Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Whitney Houston Looks Great, Streisand Packs Em In–To a Trailer!


Whitney Houston has been rehearsing all week for tonight’s Clive Davis/NARAS extravaganza at the Beverly Hilton, I spoke with her last night and happily report that Whitney looks great, she’s at fighting weight, no kidding, healthy, healthy healthy. She’s going to star in a tribute to cousin Dionne Warwick tonight. It should be amazing. When Whitney saw Sam Moore in the hotel lobby, she ran over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and said, “I’m always humming Hold On I’m Coming!” It was one of those great times when you wished you had a camera! Clive Davis arrived right after her, and there was lots of hugging and carrying on. Tonight show’s promises to be the jewel in the crown of the Grammy weekend…

…Meanwhile, backstage at the Streisand MusiCares dinner, after the show: it was like the Marx brothers famous scene from “A Night at the Opera” as three dozen of Barbra’s nearest and dearest attempted to jam themselves into a small mobile home type trailer parked inside the LA Convention Center behind the stage in order to say hello. Jason Gould, Streisand’s son, had trouble getting up the ladder into the trailer because there were so many peole ahead of him. “It’s ok.” he joked. “I’ve seen her.” Marty Erlichman, Streisand’s longtime manager, kept shouting brusquely at her startled friends: “Say hello and then get out!” The trailer was so crowded that Barbra’s husband, James Brolin, gave up and stood outside. The Marx Brothers would have been proud!

Roger Friedman
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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