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October 16, 2013 | My Blog

TWO INTERESTING WEEKS AWAY FROM HOME (INCLUDING PARIS)

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. They all remained good friends. Who knew! Jeff was in town filming “Dumb and Dumber too” with Jim Carey, and he, his wife Kathleen and I had dinner at Sanjay’s & Rebecca’s and had many laughs, especially when Jeff described his experience at the Emmys where he was the big surprise (and much deserved) Best Actor win for his role in “The Newsroom.” It was fascinating talking to Sanjay about all he learned from his cannabis research for the CNN documentary, “Weed”–and it’s always wonderful when you discover that wives of famous men you know are really smart and funny in their own right.

From there, I traveled to Thomasville in south Georgia to participate in the first annual Covey Film Festival (‘Covey’ as in covey of quail which abound in that part of the state). The festival benefitted the Thomasville Community Resource Center which I helped found in the mid 1990s. We now have expanded to over 400 kids in after school programs. The festival focused on films and documentaries about children and children’s issues and I got to see “Beasts of the Southern Wild” again and interview the author, Lucy Alibar, who is a beautiful, fascinating woman and native of Thomasville as are many creative, film-oriented people.

From Georgia I went to New York where The Women’s Media Center had our big annual gala which Lily Tomlin Emceed brilliantly and where we honored media women who’ve made a major impact. Paley Center President & CEO, Pat Mitchell presented the Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award to Christiane Amanpour, Gloria Steinem presented a major award to Sheila Johnson, founder of BET; Marta Nelson, editor in chief of Time Inc, presented the Mary Thom Art of Editing Award posthumously to Mary Thom, I gave Lindy West the Social Media Award. Her acceptance speech was hysterical. Check out her website. Here’s a picture taken of us three co-founders (Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem & me) taken from the giant screen, hence a little distorted. (and okay, so I wore the same outfit for two galas in a row.)

Sally Field, Catherine Keener, Rosario Dawson (with her mother who looks like her sister!), Jen Regenstreich, and Sharon and Howel Ferguson from Thomasville, GA, were at my table.

Me with Keener, taken by Jen.

I didn’t take photos but had a wonderful dinner with Eve Ensler after which we saw an all-woman performance of “Julius Caesar” at the St Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. It was a brilliant production. The warehouse was a women’s prison and the prisoners decide to perform the play, mostly in their prison garb. I never understood the play so deeply. It felt like it was written for today. The actors were superb as was the directing.

I also had great dinners with my BBF, Paula Weinstein, and with my son Troy. During the 2 1/2 days before I had to leave for Paris (someone has to do it :-), I spent 8 to 10 hours a day in a friend’s sun-drenched, inspiring apartment basically without getting up from the table, writing. I’m working on my first novel and I was, as they say, in the zone.

In Paris I stayed at Le Meurice Hotel. My first time staying there, although in the 70′s I filmed a scene in “Julia” there–the scene where Lillian Hellman (me) meets up with Dorothy Parker (Rosemary Murphy) and her husband (Hal Holbrooke). I was upgraded to the penthouse and I felt like royalty.

Barely had time to enjoy this luxurious bathroom.

It had a wrap-around terrace with out-of-this-world views

In the distance you can see Montmartre

The Jardins des Tuileries and the Louvre Museum.

Monday we had a long day filming a commercial for L’Oreal’s new “Age Perfect Extraordinary Oils” for the face. There were 3 of us, me and the Dutch model, Doutzen Kroes, and the German-born model, Tatiana. Still photos were taken by Liz Collins. We were filmed alone, in couples and in threes.

Here is Stephane Lancien doing my hair (they like the longer look)

Charlotte Willer did my makeup

It was fun not being the only one. I liked the sense of camaraderie. And now I’m home and only slightly jet lagged though swamped with work when all I really want to do is write my novel.

