Last night at a private party, I saw lots of old friends. Bob Daly, who used to run Warner Brothers and his wife, composer, Carole Bayer Sager; Terry Semel who was at Warner Brothers helm with Daly and his wife, Jane; Barbra Streisand and James Brolin. Barbra has just finished the film sequel to “Meet The Fockers.” Elton John, Shirley Maclaine, my best friend, Producer Paula Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, Anjelica Huston, Joan Collins, and many others. It is such fun to talk to all these talents about the current spate of nominated films. Never have I experienced such wide and passionate differences on the same movies. Wish I could have taken pictures but that’s not kosher at such a gathering…besides, I still don’t have a camera. It took place in the gorgeous home of Sandy Gallin. I owe a lot to Sandy. Back in the seventies and eighties, he managed Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Cher, etc and it was he who worked magic to get Lily and Dolly to agree to be in my film, “Nine to Five.”
BUT, I am tired and writing is not easy today…writing my book, that is. Now I gotta stop with the book and the blog and get ready to watch the Golden Globes at Richard’s home with some friends and then go to a big party at my agency, CAA. Troy reminds me it is “work.” Being seen and all that. Tomorrow it will all be over and hopefully I can get back to serious, uninterrupted writing time.
Oh yes, how could I forget—talk about name dropping, yesterday afternoon, at Richard’s request, we attended the BAFTA tea, the British organization that is the equivalent of our Academy Award org. He wanted to see his longtime friend, Paul McCartney. That was a thrill. What a profoundly good man. You can feel it, see it in his eyes. I also got a chance to tell Quentin Tarantino how utterly fascinated I was by his brave, outrageous “Inglorious Bastards.” (Too much violence for me, that was hard). The lead German actor, Christoph Waltz, will, for sure, win best supporting actor. It is a rare performance of genius choices, thrilling for an actor to observe. He performs in German, French, English and Italian. Quentin made a real discovery there. I really liked Brad Pitt as well. Thought he did a wonderful job. Who else did I talk to? Oh yes, Jacqueline Bisset, who I first met in 1967 when I was making “Barbarella.” We both remember the evening vividly! Diane Kruger who was also excellent in the film. Maggie Gyllenhaal whom I had never met and admire a lot.
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