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Having dinner with Eve Ensler, at Brasserie Bofinger where the waiter gave us both a rose.

FRIENDSHIP AND OPTIMISM

Posted on February 20, 2012, in My Blog, with 9 Comments

Eve Ensler just came over to visit me. I haven’t seen her in many months. Too many months, because being with Eve opens my heart and lifts my spirit. I have known Eve since the end of the 1990s when our mutual friend, Pat Mitchell, brought her to Ted’s flagship ranch in Montana where I was having a women’s weekend sleepover—7 or 8 women friends, most involved with CNN in some capacity.…

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I'm giving Richard  Branson an award tonight at Clive Davis' pre Grammy party. The pall hangs heavy.

WHITNEY HOUSTON & LAST NIGHT’S PRE-GRAMMY PARTY

Posted on February 12, 2012, in My Blog, with 10 Comments

Like many others who were invited to Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party, Richard and I wondered if the party would be cancelled when Whitney’s death in her room at the Beverly Hilton was announced. Kathy Griffin and a few others emailed asking if I thought it` would go on and if we were going. I emailed back saying I was certain it would not be cancelled.…

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NEW MEXICO NEW GARDEN

Posted on January 27, 2012, in My Blog, with 19 Comments

At my beautiful ranch. As I sat at my desk today writing, I watched the perfect snow storm…big, dry snow flakes coming down like in one of those glass shake ‘em up snow ball things. It didn’t last but so what. The sun came out and I saw a huge bird dive into the river and pull up a trout. At first I though it was a blue heron but then I saw that it was brown with a white breast…huge.…

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A TRIP BACK TO ATLANTA

Posted on January 23, 2012, in My Blog, with 6 Comments

I’m here for various events on behalf of my non-profit, The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and to see my daughter and grandkids. It’s been rainy and cold but still, as always, Atlanta is a warm and friendly place and I love being back and seeing so many friends and colleagues

Yesterday we had a similar luncheon with 20 women at Ginny Brewer’s home and it was a very moving event for me.…

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The stage with the white platforms we will soon inhabit, with Paramount's logo behind. Everyone was assigned a place and some of us were told how to pose. Justin Bieber was at the very back and top of the stairs sitting. Demi Moore (looked terrific!) was lying down on the stairs right behind me.

AWARDS SEASON AGAIN!

Posted on January 15, 2012, in My Blog, with 10 Comments

The parties are back-to-back and the nominees pretty much go to them all. Richard and I go to the ones that feature the films, actors and directors we especially admire.

Yesterday, just about every major film star and major director, well, 125 of us, who has worked for Paramount Pictures, gathered on a sound stage to have our group photo taken for the studios 100th anniversary.…

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PRIME TIME 2012!

Posted on January 5, 2012, in My Blog, with 11 Comments

HAPPY 2012! I hope your year is off to a good start, and that we will all find this to be the year we are Surthriving! (Combo of survive and thrive). I must say I am absolutely thrilled with how 2012 has begun. Fist, my episode of “Oprah’s Master Class” is airing this Sunday at 10PM ET/PT on OWN.…

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With Bob Seger

BOB SEGER

Posted on December 29, 2011, in My Blog, with 12 Comments

You gotta understand, I’ve always loved Bob Seger. When I hear “Night Moves,” or “Against the Wind,” or “Horizontal Bop” among the many others, I am transported to specific times, exciting times, romantic, sensual times and it makes me so happy. He hasn’t been touring for a long time so when he got his manager to invite me to come to the Staples Canter for his concert last night Richard and I jumped at the chance.…

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Posted on December 27, 2011, in My Blog, with 17 Comments

I wish all my social media friends a wonderful Holiday. I am in Aspen, Colorado. Been here 5 days and return home today. Not skiing. Too nervous I might throw out my hip or knee replacement but, gotta say, if we come back next year I’m gonna bite the bullet and do some easy slopes. Ditto Richard. He hasn’t skied this time either.…

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Me as Tom Joad (well, okay, in eye makeup!), Danny Elfman, Simone and Troy as Bonnie and Clyde.

BIRTHDAY PARTY & DEPRESSION ERA XMAS PARTY

Posted on December 18, 2011, in My Blog, with 13 Comments

This weekend I attended two parties, Friday a birthday party for Arnold Stiefel, and Saturday a themed Christmas Party. The Christmas party theme was The Great Depression. I went as Tom Joad, my father’s iconic character from “Grapes of Wrath”and Richard as a corrupt banker. A fantastic big band played the music from that era which people danced to. Danny Elfman sang.…

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