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Thursday, April 14, 2016

BetteBack February 25, 1996: Women Make Strides At The Grammys

Chicago Sun-Times February 25, 1996 | LLOYD SACHS hqdefault (1) Of all the award categories devised by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, none is a less reliable gauge of talent than the Grammy for best new artist. Faster than you can say “one-hit wonder,” a host of winners have become no-hit stumblers. Are you out there, Bobbie Gentry, Men at Work, Debby Boone and Mark Cohn? (See Timeline on Page 3.) But even if this year’s best new artist nominees enjoy only a brief stay in the commercial sun – which seems unlikely, particularly for rockers Alanis Morissette and Joan Osborne – the women who dominate the category still will have contributed to one of Grammy’s most compelling statements. In an unprecedented development, the monster-selling Hootie & the Blowfish provide the only male competition for Morissette, Osborne, teenage R&B star Brandy and quadruple-platinum-selling country singer Shania Twain in the new artist category. And that’s hardly the only area in which women are roaring, as reflected in CBS’ all-female promos for its 8 p.m. Wednesday broadcast of the 38th annual Grammy Awards. Hosted in Los Angeles by Ellen DeGeneres, the show airs locally on WBBM-Channel 2. In the past, the strides of women in popular music were variously charted by Aretha Franklin getting crowned queen of soul again, Bette Midler getting sentimental recognition for another comeback or Bonnie Raitt finally getting recognized, period. This year, there were female advances across the board. A field-topping six nominations went to Morissette, she of the fiercely assertive relationship songs, and to perennially popular pop diva Mariah Carey. Osborne, whose rough-and-tumble reveries have been overshadowed by her “Yeah, yeah, God is great” hit, “One of Us,” garnered five nominations. Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” Carey’s “Daydream” and Osborne’s “Relish” all are up for album of the year – each of them guaranteed to leave Michael Jackson’s dud “HIStory Past, Present and Future Book I” and Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy” in the dust. And in the record of the year competition, rapper Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and soul singer Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” are dwarfed by Carey’s “One Sweet Day” (teaming her with Boyz II Men), “One of Us” and the R&B smash “Waterfalls” by poor little bankrupt female sensations TLC. What makes the female presence so remarkable this year is not just the numbers. The lion’s share of energy and excitement comes from the women, while a feeling of “So what?” arises from the male nominees. “Gangsta’s Paradise” is, for sure, a surefire work of art, and Seal remains one of soul music’s most alluring stars. You gotta love grizzled best rock album nominee Neil Young for still slashing and burning on “Mirror Ball.” And Pearl Jam, his collaborators on the album, deserve recognition for their own strong effort, “Vitalogy,” nominated for best rock album as well as album of the year. But Michael Jackson’s nomination has less to do with artistic excellence than the industry’s need to coddle one of its largest investments. A year past their Grammy eligiblity in all categories except best new artist, the workmanlike Hootie & the Blowfish already have faded in our rearview mirrors. Over in the best pop album competition, the aging Eagles can be heard yelping over the beating they and their endlessly promoted comeback album, “Hell Freezes Over,” are taking from a quartet of women: Carey, Annie Lennox, Madonna and Joni Mitchell. (Should Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” win for best rock album, she will have reversed those generic odds in outslugging Young, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and Chris Isaak.) And while Nirvana’s posthumous “Unplugged in New York” may win for best alternative performance, the real rooting interest here lies in a pair of bold, genuinely “alternative” visions by women: rawboned Brit PJ Harvey‘s tidal wave lament “To Bring You My Love” and avant-popster Bjork’s “Post.” In the best of worlds, Harvey and Bjork would be recognized for their brilliance with best album nominations. (Harvey also is up for best rock vocal by a female for “Down by the Water.”) It will take more than the millennium to raise the Grammys to that level of responsiveness. But the voting process did have its consciousness raised by rules changes following last year’s outcry over high-profile nominations going to substandard efforts by Tony Bennett and the 3 Tenors. Striving for greater relevance and respectability – and to keep miffed record companies in the fold – NARAS created a special 25-member screening board to choose five nominations from the top 20 vote-getters in each category. While there’s still no guarantee that artistic distinction won’t be defined by the likes of Frank Sinatra’s “Duets II,” hope springs when an organization as militantly self-defensive as NARAS changes its methods. Higher artistic standards certainly are evident in the jazz nominations. Hell may have to freeze over before Grammy recognizes small labels – nearly all the nominations go to record companies with promotional clout. But the albums that are up for best jazz instrumental performance, individual or group, all are works of distinction (see accompanying list). And when once-automatic nominees such as Mel Torme and Joe Williams fail to crack the best jazz vocal category, you know the choices are based less on popularity and sentimentality than merit. Here, too, women dominated four to one, with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Dianne Reeves surrounding male newcomer Kurt Elling. Year of the woman? Barbra Streisand may have copped that catchphrase for the Oscars. But the term will never find a better fit than when “HERstory Part I” unfolds on Wednesday.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Waterfalls – One Night Only – Bette Midler

