Monthly Archives: May 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amy Poehler’s Full Speech At NYRP’s Spring Picnic

Vanity Fair 11:15 AM, MAY 30 2014 Amy Poehler Spoke at the New York Restoration Project Picnic, Because Most People Think She Works for the Parks Department, Anyway by Bennett Marcus i.2.s-nixon-poehler-midler Amy Poehler showed up at Grant’s Tomb on Thursday to deliver the opening remarks at the New York Restoration Project’s spring picnic. Inside a tent by the Hudson River, in one of the parks that the organization has rehabilitated, N.Y.R.P. founder Bette Midler and guests including Cynthia Nixon, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray, Bernadette Peters, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Melissa Leo, Josh Charles, Tim Gunn, Liz Smith, and Michael Kors, took in Poehler’s wacky stream-of-consciousness routine, complete with a heckler smack-down and a shout-out to her trainer, Razu. Enjoy the entire speech, which we hear was at least partially improvised, right here:

Welcome to the N.Y.R.P.’s 2014 spring picnic. Congratulations on your hard work, many of you have raised money and given money to be here tonight, and it’s significant, your accomplishments this year. Because I play a Parks and Recreation employee on my NBC show, people assume that that is my actual job. So more than once when I’ve been hiking, or walking in a green area, people have asked me where to go, or what are the indigenous plants, or how do they deal with their raccoon infestations. But, however, I am just an actress, here to support the good work done by N.Y.R.P. And I have to say that this organization was green before green was cool. Now everything is green. Just ask Katy Perry’s hair. So, I first met Bette Midler, in my head, when I watched the film The Rose. And since then, [she] and I have been best friends—in my head. In my head, she and I have traveled together. We have cut an album, and we pranked George Clooney. She’s the godmother to the children of mine that she has never met. And once, Bette turned to me in a dream and said, ‘Amy, you are the most talented person I have ever met. I hate to say, this kills me, but you’re more talented than me. I bless you, and I release you to god.’ And then she turned into a million doves, and flew away. But we all know that through all of your hard work and Bette’s hard work, that this organization is doing what I do—what I pretend to do—which is turning lots, empty lots, taking them out of the hands of greedy developers, and making sure that they turn into green spaces. And I have to tell you guys, what I do is harder. I’m so sorry to say this, but I have to get into makeup, and I have to memorize lines, and it’s hard. Sometimes I have to go to fancy parties like this. And if there’s just anything you can take away from today’s event, it’s that being an actor is very, very hard. [Someone in the crowd claps.] Thank you. Thank you, sir. You understand. I appreciate you. Do you have a Nielsen box? No? Then fuck off, I don’t care. O.K. So, I would like to thank you for this award. [Pauses, looks around.] Am I not getting an award? Huh. I just assumed I was up here getting an award. Well, Bette promised me an award. She told me if I came, that I would get an award, I would meet Nathan Lane, and that everything on my table was edible. Which is not true, because I ate those peonies, and it was disgusting. O.K. Well, I cannot read my speech, but, um, all right, well . . . I’m just going to wait. Oh, I do have to, before I go, mention one person who has changed my life. And I’m not mentioning him because he paid for my ticket to get here, and he put me up at the Sheraton, I mention him because he’s a genius. Razu? Is my trainer here? Razu? Razu, are you here? My trainer. Razu? He’s so shy. Razu? Razu—there he is. [Points to some vague spot.] Razu got my body back into shape, and it only took eight years. So Razu just wanted you to know, you can find him at his Web site, WorkItTillItHurts.edu. I’m sorry, I got off track. Anyway, O.K., let’s get started. This evening is going to be fantastic. I really hope that you drink enough to feel very generous. It’s a beautiful night, Grant is sleeping in his tomb. You know, the N.Y.R.P. is considered the conservancy of forgotten places, which sounds like J.K. Rowling’s next book. It is, in fact, an organization that does a lot of good work. So thank you for having me. Thank you to everyone here for your hard work. Thank you, Bette, for agreeing to sing at my friend’s bat mitzvah. You don’t know that yet. I’m off, I have to go to another fundraiser. I’m doing a ‘tight 10’ at a fundraiser de Blasio is throwing for ferret rights. I have to tell you something about those suckers, they don’t like to wait, O.K.? They get really nasty. So enjoy your evening, thank you so much.” ...  Read More

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Amy Poehler Dreams of Bette Midler

Vulture Amy Poehler Dreams of Bette Midler By Margaret Lyons May 30, 2014 a_610x408 Amy Poehler was on hand last night at Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project‘s 13th Annual Spring Picnic, where she gave a laudatory speech about the organization’s work and joked that she is often mistaken for an actual park employee. “More than once when I’ve been hiking or walking in a green area, people have asked me where to go, or what are the indigenous plants, or how do they deal with their raccoon infestations,” she said. She also had some kind words for Midler herself.

