"LOTS has been said about Amal Clooney's decision to wear white arm's length gloves to the Golden Globes this year. Maybe it wasn't the best choice, but she still looked great. The human rights lawyer also added a 'Je Suis Charlie' pin on her purse," noted the columnists Hoda and Kathie Lee in their NY Daily News commentary.

What cracked up our reader Donna K. Donelson was this: "I had to chuckle that commentators were remarking with astonishment at the new Mrs. Clooney wore HER OWN GLOVES." People in the near nudity and daring of today's fashion for the red carpets of the world "just can't realize how much we Texas gals know about 12-button white debutante gloves. I still have mine -- collectors' items, right, left and elbow length."

And I still have mine, worn once at the April in Paris Ball back in the good old days of the '60s. One doesn't really know what to do with these gloves now because very few of us are going to end up meeting a guy like George Clooney who will give us an excuse to go "whole hog" again.

WE actually have a reader who says the Academy Awards telecast should cut down its memorial to those who died in 2014. "Nobody even remembers most of them," said our callous commentator.

Well, being of a certain age, I don't agree. I want to remember and recall every one of them! Rex Reed writes me that he is still getting additions from readers to his long list of the truly famous who bowed out like Luise Rainer, Shirley Temple, Betty Bacall, Elaine Stritch, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Rod Taylor, Anita Ekberg and on and on. Rex included those among his long list and says he did include the one and only Mike Nichols but I read his column twice in the New York Observer and didn't find my Mike!

Rex is grieving over forgetting the Times man Arthur Gelb. And he is putting on a memorial for his best friend Polly Bergen at the swank American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street. Speakers who remember Polly will be classic, including Gloria Steinem, Mel Brooks, Phyllis Newman, Chris Matthews and Harry Belafonte. I think I might even say a few words about Polly, one of the funniest most feisty talented actresses and singers! It's March 26 from 3 to 5, cookies after upstairs. Put this on your calendar.

Everywhere I go I get complimented when I'm wearing the fabulous red and silver western belt that the late governor of Texas, Ann Richards, gave me.

My other pride and joy is a pair of aquamarine earrings. I was giving a party for Ann to meet my New York friends and she walked right up to "Sisi" Cahan and said, "I want to buy your earrings. Liz admires them." The Texas-born Mary Sykes Cahan was so impressed she took the earrings off and plopped them in Ann's hand, demanding money. A transaction occurred and I left the party much the richer for it.

These days, history moves so fast that I wonder if even Texas' demanding one-note history remembers the engaging Democrat-liberal Ann Richards?

Well, some of us do and we are proud of Ann's daughter, Cecile Richards, who fights so valiantly for Planned Parenthood and of Ann's younger daughter, Ellen, who runs the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin.

Ann used to say to me that she worried about making enough money to live on in her old age "because Ellen loves old people and I don't want to be one of those who end up living in a trailer parked in Ellen's driveway!" (Unfortunately, our idol Ann didn't get this chance, leaving us in 2006 at the age of 73 when she was still impressive, youthful and dynamic.)

But Ellen has proved herself capable of doing for the young also. Ann's astounding school is producing female leaders every graduation.

Did you see Lily Tomlin onstage at the Golden Globes with her pal Jane Fonda? Well, Lily will appear May 8 as the honoree for Ann's school. Her show, titled "Reach for the Stars" will honor this spectacular show biz talent who has recently been saluted over and over in Washington -- with the Mark Twain Award in 2003 and the impressive Kennedy Center Honors this year.

If you can get to Austin, it happens this spring at The Four Seasons Hotel.

Go to for info and tickets. (I'm going and wearing my belt and earrings!)

Here's your chance to own an 18cm. Egyptian faience ushabti statue (dynasty Nefer-Ibre-Sa-Neith 570-526 BC) from the collection of Henry Salt.

And you can see this work of art of an Egyptian servant (his master had many such statues in his tomb) in the Rupert Wace Ancient Art collection on display at the Winter Antiques Show.

This will be set up for New York's annual event in the Park Avenue Armory January 23 through February 1. Call 718-292-7392 or 718-665-5250. The East Side House Settlement benefits!

Anyway, the statue is just about perfect, even if I can't compare it to my Texas belt.

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