Liz Smith: Picture Perfect

“YOU GET lots of adulation for being a trouper and a survivor, which basically means you’re a quaint old thing who must have been very famous at one point. You never burst their bubble by telling them you actually were never that famous to begin with.”

This is downtown columnist Michael Musto talking of growing older. But I consider dailymusto.com just a kid’s column. More power to it!

WENT TO another mah-velous party What else is new in little old Manhattan, but mah-velous parties!

This was Le Cirque’s glamourous kick-off for the new massive coffee table book about the history of the famed Maccioni family and a pictorial grab-bag of presidents, kings, queens, social VIPs down the ages as Sirio, the man from Montecatini in Tuscany, presided over all his Paris and New York and other restaurant experiences.

If you loved Sirio as a young leading head waiter at the old Colony restaurant on 61st street (and, I did!) … or if you liked the original Le Cirque which he put into the Mayfair Hotel back in 1974 … or Le Cirque when it was on Madison Avenue at 50th … or if you like it now in its 58th street incarnation … well, it’s all here (Then there is the exhausting fact that Sirio is about to open another restaurant using his first name in the Pierre Hotel — that happens next month.)

Regarding this kickoff for the book, there are drawings, cartoons, and real art work, as in The Legends by Robert Cenedella. In this painting, I am found sitting where I never sat, between Richard Nixon and Georgette Mosbacher

There is terrific written history by Pamela Fiori with a foreword penned by Alain Ducasse and a preface by Rudi Sodamin. Ben Fink was in charge of photography and the former O magazine photo editor, Jennifer Crandall, selected photos through the years. (She has me with such as Donald Trump, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Mike and Mary Wallace — not bad!)

There are sections of Sirio with his various chefs, his handsome sons, his singer chef wife Egi, his contributions to the Holland America Line, and an entire section on great looking recipes written by Jane Sigal. The design is from Patricia Fabricant.

Oh, we don’t dare forget Le Cirques in Las Vegas, New Delhi, and the Dominican Republic.

The book holds photos of people with millions, but it’s only $39.95 and you can get it at Le Cirque 58th street or here.

 I ASKED my pal Joy Behar how I could find her new show and she told me this:

“I’ve been saying that Current TV is like the g-spot of television. It may be hard to find, but once you find it, there’s nothing better If you live in Manhattan, Current is on Channel 103 on Time Warner and also available on Dish and Direct TV.

“My new show is great. Current TV lets me say anything and I’ve had some great guests — Susan Sarandon, Cyndi Lauper, Sue Simmons, Suzanne Somers, Andy Cohen, etc. If your readers don’t get Current, they could call their cable provider and demand they add me to their line-up.”

Well, I finally found the correct channel for OWN to see Oprah in New York, so I guess soon I can find Joy as well. It’s not so simple after us super middle-aged folks count to 13, is it?

NICE REUNION for two of the world’s sexiest runners last Friday. I do mean Nick Symmonds and Maggie Vessey who competed in the inaugural “Nick Symmonds Springfield 800 Meter Race.” The event was an attempt to bring “middle distance running” to the masses, so to speak.

Symmonds and Vessey used to be an item, parted, but are still friends (Symmonds briefly caught the eye of Paris Hilton, but her remarks on gays recently, turned him off.  Miss Vessey, while still running and training, is looking for a career in broadcasting. Both athletes — Symmonds especially — believe in marketing themselves. Sport has a short shelf life and is fraught with peril (Look what just happened to Derek Jeter!)

IT’S NOT that Liam Neeson hasn’t been a star for quite a while, but the success of his “Taken” films has vaulted him into another category altogether. “Taken 2” topped the box-office again last weekend.  If there is a “Taken 3” most industry observers predict he’ll comman a $20 million salary. I’ve always admired this low-key Irishman, and I’m happy for this amusing, profitable mid-life surge of popularity. (I also admire the fact that he kicked his longtime smoking habit.)

HOW ABOUT getting in on the 23rd New York Cabaret Convention from Oct. 17-19 at the Rose Theater of Jazz at Lincoln Center, celebrating the founder Donald Smith.

This is presented by the Mabel Mercer Foundation. Both Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett said they learned everything they knew from Mabel. The talented KT Sullivan is running this event and you can call 212-721-6500, or go to www.jalc.org.

This column originally appeared on NYSocialDiary.com on 10/16/12

One comment so far.

  1. avatar Linda says:

    I think you are amazing, before WOW I really did not have any interest reading about the lives of entertainers or notable individuals. Feeling columns were too invasive into private lives. After reading your articles written with respect rather than being ready to expose what does not need to be seen I have found learning about others enjoyable.

    Thank you!