Saturday, May 18, 2024

Paul Allen Cancer-Free; Facebook Founder’s Star Sister


Paul Allen made a surprise appearance on Saturday night at the Paramount Pictures party at the Chateau Marmont. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the last several years, resulting in changes to his several businesses and charities. What a pleasure, though: the amateur musician, owner of the world’s largest yacht, told me he just had a very positive doctor’s visit and is basically cancer free. Congratulations, Paul! The news comes just as Apple’s Steve Jobs announced a new medical leave from that company. He’s been battling pancreatic cancer. Last year Jobs had a liver transplant…

…Meanwhile, the Golden Globes red carpet had an unusual guest: Randi Zuckerberg, older sister (by two years of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. A cheerful and cherubic young woman, Randi is also pregnant. The Harvard grad works for Facebook as marketing director, and did a taped interview with one of the red carpet hostesses about Facebook. I just happened to catch it on the closed circuit TV system in the Beverly Hilton. No mention was made of her relationship to Mark, or of “The Social Network”…

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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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