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ANSWERING ATTACKS ON MY CREDIBILITY AS A PHILANTHROPIST

Posted on December 19, 2013, in My Blog, with 30 Comments

I’m not in the habit of responding to erroneous attacks and slander aimed my way but, when someone accuses me of being a hypocrite with regards to my financial support of organizations and causes I believe in, I feel compelled to answer back.

Last week a website called The Smoking Gun said that one of my foundations didn’t donate any money from 2006 to 2011.…

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EXTENDING THANKSGIVING INTO ATLANTA

Posted on December 8, 2013, in My Blog, with 17 Comments

I went to Atlanta on Sunday with my grandchildren. I wanted to spend more time with them and see my daughter, Vanessa.

She has rented a studio in a place in west Atlanta called the Goat Farm. Atlanta is not a big city like New York or Chicago or Los Angeles, but it has so many pockets of uniqueness–places with very different personalities and Vanessa has made her creative home in one of the most unusual.…

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(left to right): Viva, Maia Perry, Kristina Perry, Merritt Perry, Carolyn Zwicker, Katherine Zwicker, Richard Perry, me,, Simone Bent Garity (hiding), Troy Garity, Malcolm Vadim, Gavin Perry.

A FAMILY THANKSGIVING VACATION IN NEW MEXICO

Posted on December 2, 2013, in My Blog, with 18 Comments

We’ve gotten a lot of snow in New Mexico and we came prepared. I love seeing the snow-covered trees and identifying all the tracks left by deer, rabbit, coyote and even, we’re pretty sure, some black bear. Here’s a video Troy made while four-wheeling on the ranch:

Gathered at the ranch this year were my boyfriend Richard Perry, my grandkids, Malcom and Viva, my son, Troy, and Simone, his wife; my step-daughter Nathalie Vadim, Richard’s brother Roger Perry, Roger’s partner Carolyn Zwicker and her daughter, Katherine, Roger’s son Merritt Perry, his wife Kristina and their children, Maia and Gavin.…

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT — from the New York Times

Posted on November 25, 2013, in My Blog, with 6 Comments

I read this story by Michael F. Matthews today and feel it’s important and that’s why I’m posting it here as a blog. It follows the topic of PTSD following sexual assault, the importance of telling and the fact that we need to do everything we can for ourselves and for others to put an end to this. I will quote the first two paragraphs and hope you will want to click onto the NYT site and read it all.…

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SOME REACTIONS TO ISSUES RAISED BY MY PREVIOUS BLOG

Posted on November 19, 2013, in My Blog, with 21 Comments

I have been very moved by many of the things people have written as a result of my last blog, FOR MY MOTHER, so much so that I want to say a few more things about this horrific (and under-reported) issue of sexual violence, incest and some of the resulting damage that is caused to the victims.

One woman shared her story with me–an agonizing story of continued, terrible abuse over much of her young life by many different men including her father.…

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FOR MY MOTHER

Posted on October 28, 2013, in My Blog, with 131 Comments

My mother was sexually abused as a young girl, long before people knew the life-long damage it causes or that there are ways to heal the wounds–the worst of which are not what happens physically but what is done to the identity, the emotions, the brain of the victim, particularly if the person is not believed, not understood, not heard.

I did not know this about my mother until I was in my sixties although I had sensed all my life that something bad must have happened to her when she was little because she was always sick, unable to really love, self-mutilated in the form of excessive plastic surgery, felt evil and worthless, hated her body, was promiscuous and eventually committed suicide when she was forty-two.…

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TWO INTERESTING WEEKS AWAY FROM HOME (INCLUDING PARIS)

Posted on October 16, 2013, in My Blog, with 20 Comments

First I went to Atlanta for the annual Empower party that raises money for my Georgia-based non-profit, The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. We honored Dr Sanjay Gupta with the Health Pioneer. It was a lot of fun and a big success. My favorite ex-husband, Ted Turner, was my date.

Turns out Dr Gupta went to University of Michigan and, with his wife Rebecca, lived near Jeff Daniels in a small lake town 15 minutes from Ann Arbor.…

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A REMARKABLE EVENING OF MUSIC AND ARCHITECTURE

Posted on October 3, 2013, in My Blog, with 12 Comments

A few evenings ago, Richard and I attended the 10th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles designed by the great architect, Frank Gehry who was being honored.

I will go anywhere to honor Frank Gehry but what made it even more special was that the L.A. Symphony’s Music Director, Gustavo Dudamel — fabulous, fiery, playful, brilliant, thirty-something Venezuelan was conducting and the great Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, would be performing a Bach solo (Prelude from Cello Suite No.…

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A VISIT WITH NEW FRIENDS IN MIDDLEBERG, VIRGINIA

Posted on September 16, 2013, in My Blog, with 30 Comments

Last spring, a group of women who’d been assembled by my friend Edwina Johnson, spent 5 days at my New Mexico ranch. They had made a winning bid for this visit at an auction to support my non-profit, The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. One of the women, Beth Gibbens, was there with her daughter Elizabeth. She is a close friend of Edwina’s because their husbands, Tom Johnson (publisher of the Los Angeles Times and later, President of CNN) and Wayne Gibbens (who worked with Texas Governor John Connelly) had both been part of the Lyndon Johnson administration.…

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