And more from our Gossip Girl: The fabulous Lena Horne auction … plus, what makes Hillary happy? (Hint: Think pink!)
“AS A teenager I watched my parents’ careers just kind of nose-dive. So I always knew that it’s not permanent, and that there’s a heartbreaking component to it. So, who would want that? … thinking that if they get enough attention, they’ll be healed.”
This is Carrie Fisher observing her mother Debbie Reynolds and her father Eddie Fisher – and ultimately, herself.
Too bad today’s fame wannabes don’t look into this philosophy of understanding. Debbie and Carrie were together this week on Oprah and the daughter looked like the mother and vice versa. But both of them are holding up. (And still getting attention!)
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TODAY at Michael’s lunch-attracting café, there were the 1990 Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, the hot author Marlo Thomas, the darling of “Nightline” Cynthia McFadden, and the one and only Divine Miss M, Bette Midler – all at one table, heads together.
When these stars are asked what they were planning, why they all together, what charity they are promoting? They laugh. “We just like each other. We like to be together for no reason!
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Just one night at Sette Mezzo on Lexington Avenue at 70th Street. The regulars, who all pay cash, as there are no credit cards, came trooping through the doors. Almost every table seemed to have a person with a cane, on crutches or on a walker.
One and all, when asked the reason for their infirmity, said: “Skiing accident!” Nobody, but nobody pled old age.
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LAST NIGHT the Apollo Theater up in Harlem was besieged as the NAACP National Board, members, friends and just plain show biz fans stopped by to celebrate the Doyle New York auction of the artifacts and memorabilia of the late Lena Horne.
The Lady herself would have been proud. Lena always got a tiny gleam in her eye when talking money. The public can get a look at the goodies in Lena’s estate starting today, displayed at 175 East 87th Street. The auction itself happens February 23rd at 2 P.M. This sale offers costumes, jewelry, accessories, gowns, decorations, silver, furniture, books and fine art owned by none other than Lena herself.
I was very flattered to have been asked to write the accompanying Lena tribute to her greatness.
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THE BBC, once a bastion of decency and high mindedness in English broadcasting, is kicking itself in the rear these days. BBC execs were offered the opportunity to fund a low-budget historical drama and they passed on it. The drama became “The King’s Speech.” So it is important, we see, to know when to say yes.
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People are talking about the Secretary of State who has, with all the international furor of her job, still managed to give an interview and photo to Harper’s Bazaar, complete with fashion comment.
Hillary Clinton appears in what has been described as “a mannish trouser suit in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room.”
Here are a few things she said: “This is a non-political job. I’m not in the fray the way that I was, and that gives you a certain sort of safe haven, even though much of what I do is by nature difficult and in some quarters controversial.”
The accompanying piece says the Secretary is “as much of a den mother as a diplomat.” She took her team to a local bar following the shocking death of their cohort Richard Holbrooke.
The Secretary, who was once a First Lady, got down to brass tacks on fashion: “I do love a good handbag. I think accessories could be either a great divider or uniter. I’m on the uniter side. I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices. I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore. My view was that I would carry it around only in spring. But it makes me so happy, I’m even now lugging it around … I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?”
This sort of thing make Hillary Clinton very popular in fashion-mad New York City where everyone knows, or should know, that fashion is the second biggest money industry in NYC.
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I just read a year 2000 edition of Us magazine with Barbra Streisand on the cover. (I was collecting my promotion stuff to send to the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas in Austin.)
Funny thing about magazines eleven years ago. This one boasted on the cover a Farewell Interview “The Personal Reasons Why Barbra Has Quit Performing Forever.”
Hmmm, let’s see. Wasn’t that Barbra in the year 2006 doing a concert tour and in 2009 she did a one-night-only at the Village Vanguard. Plus, just the other night, wasn’t that Barbra on the Grammy Awards? Yes, it was.