July 17th, 2011

All Things Come Back to the Real Housewives (The Bonnie Fuller Connection) – Even Vintage Movies Starring Natalie Wood


If you’re a regular reader, you know I have this term called Housewives’ Universe. It’s the theory that everything in the universe eventually comes back to the Real Housewives at some point. Wherever you go, there they are. Even the most obscure things can link directly back to the Real Housewives. I often take a break from Bravo TV to watch something totally different like the news, only to discover the featured guest is a Real Housewife. Or the discussion turns to the Real Housewives.

I have this love of older movies. I particularly like movies from the 1960s because it’s that generation in between the over-idealism of the 1950s and the counter-culture of the 1970s. It’s fun without being too serious but with a lot of old school entertainment and big production.

So I decide to watch this movie starring Natalie Wood called Sex and the Single Girl. I heard the name Helen Gurley Brown being thrown around (she wrote the book) and thought, I know that name! The book was written in 1962 and a movie was produced by Warner Brothers in 1964. After the success of Sex and the Single Girl, Helen Gurley Brown was hired as editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Gurley Brown was editor of Cosmo for 32 years. Not a bad run for someone who got started at Cosmo when she was about 43 years old. This is where it gets interesting. In 1997, Brown was ousted from her role as the US editor of Cosmopolitan and was replaced by Bonnie Fuller.

Bonnie Fuller wearing cute pointy Wicked Witch heels

I thought to myself, that name sounds familiar. Then remembered it’s one of Jill Zarin’s good friends! Editor of www.HollywoodLife.com (the most cluttered website on the net), and the same one who wrote an article defending Countess Luann from the vicious attacks by Ramona Singer, Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen I had read just the day before. The same writer who had a typo in the second sentence of her attack piece. Couldn’t she at least hide her typo down in the third paragraph where it may never be seen?

Bonnie Fuller has stood out to me for one reason, she was one of only three people online blogging about how great Jill Zarin is on a regular basis. It’s such a rare thing to see. So I tend to follow these people out of morbid curiosity. And the common thread of anyone having a “Jill Zarin” lovefest is that they are normally either close friends or family. Here’s Bonnie’s overview courtesy of Wiki:

Bonnie Fuller (born September 8, 1956) is a Canadian media executive and the editor of HollywoodLife.com. Fuller has been responsible for several magazine titles, including as Vice President and Chief Editorial Director of American Media (Star, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Natural Health, and Fit Pregnancy). She was editor of Flare magazine, YM magazine, the first American edition of Marie Claire magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Glamour magazine (beginning in 1998), and Us Weekly. In July 2009 she was hired by Jay Penske’s Mail.com Media to relaunch HollywoodLife.com, a celebrity news site.

Maybe you’ve heard of some of those magazines. You can follow Bonnie on Twitter here to watch with amusement. She seems perfectly normal until she starts talking about the Real Housewives. It’s such a sad loss that she’s drinking a pitcher of Jill Zarin Kool-Aid. Here’s a photo of Jill and Bonnie canoodling at an event. You know, they kind of look like each other.

[Photo by PR Photos]

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