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of legislation that removed the require-
ment for Jewish and other non-
Christian politicians to take a
Christian oath in order to serve in the
House of Commons.
The people and the era are brought
to life by Weintraub's frequent use of
excerpts from actual written corre-
spondence and diaries, including hun-
dreds of Charlotte's letters, which are
part of the Rothschild family papers.
The author took full advantage of
the full access he was granted to the
well-maintained Rothschild Archive,
which is housed in the family bank on
St. Swithin's Lane in London.
A 14-page insert in the center of the
book contains photographs and illus-
trations, including a reproduction of
the signed ketubah from Charlotte and
Despite being Jewish, Charlotte and
Lionel were an important part of the
social, political and financial arenas in
which they lived. Charlotte was a
beautiful woman and a renowned
hostess, whose invitations were covet-
ed throughout English society. Lionel,
in turn, influenced world events by
aiding Ireland during its famine, assist-
ing with the purchase of the Suez
Canal and helping Jews in Europe and
the Middle East who were undergoing
Lest anyone associate the Rothschild
name only with money and power,
Charlotte and Lionel: A Rothschild Love
Story dispels that notion by providing
a fascinating and comprehensive pic-
ture of one of the world's most
— Ronelle Grier
provides TV fashion and hair faux
pas commentaries on the Today show
and Access Hollywood.
A native of Montreal, Canada,
Cojocaru, 40, comes by his flare for
fashion naturally. His mother,
Amelia, was a seamstress. "She's from
the Zsa Zsa Gabor school of fash-
ion," he told People. "Imagine lots of
fuchsia housecoats with glitter."
Amelia and Cojocaru's father,
Benjamin, were born in Romania.
However, the couple didn't meet
until they were both living in Israel.
After marrying, the Cojocarus
moved to Canada "to make a good
life for their -future family."
That family consists of Steven and
his sister, Alisa, whom he refers to as
"the Jewish Heather Locklear in
micro minis and stilettos."
Growing up, Cojocaru felt "differ-
ent from the get-go."
"I felt like I had been born into
the wrong place, the wrong body,
the wrong hair — my only consola-
tion was my mother's rabid fashion
sense," he writes.
"She dressed me like a ventrilo-
quist's dummy, in miniature velvet
blazers and matching shorts, and I
Equally obsessed with his hair,
Cojocaru longed to have "groovy"
styles. His first professional blowout
happened on the day of his bar mitz-
"For a shiny-tamed-tresses
moment, I looked the way I wanted
to," he writes.
It was also around his 13th birth-
day, he says, that his social status
dropped from "popular to pariah."
RED CARPET DIARIES:
With a lot of time on his hands,
CONFESSIONS OF A GLAMOUR BOY he started reading magazines about
By Steven Cojocaru
celebrities and developed a fascina-
(Ballantine Books; 165 pp.; $23.95)
tion for the rich and the famous.
Following high school, Cojocaru
went to Dawson College, then
Concordia University in Canada,
maintaining an interest in journal-
Cojocaru has turned
ism. To help pay for his tuition, he
his longtime fashion
worked at the Saidye Bronfman
sense into a success-
Centre in Montreal, a cultural center
with a Yiddish theater.
In his new book,
Cojocaru was cast in one of the
Red Carpet Diaries:
plays and had to learn his part in
Confessions of a Glamour Boy,
Yiddish. That exposure helped him
Cojocaru humorously traces his life,
land a job as a talent booker for a
from his early years as a Jewish out-
locally televised telethon.
cast to his ascension as a nationally
He began working for' Flare maga-
known fashion critic. Standing on
zine, where he got paid to attend
the sidelines at award shows,
parties, ride in limos and mingle
Cojocaru, who writes a column for
with American celebrities. His first
People magazine, has dished with
award show experience came when
some of Hollywood's hottest stars
he accompanied a friend to LA.
about their designer garb. He also
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