Wow! A moment in time, so exciting to see. Thanks to all the great supportive people who promoted it …and bought it. Luv you all! wow now #52!!!!
#56 today. This screen shot is from yesterday.
Well the E Book went up on April 14 and some people are reading it already! That is exciting and especially when they call or email to say they are loving it! Thanks! The Print version comes out on Amazon April 27. And my dear friend John Demsey, President of Estee Lauder, threw me a book party at Michael’s restaurant. Very exciting. WHAT A NIGHT! It was just great and a lot of love from good friends, some great new press contacts and a good time was had by all. Seriously, people said most book parties are kind of dull, this was so fun. I did not read from the book. Nothing more boring than a writer standing reading and the crowd standing watching!
I did tell a few stories of famous people in my Zelig like life…and about some of the themes in the book…reinvention, finding your passion and the ups and downs we all go through in life. Thanks to my dear friend John and everyone who came and stayed…I was exhausted and left at 8:45 and others were still schmoozing.
I took my second Newhart episode directly from my husband’s experience, too. Suzanne plans a trip, but Bob is not excited. Sound familiar? He doesn’t show excitement. Hmm. It was called “Backlash.” Arthur once had a bad back, so this episode really was very much true of our lives and personalities. I put Bob in this position by injuring his back when a patient whacks him as they are working on “showing emotion.” Are you sensing I have a theme here? And they have to cancel the trip. When Arthur had to take pain pills, he drove me crazy talking so slowly. I had Suzanne say, “You talk so slowly I want to jump into your mouth and pull the words out!” I didn’t say it in real life, or maybe I did.
The director, George “Buddy” Tyne, worked with Newhart to develop a hysterical bad back walk, which was, as he says, “a bad Boris Karloff imitation,” and Bob does more physical comedy in this episode than usual. I had him watching soap operas while bedridden, one of my favorite things to do—and as one does, he gets totally swept up in the amnesia attacks, illegitimate babies, all overacted to dramatic music chords called “stingers.” I loved the way this show turned out. I just watched it on YouTube. No rerun payment. This ended in 1973 as the Writers Guild had a strike about the issue of being paid for reruns in perpetuity rather than just ten as it used to be. I’d stopped doing episodes by then, unfortunately.
Don Rickles passed away at the age of 90! Wow, I worked for him on his short lived “The Don Rickles Show” a sitcom half
hour where he was a “normal guy” married to the actress Louise Sorel. The only good thing that came out of it was that she and I became and are still friends.
Our friend and one-time columnist Susan Silver was at the talk and book-signing on Tuesday night at Christie’s. She wrote me about it yesterday morning, still swooning. I asked her if she’d share the moment with us and she was happy to.
Well, it’s been a while since my “Search for Mr. Adequate” in the New York Social Diary. Alas, I hadn’t found him … until Tuesday night. So I thought I’d let you know first. Unfortunately, he is taken … by a lovely lady. He is not a prince, but is a Lord! Which is good enough … definitely more than Adequate!
I went to a book signing and lecture by Lord Charles Spencer, from one of the great aristocratic families in England … and, oh yeah, brother of the late Princess Di.
He is charming, handsome, very accomplished … historian, journalist. Written five books. But when we were introduced, by his PR Maven Judy Twersky, who was kind enough to give my Mary Tyler Moore Show credit (ed. note: Susan was one of the original writers of “Mary …”) Lord Charles was eager to tell me he watches all the reruns when in his home in Pacific Palisades, when he is not at Althorp, the family ancestral home. We ‘bonded,’ she said blushing.
What a treat to meet him and when his wife Karen told me they actually had been fixed up on a blind date, four years ago … well it should only happen to me! Off to read the book now.
Visit the original article here, and see me in my marvelous red dress, meeting Lord Charles Spencer.