And more from our Gossip Girl: Bob Benton saluted in New York City … Chris Meloni out, Angelina Jolie, thin!
“PEOPLE who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think,” said George Carlin.
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WHAT DO kings, queens, presidents exchange as gifts? (Anyone who is such a VIP usually can’t even keep such a gift personally. Normally, it goes into library archives, etc.)
Well, the other day President Obama and the Queen of England gave each other pretty much the same thing – handmade albums of rare memorabilia. The Queen’s gift documented a visit by her parents to Washington, D.C. back in 1939. The President’s gift was a collection of letters sent by Queen Victoria to U.S. presidents, right from the Royal Archives. (These weren’t originals; they were facsimiles, and they included a letter from John Quincy Adams to the young princess Victoria before she became Queen. Another was from President McKinley to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee.)
First Lady Michelle Obama did receive a neat gift from the Queen which she can actually wear, although it will eventually go in the Presidential Library. It was an antique gold and red coral brooch in the form of roses.
Charles, The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were given seedlings and plants from the White House lawn. And the newly-wed William and Kate got laptop computers which they promptly gave away to the Northern Ireland PeacePlayers International (a charity for children.)
So, there you have it if you “wonder,” as many do, “what the king is doing tonight?”
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YOUR LIZ will have a brief hiatus from her office for a hospital stay June 1. But don’t worry, I can still write while hors de combat. In the meantime, as usual, important things are happening that I don’t want you to miss.
For instance, my University of Texas pal, the fabulous writer and movie director Robert Benton, is being saluted here in New York at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on June 2.
This happens at 111 East 59th Street, and you can call 212–821-9255 for details and maybe get in. This excellent man won the Oscar for “Kramer vs. Kramer,” one of the first of the many fabled outings by actress Meryl Streep. Mr. Benton has been making movies ever since and his worth is inestimable.
I wish I had married Robert Benton when we both graduated and came to NYC, but he has been living happily with “the other woman,” artist Sally Benton, for many years. So I lost out!
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MY TERRIFIC producer at Fox News is Kristine Kotta, and she dreamed up a series of TV outings for the program “Lips & Ears,” wherein we delved into the biggest gossip stories of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s ’s and even of the 2000s in the current 21st century.
These will be running on Fox News through the early days of August and Kristine describes them as “Open Animation with a Montage of New Music” — whatever that means. Hope you can see them.
I hope I can see them! We might try condensing them for right here where you are reading.
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THE GLOSSY magazines and supermarket tabloids are always telling us who is too this or that — usually they’re just using a bad shot to make an unflattering point. But the Globe tabloid has a big scare piece about Angelina Jolie’s weight, with shots of her from Cannes, in that gown that showed too much of her rather fleshless legs. (I called them “spindly” when I saw the shots last week.)
She is such a beauty. But she now looks like a strong breeze could knock her flat.
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WOW! Talk about something coming from left field. Just a few days ago we speculated that Christopher Meloni hadn’t signed his 13th season “Law & Order: SVU” contract because he was probably negotiating for a salary comparable to his co-star Mariska Hargitay. Not only was I correct, but Meloni is now out of “SVU” and the search is on for somebody to replace him next season — a season that will not even see as much of Mariska as usual. (She is lightening her workload, and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s name is still in circulation as the new lady cop on the long-running series.)
Fan reaction has been as violent as Meloni’s character Elliot Stabler often is, with those pervy perps he knocks around.
Well, maybe Mariska and Chris will work together again in lighter fare? I’ve run into these two at various events. Both are surprisingly funny and have a rowdy back and forth, parry and thrust kind of banter. No guns, no growls, no tears — just a lot of laughs.
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ENDQUOTE: From comic Seth MacFarlane –“Honestly, I was sort of hoping the world would end on Saturday, ‘cause then I wouldn’t have to tweet anymore!”
Seth, nobody has to tweet. Really.