Bonnie Greer; Just Why Is Sadie Frost Famous?

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There are some people for whom the phrase 'famous for being famous' seems to have been coined. One of them is Sadie Frost. Ms Frost's latest reason for being in the newspapers is that she is pregnant with her third child by her husband, Jude Law. We could all be forgiven for thinking this event is of interest mainly to Mr and Mrs Law and their family and friends but we, too, are being made privy to it.

Each article about her reminds us of her various 'accomplishments' - actress, fashion designer - with a great deal of ballyhoo that fades rapidly to nothing. There is one achievement, however, that is never mentioned: her prominent role in Rancid Aluminium, considered by some to be the worst film ever made in Britain. It is so bad that it does not even have cult status.

Frost is one of this summer's crop of celebrity pregnancies, and belongs with Kate Moss in the Earth Mother Division. Like Moss, she looks wonderful in smocks and flat shoes. This sort of 'earthiness' is expensive and high maintenance.

Compare and contrast this with another branch of celebrity pregnancy, as illustrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, who is still wobbling around on her five-inch heels, wearing minidresses and carrying on like her character, Carrie Bradshaw, in Sex and the City. Although she has a real career, Parker is not in the papers every other week.

The person who should really be profiled is not Sadie Frost but her PR agent. He or she must have one of the best Rolodexes in town.

* The first anniversary of September 11 is approaching, and the music industry, never one to miss a retail opportunity, is getting into gear.

Expect songs from Coldplay, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and re-releases from Paul McCartney and Whitney Houston. It is going to be a deluge of the good, the bad and the ugly, and I will be giving all of it a wide berth.

There is something particularly corny about too many of the artistic responses to this catastrophe. What kind of song can you possibly make about it? How can you encompass the emotion that surrounds the event and its aftermath? I'm from the Ernest Hemingway school. Everything of significance that he wrote was about World War I, but not all of it directly addressed the unimaginable horror. His approach was to write 'around' it.

One of the best films ever made about the effects of Thatcherism on Britain is Four Weddings and a Funeral. It introduced a main character who did not work, did not explain why he did not work and got along just fine.

Like Thatcher's relationship to Ronald Reagan, Hugh Grant's character, Charles, was infatuated with Carrie, an American, played by Andie MacDowell.

It takes a long time for art to make sense of life. And it will take a few more anniversaries before we can begin to deal with what came out of the blue on that September day. …