Wednesday, June 20, 2018

KIM NOVAK'S 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF VERTIGO ADVENTURE


VERTIGO'S 60TH---A LEGENDARY CELEBRATION WITH                            THE LEGEND, KIM NOVAK








It was incredibly joyful and rewarding to see Kim greeted by sold-out houses and receiving at least three standing ovations in San Francisco at the Castro Theatre, and in Los Angeles at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre. A big thank you to Gwen Deglise who produced the LA event and Marc Heustis, who came out of retirement to do his one, last event at the Castro Theatre. Kim was interviewed by Larry King in Los Angeles, and Film Noir's Eddie Muller in San Francisco.

New York is coming up this fall/winter.

Kim's primary interest, for the last many years, has been her art. Gorgeous slide shows of her art were shown at both venues as she described the paintings. If you want to see them, go to:
kimnovakartist.com


Pensive in L.A. before going on



 Kim and Shawn King peruse the menu at Musso's--where we celebrate everything!
Kim, Larry King, myself, and Shawn

Leaving the hotel in LA for the event

Then, it was off to San Francisco---

After her fabulous interview, the audience watched VERTIGO. I  went to some bars with a couple of drag queens to check out the area. After the screening there was a party for Kim at the theatre, and then her guests celebrated with her at the classic bar, Twin Peaks. The next morning, friends and family all celebrated at The Buena Vista. We are insane over their Irish Coffees and Eggs Benedict.


The line around the block at the Castro Theatre





Eddie Muller

Kim--before she walked out. Her ovation lasted FOUR minutes. I have it on video!

Kim and Eddie

 With Marc Heustis

Kim and Buena Vista Manager Larry






Kim arriving at Castro

San Francisco mayor and Board of Supervisors declared it Kim Novak Day and presented her with formal declaration

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A personal aside---I had a couple of other adventures in San Francisco. My dear friend, Bradley James, is Mother Teresa's Choir Director. He lives in Rome, with the sisters in the convent, and also spends time in Palm Springs, San Francisco, and St. Tropez. He is also a marvelous singer, composer, and arranger. I met him at St. Paul's in San Francisco, the church where they shot SISTER ACT. I watched his rehearsal with the young nuns about to take their final vows. Then I was invited into the convent for silent prayer. It was so beautiful and moving. I'll never forget it. And, Bradley is truly an angel.

Bradley and the nuns


The next day, Bradley drove me to Mills College in Oakland. When I was looking at colleges in my senior year of high school, my mother refused to let me leave home to go east to the Ivy League schools. I thought a compromise would be Mills. When she took me there to look at it, I wanted go there more than any place in the world. I remembering telling her that as we were on campus, and she narrowed her eyes and said, "No!" I was broken. I waited all these years to back and look at Mills to see if maybe now I would see it and think, "Oh, I'm so glad I didn't go there. It's not what I remembered." Well, sadly, it was exactly as I remembered and I was broken again.

At Mills.....destroyed again

 


THANK YOU AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE FOR AN AMAZING L.A. BOOK SIGNING









THANK YOU GWEN AND MARGOT OF AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE FOR INVITING ME TO HAVE TWO OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES SCREENED AT THE EGYPTIAN and having me introduce them both and sell my books.

I chose VALLEY OF THE DOLLS because of my love of its campy perfection, plus my admiration for Jackie Susann, and how significant my meeting was with Sharon Tate and how it led to the Manson chapter. I also chose Debbie Reynolds' WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? It is rarely seen, and I was on the set constantly.

Thank you to my friends from LA and Palm Springs. We all went to dinner at Musso's in Hollywood after. Wow! Great night!



Lesley Ann Warren and Dawn Moore

Palm Springs' John Monaghan

Ronnie Bloom and Toby Stone
Andrea Marcovicci and Julienne Gard

Sean Derek

Palm Springs' George Rider and my first interview ever- in Hollywood-Evie Sands
Jonathan Club friends Patricia Frandsen and Sonia Randazzo

Monday, May 14, 2018

MY LIFE IN BETWEEN DOING HOLLYWOOD SECRETS AND SCANDALS PRESS



I AM SO GRATEFUL I MOVED TO PALM SPRINGS. I AM LITERALLY HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE. THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO HERE IN TERMS OF CULTURE. I RARELY  TAKE A BREATH, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING. ACTUALLY, NEW YORK COMES TO US!


HERE GOES...........Four weeks of events

Jennifer Holliday


Jennifer Holliday did a concert at the Annenberg Theatre. She got at least four standing ovations throughout. Her talent is off the charts. She's lost tons of weight, is happier now, and sings "I am Telling You I'm Not Going," better than ever. She has a unique take on standards. She "elegantly-funkified" their arrangements. WOW.


