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Monday, May 31, 2010

Rissa Roo’s Spring Picnic Spectacular Or How I Finally Met Bette

Ok so it’s been over 10 days since the picnic and I’m finally getting around to writing about the best day of my life so far. Now I know that you only want to hear about the picnic so ill cut to the chase. (Leanne and Rissa) My mom, step-dad and I all drove down to the city the morning of the picnic. After finding the park, eating lunch and changing we still arrived at the picnic about 45 minutes early, so we walked the other way in the park to go to the bathrooms and by time we got back, they were finished setting up and were checking other people in. We walked up to the table gave them out names and got the tags for our table number, to my dismay I was seated at the same table as my parents. We were at table 5, Bette was at Table 25 and all the other Betteheads were at tables 41 and 42, they couldn’t have put farther away!! But I sucked it up so as not to piss my mom off. So after we were checked in we started to walk up the path to the tent, on the way we stopped and got some lemonade and iced tea. Walking up the path I thought I recognized someone and at that minute I finally got to meet a fellow bettehead Danielle!!Then we posed for a picture by the river and went into the cocktail area for riverside cocktails. After sitting at a table for 10 minutes texting Leanne frantically I got up and with my mom stood by the fence separating us from the press area. After about 5 more minutes I hear Danielle call out Marissa!! And she’s jumping up and down pointing while saying “She’s here, she’s here!!” I turn my head and there is Bette and Nathan Lane walking towards Danielle who was on the other side of the fence! So Danielle and another Bettehead who’s name escapes me (I’m sorry!!) get Bette to come over as I run to try to go around the fence, Danielle got a hug from Bette!! I wasn’t let out the fence (I was so furious) amd so Bette walked right by me as I was helplessly caged in the cocktail area which Bette never set foot in the whole night. So as im watching Bette from a distance getting interviewed and having pictures taken with the other celebrities, I’m also keeping my eyes on the path waiting for the arrival of the 10 Betteheads who arrived in a limo. (Donna Maxon and Rissa) So I’m waiting and waiting and then I spot Donna Maxon with a troop of betteheads whom I’ve never seen in person! I ran right by the people who were working the gate that we weren’t supposed to go out of, so the first bettehead that reaches me is Lisa, so I gave her a hug then I met Amanda and her giant suitcase and I turn around and there’s Matthew with Bryston and Tony so I introduced my self to them and I turn around and then at last I got to meet one of my best friends Leanne!!! My mom saw us and took a picture of us hugging which I didn’t even see until the next day. So I’m shaking I’m so happy that I’m finally meeting all of the betteheads and then Leanne takes me over and introduces me to Donna who looks even more like Bette in person than she does in pictures! So we all go into the cocktail area and Leanne tells me “Sophie was right behind us” I ask her where and as I’m asking I turn around and Sophie Frederica Alohilani von Haselberg is 2 feet away from me, I almost died. I quickly turned around back to the betteheads and gasped OMG Bette’s daughter is right behind me!! So then I turn and watch her walk deeper into the party. Then I continued meeting the fab betteheads Morgan and Tamara and Amanda Emin and being re-introduced to Matt this time by Leanne. (Rissa and Matt) After basically turning my mom into the paparazzi by having her take all the pictures of me with everyone (photography is her passion so she didn’t mind) Danielle and I decided to stalk Sophie, so we were walking around looking for her and I swear I’m blind because I didn’t see her and I was closer than Danielle, so we pretended to talk while we waited for Sophie to be done with her conversation with a few people so we could approach her and this waitress tells us that dinner is served, so Danielle and I run to the bettheads totally ignoring the waitress. We are all eyes glued to where Bette is as we watched the press disband we know Bette will be going to the tent soon, 2 more waitresses tell us all to go into the tent for dinner, we totally ignored them and once we saw Bette moving from the press area towards the tent we gathered across from the entrance and as Bette is walking towards us with her 2 giant bodyguards and some weird guy with crazy hair whom I’m assuming was her assistant or the party planner my step-dad yells out hey Bette can we have a picture? So of course she totally ignored her assistant and bodyguards who were ushering her into the tent and walked right into the group of us! (Rissa and Bette) So my mom says to her Bette will you please take a picture with my daughter she just loves you, and Bette says Sure! However there are about 6 female betteheads all lined up in front of her! She furrows her brows and says to my mom which one is she? I say it’s me!! And Tamara says it’s me!! And I look at her shocked and say no it’s me so Bette smiled and said ok let’s turn around so there’s some green in the background so we all turn and gather around Bette as she posed for pictures with us (Me, Leanne, Tamara, Morgan, and Tony) I was touching her shoulder!! (Bette and the group) Then my step-dad thanked bette shook her hand and got his picture taken with her then Bette turned around facing all of us and was looking at Leanne and so Leanne says “what?” and Bette said something along the lines of I recognize you, and almost all of us Betteheads practically screamed YES WE TOLD YOU SHE’D REMEMBER YOU LEANNE!! And we’re like “SHE’S A SMUG!!” and Bette said oh! As that her body guards were ushering her away I said to her “Thank you so much you have no idea what this means to me.” And she turned and looked at me and gave me her signature smile!! Everyone else went inside except for Morgan and I. I stood there for a minute then I started to semi-hyperventilate and almost cried and Morgan was coaching me through it all to not lose it yet, the party isn’t over, and for that I will be forever thankful then it really hit me that I just met my idol, my hero Bette Midler!! And Morgan leads me into the tent we kept saying omg we just met Bette. My mom was waiting by the door and she pokes me and says look there’s Sophie I turned, she was right next to me and so my mom asked her if I could have a quick picture with her, she said “Oh sure!” And my mom took our picture. (Sophie and Rissa) Then Leanne popped up right next to me and asked me if I knew where her table was (she was with everyone else) I told her it was over by the corner and she left. I went the opposite direction to my table. So we sat down at our table and I looked around to figure out where everyone was, they were on the other side of the tent. We were sitting at a press table which was kind of cool. We ate our oh so fancy food and as we were eating Bette got up and gave a speech about NYRP and Nathan told Jokes and America recited a poem that Bette picked out after she confessed that when she was little she wanted to be Bette Midler then a really good guy got up to sing and he was amazing some people started dancing but then they started to serve desert so we all went back to our seats. After desert the tree auction started, Bette was so funny running around getting people to buy trees. Then Bette and Judy Gold who was helping to sell trees sang a song to get us to buy the $100 trees, and the song was set to the sound of music’s my favorite things. Then the sing-a-long started so I snuck over to the betteheads’ table during down by the river side, and hung out for a few minutes during moon river then Bette started singing Proud Mary and we all rushed up onto the dance floor to join Bette singing and dancing I ended up being about 4 feet away from her while her bodyguards looked at us like murderers, which is total crap because I would take a bullet for Bette and it wouldn’t be because it’s my job. Once the song was over I said my goodbyes to everyone because my mom wanted to leave, she thought it was over, little did we know, Bette took pictures with everyone, and to find out the details you will have to ask anyone else who was there. I had such an amazing time, my mom already said we are definitely going next year!! I’m so excited to see everyone again, and Mr. D you better be there!!! Marissa P. Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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BetteBack: Bette Returns To Touring After 10 Year Absence

