“4:30 a.m wake up … two doughnuts … trainer arrives 8:00 a.m … 45 minutes of cardio in the home gym … 100 e-mails … one half a banana; several slices of pineapple … zero cell-phone calls … one pre-dinner nap … 4 and a half hours sleep.”
That’s designer Tom Ford, giving Harper’s Bazaar a fast rundown of a typical day. I like best “zero cell phone calls.”
Tom also takes four hot baths a day, and like a good boy, washes his face before he goes to bed. He sleeps nude. In fact, he says, “I rarely wear clothes at all when I am at home.”
Well, Tom and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine have something in common. Not only does Levine also prefer to go naked around the house, he enjoys being photographed sans clothes. When Entertainment Weekly asked Adam if he was going to continue posing nude, he said, “Of course! You gotta do it while you’re still young!”
Gypsy Rose Lee couldn’t have said it better.
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WELL, LARRY KING and CNN finally parted ways for good. Larry was ousted from his position as the big man with the big interviews — Piers Morgan has that spot. Larry still owed CNN a few specials. Now he’s done. Piers Morgan will never warm the cockles of my heart, but I suppose some people enjoy his smirky style. I do miss Larry’s presence, even on a limited basis.
As for the rest of CNN, it seems to be populated by giggling adults who are always advising us “I am available on Twitter.” Last week, CNN served up wall-to-wall Whitney Houston. Even on the day President Obama was delivering his budget, CNN opened with Whitney, and ran the messy-looking last photos of the singer all through the hour with a big headline “Whitney was drinking heavily before she died!” as if this was even news or disputed by then.
CNN seems to have reached a turning point. It was hard to distinguish between this once-proud news outlet and Harvey Levin’s gossip-fest, TMZ.
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ON A rainy day in Manhattan, there was Michael’s, a’boil with big names: TV and literary and publishing wise. Wednesday is usually the day that Mediabistro.com publishes who lunched at this power restaurant, but this was a Thursday. Those there on a Thursday didn’t care whether they were written about or not.
There was the advertising legend, Mary Wells Lawrence, back in town for a few weeks … the wOw creator and former editor/publisher Joni Evans … “60 Minutes” reporting star Lesley Stahl … the writing food and politics demon of New Orleans, one Julia Reed … and “Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden, ABC’s hidden asset late at night in the correct demographic, with blazing ratings. These amazing ladies are said to be about to make news on Sirius XM — radio, the not-so-forgotten way to get news in your ear.
Spotted in Michael’s also was the excellent author Jon Meacham (he wrote the epic book on the relationship of FDR and Churchill) and he is about to move his entire operation to Nashville. I begged him to look up the gifted author Ann Patchett, who has opened a bookstore there in Tennessee. It is called Parnassus Books. Ann is attempting to help real books have a comeback.
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TALKING ABOUT famous people — today I received a wonderful, absolutely amazing coffee table book from the photographer Ellen Graham.
I have known Ellen for years, and she has surprised us now with one of the best collections of the famous I’ve ever seen. (And I’ve seen them all, from Harry Benson to Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz.)
This book goes from the “Mink is for football” designer Valentino to the Prince of Monaco, Brooke Astor and C-Z Guest. It also includes Liza, Halston, Cher, Andy Warhol, and movie actors galore. Gloria Swanson is there lying among hundreds of her high heels. It’s quite a book.
Talking Pictures, so titled, is from Pointed Leaf Press, and will be in all the best bookstores. (You remember bookstores where you can feel and smell and hold the pages and pick it up and put it down without turning on your electricity. )
I am thrilled with Ellen Graham’s work and talent. There are 200 images, every one better than the one before. Youthful Warren Beatty is on the cover. But there’s a photo inside of Natalie Wood; it took my breath away. Don’t miss this book!
P.S. the police investigation to “find out what really happened” to Natalie Wood 30 years ago has quietly closed. Just as I predicted.
And just as I predicted back in 1984, when the LAPD reopened the investigation into Marilyn Monroe’s death. In both cases, it was little more than publicity for upcoming books.
Natalie’s death was a terrible accident. Marilyn probably found herself awash in a sudden depression, and with all those pills on hand, tried to wipe out her misery. Perhaps she changed her mind?
The more you really know about Marilyn’s life, especially during her last year, the less likely you are to believe murder theories. Natalie, too!
But I know people prefer that. More dramatic.