Benjamin Ivry


Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism

By Benjamin Ivry

Lee Grant Said Yes to Everything — Except McCarthyism
Lee Grant is one of the rare Hollywood performers to triumph over the Hollywood blacklist. The Oscar-winning ‘Shampoo’ actress returns with a revealing new memoir.Read More


The Jewish Life and Times of Nadine Gordimer

By Benjamin Ivry

The Jewish Life and Times of Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist, has died at the age of 90. Benjamin Ivry remembers the Jewish life and legacy of the anti-apartheid literary icon.Read More


Why Jewish Artists Continue To Be Inspired by The Bible

By Benjamin Ivry

Why Jewish Artists Continue To Be Inspired by The Bible
In contemporary art, Biblical themes can sometimes seemed outmoded. Not so for some of the most prominent Jewish artists of the 20th Century whose works were often religiously inspired.Read More


Remembering the Life and Films of Paul Mazursky

By Benjamin Ivry

Remembering the Life and Films of Paul Mazursky
Born Irwin Mazursky in Brooklyn, Paul Mazursky became the quintessential American filmmaker of the 1970’s. Benjamin Ivry remembers his life and legacy.Read More


Remembering Julian Koenig, the Jewish Ad Man Who Created Beetle-Mania

By Benjamin Ivry

Remembering Julian Koenig, the Jewish Ad Man Who Created Beetle-Mania
Julien Koenig, who has died at 93, created the ad campaign for the VW Beetle and invented Earth Day. Benjamin Ivry recounts the Jewish history of a real-life Mad Man.Read More






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