RADIO CITY PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES FOUR-WEEK ENGAGEMENT BY BETTE MIDLER; RADIO CITY ENGAGEMENT TO HIGHLIGHT HER FIRST NATIONAL TOUR IN 10 YEARS Article from:PR Newswire Article date:May 20, 1993 LOS ANGELES, May 20 /PRNewswire/ — Radio City Music Hall Productions today announced an unprecedented four-week engagement at the Music Hall by Bette Midler — one of today’s most respected and captivating performers. The internationally acclaimed star of stage, screen and television will conduct her first national concert tour in more than 10 years from August through December. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1993, Ms. Midler will return in an exclusive engagement to the Music Hall for her first live New York concert in 10 years. The show, part of the “Nobody Beats the Wiz Concert Series, Live at Radio City,” will run through Saturday, Oct. 9. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 24, at 9:00 a.m. Other cities on the tour will include St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Saratoga, N.Y., Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Cincinnati and Los Angeles, among others. This new show will feature songs from Ms. Midler’s extensive recording career, which includes such hits as “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance,” “The Rose,” “Do You Want To Dance,” and more. Bette Midler last performed at Radio City in 1983, when she sold out seven nights at the Music Hall. Since then, her only other live New York appearance was during the 1991 Grammy Awards Show, also held at Radio City. Ms. Midler’s career began in the early 1970s, when she captivated the nation as the outrageous chanteuse “The Divine Miss M,” and has since gone on to become an internationally-recognized superstar. Her diverse talents have earned her two Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and a Tony Award. Alongside her highly successful stage shows — “Clams on the Half Shell” and “Divine Madness” — Ms. Midler has also starred in several successful motion pictures, beginning with her debut performance in “The Rose.” Her other feature films include “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Ruthless People,” “Big Business,” “Beaches,” and the upcoming “Hocus Pocus,” which Disney will release this summer. In 1991, Ms. Midler’s “Beaches” soundtrack album topped the charts, and remained there for two years. That same year, the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” rocketed to number one. “We’re thrilled that Bette is bringing her genius talent to Radio City and to her millions of fans,” said Scott Sanders, executive producer for Radio City Music Hall Productions. “There are very few performers working today who could fill the Music Hall for one week, let alone an unprecedented month-long run. Bette Midler is amazing in concert, and we’re certainly looking forward to an SRO engagement.” “I’ve always loved the thrill of appearing live,” said Ms. Midler. “After 10 years of making movies, I wanted to get back to my performing roots.” She continued, “Radio City is the most beautiful theater in the world, and it’s in one of my favorite cities. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time in the Big Apple, the city that helped me get my start.” Tickets for Ms. Midler’s concerts at Radio City go on sale Monday, May 24, 1993, at 9:00 a.m. Priced at $60, $50 and $40, tickets can be purchased at the Music Hall box office (50th Street and Avenue of the Americas), through TicketMaster outlets and by calling TicketMaster phone lines at 212-307-7171. Radio City Music Hall Productions, a subsidiary of the Rockefeller Group, Inc., is a worldwide entertainment production company offering event marketing opportunities in the areas of concerts, theatricals, television shows, special events and corporate events. Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bette Midler Attends Sandy Gallin’s Uber Birthday Party

