Condolences to a Remarkable First Lady in "Letters to Jackie"


Letters-to-jackie-book-200x300This November will mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. To commemorate the event that shocked a nation -- and really, the world -- TLC will debut the exclusive television event Letters to Jackie.

Letters to Jackie is based on the book "Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation" by Ellen Fitzpatrick. For two months after the President's assassination, the White House received more than 800,000 letters for the first lady, who lost her husband and the father of her children. Letters poured in from all over the United States and from several nations around the world, and the writers represented all ages, races, religions and political persuasions. The writers included a 13-year-old suffering from polio, who wrote words of strength for Jackie; a Peace Corps volunteer who'd heard the news from his post in Ethiopia; and an African-American woman who wrote to tell the first lady how her husband's efforts in the Civil Rights Movement had affected her life.

The letters are read by some of today's most recognizable celebrity voices, including:

Bérénice Bejo
Demian Bichir
Jessica Chastain
Chris Cooper
Viola Davis
Zooey Deschanel
Kirsten Dunst
Anne Hathaway
Allison Janney
John Krasinski
Melissa Leo
Laura Linney
Frances McDormand
Chloë Grace Moretz
Mark Ruffalo
Octavia Spencer
Hailee Steinfeld
Channing Tatum
Betty White
Michelle Williams

Letters to Jackie premieres in November on TLC.

Image courtesy Harper Collins

Would You Try A "50 Shades Of Grey" Date Experience?


50_shades_082212_mCan't get enough 50 Shades of Grey? We confess we haven't read it yet, but we're certainly well aware of the hype surrounding E.L James' books. So while you wait for the 50 Shades movie to come out, can we interest you in something a bit more, uh, immersive? Why not try a 50 Shades dinner party?

Before you get too hot and bothered, the 50 Shades Of Grey dinner/date experience is being designed and sponsored by a British tourism company, aiming to capitalize off the success of the book. The Falstaff Experience company is currently casting for an actor to play Christian Grey. Once chosen, he'll be "expected to lead women around the town, entertain them, and ensure they find their way to the best places to eat and drink."

Ben Pugh, events and engagement manager for the Falstaff Experience says they expect their future Mr. Grey to act with "decency and decorum." So we're betting that heavy spanking is probably off the table.

Continues Pugh, "Humor and fun are at the core of all of our tours and this one will be no different. The real challenge will be to make the very serious character of Mr Grey appealing in a fun way." Yes, that certainly will be a challenge.

For fans who simply can't afford the trip to London, take heart: The 50 Shades movie is still in the works, and there's always the 50 Shades planned underwear line.

--Julie Gerstein

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