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- October 14, 1996
- Vol. 46
- No. 16
Madonna Bought the Book
First person: "It's really thrilling when somebody you don't know says they like your book. It's also thrilling when Madonna tells you she likes your book."
Second opinion: "What the hell. Not everything has to be Paradise Lost in order to succeed on its own terms," says Belle's agent Tina Bennett.
Résumé: Off-Broadway actress, cocktail waitress, telephone sex operator ("It's not very exciting, but I worked from my home") and residential real estate agent serving some oddball clients. ("One woman asked me to donate an egg so that she could have a baby. She said, 'I'm a writer and you're a writer.' ") An unpaid editor of the literary journal Mudfish for five years.
Vitals: Twenty-eight years old. Born in New York City. Single; lives alone in a Greenwich Village railroad flat furnished with a giant plastic hot dog and a TV on the stove.
Report cards: Dropped out of Bronx High School of Science at 17 ("I was horribly truant. They called me Cutter Belle"). Earned a GED, enrolled at New York University, transferred to City College of New York and dropped out in 1989 to take up acting. First role: a troll in Sleeping Beauty.
On Madonna: "One minute she's a pregnant woman, the next minute just an incredibly powerful businessperson—then she changes into a soft, beautiful star."
Up next: A second novel titled High Maintenance waits while Belle writes the screenplay (due in December) for Going Down. Just in case, "I did send $50 to the [New York] Department of State to renew my [real estate] license."
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