Mrs. George Clooney

Wanted to pass this on (from CNN) as we await People magazine’s cover story on the Clooney nuptials in Venice this weekend:

“The bride wore a custom Oscar de la Renta gown that featured French lace, hand-embroidered pearls and diamanté accents, an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full circular train. The groom was dressed in a Giorgio Armani tuxedo with a white shirt, black bow tie and customized cuff links from his bride, with his name inscribed in Arabic.”

Wish I’d had money on the Oscars race

I followed all the pundits’ Oscar predictions so thoroughly I could have hosted the show and sure enough every one was right. I’m not too shy to say I thought DeGeneres was off her game this time, I hated the pizza business, which went on too long, and didn’t like the set design: ugly recycled dusty water bottles in the shape of Oscars. WTF?

Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli and 1950s screen legend Kim Novak were absolutely scary. Poor Liza was in her jammies and someone has removed Ms. Novak’s cheekbones and broken her jaw.  “Why can’t they age naturally?” my sweet husband asked. Think Judi Dench.

Whoopi was wearing what I can only assume was a painter’s tarp and brown cotton fabric from Michael’s. Too hideous for words. Is it intentional? And I was not amused with her Cat in the Hat stripped socks and Wizard of Oz ruby slippers.

And the short guy wearing Bermuda shorts, accompanied by the tall drink of water girl. OMG! Horrible!

What I did like: all four top Oscar winners gave sane, sober and articulate acceptance speeches. Bravo!

My favorite gowns were Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchette, Kate Hudson, Pink’s red dress, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Camila Alves, and Bette Midler’s darling Red Carpet frock. By the way I loved Bette’s song tribute.

The best jewels of the night were the $15 million dollar Harry Winston rocks worn by Ms. Theron. Zooie!

Grateful the Academy had the smarts to have lucid younger stars escort and assist some of the ailing antiques: pairing Ms. Jolie with a fragile-looking Sidney Poitier, and a dithering Kim Novak with Mr. McConaughey.

Hoping next year they’ll entice Billy Crystal back to MC.

Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Beloved film moppet, ambassador, breast cancer survivor and national treasure Shirley Temple dies

I adored Shirley Temple the moment I saw her as a three-year-old moppet in “Bright Eyes,” and continued to admire her on-screen and real-life spunk, amazing talents and generous heart. Some of my favorite Shirley Temple films are: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947), Since You Went Away (1944), Wee Willie Winkie (1937), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938),  and The Little Princess (1939).

With Cary Grant
With Cary Grant

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

With Claudette Colbert & Jennifer Jones

Since You Went Away

Poor Little Rich Girl
Poor Little Rich Girl- 1936
With Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
With Bill “Bojangles” Robinson- 1935