Monday, September 30, 2013

LIZ SMITH: "Closer To The Truth" Than Ever!!!

Cher performing at NBC's Today Show at Rockefeller Center last week. A few days later at Tao Downtown, Cher celebrated the release of her new album.
Cher — "Closer To The Truth" Than Ever!!! ... Rosie's Kids Celebrate Ten Years of Doing Good Deeds.
Monday, September 30, 2013
by Liz Smith

“I DON'T have a thing to wear. Don’t drive up. I must see you!! Love, Cher.”

This was the hand-written, personal invite from her to the celebratory party at TAO café on West 16th Street last week. It made me laugh because the last two lines are straight from the Bette Davis movie, “The Letter.”

Cher is a major, knowledgeable movie maven. Her new CD is titled “Closer to the Truth.”
TAO had literally just finished being decorated only hours before. It looked great, but the new plaster and paint may have given a few contact highs. The place was packed with Cher fans and media. (Uma Thurman, Rob Shuter, Cosmo’s Sergo Kletmoy, Alicia Quarles of CNN and AP, People mag, etc.) The invite said 7, but no one expected the star to show up at that hour. Such promptness would be almost indecent!

Cher at Tao Downtown for her new CD release party.
Cher wasn’t really late by “icon” standards. Around 8, she “swanned” in, surrounded by a couple of tough guys and her admirable press rep Liz Rosenberg. (Why any star repped by Liz R. needs anyone or anything more formidable than this whimsically glamourous protectress, I’ve no idea!)

Cher was wearing something black and glittery.

She appeared inside a tiny roped off VIP area, but as soon as she began talking about the wonders of her new album, which has several marvelous ballads, the star was pulled from my grip. “She’ll be back in a second, but has to do her stuff up front!”

Well, Cher did her stuff which was in keeping with her longtime aura and was fairly prosaic. Then — whoosh! Out the door! I enjoyed a few rare moments of aloneness after many civilized sitdowns with her, so one couldn’t begrudge her moving on.
Cher and Liz Rosenberg.
CHER and Liz Rosenberg have been working like Trojans (or Spartans) getting the word out on the new CD. In this one, the Oscar-winner displays not only her booming, unchanged voice. She has the aforementioned ballads that should put fans on the floor.

It’s always nice when a real artist lets you in on their inner-tender thoughts reminding one that “Oh, she can really sing!” Cher looked fresh and adorable in a wavy just-touching-her-shoulders hairstyle. I know you’re all saying “it’s a wig!” But it seemed real to me.

The gang at TAO included gorgeous drag queens and unbearably hunk go-go boys. Some were dancing in the balcony overlooking the big room, but they were called down to liven up the party. They did! (One of the cross-dressers was a dead ringer for the iconic pin-up, Bettie Page.)

All in all, a typical icon’s night out in NYC. Cher is the one and only and she turned up and turned the place upside down.
Rosie with Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue.
Rosie with Mia Farrow's son, Ronan.
LAST week I went to the Marriott Marquis for "Rosie's Theater Kids," a benefit celebrating the 10th anniversary of a Rosie brainstorm which has joined with New York's schools to teach hundreds of kids how to break into show business — particularly theater. This is a great charity doing so much good for New York. The event also honored the great documentary film maker Sheila Nevins of HBO. A beautiful woman if there ever was one.

Ran into the author Delia Ephron whose autobiograpical book "SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG" is a landslide memoir and also glimpsed Marlo Thomas, Phil Donohue, Cynthia McFadden, Cindi Berger, Dana and Mike Goldstein, Leslie and Dan Ziff and Joe Armstrong and others richer even than they.

Rosie's kids danced and sang and Rosie told us all about her life, hiring, firing, fame, being fired from Oprah’s OWN Network. And she included her wife Michelle and how she now has an 18-year-old-son militarist at the Citadel. Her version of his innocent sex life when his girlfriend stays over was simply hilarious.

Rosie opined that she had a new baby girl because with only teenagers in her household, she'd forgotten how much she loved children.

I found out I was a co chair of this event even though I had forgotten it and I accepted my congratulations with goodwill. I had a fabulous escort in the Landmarks Conservancy's Scott Leurquin. And sat next to the Wall Street Journal's social columnist Marshall Heyman. Rosie conducted her own open auction and raised over 100 grand for tickets to send kids to Broadway shows.

Other celebs like Fran Drescher, her ex Marc Jacobson, B.D. Wong, The “Orange girls” Samira Wiley and Natasha Lyonne, and Mia Farrow’s handsome son Ronan Farrow, were on hand.
Peter Marc Jacobson, co-creator of 'The Nanny,' B. D. Wong, Fran Drescher, Ronan Farrow, 'Orange is the New Black' actress Samira Wiley, Rosie O'Donnell and wife Michelle Rounds, HBO's Sheila Nevins, and actress Natasha Lyonne.

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