Saturday, May 25, 2024

Legendary Della Reese Makes Rare Appearance to Support “The Bible”


It’s not like “The Bible” needs support. But if it’s going to get some Della Reese would be the logical choice. Della, who’ll b3 82 this July, and husband Franklin flew in from LA yesterday to help friends Roma Downey and Mark Burnett with their promotion for the hit mega series “The Bible.” Right now you can see a free installation at 450 West 14th St. for “The Bible” that includes a rare Torah, artifacts from the Dead Sea Scrolls, a page from the Gutenberg bible, and rare objects from the dawn of time. Many of the 40,000 objects come from the Vatican’s Green collection and are never in the US.

It’s very a cool exhibit. Della and Roma, of course, co-starred on TV’s “Touched by an Angel,” and have remained BFFs forever. Burnett, aka Mr. Downey, only produces “Survivor,” “The Voice,” and everything else on TV. He has the Midas touch. “The Bible” is bigger than anyone would have guessed, making the History Channel into a destination. Lots of celebs showed up to take it all in including Joey Pantoliano and his wife Nancy, Carol Alt, Arianna Huffington, and the great actor and writer Malachy McCourt.

Malachy, whose late brother Frank (much missed) wrote “Angela’s Ashes,” told me he’s writing a new book as well. “It’s called “I Read Your Brother’s Book.” It will be very funny.” Malachy is a New York treasure, always working and well remembered from “Ryan’s Hope.” It was great to see him.

Meantime, “The Bible” DVDs hit stores on April 2nd. Burnett has another hit on his hands.

PS Here’s a video of Della when she was young and having her Jennifer Hudson like career:

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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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