Should Gayle Kirschenbaum have a nose job? Her mum says yes. By Alex Kasriel
MANY JEWISH women would relate to Gayle Kirschenbaum’s troubled relationship with both her mother and her nose.
The 53-year-old Emmy -winning New Yorker — who says she grew up in Long Island surrounded by Jewish American Princesses — has always been pressured by her mother to “Anglicise” her features. Hence, a 13-minute short film called My Nose — in which the filmmaker and her amusingly direct mother, Mildred, meet plastic surgeons and garner public opinion on the merits of de-bumping her breathing apparatus.
Her nose is not offensively big, nor is it very crooked, but compared to those of her school contemporaries, Kirschenbaum’s nose was, according to her mother at least, monstrous. “My mother was becoming very concerned about the growth rate of my nose and spearheaded a campaign to get it done.”
Kirschenbaum, the producer of successful TV show America’s Most Wanted, recently made a similarly intimate HBO film about her beloved canine called A Dog’s Life: A Dogamentary. She admits that she treats Mildred’s hurtful comments as those of a child who does not know any better. Now in her 80s and showing no signs of relenting, Mildred claims that her daughter’s lack of surgery is the reason why she has yet to find a husband. “She was so convinced that my nose had a negative effect on my life, I just needed to make this film. I know there’s no way I can change her mind,” complains Kirschenbaum, adding: “She has a high threshold for pain, especially when it comes to beauty. She has had her eye make-up tattooed on to her eyes recently, as well as having two facelifts.”
Clearly, this is a film which is just as much about the complex relationship between mother and daughter as it is about plastic surgery. To see My Nose online, go to www. kirschenbaumproductions.com
Gayle Kirschenbaum’s nose is monstrous, says her mother