The Monster and the Movie Star
“Can I drop off my face with you and pick it up later?” A woman to her plastic surgeon (interview)
By way of celebrating Oscar's seventieth birthday in 1998, we were treated to “Oscar's family album. ” This was a collection of former Academy Award winners packed on stage to have their Oscar turns recited. Never before had I beheld such a density of surgically altered faces in a single place. As the names of actresses such as Lee Grant, Ellen Burstyn, Shirley Temple, and Cloris Leachman were announced, I was unsettled by the radical difference between their current incarnations and clips from their award-winning appearances that hovered around them like ghosts from someone else's life. Of course, it was not the aging process that had so dramatically reconfigured facial contours, had widened cheekbones and emboldened chins. It was not time that had cast a shelllike gloss to their skin.
So why was I unsettled, especially when Hollywood face-lifts are hardly rare, and the Academy Awards ceremony is typically where I see