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bette Midler On Movies, Music, And Her Gay Fans

Mister D: Once again UK journalists outdo the US as far as interviewing. Great job! Gay Times UK Bette Midler Interview By Darren Scott Sept. 2014 10646712_702400999850302_7261996589031282986_n We’re having a debate with Bette Midler about her music. She doesn’t believe us when we note the eight year gap between her last, Grammy nominated album, Cool Yule, and her new one, It’s The Girls, is far longer than the one between No Frills and Beaches. As gay conversations go, correcting Bette Midler on her back catalogue is pretty much the daddy of all things gay. And it’s not really about to get particularly butch – The Divine Miss M has finally been coaxed back to the studio by long-time collaborator Marc Shaiman for an album of songs by girl groups of yesteryear. So yes, pretty camp. Not that Bette thinks in such terms – a long-standing gay icon, supporter of LGBT rights, former GT cover star and, well, she started her career singing to gay men in saunas, so she’s practically one of us. It seems only right that, in our anniversary issue, we have a GT classic answer… “Well I do love my gay fans…” she begins, before quickly making complete sense. “But I kind of like everybody, I don’t like to separate people. I’m not a segregationist! But because you’re so sweet and so genuinely gentlemanly…” Flattery will indeed get you everywhere Ms Midler. But the pressing question GT wants to know the answer to before we talk music is about her movies. “Which one do I think my gay fans like best? I hadn’t really considered it. But you mean which one’s the most camp? Oh gee, I don’t really know. What do you think?” Oh she’s good. Another gay icon classic tactic – to turn the question back on us. Fortunately, as she already knows, we’re prepared and reply with Beaches, Hocus Pocus and Big Business. “Oh how interesting. Well, I have to say Big Business is pretty funny. That’s one I would think was the most camp, but I don’t know. I think they’re divided. I think a lot of people really love The Rose. I think that people love to see the scenery being chewed and I think that they loved the music. You know what? I have no idea, to tell you the truth. You just say what you wanna say and I’ll say, ‘Yep that’s right!” she laughs. As if we’d ever do such a thing. Actress, singer, comedian, legend, mermaid. The Divine Miss M has done it all and now, after the aforementioned hiatus, she’s back where she started from. Eerily so, in fact, with It’s The Girls being so very reminiscent of her first two albums. “I think so too.” she agrees. “Marc Shaiman, who produced this record, was a big fan of mine when he was a kid, like 14, 15 years old. He knocked on my door when he was 16 and he was such a pest. But he’d fallen in love with those first two records, they introduced him to all sorts of music that he had no idea existed. He always talks about that, he talks about me in a way, really I’m like his godmother. “He knows that music and the people so well. He and his partner Scott were the songwriters on Hairspray, so they know the genre. He’s great at pastiche. All our roots are so far back and so into that music that I think it was a great, really inspired choice to go with him. “Plus, he loves me, looks after me, he takes care of me. If I say, ‘I need another note’, he’ll say, ‘How about this?’ Instead of leaving me in the booth to suffer silently alone. Or loudly alone,” she deadpans. “It just seems like it’s time. People are sort of waking up to the fact that it’s stuff that they love, it seems like it’s sort of in the zeitgeist. I didn’t really realise when we started it, because we started talking about it last year. Previously a friend of mine had pitched me an idea that was very similar. It’s been on my mind and I really love the stuff, it’s easy to sing, it’s fun to sing, it spreads joy, so why not?” The same friend who tried convincing her to do an Andrews Sisters record perhaps? She laughs. “No, I have plenty of those though! Those are legion. Peoople would lynch me if I didn’t do The Andrews Sisters.” But it’s not all music from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Because we need to talk about her stripped down version of TLC’s Waterfalls. Oh yes. “YES!” she proclaims excitedly. “Oh I’m glad you brought that up. I really love that, I really do. I’ve always loved that song and I’ve always loved those girls. I mean, it’s a really sad song. But I wanted it without the rhythm that’s so insistsent on the TLC version. Stripped down, it’s just so so sad.” Have there been any other groups in recent years that have caught her ear? “Oh of course! My God! I love Destiny’s Child, I followed them. I thought their songs, especially the really funny ones, were absolutely wonderful.” Funny ones? “Bills, Bills, Bills. But then Beyoncé left them, but her songs are really kind of girl groupy too. I mean “if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it! That song.” Bette Midler is actually singing Single Ladies to us. “They’re all like little playlets. They’re kind of funny in a way that a lot of music isn’t. They’re humorous. TLC – I thought No Scrubs was a REALLY funny song. I went looking for those writers, but when you get the list it’s like 18 people on a song… “The Spice Girls came up, the Bangles came up, the Go-Go’s cam up. We came close to Walk Like an Egyptian but then I thought, ‘I know her, I know Susanna Hoffs’. But ultimately, when people think of girl groups, they really think of the 60s. I flew my flag for The Andrews Sisters and The Chordettes and TLC. I said, ‘Let’s not just make it one thing, there’s too much other really good music that I’d like to sing.” But it’s not all about song – stage and screen have also recently beckoned. “They invited me,” she says of her recent Broadway production of I’ll Eat You Last to the West End. Despite considering it, instead the story of Hollywood aent Sue Mengers is currently ‘in mothballs’. “It’s not that high on the list, but it’s definitely something that i’ll keep in my back pocket.” While we’re talking of hearsay, we might as well round up those rumours. Sorry to break it to you, faithful reader, but a lot of the Bette projects you’ve heard about may not be happening…. First Wives Club 2? “You know they tried to do a sequel, I have no idea,” she laughs. “I know that there are projects for the three of us to get together again, but I don’t think they have anything to do with that particular piece. They tried it many many years ago right after they had their big success, but I don’t think they had any luck. I dunno, it’s hard to tell…” Hocus Pocus 2? “Well she did die. I died.” Ms Midler, Disney villains never die. She chuckles to herself for a while. “You know, you’re absolutely right. That would be fun! We’d be a little bit long in the tooth, but it would be fun. I’m SO surprised at the legs that picture has. As the years have gone by it’s only gotten bigger and bigger. People tell me stuff that I had no idea. Just last year they said, ‘You know they play it for a whole week.’ I think they play it for a whole month on television or something ridiculous. Everyone knows it, actually the really young ones say ‘I know you, you’re the witch from Hocus Pocus.’ And I go ‘Well yes, that’s ONE of the things I did…’ I was really surprised that it’s taken on a life of its own. Hocus Pocus – The Musical? “How funny! Well, you would know more than I, they’re not emailing me!” There was a novel, called Beaches 2, that was written specifically for her…. “Beaches 2?! Oh I think she [Iris Rainer Dart] published that years ago. But I heard that she was doing a musical of Beaches, I heard that, I did hear that. but that has nothing to do with me. She’s, she thinks carefully, “a force too! She’s energetic, she’s up there cranking and I admire that aobut her. I don’t know anything about it, I think they had a workshop? She didn’t tell me, she didn’t keep me in the loop.” Plans for a definitive book about her life? “No. I have no plans to write that,” she says, following a recent re-release of A View From A Broad. “No, I think that was it for me. That’s what I had to say and I said it and that’s that. I don’t really want to write an autobiography. First of all, I don’t remember much of it,” she chuckles. “I really don’t! And most of it was about work and I don’t think people would be interested in the work part of it. it’s a lot of technical jargon and a lot of stuff about deals and all that kind of thing, and because i’m not a songwriter I don’t have that ‘and then I wrote.’ I didn’t have that to fall back on. And my escapades I’m keeping to myself. I’m trying to be merciful to my family,” she laughs. The Mae West HBO biopic? “Well that one’s very interesting, that one really looks like it’s going to go. That’s Billy Friedkin, who’s wonderful, and Doug McGrath who’s also someone to be reckoned with. I’ve met the two of them and they have a great idea for it. That’s a great story, because she was such an interesting character and lived such a curious life. It started when she was just six-years-old, she was a real showbiz prodigy, in a way. She completely invented herself and was very, very proud of what she’s done. She never changed gears. She wrote her own material and she really let women have a sex life that they hadn’t had. Nobody knew they were interested in it before her. So God bless her.” We’re glad that one’s happening, even if we can’t get Bette back on a broomstick. “Oh well, I think she’s prettier,” she laughs. “She doesn’t have those teeth.” Before that, a week of UK TV appearances beckon, shortly after this issue hits shelves. “I’m so excited. I’m lining up my restaurants now…” Dinner aside, might we get a live event or two? She laughs loudly. “Is there something else Oh! You mean I have to work?” A Divine tease indeed – all we can say is watch this space… You can follow Gay Times at these places: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gaytimes Twitter: https://twitter.com/GayTimesMag Darren Scott: https://twitter.com/darren_scott REVIEW: Bette Midler – It’s The Girls! Updated Press Release: Bette Midler Announces ‘It’s The Girls,’ Her First Album Since 2006 For Those Who Missed It, DJ Bette Midler, For The Girls BBC2 Audio Clip