So I first met Bette Midler in my head when I watched the film The Rose in 1979. And since then, her and I have been best friends, in my head. In my head, she and I travel together, we have cut an album, and we pranked George Clooney. She’s the godmother to the children of mine that she has never met, and once, Bette turned to me in a dream and said, “Amy, you are the most talented person I’ve ever met. I hate to say this, this kills me, but you’re more talented than me. God bless you and I release you to God,” and then she turned into a million doves and flew away. ...  Read More

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New York Restoration Project’s 13th Annual Spring Picnic!

Broadway World Bette Midler Hosts New York Restoration Project‘s 13th Annual Spring Picnic! May 30 2014 👤by Walter McBride Bette Midler, Amy Poehler, Josh Charles and Cynthia Nixon attend New York Restoration Project 13th Annual Spring Picnic in New York City. In 1994, Bette Midler returned to New York after nearly 20 years in Los Angeles, and started the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization devoted to bringing abandoned and neglected parks, gardens, and open spaces in all five boroughs back to life. NYRP includes the beautiful New Leaf Cafe in Fort Tryon Park as part of its success, and is committed to helping restore parks and gardens devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The organization just held its 13th Annual Spring Picnic and you can check out full coverage below! NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in underserved communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2015, a full two years ahead of schedule. Bette Midler began her legendary career as an entertainer in 1965, in New York, where she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of her generation. Her debut album, 1972’s The Divine Miss M set her on the path that has led her to earn Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations in a career that has spanned over 40 years. She has toured the world, sold millions of albums, published two books and appeared in over two dozen films, including The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club and For The Boys. In addition to her work on stage and in films, Bette has made her mark in television, with the Emmy Award-winning CBS special of Ol Red Hair Is Back, and several HBO concerts, Live at Last and Art or Bust, and the Emmy Award-winning Diva Las Vegas. In 1992 she starred in the CBS television adaptation of the musical Gypsy, for which she won both a Golden Globe and the national board of review award for her performance. In January 2009 she concluded her sold-out Vegas spectacular The Showgirl Must Go On, at Caesar’s Palace, with over 200 performances.
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Bette Tweets: NYRP Raises More Than A Million Dollars

Bette Midler's New York City Restoration Project 13th Annual Spring Picnic Bette Tweets: @BetteMidler: We raised over one million dollars for New York City Parks and Gardens at our event tonight at @Grant’sTomb!! Have you been? It’s to die!!
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Spring Picnic: Fashion On Display

Mister D:  Guest includes Dr. Oz, Isaac Mizrahi, Amy Poehler, Cynthia Nixon, Bernadette Peters, Melissa Leo, Robert Wuhl, Michael Kors, Marlo Thomas, and more

Daily Mail All white for summer! Amy Poehler glams up in lacy frock while Cynthia Nixon sports pretty floral number for New York picnic By ELEANOR GOWER PUBLISHED: 00:12 EST, 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 03:47 EST, 30 May 2014 ...  Read More

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spring Picnic 2014: Bette With Amy Poehler And Cynthia Nixon

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Spring Picnic 2014

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BetteBack June 8 ,1985: Bette Midler Accepts Award From Women In Film Industry

Laurel Leader-Call, Saturday, June 8 ,1985 6156575Nashvilledon2242011104158PM E n te rta in e r BETTE MIDLER, accepting the Jack Oakie Comedy Award from the ,200-member Women in Film industry group in Los Angeles, took up the theme of fighting for the rights of women in the entertainment industry. Among the more sedate comments of “The Divine Miss M” on Friday was a quotation from feminist Gloria Steinem: “A man can be called ruthless if he bombs a country to oblivion. A woman can be called ruthless if she puts you on hold.”

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    Bette Tweets: NYRP Spring Picnic Tonight

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