Alexandra Hall

Suite Dreams

It wasn't a conscious audition, the night that Robin Brown landed his first Hollywood role five years ago. In fact, there was little to separate it from so many other nights in Brown's very public, very social life.   Then…

Merry + Bright

Some couples like to labor over their holiday dinner — waking at 5 a.m. to dress the goose, constructing elaborate hors d'oeuvres, deglazing sauces by hand. Natalie van Dijk Carpenter and her husband, Curt Carpenter, have cooked up another way…

Country Style

“I call this 'fruit pie for idiots'” says Christopher Kimball, patting and rolling out a ball of pie-crust dough. In his rumpled twill shirt, he looks like a very different man than he does when hosting his popular PBS series,…

Web Spinner

Hollywood has always walked a fine line between philosophy and fluff. It's a line actress Elizabeth Banks has memorized like so many others, jumping from appearances in Sex and the City to Chekhov onstage, and from spoofs like Wet Hot…

The New Brahmins

Murray Forbes III is out of breath. Dressed in a square-shouldered tweed jacket accented with a navy handkerchief, plaid oxford shirt, and paisley tie, he surges forward, dark bangs flopping over widened eyes and smoothly sculpted cheekbones as he pulls…