|by Liz Smith
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
“THAT IS as it should be!”
So Sandra Bernhard declared when Liza Minnelli’s press rep, Scott Gorenstein told her that Liza’s upcoming Florida concert at the Hard Rock Casino had instantly sold out all its 5,000 tickets. Sandra loves Liza.
|Selling out at Florida's Hard Rock.|
|This exchange happened last week at the surprisingly intimate, friendly fete thrown by MSNBC’s Phil Griffin for his star of stars, Rachel Maddow and her incisive, thought-provoking new book, Drift. The book tackles our apparently endless wars, the costs incurred, and those who are truly burdened with its responsibilities. (It ain’t the politicians, folks.)
The party happened in a basement (a nice basement!) of the Ace Hotel in NYC. It was civilized. Not overly crowded. You could actually have a conversation. Even after some of the guests began hoisting tequila shots. Most events in Manhattan are so jam-packed there’s no room to even lift an arm to hoist.
|MNSBC president Phil Griffin, Rachel Maddow, and NBC News President Steve Capus at MSNBC's party at the Ace Hotel in celebration of Rachel Maddow's Drift. Photo: Heidi Gutman/MSNBC.|
|Rachel Maddow and Susan Mikula. Photo: Michael Edwards.|
|I HAVE been Vanity Fair magazine’s biggest booster in all of the Conde Nast magazine’s history and its different editors and many visions.
So I hate to criticize anything about Graydon Carter’s current version for May, the “Special TV Issue.” And what’s more, I agree with Mr. Carter in his thesis that television has more splendid dramas, documentaries, comedies and what have you than big feature movies these days. TV has knocked Hollywood’s film business for a loop.
Then, inside we were treated to more current hot TV actresses in lingerie in VF’s “It’s Evening in America” pictorial. The two-page spread showed Archie Panjabi, Emily Deschanel, Emmy Rossum, Grace Park, Kerry Washington, Emily Vancamp and Kat Dennings.
So, they really scored with all this cleavage, scanty bras, garters, bodices and the like. But ... shouldn’t they have followed with a two-page of the men of TV wearing their thongs, jockeys, boxers, briefs, and BVDs, to match?
I’d have loved that. And so would millions of others. Glimpses of near-nudity always pay off. Men shouldn’t be left out. Equal rights! Everybody likes a little cheesecake. What’s wrong with some beef-steak?
This is all for love of New York, for charity, civic-mindedness and, we hope just a bit of unexpurgated, unexpected naughtiness from the Divine Miss M.
She is putting very cute cunning limericks on her Website www.bettemidler.com these days so why should she hold back in person?
The truly philanthropic Elizabeth Peabody dreamed up these “conversations” several years ago for the Maria Droste Counseling Services, which helps those not so well-heeled to have psychiatric aid.
Call 212-889-4042 for these perfectly reasonable tickets to see Bette in person talking to Liz. (Bette has always known that I could use some extra psychic powers!)
Will we get any words about Bette’s own New York Restoration Project during this effort? You bet. I intend to ask for all she knows about garbage.
|Bette Midler and Liz Smith at the Literacy Partners event, "An Evening of Readings." Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.com.|
|TERI HATCHER is facing the final season of Desperate Housewives with aplomb. Her TV character may have been widowed, but the real-life Teri has plenty of beaus, in the form of professional offers.
ABC, the network that put Teri on the map with Lois and Clark and furthered her adventures with Housewives is in hot pursuit. Teri wants to do a comedy, and ABC says, “Anything you want, honey!”
|Teri Hacther in Cabaret.|
|Miss Hatcher is also quite a good singer and has been putting together a cabaret act about which she is “quite passionate.” (Several years ago, Teri won some excellent reviews in a revival of Cabaret.)
Most likely, before Teri decides anything, she’ll take some time off to be with her daughter, Emerson. And also to prowl around L.A. garage sales. Apparently, she’s quite a collector of things unique and nostalgic.
|Sandra Bernhard & Liza Minelli Doing "Class" from Chicago (6/8/11). Click above to play.|
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