Sunday, December 02, 2007

TRUMPED UP JEWELS

Ivanka Trump carries on the Trump penchant for excess with her new jewelry line. Her pieces endeavor to "bring back old Hollywood glamour" and were inspired by her mother, Ivana. The pieces range from a couple of million dollars to $750.00, "so everyone of all ages can enjoy".

I don't know what world Ivanka Trump lives in, but it is not the same one I inhabit. In my world there are many people of all ages who can't afford to spend $750.00 a month in rent much less on a trinket.

And what is this about Ivana and old Hollywood glamour? When I think of OHG, I think of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story (1940), Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert in It happened One Night (1934), Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1943).

Ivana Trump, neé Zelnícková wasn't even born until 1949.

I checked IMDB.com, my source for all movie and television information, and found that our Ivana has done some acting… Her first role was in Pan Tau a Czech TV show in which she is billed as "girl" for one episode in 1970 - she was 20/21 – probably playing below her age.

Then there was the First Wives Club in 1996, a movie with Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. Ivana played a itty bitty part as…herself.

After that we have For Love Alone: The Ivana Trump Story from 1998, a made for TV bio-pic in which she plays…herself…

Then last year there was Ivana Young Man, a reality TV genre show on Oxygen, in which she plays…herself…again…

There are twenty-two other listings on IMDB in which Ivana plays her favorite character, herself. I am seeing a trend here. However, a woman who is born in 1949, and plays herself in 25 out of 26 productions is not an actress of any sort, and certainly not the kind of person that brings to mind old Hollywood glamour.

There are two worlds existing side by side – one where people work hard everyday to pay bills and send their kids to school; where the expense of a simple Christmas has to be planned for and sometimes can be overwhelming; where the people know all about the parallel world – they see it daily in the infotainment news – they are, in fact, bombarded with it unless they make a concerted effort to avoid the hype of the rich and famous.

The other world is that of the rich and famous, where people think a $750.00 price tag makes a trinket affordable for all. Where mothers can be reinvented as old Hollywood glamour and no one calls them on it – certainly not Julie Chen of CBS. It's a world that is self encased. We know about them, but they are clueless about us.

I think I'll boycott Ivanka Trump's jewelry line. It'll be easy since I can't afford it anyway.

Note: Ivanka quotes are from her October 16th appearance on The Early Show with Julie Chen. (CBS)

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