Thursday, May 23, 2024

Empire State of Blog: Claudia Cohen Remembered, J Geils Extolled


The great gossip columnist, friend and mother Claudia Cohen was remembered yesterday with the launch of her C2 Research Foundation. Claudia’s daughter Samantha, ex husband Ronald Perelman and Samantha’s half sister Caleigh were all there at Le Cirque to present Dr. Paul Goodfellow with a $50,000 prize on behalf of the new foundation and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation. Goodfellow ( is a research genius from Washington University in St. Louis who is studying cures for rare uterine cancer. Goodfellow — who Ron Perelman jokingly kept calling “Longfellow” maybe because it was so poetic– was also the recipient of a very big deal SPORE grant in endometrial cancer from the National Cancer Institute…Big things are coming for C2. so we’ll be on the watch for more news…

Among the invited guests for the very modest Le Cirque lunch (although there was an unseemly skirmish over the dessert souffles at one point): Trudie Styler, Bob Colacello, Cyndi Stivers, Peggy Siegal, and Jane Wenner, the real founder of Rolling Stone, who told me all about rock legend Peter Wolf‘s show last week at the Highline Ballroom. The J Geils Band leader is still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even though Jann Wenner runs the thing and Peter is a regular guest in the audience. (Don’t get me started!) His new album on Verve, called “Midnight Souvenirs,” features Shelby Lynne, Neko Case, and Merle Haggard.

I think Claudia would approve. It was an afternoon of gossip, family and friends. It was delicious on several counts.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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