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The first Oscar-nominated Indian actress passed as white, and later on, a different Indian actress—more of an indie starlet—ended up being more famous for her cookbooks.
Dev Patel is the third actor of Indian origin to be nominated for an Oscar. The first was half-Sri Lankan (then Ceylonese) Merle Oberon, who refused to appear on camera without makeup. Retrospect explains why. Her history was edited: "'Estelle Thompson from Bombay became Merle Oberon, a white upper class Hobart girl who moves to India from Tasmania after her distinguished father dies in a hunting accident.'"
Before she became the face of Indian home cooking, Madhur Jaffrey attended London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and won the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for her role in Merchant-Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah. But, writes Mayukh Sen after an interview, Jaffrey became more marketable in a different role: "that of the strenuously kind woman who can teach you how to make curry."
Thirty years after Warhol's death, a medical historian discovers how a "routine" surgery turned fatal.
Prior to his death on Feb. 22, 1987, Warhol had been ill for at least a month, but had delayed treatment due to his fear of hospitals. He needed gall bladder surgery, which many assumed would be a simple operation, enough that it triggered a wrongful-death lawsuit four years later:
Dr. Cox [Warhol's attending physician] said he first diagnosed a gall stone in 1973, but Mr. Warhol adamantly rejected surgery because he feared hospitals...
He described how Mr. Warhol had tried other treatments, including an experimental drug, and some untraditional remedies, such as wearing staples as earrings and carrying crystals in his pocket, to ward of maladies.
"He was convinced if he was hospitalized, he would die," Dr. Cox said.
Ryan found that Warhol's hypochondria probably killed him. When Warhol finally checked into the hospital for surgery—after at least a month of illness—the operation turned out to be anything but routine:
[T]he sick man was at last on the operating table at New York Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian). The surgeon found a gallbladder full of gangrene; the organ fell to pieces as he removed it, he said.
As Dr. Ryan learned in his research, Warhol was dehydrated and also emaciated from having barely eaten in the previous month; had for years been taking a daily dose of speed; and was still suffering from the effects of a brush with death in 1968, when he was shot by an enraged hanger-on, Valerie Solanas. Only a brilliant surgeon and brilliant luck had saved his life then—he had been declared dead in the emergency room and had nine damaged organs.
Antihistamines kept me up instead of putting me to sleep, so it was a day of horror but it went by fast. 1/23/87— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) January 23, 2017
Went to the office and Ian McKellen was there for lunch…And he was so cute, he’s so sexy. 1/14/87 pic.twitter.com/ujuqsE4GQr— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) January 14, 2017
It was a boring party. No stars. Just Nancy Reagan and President and Mrs. Carter. Basically it was a big office party. 2/7/83— Andy’s Diary (@WarholLives) February 7, 2017
In my job I oversee about 250 enemies of the people. We have enemies of the people who make maps, cover high school baseball, send tweets about the Cowboys, assign book reviews, critique restaurants, track North Texas home prices and write profiles of tech entrepreneurs. One enemy of the people spends his days talking to grieving families and carefully crafting the stories of the dead.↩︎ Dallas Morning News