"A woman is a woman till the day she dies. But a man's a man only as long as he can," said Moms Mabley.
FINALLY, because good documentaries take a long time to put together and produce, we will get to see Whoopi Goldberg's historical presentation of "Moms Mabley."
She was a true pioneer. So HBO and Whoopi kick this off at the Apollo Theater on Nov. 7 and there'll be a big to-do and dinner at Sylvia's famous restaurant after.
The entire show biz/gossip/"The View" and comedy world of stardom will try to cram itself into this opening, but I'm sure HBO will be showing Whoopi's version of Moms Mabley in the near future.
The night before, on Nov. 6, there'll be another big happening -- the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the N.Y. Comedy Festival will be standing up for our heroes. This happens in the theater of Madison Square Garden and you can actually buy tickets at ufh(at)bobwoodrufffoundation.org. Bill Cosby, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters and other "surprise guests" will be there doing their damndest for men and women who have done their damndest for all of us.
Surely I don't have to remind you how much ABC broadcaster Bob Woodruff sacrificed in covering the violence abroad and how he and his wonderful wife, Lee, have given to this cause for servicemen and women.
"France still gets more foreign tourists than most any other country: 83 million in 2012, and 83 percent of them from Europe. ... While tourists to Israel sometimes suffer from 'Jerusalem syndrome,' imagining themselves in direct contact with God, some Japanese tourists suffer from what is called the 'Paris Syndrome,' distraught at the difference between what they imagine and what they find.
"Of course, as Walt Whitman wrote ... Paris contains multitudes, and most visitors go away having found just enough of what they craved to develop a lifelong yearning to return."
So wrote Steven Erlanger in The New York Times on Oct. 18. His article examined how Paris has changed and how it has not changed.
So many people remarked on this brief but meaningful piece of writing that I just thought I'd bring it up again so you can reference the whole of it.
It put me in mind of how Paris changes and doesn't, even from the time after Proust, Hemingway, Shakespeare and company, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, the Jazz Age, World Wars I and II, Chanel's trousers for women and Dior's "New Look," etc.
And now comes the American writer Edmund White with his little memoir "Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris" coming from Bloomsbury. If you go to YouTube, you can see a video of the author.
Mr. White is now a star teacher at Princeton. He was one of the rare writers who wrote openly about being homosexual, early on in the "bad old days" becoming a contemporary of Susan Sontag and moving to Paris in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
His remembrances will be published in hardcover in February 2014. They are epic, sometimes distressing and very uniquely his own.
I was wondering what in the world I might think of to give for Christmas when one of my pals, literary agent Helen Brann, sent me a beautiful early edition of the late writer Robert B. Parker's book "Silent Night," a Spenser holiday novel.
I was always a great Parker fan and saw the man himself, patterned somewhat as he was after the great Ernest Hemingway, speak once at the Y. I only wish I had realized that Helen Brann was his friend, his agent and eventually became his literary executor.
Parker's name and his many, many exciting and easy-to-read detective novels still exist in all the best bookstores. He was prolific to say the least. I am forever re-buying his books, find that I've read them before and willingly sit down and read them all over again. He was both romantic (about women and pets and food) and tough. And it has always been hard to resist that combination.
"Silent Night" comes with a handsome cover, looking gift-wrapped with a big Christmassy title and a ribbon. But there is a gun, of course, sealed in a block of ice.
What am I bid for this Helen Brann autographed early edition? You can email me at lizziesmith3838(at)aol.com and I'll consider it as a contribution to Literacy Partners.
I want to invite New Yorkers (and others near them) to the Plaza Hotel for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Women's Division and Albert Einstein's College of Medicine where guests will get an inside glimpse of the musical hit "Kinky Boots." It happens on Nov. 11. Jordan Roth, head of the Jujamcyn Theaters, is to emcee.
And, Jordan's famous mother, the producer Daryl Roth, plus the humanitarian realtor Benjamin Winter, will each receive the Einstein Humanitarian Award. If this be nepotism, let's make the most of it. But it isn't -- everybody had to be talked into appearing and accepting. (The fight against all kinds of cancer will benefit from the incredible research as a result!) Email womensdivision(at)einstein.yu.edu, or telephone 718-430-2818.
A LITTLE P.S. -- Daryl Roth comes by her prominence in many ways, strictly her own. She was co-producer of the Nora/Delia Ephron play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," the award-winning "Kinky Boots" and the current "A Time to Kill." (Forget how famous the writer of this original is; he is simply the one and only John Grisham, and don't miss the astounding acting in this brand-new drama playing at the John Golden Theatre of the Great White Way that is Broadway!)
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)
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