January 2012

Editor’s Letter—January 2012

Today marks the dawning of 2012, but there are still presents to be unwrapped. The return of Downton Abbey to the States for its second PBS season on January 8 is being anticipated by fans in much the same way Santa was by young ’uns last month: We. Can’t. Wait. What will happen to Lady Mary, played to impervious perfection by cover subject Michelle Dockery (photographed by Perry Ogden)? Have we seen the last of evil footman Thomas, and what new machinations has Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham devised?

In “Noble Acts,” Leslie Gornstein queries Dockery on her foray into the British aristocracy of the past, and in Q+LA, Downton creator Julian Fellowes tells Horacio Silva about being a chronicler of the WWI era and about his dual life as a Peer of the Realm and a working entertainment scribe.

There are mighty forces for good among us. In “Right Makes Might,” an adaptation of her new book, civil-rights lawyer Connie Rice recalls bringing together a brave precinct captain and a former gangbanger for the purpose of defusing what could have become the second wave of Rodney King riots.

In “Dramatic Art,” Samantha Dunn describes how Maria Arena Bell writes for the most successful daytime drama on the air by day and, in her spare time, worked to save MOCA and raise money for arts education. And in “T Time,” Tory Burch tells Booth Moore about the other side of her fashion empire: assisting creative women in securing funding and mentoring to realize their dreams.

This month also, in a case of can’t have too much of a good thing, brings a double dose of Ellsworth Kelly: a retrospective at LACMA and the inaugural exhibition of Matthew Marks’ West Coast expansion. Art, entertainment, food, libations, philanthropy: Very 2012...very LA. Enjoy!  —NANCIE CLARE, Editor