Lucie Arnaz, Ron Celona, Larry Luckinbill


CV Rep, one of the top theatre groups in the desert, broke ground on their multi-million dollar new theatre. They are hoping it will turn into the Guthrie or Williamstown. Congratulations to Ron Celona. Great work.  
Chuck Yates

Coyote Stageworks is another top theatre group. They presented Gurney's THE COCKTAIL HOUR at the Annenberg.It was a terrific, sophisticated production starring Chuck Yates, Lee Bryant, Jeffrey Jones, and Yo Younger. Congratulations Chuck Yates, founding artistic director.


Kyle Dean Massey

Cabaret 88, a series of intimate club-like shows with Broadway stars at the Annenberg, served up Kyle Dean Massey from PIPPIN, NEXT TO NORMAL, XANADU, AND WICKED. He was warm and chic at the same time. Wonderful voice. Cabaret 88 presents a series each year, and past performers have been Ann Hampton Callaway, Leslie Odom, Jr., Hugh Panaro, Valerie Pettiford, Rachel York, Billy Stritch--you get the idea.

Purple Room--Michael Holmes' VERY HIP supper club gave us Ann Hampton Callaway, Marilyn Maye, and Liz Callaway & Jason Graae. It's the 54 Below of Palm Springs.

Marilyn Maye

Ann Hampton Callaway and Lucie








AND, THEN THERE'S MICHAEL CHILDERS

Pre-Show Cast Party at Helene Galen's--Jamie Kabler, Helene, and Michael

The brilliant pianist, arranger, accompanist Todd Schroeder with Michael


His Andy Warhol exhibit is still breaking all attendance records at the Palm Springs Museum. His benefit show, ONE NIGHT ONLY, for JFS, is the year's season stunner. This year they saluted Rodgers & Hammerstein & Lorenz Hart. Simply dazzling performances by Lucie Arnaz, Billy Stritch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Faith Prince, opera star Susan Graham, Karen Ziemba, Brent Barrett, Davis Gaines, Constance Towers, and BRUCE VILANCH and SAK MISTRETTA IN DRAG. What an incredible evening. It ends with a private party for the talent where everybody just gets up and sings whatever they want. My favorite night of the year.

ONE NIGHT ONLY is a three day event. First, Helene Galen and Jamie Kabler give their annual party for the stars and donors. The next night is the show and party after. (Then there's a party at Lucie's after the after-party!)

The Pre-show Cast Party:

Tom Truhe, David Zippel, Terri Ketover, and singer David Burnham.

The LOVELY Bruce Vilanch

Ann and Liz

Beloved Billy Stritch

Faith Prince



HAVANA NIGHTS---The finest Cuban musicians in the world gathered in Palm Springs to do some concerts. Marcel Casteneda, the producer, and a glorious musician himself, produced the evening which was a Salutel to Celia Crz. Let's just say I went insane. Latin Cuban Jazz is my favorite music. I was in the front row and almost ran onstage.


Marcel Casteneda

With my dancing partner, Bradley James


All of these things happened in a six-week period. And, oh, yes. There's the Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic. They fly in the best orchestras in the world for classical concerts at the McCallum.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

BILL COSBY CONVICTED---HALLELUJAH


ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT. 
        THIS PIG FINALLY HAS BEEN NAILED.




We people who have spent our lives in the entertainment industry whispered his secrets behind closed doors for years. Thank God for the women who finally spoke up.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

TAYLOR SWIFT----REALLY??????



ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK/SOUL HITS IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC IS
SEPTEMBER BY EARTH, WIND, AND FIRE.


IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD, TAYLOR SWIFT JUST RELEASED A COVER OF IT THAT SOUNDS LIKE A SONG ABOUT SWEDISH BUTTERFLIES IN THE GARDEN.




IT'S AS IF DORIS DAY DECIDED TO DO A COVER OF ARETHA FRANKLIN'S RESPECT

OMG

There's one, good thing. My friend, Allee Willis, wrote "September," so she gets money.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

SUE CAMERON'S HOLLYWOOD SECRETS AND SCANDALS RELEASED TODAY


WHAT A SHOCK TO HAVE IT COME OUT ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!









AMAZON LINK TO BUY

www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Secrets-Scandals-Sue-Cameron/dp/1629333069/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522520554&sr=1-1&keywords=hollywood+secrets+and+scandals

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

HOMOGENIZED REALITY FACES



      TAKE A LOOK AT THE "UNIFACE" 
                   OF REALITY TV




God help us all.......