Clarissa Cruz
March 19, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The title of Myrna Blyth’s Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness and Liberalism to the Women of America (St. Martin’s, $24.95) doesn’t scream juicy. But the ex-editor of Ladies’ Home Journal packs Spin with meow moments. — Clarissa Cruz

— ”Rosie [O’Donnell] did not like to tell anyone her correct clothing size [for photo shoots]. So when she arrived at the studio…outfits…didn’t fit…that made Rosie even madder.”

— Svelte Vogue editor Anna Wintour ”couldn’t resist commenting on the ‘plumpness’ of Liz Tilberis, a onetime rival, in the obituary she wrote after Tilberis died of ovarian cancer.”

— On video shoots, ”J. Lo has her very own ‘nipple tweaker,’ a man who pinches them so they stand up and salute….”

— ”We did far less to [retouch photos of] Cher than she has probably done to herself. But she didn’t like it…which struck me as just the teeniest bit odd coming from a woman who always looks like she’s just [auditioned] for…Star Wars.”

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