Mister D: I’m trying to remember as much detail as I can about this. I just felt so overwhelmed at the time.
My mother is a long time friend of the guy who runs the movie studio that made the movie, Burlesque. His name is Clint Culpepper. They make tons of movies. So we flew out to Hollywood for this one. My mom had done this before and she had also gone to awards shows and met many famous people. She once lectured Spike Lee on something, so I’m glad I was never there. Anybody who knows my mom will tell you she has no fear. She also went to Chris Brown’s first movie, when he was just starting to rise. She made such an impression on him, he came over at the after party and asked her to dance with him. Little did he know, my mom loves to dance, ham it up, and take over the whole floor. Supposedly, they had a blast.
Anyway, back to my hotel room in Hollywood. I got a call from Bette’s assistant, Jill, saying Bette Midler was in the YUK and was going on the Graham Norton Show on Monday. It was Friday now. They said they needed anything weird or whatever that I had collected of Bette’s. I told her that I was in fucking LA, but I could call my boyfriend, Barry. They said they needed it overnighted. So I called Barry, and he said he’d find some things. I think he ended up sending my Delores Doll, my satin Divine Madness doll, my “The Rose” beach blanket, maybe some old Bette Midler postcards she had made in the ’70s, and I’m not sure of what else. Anyway, it got there. My assistant who does Facebook for me, Nicola Calder, went to the live show and said they talked about a few of the items and cracked up that the Divine Madness doll smelled. WELL!!!! It was old and mildewy. However, that segment had to be cut out except for maybe the Delores Doll bit. I couldn’t even make myself watch it. I’m just weird that way. But the above photo made its way onto the newswire services. By the way, my partner, Barry, did an excellent job of finding things for me and getting them delivered in time. And yes, I got my stuff back. The first thing I did was smell my Divine Madness doll and there was no smell. LOL
As far as the premiere of Burlesque, I met Cher, Xtina, Patricia Clarkson, Debi Mazar, and Kathy Griffin. Anybody that knows me knows I can hold my own with a celebrity/ To me they are just people, and if you treat them that way it goes a long way. I do frustrate friends and family because I hardly ever remember to take photographs. The first time I met Bette was per her invitation, and she even asked, don’t you want a picture? Of course, I do, but I’m too much in the present to remember. I believe it was Eric Kornfeld, one of Bette’s comedy writers, who told me that “stars” hate to be treated differently, but I’m not sure I agree that it’s that way with all of them. I did find out that was true with Ms. Midler. As much as I would have loved to talk about her career and what I think she should do, it just never came to that. The several times we talked, the focus was on the educational system. NYRP, websites, I told her one time she should listen to Air America, a left-wing radio station on XM. especially to Al Franken and Randi Rhodes. And she did. Eventually, she even went on Ms. Rhodes show for an interview. Anyway, everybody I met was wonderful, except for Kathy Griffin. I was standing by her for drinks and she just had this glazed over look and a permanent smile on her face. I said “hi” a couple of times, but nothing. I wanted to ask her why she walked the red carpet, but didn’t go in to see the movie, but ended up at the after party? Just seems kind of fake.
My mom’s friend also got her into the Ellen Show, and she said Ellen danced through her row and had that same glazed over look that Kathy had. I probably would to, to tell you the truth, it’s like a coping mechanism that comes from fear of being around a bunch of stranger and having to do things you really don’t want to do. I don’t think Ellen liked getting into that dancing thing. It probably scored high with viewers. so producers made her do it. But maybe she has grown to like it. That’s very possible.
Back to the after party, we did spend most of our time with Debi Mazar and her husband, Gabriele Corcos. They were so down to earth and just delightful. I talked about my Bette Midler site, and Debi said she knew it and had been there before. She talked about how she loved Bette Midler. Then we talked about her new website that was opening soon about cooking (Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos: Cooking Channel | Cooking Channel ). And we just casually chit chatted. Very nice couple. Her husband even sent me a “nice meeting you” email. I also loved Patricia Clarkson, too, Cher and Xtina meetings were too brief to draw any conclusions. But all in all, it was a fun night and I’m glad I got to experience a movie after party. Same kind of parties I went to before, just more expensive food and decorations. BTW, Cher and Xtina did not show up at the “on top of a roof” shindig. I was really hoping the male star showed up, Gig Camelnuts, or whatever his name is. I thought he was adorable and sexy,
If you got this far, thanks for reading. Love, Mister D