Thursday, April 18, 2024

Denise Rich Is Gone, Friends, She’s Left New York and the USA


Denise Rich is gone. Denise, what a time we had! Denise has gone to “Europe,” a vaguely mystical place. She’s a woman of the world now. She will carry an Austrian passport even though she was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. I will miss her. Despite Denise’s strange adventure with Bill Clinton, the pardon, and her ex husband Marc–who can only return to the U.S. if he pays back taxes totaling more than $100 million–she became a popular, fun figure. No kidding. She has dimples, a hearty laugh and a sweet nature.

In the mid 90s, Denise wrote a song called “New York, I Love You.” Bobby Zarem pushed it every single day in the NY Post in Neal Travis’s column. Denise also started writing songs with lots songwriters, became friendly with Clive Davis, opened a little recordĀ  label. She also started her foundation for cancer research and raised a lot of money. That money is credited with funding a lot of successful projects including the drug Gleevec at Novartis.

Denise is being called a tax evader in the press. I don’t know. If that was her intention, she learned from the best. Marc Rich is the enemy of the people. He left the U.S. in a tax dispute, became a federal felon, bribed his way to a pardon, and still remains aloof, elusive, rich as hell, and completely above all world laws. He also for years operated his company Novarco from White Plains, New York. A decade ago I wrote extensively about how he’d made monkeys of all of us, and how the government- Democrat and Republican–had looked the other way. Business just went on and on. It was only when he feared that Paul O’Neill, an enemy, would become Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush, that he aggressively sought out his pardon. And Bill Clinton gave it to him.

What about Denise? Let’s give her a break. Her kids are in Europe. Her boyfriend is, too. She lives between Cannes and Vienna, and St. Tropez. She has a big yacht and lots of homes and hundreds of millions of dollars. Next week in St. Tropez she’ll still give her annual part on her yacht, Lady Joy. And her Angel Ball in New York and the cancer fundraising will still go on. But Denise Rich as a regular New York celebrity is over. The triplex apartment on Fifth Avenue and 60th St. is for sale, for $65 million. All the art work and the furniture is being packed up. It’s sad to say goodbye.

Here’s a picture of Denise with Ivana Trump. You know, I think the Nineties may be over.

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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