in new Starz miniseries
"More Americans have been killed by firearms over the past 45 years than in all the wars the U.S. has been involved in since its birth. Furthermore, forecasters predict that within two years firearm deaths will surpass those of road deaths."
This is Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair paraphrasing Britain's Henry Porter of The Observer.
Seems like a very good time -- Veterans Day -- to use the above quote. Have you done anything for veterans lately? Contact the Bob Woodruff Foundation(at)bobwoodrufffoundation.org and ask them what you can do?
Barbra Streisand tonight in person at the Glamour Women of the Year party! Well, Nov 29, you can still see the concert she did in Brooklyn in 2012 when she returned to the borough for the first time in concert. PBS is airing this at 9 p.m. (Eastern). Special guests then, with Babs, were Italian opera singers Il Volo and her son, Jason Gould, singing with her.
Oh, yes, and Lady Gaga will be one of the Women of the Year and is on the cover of Glamour magazine looking quite spiffy.
HAD A chat with the eternally beautiful Jacqueline Bisset last week. At times I've just shot the breeze with Jackie, as she is one of the most down-to-earth and curious-about-life actors I've ever known. (Behind the amazing cobalt eyes, the cheekbones and the fine-grained translucent skin, she can be surprisingly fragile, vulnerable and fairly raucous, too, when she's of a mind.)
But this was professional. Have any of you caught the new series "Dancing on the Edge" on Starz? This follows the adventures and adversities of an all-black jazz band in 1930s London. Starz is best known for such graphic fare as the "Spartacus" series, but this BBC-produced miniseries is a very different effort. I would not have been surprised to see it on HBO or one of America's PBS stations. It is lavish, fun, realistically dramatic and accurate in costume and overall design.
The cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as the band leader, Matthew Goode as a music journalist, Angel Coulby as the band's hot lead singer and Miss Jacqueline Bisset as Lady Lavinia Cremone, a wealthy recluse who becomes the patron of the band.
Miss Bisset, sporting a surprisingly flattering blonde wig, is delicious, regal and on her guard. ("I don't talk to reporters," Lady Cremone says at one point, sliding the window up on her limo with icy authority.)
What drew Jackie to this project? "Well, first of all, I was pleased to really be playing a Brit, and to film in London." (Bisset was born in Surrey, England.) Also, this was one of the most complete scripts I've ever been offered. The atmosphere was perfect. And, all the undies were correct under the period clothes. Honestly, once you get the undies right, you can relax!
"Also, she is a remarkably grounded character, though her back-story is terribly sad. I won't give it away, but she copes well, despite being something of a recluse. Listen, after a certain point in an actor's life, you have to choose well, and appropriately. This was appropriate in every way and a pleasure."
Has she found anything else appropriate as a follow-up? "No, not yet. But I don't worry myself. Something always comes up. Although I wish the movie I made with Dennis Hopper, 'The Last Film Festival' would finally see a release. It was his last film, he's terrific and I'm rather good myself. It's a comedy and I use this crazy Italian accent." (Two years ago, Bisset and I were walking out of an expensive midtown restaurant, and she fell into the accent, it was hysterical! The movie was directed by Linda Yellen, and she still has hopes for it.)
We spoke a bit about Jackie's early experiences in Hollywood, and how she was, in the dying days of the studio system, offered one of those notorious seven-year "slave contracts" with 20th Century-Fox. "I ran as fast as possible in the opposite direction, please!" Jackie's career flourished despite her refusal to be tied down and "groomed." Though I think her incredible beauty did (and perhaps still does) stand in the way of sensible critique of her work.)
Jackie also has another movie on the burner, "Welcome to New York," based loosely on the infamous Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal (the French political accused of rape). Gerard Depardieu plays the accused; Jackie is, she says, "his very p----d off wife!"
How was it acting with Depardieu? "It was fine. I'm sure he has a temper and moods and all that. But he's actually quite playful and still rather charismatic. It was a good experience."
As for "Dancing on the Edge," it airs every Saturday at 10 p.m. (Eastern). It's quite a show, and now that I know Jackie has such a pivotal role, I'll make sure not to miss it.
WE wrote here some time ago about the troubles being endured by the rich denizens of the River House at 52 Street and the East River, noting that the Henry Kissingers live in this exalted building. We also said, last June, that if the River Club, which has a large portion of the building, is sold to someone who wants it "entirely" -- it could be the priciest dwelling in all of Manhattan.
We also said that owners in the River House are debating whether to keep the River Club a club, or sell it for private ownership, making themselves rich!
Delightful story on this contretemps of the wealthy was covered with his usual skill by Jacob Bernstein last week in The New York Times.
Lots of commentary in this space all the time but occasionally we delve into the news. The agent Ari Emanuel is the show biz agent. His controversial brother Rahm is Chicago's mayor and adviser and friend to President Obama.
Ari and his wife, Sarah, are said to be shopping for a Park Avenue apartment in New York City. So look out New York!
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)
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Jacqueline Bisset -- gorgeous and 'Dancing on the Edge'
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