"LUCK IS what happens when preparation meets opportunity," said the Roman philosopher Seneca.
DESPITE the infamous blackout at the Super Bowl, people are still talking about Beyonce's performance.
Some even blame her electric sexuality as the cause of the outage! (Conspiracy theorists insist it was really Madonna's doing, but something went wrong. The power was supposed to go out during Beyonce's performance!)
But seriously, just as Madonna's epic Super Bowl performance last year was the kickoff to her insanely successful world tour, so it is with Beyonce. Her tour begins in April and is expected to bring in $100 million more than her last round of concerts.
I am predicting Beyonce will be 2013's woman of the year. Other than beauty and talent, this is a really, really nice girl, a super human being. She works so hard. She always wants to do the right thing and people who interview her come away charmed by her sincerity and her aspirations.
Oh, and on Feb. 12 HBO's documentary, "Beyonce: Life is But a Dream" premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre. To be accurate, it is really Beyonce's documentary. Says so right at the top -- "A Film by Beyonce Knowles." And she has a new CD coming out, her first in two years. As I said, 2013 is gonna be Miss Knowles' year.
WELL, IT IS A JOY THAT THE very picky Director's Guild selected Ben Affleck as best director for his film "Argo," which, if you haven't seen it, has more tension, comedy, tragedy and suspense than anything else on film this year. Most directors, who are the only ones who get to vote, want to win this award more than they want to win the Oscar for best director. The Academy Awards on Feb. 24 will be up the creek without a paddle if "Argo" wins best picture after they failed to even nominate Mr. Affleck. He is very deserving.
ONE OF my alert correspondents, TC Bill wants to give me Rob Kardashian socks for my birthday. On the whole I'd rather have a check for Literacy Partners, but, never mind. Kardashian socks would definitely match getting a birthday cake shaped like an armadillo, as I did the other day at Michael's restaurant. (I am suggesting that Michael's media cafe should put the entire Liz Smith lunch on their running menu. People would love it! I did. And so did my select guests, some of whom had never eaten collard greens, pickled okra, cornbread or armadillo.
But TC did have one good idea. Why, he asks, doesn't someone bring back the show "What's My Line?" created by the late Mark Goodson. This is a free tip to someone I admire, Jeff Zucker at CNN. Audiences these days love celebrities; they love masked celebrities as questioners and they love guessing. And the prize could be big either for the guest or for their charities.
I just happened to have dinner the other eve with Mr. Goodson's last great wife who nursed him through his final illness, so maybe Suzanne can guide TC and me in bringing back "What's My Line?" (This would be such an easy and inexpensive show to produce and top celebrities might say yes, if people were guessing who they were and not asking all those intrusive questions like when did you go into rehab and have you ever had an affair?)
I LOVE it when readers ask me intricate questions or send intricate ideas beyond my ken. Here is Mitchell McGuire: "Now that SAG (Screen Actors Guild) has merged with AFTRA (American Federation of TV and Radio Artists) what about a fund-raising gala for the latter? They have a foundation similar to SAG's. They have gala fund-raisers. First of which was produced by the late 'Living Landmark' Martin Segal and myself. There is a chance the two funds will merge on galas but that won't happen soon. Just want to keep you in the loop."
OK, I -- Liz -- belong to both unions. I believe in unions. I voted for this merger. But I don't know the answer. Anybody?
Whoopi Goldberg, who is always doing something for somebody in need, is asking us to save the date for the Public Prep Network's third annual "Namesake Luncheon" honoring Whoopi and Barclays. It happens April 30 at the Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street. Call 212-380-8973.
And I am asking you to save the cocktail hour on April 9 because Whoopi and I will be sitting down together to raise a little scratch for the Maria Droste Agency. This group helps people who need psychiatric help. Last year I chatted with Bette Midler and she gave me some fascinating answers. I had never understood Hawaii before. This year I will ask Whoopi to go blond and ask her why she is all sweetness and light on "The View." What? You think she isn't all sweetness and light?
Hmmm. Call 212-889-4042 for tickets. This will be fun.
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)