are also all down.

But what do all these networks have in common? Younger viewers. And many younger viewers are eschewing traditional cable to stream television on their computers — legally or illegally (anywhere from 18 to 48 percent of people, depending on the source). These viewers are of course not factored into rating analyses.

It’s time for all networks to do what Lifetime, ABC and even PBS have done, which is to stream content online — with ads — to capitalize on this trend. Sticking it to your TV provider is always a plus, too.

Poet Gil Scott-Heron was right: The revolution will NOT be televised!

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity sightings? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com

QUICK TAKES

  • Bobbi Kristina Brown announced her official engagement to her “adopted” brother, Nick Gordon.
  • Rick Springfield busked “Jesse’s Girl” and some of his other songs in an NYC subway during rush hour.
  • NBC will air its “Munsters” remake, the $10 million pilot for “Mockingbird Lane,” as a Halloween special on Oct. 26.
  • In honor of the upcoming “Hobbit” movie, New Zealand has minted Middle Earth coins.

ABCFeaturesGossipPBSRonald Reagan

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott listens at a rally to commemorate the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside City Hall on Monday, June 1, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Will the Biden Administration help SF speed up police reform?

City has struggled to implement changes without federal oversight

Lowell High School (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Students, families call for culture shift at Lowell after racist incident

District to explore changes including possible revision of admissions policy

Alan Wong was among California National Guard members deployed to Sacramento to provide security the weekend before the presidential inauguration. (Courtesy photo)
CCSF board member tests positive for COVID-19 after National Guard deployment

Alan Wong spent eight days in Sacramento protecting State Capitol before Inauguration Day

Due to a lack of votes in his favor, record-holding former Giant Barry Bonds (pictured at tribute to Willie McCovey in 2018) will not be entering the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the near future.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Ex-Giants star Barry Bonds again falls short of Hall of Fame

After striking out yet again in his bid to join Major League… Continue reading

San Francisco firefighter Keith Baraka has filed suit against The City alleging discrimination on the basis of race and sexual orientation.<ins></ins>
Gay black firefighter sues city for discrimination

A San Francisco firefighter who says he was harassed and discriminated against… Continue reading

Most Read