Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Last night, as part of the American Cinematheque festival, Henry Jaglom's "Eating" was honored. The film came out 20 years ago, and was the first big screen movie to tackle food and women's body images. It is as brilliant today as it was 20 years ago. Now we frequently see starlets or stars with their skeletal selves in tabloids. But back then, it was never talked about. Women suffered in silence. I absolutely believe that this movie opened the conversation about this very dangerous problem and has saved lives. It was really fun watching it sitting next to Henry. I had seen in three times when it came out. God knows how many times he's seen it, but neither of us had seen it in a very long time. We sighed when Gwen Welles came on screen and we remembered her suffering and death from breast cancer. We gasped when the breathtakingly beautiful Frances Bergen, Candy's late mother, sang by the piano. We relived so much of our lives in that two-hour period last night. When it was over I turned to Henry and said, "It was every bit as brilliant as it was 20 years ago." He said, "I'm just shocked. It really held up. This is a very powerful experience for me." A number of the actresses who were in the film joined Henry on stage, including Mary Crosby.
Mary Crosby and Henry
"Mary's in the new movie I'm creating. It's about menopause.'" Yes, Henry, we will go through all life's stages with you and your camera. It's our pleasure.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

HIDING AWAY.........

Meet "Jill Phelps"
Once you're in Santa Barbara, you don't have to stay put. You can cruise around and see where others are hiding out.  Check out these photos and guess where I am......

Estifado Red Mole
And then later, in Carpinteria, at Oaxacan---you can get the BEST moles on the coast


One of my favorite people in the world, Rona Barrett, lives in the Santa Ynez Valley. She has been there for over 20 years, and she and her husband, Dan, are living the most wonderful life. Rona is spending her time working on the Rona Barrett Foundation that is going to build new, special senior housing developments. This is her dream, and it's about to become a reality. What a fantastic thing to do.
We had lunch at Louie's at the Upham Hotel--one of my secret spots in Santa Barbara. Usually I go right to La Super-Rica, but for Rona I went "high end."

Description: Rona Barrett FoundationRona Barrett
Rona Barrett Foundation
Founder & President
P.O. Box 1559
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 688-8887


The Upham Hotel and Country House is Vintage Hotel that oozes laid-back, elegant charm. To stay in their main hotel or cottages is a real treat.