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

BetteBack April 12, 1987: What Kind Of Mother Is Bette Midler?

Publication: Salina Journal Issue Date: April 12, 1987 427146_215002355262892_2144 Bette Midler is such a raunchy character you just have to wonder what she is like in her new role as a real-life mother.—J.E. With her newfound Hollywood stardom, not to mention a multi-picture contract with the Walt Disney organization, of all things, Bette has put her rock n raunch days behind her. She remains, though. an outspoken personality on just about every topic you can image. That’s why I wasn’t surprised when during a Hollywood party Midler started talking about nursing her daughter, Sophie. Bette said she’s nursed the baby for six months. “Some mothers nurse for a year, and then there are a few that nurse until the kids are five or six years old,” Bette added with a wink. “Now that’s kinky.”

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    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    BetteBack April 10, 1987: Bette Gets Feted At The Moving Picture Ball

    Publication: Kingston Gleaner Issue Date: April 10, 1987 3-25-2012 2-13-20 PM As a fund-raiser, the American Cinematheque staged Its second annual Moving Picture Ball at the Palladium in Los Angeles, with Bette Midler as the special guest. And. after the dinner, once the raffle winners were announced by Ed Begley Jr. and Deldre Hall, master of ceremonies Dudley Moore, who does every-thing right and then some, started the show. Hilarious film clips of Bette Midler were screened. Tonl Basil sang and danced like a spinning.top with her troupe. Melba Moore crooned, Whoopi Goldberg praised Bette (“She does what she does the way she wants to do It, an to heck with them if they can’t take a joke”) HBO’s chairman Michael Fuchs declared Bette’s.”flash with trash, sleaze with ease” special put HBO on the” map. the Manhattan Transfer harmonized on “The Duke, of Dobuque.* and “Stevie Wonder thanked .Bette for -“being there* for him during a Martin Luther King’ benefit, and after apologizing for “my messed-up throat,” sang “I Just Called To- Say I Love You,” with Dudley Moore playing the piano. Barry ‘Manllow who was Bette’s «nusical director and conductor way-back-when • during her early road shows and Continental Baths nights, performed, and soon was joined in a duet by Melissa Manchester — it turns out Melissa was one of Bette’s backup singing Harlettes (for 30 seconds”). Melissa and Barry then rollcalled 11 Harlettes alumlnl from the ’70s and ’80s. (Including the Delago Sisters, thost cheeky mermaids In wheelchairs), who romped on .stage in their hell-on-wheels drag and sang “Boogie Woogle Bugle Boy from Company B”. ‘Introducing her as “the bawdy broad with the vocabulary of a Marine drill sergeant on leave In downtown Tokyo that gave bad taste a good name,” Dudley Moore presented Bette with the evening’s award. “It comes with Its own batteries.” quipped Dudley, while Bette cried, *I can’t believe so many peopie came out for me, considering what a howler I’ve been all my professional life. This Is the cherry on the cake of my resurrection.” She recalled how, as a child, she played a record over and over.” A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes,” and wasn’t it “fate., a bizarre destiny that it was a Disney record from ‘Cinderella’?* (Betty’s blockbuster comedies have all been for Disney). Joining the Harlettes in a slambang reprise of ‘Boggle Woogte Bugle Boy from Company B.” she received a standing ovarton from the •black-tie, white-tie, no-tie* crowd that Inlcuded Greek actress Lily Kokkodl (a statesque young stunner best described as a cross between Irene* Papas and Marie Callus). About the Cinematheque. Bette mused, “It’s a good cause — seeing moving images of beautiful people. With Dudley Moore summing up that the Cinematheque will “show films 24 hours a day. thereby guaranteeing that serious students of films can be molested • morning, noon and night.* Bette Midler goes chasin’ ‘Waterfalls’ with cover of TLC hit Bette Midler Covering Waterfalls Is Probably The Best Thing You’ll Hear All Day! Here’s the Bette Midler cover of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ you’ve been waiting for Bette Midler Will Forever Be The Wind Beneath Our Wings

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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    SiriusXM Town Hall with Bette Midler November 3

    SiriusXM wants to give you and a guest the chance to attend a special invitation-only “Town Hall” event with Bette Midler in celebration of her new album, It’s The Girls! This exclusive event  will take place on Monday, November 3 at 2:30pm. The legendary actress and singer will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with fans, moderated by Judy Gold, at the SiriusXM studios in New York City. To qualify, we’re asking SiriusXM subscribers to submit their most creative and insightful questions about Bette Midler for a chance to ask their question to her in person at the Town Hall.

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    What kind of Bettehead are you?

    QuoteV What kind of Bettehead are you? bette-midler-hocus-pocus-11-spellbinding-hocus-pocus-facts-you-might-not-have-known This is to categorize what kind of Bettehead you are, and to let you know if you are a big enough of a Bette Midler fan to dub you a bettehead, note: just because you’ve seen beaches and like from a distance, it doesn’t make you a bettehead. To Take The Quiz: Click Here
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    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Classic Artists Get An Infusion From The Young

