Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DEAR KHLOE. I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT LAMAR




DEAR KHLOE,

I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT LAMAR. You are a wonderful, loving woman, and I know how difficult it is to care about an alcoholic addict. You try so hard to "save" them. You keep talking to them about getting better and what to do in order to "save them.' You really mean well, and it's so hard when they don't take your advice because you are giving good, life-saving advice. You pick them up off the floor. You rush them to hospitals. AND THEY STILL DON'T LISTEN. THEY DON'T CHANGE.

Please know that it's not your fault. Please know that you can't change him. YOU CANT DO ANYTHING EXCEPT TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, LET GO, AND PRAY FOR HIM.

I want you to have a beautiful, happy life. Step away now. You are not being selfish. The only person you can save is YOU.

I'll say a prayer for you.

Love,
Sue

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

THE WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID ACTRESSES FOR 2016--JENNIFER LAWRENCE NO. 1



Jennifer Lawrence deserves every dime

THESE MONEY FIGURES ARE SO HIGH THAT I THINK OF IT AS MONOPOLY MONEY. BUT, WE MUST REMEMBER THAT IT IS THE FACES AND WORK OF THESE WOMEN THAT PUT MONEY INTO THE POCKETS OF PRODUCERS AND STUDIOS. AND, THE STUDIOS AND PRODUCERS PROBABLY MAKE MUCH MORE. GO WOMEN POWER!
Jennifer Lawrence is the world's highest-paid actress in 2016 for the second year in a row, followed by Melissa McCarthy, who notched a big gain to claim the runner-up spot, Forbes magazine reported on Tuesday.  Lawrence, the 26-year-old star of The Hunger Games franchise, has earned $46 million before taxes over 12 months, in part from a big upfront fee for the forthcoming movie Passengers, Forbes said. In second place is Melissa McCarthy, who has $33 million in earnings. Scarlett Johansson of Captain America: Civil Wars was third at $25 million, down nearly 30 per cent from 2015. 
 The rest of the 2016 top 10 are: 
 4. Jennifer Aniston - $21 million----(Why?)
 5. Fan Bingbing - $17 million 

What is a Fan Bing Bing, you ask? Well, now you see her. She also has a sister, Li Bing Bing.
How do I know about the Bing Bings???? Beloved Joan Rivers started doing jokes about them on FASHION POLICE.  We used to text each other about the Bing Bing happenings. You know---how many bangs in a Bing? Bing, Bang, Bong. Thins like that. Sigh.......

Fan Bing Bing
 
Li Bing Bing


 6. Charlize Theron - $16.5 million 
 7. Amy Adams - $13.5 million---Yay, Amy!
 8. Julia Roberts - $12 million---Still love you!
 9. Mila Kunis - $11 million 
 10. Deepika Padukone - $10 million

Deepika Padukone--born in Denmark to Indian parents.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

EXPERIENCING ADELE LIVE---MAKES YOU GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE





LOOK AT THE JOY ON THIS FACE. THIS IS SOMEONE WHO LOVES WHAT SHE DOES AND LOVES TO SHARE IT WITH AUDIENCES.

Adele is the the hottest, most successful female singer in the world right now. She doesn't need back-up dancers. She doesn't need costume changes. She doesn't lip sync or need autotune. She doesn't need huge, changing sets or a chorus behind her. Her breasts don't need to fall out of costumes to get your attention.You know why? BECAUSE SHE HAS ACTUAL TALENT. Read this paragraph again, please.

The audience supplies the "lighting"

I have had the privilege of seeing every female singer who has had a hit record since the 60s. Whether it was in a jazz club, the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip, Las Vegas, or arenas---I've seen them all.

The actual astonishing vocal instrument that can perform live without gimmicks, is a magnificent thing. Let's talk about Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, , Janis Joplin, and Phoebe Snow. I have known or knew them all. They are masters of being "in one," because they have the pure talent. I've left out "arena singers" Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and Cher. Love them all but......this is about pure vocal instruments.

To make this more contemporary for a moment, let's look at Ariana Grande. She has an amazing vocal instrument. In fact, she's the only really young one who does. She can stand there "in one" and hold you. But her handlers are too insecure to let her do that. They have packaged and homogenized her into certain oblivion. Her only was out is to fire them before it's too late. But back to Adele....






I have NEVER seen any solo female artist do in concert what Adele did at Staples. While she sings magnificent song after song, flawlessly.........she spends a great deal of time just talking to the audience. Some of it is rehearsed patter, to be sure, but she is totally authentic. She speaks like she's your best friend, your manicurist, your favorite salesgirl at Marks & Spencer........she is ONE with the audience. She is as happy to see you as you are to see her. She confides in you. She shows her flaws. She's humble, funny, grateful. She is a whole human being. She is a big star, but not stand-offish. She is everywoman and shoots holes in the theory that big stars are untouchable.

To see her on this tour is that rare moment in a star's career. It's not the first blush of recognition. It is that moment of the star's ascendance meeting the full power of what will be the most powerful time of her career. She has decades to go, of course, but NEVER will this confluence come again.

Naushaba
 My lucky, grateful buddies who experienced this with me.
Michelle

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LESLEY ANN WARREN. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PARTY!

