Monica Lewinksy, pictured in Los Angeles in September, has comments about celebrity Halloween costumes in a column in Vanity Fair. (Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Monica Lewinsky has last word on celeb Halloween costumes

Monica Lewinsky has some interesting thoughts on what it’s like to be a Halloween costume.

In Vanity Fair, she describes her experience of being reduced to a sexually-charged Halloween getup in the wake of her affair with former President Bill Clinton.

“Thankfully, I have never gone to a Halloween party where I’ve bumped up against, well, myself,” Lewinsky writes. “I did, however, get an idea of what that might be like when, several years ago, I went to see the movie ‘Made of Honor,’ starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. It opens with a scene in which Dempsey, dressed as Bill Clinton, mingles at a Halloween party — with three Monica Lewinskys — all clad in blue dresses and berets, holding cigars. (Cringe Factor: 10.)”

Cautioning people to perhaps be more sensitive about their holiday attire, she writes, “There is a fine line between clever and cruel.”

Still, she likes Halloween. “I’m still in it for the candy,” she writes, “but it’s the one day of the year when people seem to refrain from asking me, ‘Are you Monica Lewinsky?’ – a question that is proceeded, less and less frequently, by the charming disclaimer, ‘No offense, but. … Instead, I hear, ‘Great costume!’ “

HALLOWEEN RADICALS

Kate Schatz, author of City Lights Publishers’ best-selling “Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History” — with terrific illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl — has a great blog showcasing “rad women” costumes for kids (and adults) perfect for Halloween.

Among her “cool alternatives to boring princesses” are suggestions for dressing up as feminist heroes Angela Davis, Bessie Coleman, Dolores Huerta, Flo Jo, Isadora Duncan, Kate Bornstein, Patti Smith, Sonia Sotomayor, Dr. Virginia Apgar and Zora Neale Hurston. Check it out at https://medium.com/search?q=radical%20women%20kate%20schatz

QUICK TAKES

British rock veterans The Zombies (vocalist Colin Blunstone, keyboardist Rod Argent, bassist Chris White and drummer Hugh Grundy and talented collaborators) ended their American tour on a triumphant note Tuesday at the Fillmore, with an impeccable, inspirational –actually perfect — live performance of the seminal 1968 album “Odessey and Oracle. ” It was preceded by respectable songs from their 2015 release “Still Got That Hunger,” including “I Want You Back Again,” a song frequently covered by Tom Petty. … Seasonal treat alert: On Friday, the IT’S-IT Factory Shop in Burlingame will hand out free pumpkin ice cream sandwiches to patrons who arrive in costume.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
San Jose Shark Frazer McLaren is 28. … Actor Ben Foster is 35. … Actress Gabrielle Union is 42. … Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 43. … Actress Winona Ryder is 44. … Singer Randy Jackson is 54. … Actress Kate Jackson is 67. … Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 68. … Singer-actress Melba Moore is 70.

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

— Staff, wire report

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