Gene Wilder told me he loved making people laugh. No matter where he was in the world, kids would say, “There’s Willy Wonka!” With that sweet face, that hair, those eyes – wow! He is truly unforgettable. RIP.
Fyvush Finkel had more fun being famous than any one you’ve ever seen which always made talking to him such a delight. His “Boston Public” and “Picket Fences” fans adored him. He won an Emmy for playing the eccentric lawyer, Douglas Wambaugh, and proudly announced, “I waited 51 years to get on this stage.” He started in the Yiddush theater as a kid and told his jokes ‘til his last days. “There’s a saying,” he would laugh, “with one face, you can’t be at ten weddings! I cleaned that up to tell it!” But I can tell you with one tuchus he did a lot of acting.
OK, it’s not like Budweiser changing its name to America, if only briefly, but when you have product identification you have to be careful about messing with the brand.
Am I the only one who noticed that Ashleigh Banfield just returned from her 3 week vacation to anchor “Legal View” on CNN ditching what has set her apart from almost every cable TV anchor, maybe all of them (I haven’t done a survey.) Ashleigh wasn’t wearing her glasses. The specs she’s worn throughout her career were missing. I did a double-take, which is not to say that she didn’t look great. Actually, she looked just as hot to me with the glasses.
I did some research on Google. Check out every image of Ashleigh and she’s got those glasses on and check out all the women who want to know what brand and style she’s wearing. Clearly, they’re ready to take a stand themselves against “men don’t make passes at women who wear glasses.” It’s like Ashleigh was striking a blow for everyone who just wanted to forget the bloody contacts and be up front about whatever they need to see more clearly.
I guess you could call it a bold move. I love Ashleigh’s style and I’m always ready for her to surprise us with her take on a major story. So I’ll be trying to concentrate on what she’s saying. But I keep wondering… frame or frameless?
At the posh and buzzy Fox party at Soho House in Beverly Hills, I teased Kelly Ripa: “You’re going for the most publicly arranged marriage in America!” Ripa didn’t deny that trying out one hot guy after another to be her co-host on “Live with Kelly” has been a fun challenge. “Arranged marriage! No one has put it that way before! Funny idea, Jeanne. I’ll tell you why I really need to make a decision. If I get the flu, the co-host takes over for me. So I figured out that if I have a really healthy on-air partner, I will never get sick.” I’m betting Gelman will be ordering flu shots for all.
Kelly’s off-air husband, the sooo handsome and good natured Mark Consuelos popped up to give Kelly a hug. Talk about a fabulous couple. Mark told me he’s set to star on Fox’s new series, “Pitch.” After 20 years of marriage, he wanted me to know he has no problem with Kelly’s on-air “arranged relationships.”
I noticed more heads turning as Tarji P. Henson joined the group. A top contender for an Emmy, she clearly loves that the crowd loves her. On “Empire” she’s had some “arrangements” of her own with lots of talk about Cookie having a new affair. Taraji doesn’t mind and she proved it with a show stopping smile.
Kudos to Fox and Soho House for a show-stopping soiree.