    Washington Post Bette Midler covers TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ while Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga hit PBS By Soraya Nadia McDonald October 24 This is going to sound odd, but try to imagine what the R&B hit “Waterfalls” would sound like if it was on the soundtrack of “Beaches.” Great: Now you’ve basically got the gist of Bette Midler’s cover of the 1995 TLC hit. It works, it really works. Midler remixes a spare, haunting quality that feels right in line with the lyrics. It’s no secret that infusion of the young and hip can help classic artists such as Midler, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand reach new audiences, and they’ve all capitalized on youth in one way or another. Midler smartly released her cover of “Waterfalls” to gin up buzz for “It’s The Girls,” her album of girl-group covers that comes out Nov. 4. The first single was the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” — also excellent, and instantly familiar to anyone who can quote “Dirty Dancing” from memory (“I carried a watermelon“). So far, this trend has made for some great combinations, such as Bennett and Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand and Michael Bublé, Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand and John Legend — pretty much Babs and all the pop stars your mother can readily identify as nice, clean-cut, handsome boys. This is a woman who understands her core audience. As for Bennett, the man practically lives in duet country these days — “Duets,” “Duets II,” “Viva Duets,” “Cheek to Cheek” — we get it, Tony, you really like singing with others. And no wonder: With “Cheek to Cheek,” Bennett became the oldest act to ever reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Bennett and Gaga are taking the show to PBS tonight with a live concert from “The Great American Songbook” airing on “Great Performances” at 9 p.m. EST. It’s become practically cliché to note what an odd couple they make, so we’ll just remind you they’re actually both divine live performers and they’ve got great chemistry. Bennett’s general even keel does make you wonder if he’s simply become inured to Gaga’s parade of crazy cat lady wigs — not to mention her attendant makeup and wardrobe — or if he’s just very good at pretending she looks completely normal. Or maybe he’s just unfazed, because at 88, the man has seen it all. Or maybe he just sees an artist whose rendition of “Bang Bang” will give you chills: Bette Midler Pays Tribute To Girl Groups On New Album Bette Midler Returns With A Cute Version Of “Be My Baby”: Listen To The First Taste Of Covers LP ‘It’s The Girls!’ Why Your Favorite Artists Are Releasing Covers Albums This Holiday Season Legends Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand find continued success with a little help from some (famous) friends

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Bette Midler Covers TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’

    Bette Middler is paying tribute to some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups in music history with her upcoming collection of covers It’s the Girls. The album, available November 4 from Warner Bros. records, features 15 classic tracks by legendary ladies including the Ronettes, the Supremes, TLC, and the Chiffons, among others. “A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” Midler said in a press release. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.” Listen to the iconic singer’s smooth rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” below, (debuting exclusively through The Advocate), delicately delivered as only the Divine Miss M can. It’s The Girls Deluxe Edition With 2 Extra Tracks Now Available For Pre-Order At Target Online Bette Midler announces new studio album It’s The Girls Bette Midler Proves Why She’s One Of The All-Time Greats In ‘Be My Baby’ Cover Bette Midler to Release “It’s the Girls,” a Salute to Girl Groups, in November

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    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Bette Attends Barbara Walter’s Birthday Party

    New York Post Page Six Cindy Adams September 28, 2014 | 10:55pm 10644809_702484726508596_3449515718526923052_n I’m Barbara’d out. Thursday Walters’ Rainbow Room black-tie birthday had traffic cops, Roger Akiki’s security team, checkpoints, and one lane closed purely for the 200 one-namer guests like Hoda, Kissinger, Langella, Lauder, McCartney, Trump, Koch, Follett and place cards made from BW’s 60 years in TV photos. Enough already. Who does she think she is — Rosie O’Donnell? Bloomberg asked: “Remember me?” I said: “You look familiar.” He said: “I’m Brad Pitt.” Bette Midler solicited donations for her city beautifying projects. A UN VIP wondered might Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur weekend stop attendance to the Pakistan president’s speech. Somebody answered: “If so we can douse him with a bowl of pig blood.” Lawyer David (“Off to Washington for seven weeks. I’m suing the government.”) Boies’ wife, Mary, never removed long black gloves. She must’ve been fed intravenously. She’d sewed her large jewelled ring (Boies earns big) onto the glove so she didn’t lose it. Barbara, Oprah and other types had sailed on David Geffen’s superyacht so discussed was his — pardon the phrase — busy little dinghy. Co-hosts were Princess Firyal, Mercedes Bass, Diana Taylor, Annette de la Renta, Nicole Seligman, Marie-Josée Kravis. I tell you the truth, not a shabby party. Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

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