"Tidiness is learning that something is as good as it's going to get," said Anne Lamott.
Well, there is no worry that tidiness is going to take over this particular office, so don't worry. We'll just keep on fooling around, writing opinions and contributions from readers and telling what we know.
FOR instance, I am rambling on now about my pal George Clooney who is one of the only real stars today who resembles the late king of Hollywood -- Clark Gable. They say he has found a beautiful woman whom he is going to marry. I won't say "settle down with" because George will never settle down. He'll still have his odd pets (pigs), his retreat from fame in Italy and a coterie of buddies with whom he looks for Halloween-type pranks they can play on their enemies. But George is dedicated to the memory of his aunt Rosemary Clooney and to his parents. It was great he used his amazing newsman dad to play him in some parts of "The Monuments Men".
I only depart from George in the matter of returning the Elgin Marbles now in Great Britain. We can deal with this argument later but even the Times the other day said returning every work of art to its countries of origin just sees them ill-used and often buried away where a great public never sees them again. This has happened to the famed Euphronios krater, which Italy took back from the Metropolitan and placed in an obscure site.
Health and happiness, George!
I ACTUALLY liked "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" with Chris Evans so much I went back to see this giant hit again, still hoping with all my might that Mr. Evans won't quit show biz and will keep on saving the world.
Robert Redford also appears significantly in this movie, as an international political figure with interesting ideas for the masses of the future world. This is one of Redford's most subtle, excellent performances. (Not that he is generally given to scenery-chewing!) Redford has tremendous gravitas. He looks great as an elder statesman, in his "Captain America" role and also in his role as an actor who cares about his work and the world we live in.
ON Monday May 5 at 2:30 p.m. Bette Midler and a few stalwarts will dedicate a part of a garden on the East River to Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas. This dynamic woman made her happy home in New York City for the last five years of her life and her daughter, Cecile, and I will do the honors with Bette's Restoration Project by saying a few words about Ann's cherry trees. This is at the entrance to the Thomas Jefferson Park and will be called The Ann Richards Memorial Garden. Contact the Restoration Project at 212-333-2552 for more info.
ANOTHER HOT NYC happening: Movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer is being feted at the Monkey Bar on May 7. He has a new book "When Lightning Strikes: Four Decades of Filmmaking." The star quotient will be high. That is, a lot of celebs will attend. (One must be so careful with language in this age of political correctness and endless grievances and apologies.)
LAST SUNDAY I went to a book party at the beautiful apartment of Jean Stein on the East River to catch a glimpse of Diane Keaton, actress and author.
There she was in all of her felt hat, checked short and striped tie glory, busy making nice promoting "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty." Random House is bringing out this charming book and I want Keaton to write another one, right away!
When I came in, who should I run into but Mr. and Mrs. Woody Allen who looked relaxed and happy. (Well, his "Bullets Over Broadway" is a hit at the St. James Theatre.)
Woody turns up in the early pages of Diane's book -- naturally. She gives him full credit for making her a star in "Annie Hall."
THEY are still drifting in -- remembrances of Zsa Zsa Gabor in her tumultuous heyday. The former El Morocco press agent, Jim Mitchell, was just a kid when he walked in off the street and offered to do press for the formidable owner John Perona. Mr. P hired him on the spot for his charm and nerve. Jim then wore black tie almost every night for the rest of his turn at El Morocco. He recalls Zsa Zsa being barred from the famous watering spot because she had a fight that involved her sister Eva and a fur coat.
Over the years, Cary Grant, Bob Straile and Porfirio Rubirosa tried to get her in the door and each went in to plead with Perona while Zsa Zsa stayed in the car. He wouldn't relent. One night Mama Gabor badgered Jim Mitchell, saying, "You know my Zsa Zsa is a wonderful woman and John won't let her in here." So Mitchell spoke to Perona who answered, "When the pope comes to El Morocco, she can come in."
But Zsa Zsa finally had her way. John Perona died and his son Edwin did allow the star to come in.
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)
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