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Arts & Entertainment

CELEBRITY JEWS

NATE BLOOM

Special to the Jewish News

Powerful Women

Forbes magazine is out with its second
annual list of the "100 Most Powerful
Women in the World." I'm glad to
telU kvell that I'm sure at least 10 are
Jewish. Here they are, preceded by
the number of their Forbes ranking.
No. 7: SALLIE KRAWCHECK,
CFO, Citigroup. A member of a dis-
tinguished South Carolina Jewish

Sally Krawcheck

family, her upright reputation has
earned her the nickname "Mrs.
Clean."
No. 10:-ABBY JOSEPH COHEN,
chief U.S. portfolio strategist,
Goldman Sachs. Cohen has long
been a major player on Wall Street.

Nate Bloom is the California-based
editor of www.jewhoo.com.

No. 22: SAFRA. CATZ, president,
Oracle (a computer company). Catz
was born in Israel, moved to the
States when she was 6 and is some-
times mentioned as a successor to
Oracle head LARRY ELLISON.
No. 23: Justice RUTH BADER
GINSBURG of the U.S. Supreme
Court.
No. 43: U.S. Sen. DIANNE
FEINSTEIN of California.
No. 50: AMY PASCAL, vice presi-
dent, Sony (Columbia) Pictures.
No. 60: DORIS FISHER, billion-
aire co-founder of the Gap clothing
stores.
No. 89: PENNY PRITZKER,
chair, Classic Residence, Hyatt
Group.
No. 94: NINA JACOBSON, presi-
dent, Buena Vista Motion Pictures
(main Disney film studio).
No. 98: ORIT GADIESH, chair,
Bain and Co., a U.S. consulting firm.
Gadiesh was born and raised in Israel
and served in the Israeli military.
(Katie Couric, the Today show
anchor who ranked No. 47, has a
Jewish mother but was raised in her
father's Christian faith.)
(For more biographical info, check
Forbes.com .)

Opening Aug. 12

A promising movie with lots' of
Jewish connections is The 40 Year
Old Virgin, a comedy-drama about a
guy (Steve Carrell) who remains
chaste until he meets Catherine
Keener. Helmed and co-written by
first-time film director JUDD APA-
TOW (TV's Freaks and Geeks), Virgin
has a good advance buzz as an intelli-

gent charmer. Co-stars include PAUL

President

RUDD (Friends), SETH ROGEN
(Freaks and Geeks) and ELIZABETH
BANKS (Heights).
The buzz isn't so good for Deuce
Bigelow II starring Jewish-Filipino
comic ROB SCHNEIDER, and you

NINA
TASSLER

can easily wait for the DVD.
Getting better advance notices is
Four Brothers. It's an action flick that,
while set in the present, is based on
the 1960s western The Sons of Katie
Elder. It features Mark Wahlberg as

about CBS's
planned
miniseries on
the life of
Pope John
Paul II, now
being made
with the -
cooperation
of the
Nina Tassler
Vatican.
Tassler said
she had read Part I of the series and
found it a "papal page turner."
Tassler, the daughter of a Puerto
Rican mother and Jewish father, is a
practicing Jew, as is her husband.

Chili Time

Josh Charles

one of four brothers who revenge the
death of their mother. JOSH
CHARLES (Sports Night) has an
important supporting role.

Pope Wows 'Em

"I'm a Jewish Puerto Rican, and I
found this story incredibly com-
pelling. He's a great character."
So said CBS Entertainment

Baseball great Wade Boggs, who was
inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame July 31, always drew the
Hebrew letter chai in the dirt before
entering the batter's box. This led
many fans to think he was Jewish.
I knew he wasn't, but until Jewish
reporter MARK GROENICH
recendy asked Boggs about drawing
the symbol, it was very hard to find
out why Boggs did it.
Boggs explained that when he was
a boy, he saw the symbol for chai in a
magazine, with an explanation that it
meant life and good luck. Although
not Jewish, drawing a chai became
the way for the admittedly supersti-.
tious player to wish himself good
luck before batting.



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