The Ladies Who Lunch…Yes, Ladies!:-)


New York Post
Liz Smith

Thanks for the photo Nicola!

WENT TO lunch in Michael’s in a grand sextet laid on by media maven Joe Armstrong. We were – Elton John, fresh from his Rainforest triumphal fund-raiser (over $2 million); his producer-partner David Furnish, who runs Rocket Films in London; the divine Miss M, Bette Midler herself, fresh from her own successful tour and ready to tackle all of New York’s parks and garbage (with your help); and the lovely Candice Bergen, who will emcee the New York Women’s Foundation breakfast on May 6 at the New York Hilton.

When Candice appeared wearing blue and yellow and white, Bette quipped, “My god, you’re beautiful; you look like the Swedish flag.” Armstrong had given us various remembrances – for Elton he had a British toy car with Beethoven in the front seat. For David a rubber copy of Michelangelo’s David. For Candice there was a soap pope on a rope, a Buddhist monk with cappuccino and a cell phone, and St. Clare, the patron saint of TV. For Bette came a George W. Bush voodoo doll with appropriate pins. And, for me, a rodeo girl shower bath and cowboy boot candle. We desperately needed all of this junk. (How does Joe have time for this; doesn’t he have to make a living?)

My opinion of Elton John on first meeting? He is a compelling man in person, one who has raised millions for the AIDS fight. He is smart, up on everything, has interesting opinions, is a conspiracy believer, active and attractive.

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