LESLEY ANN WARREN REALLY IS "CINDERELLA." SHE LOOKS AT LIFE THROUGH ROSE-COLORED GLASSES, AND IS ALL ABOUT MAKING HAPPINESS A PRIORITY.



Lesley and husband Ron Taft


Her wonderful husband, award-winning graphic artist, Ron Taft, gave her an exquisite dinner party at Il Cielo. His theme was "Make Someone Happy," and at each place-setting was a pair of heart-shaped rose-colored glasses. It was also not lost on all of us that they were the same glasses Sue Lyon wore in "Lolita." "Cinderella" likes to be "bad," too!"






Right before the cake, Ron arranged for Jimmy Durante's recording of "Make Someone Happy" to be played, and we all sang along---TWICE!

Us
 We all LOVED those glasses!!!!
With the indescribably-brilliant Allee Willis




Place card designed by Ron
 We had beautiful smoked salmon hors d'oeuvres, followed by a mushroom ravioli appetizer, a lightly-dressed green salad, chicken or salmon with couscous, and then THAT cake!


Lesley is one of the most loving human beings I've ever known. She and all her friends have amazing reciprocal friendships. What a blessing. The room was filled with so
much love.


Mindy, Noreena, Jill, Lesley, and Darrilyn

Bob , Prudence, Lesley and Allee

SUSIECAKES is Lesley's favorite bakery. We had the classic marble cake with chocolate chocolate chip filling and white buttercream icing. Thank you, God...and Ron.

 Was Lesley happy about the cake?????
Judge for yourself!!!!
May her every wish come true

Friday, August 19, 2016

I MISS CHASEN'S RESTAURANT. FEELING NOSTALGIC TODAY


CHASEN'S IS THE GREATEST RESTAURANT HOLLYWOOD EVER HAD






I SPENT DECADES OF MY LIFE HERE.  I WENT AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH WITH MY PARENTS, AND ALSO HAD EVERY BIRTHDAY HERE UNTIL IT CLOSED, WHICH, BY THE WAY, WAS THE NIGHT AFTER MY BIRTHDAY IN 1995.

When I went with my parents, who'd been coming since the 40s when it was on the Sunset Strip serving just chili, the red carpet was rolled out for them. When I got my column in the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, it was rolled out for me. I enjoyed earning it in my own right.

( I will, of course, never forget my 30th birthday. I had the bright idea to have my divorced mother and father and their spouses ALL at dinner. Big mistake. Could barely digest my food.)

I loved Tommy, Ronnie and John. When the closing was announced, I made a weekly reservation to be there until the last night. I worked a deal with John. I needed his help You see, I was determined to have a complete Chasen's service for four by the time it closed. Indeed, I have the full complement of plates, silverware, napkins--even the sugar and creamers. God Bless You, John. And I use them!

Chasen's was family. I was a little child, but I do remember Dave and Maude. I was there when stars who were real stars dined there. It was thrilling. It was like a private club that only success could get you into, and even THAT success was measured by where you sat and who was your captain. I never cared whether I was in the room on the right or the left, as long as it was the front room. And, it always was.

I was so at home there, that when BEVERLY HILLS 213 asked me to be on their cover to celebrate my first novel, I asked that it be shot in one of my favorite booths. I think, in terms of career, that was the happiest and proudest I've ever been. 



There will never be another Steak Diane like theirs, or a Banana Shortcake, or Creamed Spinach. I don't care what trendy restaurant is hot right now. When they last 60 years, I may be impressed.


Dave Chasen

On the last night I had all the Maitre'ds, captains, waiters, and busboys sign it

Looking toward a private room in the bar room

Paul Williams--my favorite architect

Just another night with Eddie and Elizabeth



The Reagans and the Bill Holdens

Thank you, Bristol Farms, for leaving up the facade and having a "Chasen's Room"

FROM LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE--the usual history for those who don't know.

If you moved to Los Angeles after 1995, you may not know about Chasen’s—although the restaurant had the stuff Hollywood legends are made of. Located at 9039 Beverly Boulevard near Beverly Hills, Chasen’s opened in December 1936 and quickly became the culinary hangout of Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, and Groucho Marx. Jimmy Stewart held his bachelor party here, Howard Hughes was seen constantly on the house phone, Alfred Hitchcock routinely fell asleep at his table. After Johnny Carson won his third Emmy in as many years, he took all of the show’s insiders for a celebratory dinner at Chasen’s. Donna Summer wrote her hit “She Works Hard For the Money” on toilet paper in the bathroom—that was Chasen’s for you.
The restaurant, which was run by Maude Chasen and her husband Dave until his death in 1973, focused on hearty American/Continental cuisine and became as famous for its colossal seafood platters, hobo steak, a buffet that offered beluga caviar, and delicious cheese toast appetizers as its clientele. When Elizabeth Taylor was filming Cleopatra in Rome she craved their chili so much that she reportedly had her studio pay big bucks to have it shipped to Italy twice a month. For years the recipe remained a closely guarded secret, David Chasen was rumored to come the restaurant every Sunday to privately cook up a batch for the week.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TEEN SUICIDE--WHAT A WORLD


HE KILLED HIMSELF BECAUSE HIS PARENTS WERE ACTIVE, UNTREATED ALCOHOLICS AND HE SAW NO WAY OUT FOR HIMSELF. THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND JAILED FOREVER FOR MURDER

DAMN. DAMN. DAMN.