New York Post Hugh Jackman knocks ’em dead at Sandy Gallin party Last Updated: 3:40 AM, May 29, 2010 Posted: 10:21 PM, May 28, 2010 Legendary talent manager Sandy Gallin celebrated his 70th birthday in style — by jokingly trying to strip Hugh Jackman at a party packed with stars including Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen and Calvin Klein. Gallin — who managed Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg — threw his birthday bash at Donna Karan’s West Village studio Thursday night. Streisand and Patti LaBelle performed at the party, but it was “Wolverine” star Jackman’s turn that drove the crowd wild. A spy told us, “Jackman got up and was singing to Sandy . . . Then Sandy jumped up and started to unbutton Jackman’s shirt, but before he got too far, Jackman whirled him around and held his arms down. It was pretty funny.” Jackman, who’s married with two kids, then joked, ‘Come on, Sandy, let’s face it. I am not your type. I am too old for you.’ ” Streisand also performed two songs and poked fun at herself after repeatedly asking her pianist, composer-producer David Foster, to change the key. She said, “I am a little nervous. I didn’t get to practice. I like to control.” When Gallin yelled to her to perform “Over the Rainbow,” she replied, “No.” Guests also included Joan Rivers, who gave a speech, Bette Midler, Vera Wang, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Sandra Bernhardt, CBS chief Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, hotelier Jeff Klein and p.r. maven Peggy Siegal. Billionaire Ron Perelman and ex-wife Ellen Barkin were there, but stuck to opposite sides of the room. Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller delivered a video message from their yacht, while Parton, who’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dollywood, also sent a greeting. Our witness said, “It was amazing how many people had flown in from LA. Sandy is famous for throwing the best parties, and this was the best of them all.” Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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BetteBack: “Earth and the American Dream”

HBO TRACES EARTH’S ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY.(TELEVISION) Article from:Albany Times Union (Albany, NY) Article date:April 18, 1993 Byline: Tribune Media Service On Earth Day, television will offer 500 years’ worth of reasons to honor the occasion … in the course of 90 minutes. Debuting Thursday on HBO, “Earth and the American Dream” is the latest documentary from award-winner Bill Couturie (“Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam,” “Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt“), tracing the history of the planet’s environment from the time of Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the present. The voices of many actors — including Edward Asner, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Lee Grant, recent Oscar-winner Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Lemmon, Bette Midler and Christopher Reeve — orate relevant writings of Henry David Thoreau, John James Audubon, George Washington, Henry Ford and Will Rogers. “When I did the research on this,” Couturie says, “I saw that really, our attitudes haven’t changed. Our technology has gotten more destructive and our population has grown markedly, and that is why the pollution and the environmental degradation have gotten so terrible.” Still, Couturie adds that there is cause for ecological hope, and it boils down to individual responsibility: “Earth doesn’t have the problem; it is in the way we live our lives.” Reblog this post [with Zemanta]
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