Take My Nose...Please! (NR)
The crux of Kron's take is that female comedians are more frank than other stars about their physical alterations, starting with vaudevillian Fanny Brice — who in 1923 had her nose "bobbed" in a publicity stunt she hoped would get her into movies (famously portrayed in Funny Girl by Barbra Streisand, who has said she herself resisted the procedure to protect her pipes). For decades, in their acts and in interviews, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers freely joked about it. More poignantly, Kron accompanies two working comedians on their medical consultations and understandably nervous deliberations as they contemplate surgeries; the physicians are kind and prudent, though the scenes of agonized decision-making at points could use a snip.
Kron's thesis is mostly persuasive, and it's delicious when she seems to catch a couple of her sources fudging about their own cosmetic histories. Her focus on comedy, though, denies some potentially potent discussion, such as whether Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey really does regret a nose job that rendered her looks less striking — another wrinkle in a complicated subject.