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jo reynolds22:35 October 16, 2013

What a beautiful place to be in Paris! Makes me wish I was there…..having as much fun! You are a very talented and beautiful human being. The photo shoot is just wonderful. Oh, and can’t wait for your novel. Happy writing. :) ~ Jo

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Dinija05:27 October 17, 2013

You look so gorgeous. You’re the living proof that true beauty does not fade away.

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Olga HERISANU06:38 October 17, 2013

Very interesting fortnight, full of various events. Wonderful pictures and, of course, you are “ravissante”…
Thank you for sharing with us your way of living the life to the fullest.It is said that if you love life, life will love you back. It is very true in your case.

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Joya13:00 October 17, 2013

I want to thank you for introducing me to the Coton breed.
After seeing photos on your web site of you and Tulea, I thought Tulea was an extremely adorable dog and I would one day purchase a Coton puppy. That day was last year and my little Lola is the best dog I’ve ever owned. Other than your photos, I had never seen a Coton. My first experience was visiting Cowboy Coton’s in Tampa, talking to the breeder, and purchasing an eight week old puppy.

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Ann Baldwin00:41 October 18, 2013

Jane,
I always enjoy reading your blog posts, especially about your interesting travels; you have an eloquent & delightful voice. I’m looking forward to reading your first novel and my curiousity it peaked to know what it’s about ~ :)
Ann

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Brian Judge07:40 October 18, 2013

Jane, great blog! However I hope you didn’t have to actually walk in those sky-high heels that you wore in one of the photos from the L’Oreal shoot. OUCH!

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yonnegler13:29 October 18, 2013

..WHY, OH WHY DO I LOVE PARIS….I share some of your pictures and articles in my Facebook page, and now you´ve got so many more fans and admirers…pit,most of them cannot read or speak english, so I translate a little!But every one of them,man and woman friends of mine, are always facinated with your beauty,how you grew old so gracefully,how you take such a good care of yoursef (we go to the Beach)and many are trying to follow your advices.All the ladies got your Book.Next time you came to Brazil, we will be all there waiting for you…and you can espect some more HUGS! We brazilians hugs a lot those we love ( you know it by now)….xo..Best regards from Rio.

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Daniel P.16:12 October 18, 2013

Great blog. :) I’m so glad to hear about you so often.

And Jane, do yourself a favor and watch Gravity and Blue Is The Warmest Color in case you haven’t. Such beautiful, rich films (with great female leads) and I know you’d be impressed by them. :) That French girl Adele is such a marvelous beautiful (inside and out) talent! If you loved Jennifer Lawrence, you’ll go crazy for her. :)

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Nancy Motley18:47 October 18, 2013

You are on, of two, of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. I have one other person, that is beautiful, like you are beautiful, but that’s it….

I wish, so so so so so much, that I could meet you. I almost sent you my “book”; but, know you “don’t really have time for that”. If you get bored, let me know… I wish you could know me…

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Nancy Motley19:06 October 18, 2013

(And this is the last time I will say this)…this is for you, not all of “your fans”. I appreciated,so much, your quiet acknowledgement of me in my last ??? goings on???? I think you are wonderful; I wish I wasn’t some Joe Shmoe.. I wish I could meet you. And I mean like have a picnic somewhere; or swim naked together (don’t mis-understand that) Naked, in the way of my two most beautiful people, doesn’t have anything to do with sex. Well, probably has everything to do with sex, but not like how that sounds. Anyway; I think you are wonderfully beautiful…

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kate hoffman12:53 October 21, 2013

What a lovely space to do your writing!! I am so excited to read your novel!!! You are an amazing woman, Jane!!
I am flying to NM in Nov. for a week, after looking at all your photos of NM, I know I am going to love it! Can you suggest any places that serve Italian Cuisine?

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Blair13:06 October 22, 2013

Jane –

Your hair is almost as iconic as you are! What prompted the change in length? It looks great!

Blair

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Nancy Motley17:12 October 24, 2013

And two days later, you have”nt asked me not to. And the reality is, that you are busy, and haven’t been “here”. I don’t care; I’m sending it. It really will be helpful to me…

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