Bette Gives Song Lap For Liz

New York Magazine
Jeffrey Oxfeld and Michael Idov

Though Literacy Partners’ annual event didn’t boast the grub of the Beard Awards across the square at Avery Fisher Hall this week, Liz Smith rounded up pals to read in honor (and support) of her favorite adult-education program.

Guests including Barbara Walters, Taylor Holland, and a very tardy Martha Stewart were treated to readings by Vanessa Redgrave, Alexander McCall Smith, Bob and Lee Woodruff, and Frank Langhella. Langhella read from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but everyone else touted recent or upcoming projects.

Bette Midler was there too but opted to sing a number from Smith’s lap.

Photo: Gershon (not Gina)

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