Thursday, February 22, 2024

Lauren Bacall Still Rocking; CSI Star Hill Harper Plans Thursday Toy Drive in Hollywood

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NEW YORK: the Manhattan School for Children had a grand opening for its Greenhouse, built on the school’s roof. This a public school on Manhattan’s West Side. CBS’s Russ Mitchell officiated, there were local council people, and Broadway star Brian D’Arcy James of “Times Stand Still” and “Shrek.” Sam Robards--son of Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards–and his beautiful wife Sidsel were among those who helped raise around $800,000 over the last few years.  Lauren Bacall, held court and met everyone. Bacall is just finishing her rehab from a fractured hip, but she’s walking like a pro and throwing around bon mots like crazy. You can’t keep a Hollywood legend down! PS We had a long fruitful chat with a 5 year old kindergartener-scientist named Lucas who told us all about Pest Control. Already, the Greenhouse is a success!

…How ridiculous: there are now two Gansevoort Hotels in New York. One in the meatpacking district, on Gansevoort Street. The other is on Park Avenue South and 29th St. At the former, the staff is uncooperative. At the nightclub around the back, called Provocateur, they’re just rude. When I arrived at the other Gansevoort, a helpful staffer explained that it’s now a chain of hotels, that it started in Europe, and that Gansevoort is a European word. Too funny. Anyway, better to stay away from these monolithic hip hotels. And PS it’s a Dutch word, the “chain” is just on Gansevoort Street, and they should change the name of the one on Park Avenue.

...NO FOOL ON THIS HILL: I just got this message: “CSI: New York” star Hill Harper is putting a together a “Toys for Tots” drive tonight in Hollywood. Harper and Nate Parker, from “The Great Debaters,” are tossing the event at Teddy’s in the Roosevelt Hotel from 7 to 11pm. Harper, a formerclassmate of Barack Obama’s at Harvard Law School, also runs his own charity, called Manifest Your Destiny (www.manifestyourdestiny.org)…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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