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Posts Tagged ‘Diane Clehane’

Michael Wolff Chooses Not to Tip Mediabistro Lunch Columnist

Did you catch Michael Wolff‘s latest piece for USA Today? We here at Mediabistro sure did.

DianeClehaneLunchUnder the headline “Media is Fat and Happy at Michael’s,” Wolff marked this week’s 25th anniversary of the 55th Street establishment with a look at how the restaurant has maintained an admirable hold as a favorite gathering place of “top-tier, or would be top-tier television, book, magazine, advertising and PR people, associated celebrities, mogul-class types, anchormen and women, and prominent bylines.” Sound familiar?

While there’s no hard and fast rule that suggests Wolff was obligated to include a mention of our longtime Michael’s media-beat “Lunch” columnist Diane Clehane (pictured), the lack of professional courtesy in this particular case is especially puzzling. After all, when Wolff recently returned to Michael’s following a banishment some years prior, he was seated at Table 17 directly across from Clehane.

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FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Our intrepid Lunch reporter Diane Clehane skipped her usual rounds at Michael’s today, as she’s in PR-planning mode for tomorrow’s 31st Annual Night of Stars gala, hosted by The Fashion Group International.

Rest assured, she’ll be back to dish on the city’s movers and shakers a week from today.

Until then here are some recent columns to chew on…

Barbara Walters, Willow Bay I Going to Great Lengths for Breast Cancer Awareness

Michael Caine and Doris Kearns Goodwin | All is Forgiven, Michael Wolff

Jon Steinberg on The MailOnline’s Plans for World Domination, New Hire Piers Morgan

Joan Hamburg Returns to New York Radio Airwaves

Fans of Joan Hamburg were very unhappy with WOR 710 AM when the station unceremoniously dumped her earlier this year, without the chance to do a farewell show. But after a summer recharging, the veteran radio personality has returned.

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Starting this Saturday at 1 p.m., the 79-year-old “First Lady of New York Radio” will host a two-hour weekly show on WABC 770 AM. From this week’s glorious announcement:

Hamburg will continue discussing the most important social, economic and political issues that impact listeners’ lives each week. Hamburg will also interview major celebrities and powerful political figures on the program.

Hamburg will also produce weekly features and exclusive programs available in digital formats. In addition, The Joan Hamburg Show programs pre-empted by sports play-by-play will be presented on the 77 WABC stream and within other 77 WABC digital products.

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That Time Joan Rivers Did the Cover of Cosmoparody

For The Observer, Lisa DePaulo has compiled a life-affirming hit parade of memories from journalists, journalism students and others who crossed paths along the years with Joan Rivers. Among those sharing anecdotes is our very own Lunch columnist Diane Clehane.

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But the reminiscence we want to focus on here comes from Edward Shain, president of TSM Publishing. It harks back to the mid-1980s, when Rivers was at the peak of her live-performance powers:

In the spring of 1984, my partner Jerry Taylor and I were putting together a parody of Cosmopolitan magazine. We were struggling for a good cover idea and someone came up with trying to get Joan Rivers to do a cover shoot. We didn’t think it was possible but we were going to try, and so we called her agent. Next thing we know, we are sitting across from Joan and her husband Edgar in an elegant suite discussing in detail what the cover joke was going to be. She’s smart, funny, knowledgeable and straightforward. She has no entourage. It’s just the four of us. We come to an agreement on her fee and it’s done. We’re in a state of disbelief. We got Joan Rivers — THE Joan Rivers — for our Cosmoparody cover?!

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RIP: Joan Rivers

ShutterstockJoanRivers2011With this afternoon’s sad news that Joan Rivers has passed away, we turn to the FishbowlNY archives to pay tribute to a force of comedic nature. We covered Rivers quite a bit over the years and it is our sincere hope that in the Great Beyond, she and Johnny Carson can finally make peace. Here are three favorite coverage memories:

1) “Joan Rivers Remarries Gay Couple

Our most recent item involved Rivers ministering the marriage of a male couple. It was well-intended, during a book-tour stop on the west coast. And then, made officially legal at the Plaza Athenee New York.

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Our resident Lunch reporter Diane Clehane begins her annual August hiatus. But, worry not, she’ll be back on the beat after Labor Day (Sept. 3, to be exact) when the media bigwigs return to Michael’s in full force.

Until then here are some recent columns to chew on…

Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Writing Best Sellers and Playing Nice With Hollywood

Fern Mallis and One Criminally Dressed Designer | Dishing With a Global Ambassador

The Media Mob Featuring Bob Barnett and Jack Kliger | Disney’s Fabulous New Foodie

Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Sad to say, our fearless Lunch columnist Diane Clehane was feeling under the weather today, so she had to skip her usual rounds at Michael’s.

We have no doubt she’ll be back in top form next week and ready to dish about the latest and greatest goings-on of New York’s elite. In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on…

Bob Barnett, Million Dollar Decorators and the Guys Behind Bradley Cooper’s Boxer-Briefs

Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal’s Sexy New Ad Campaign

Walter Isaacson, Harvey Weinstein and Johnny Weir I Linda Fairstein Emcees Authors In Kind

Michael Strahan, Maria Shriver and Dishing With LuAnn de Lesseps

The Good Life is Going Well, Says Dr. Oz

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Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

“I think TIME 100 is an iconic event,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz at the TIME 100 Gala last night, where Seth Myers poked fun at everyone from President Obama to Charlie Rose.

We last spoke to Dr. Oz when our intrepid Lunch columnist Diane Clehane got the scoop on his new magazine. FishbowlNY wondered how the doctor was doing with the challenges of launching a print mag: “I’m [still] learning about the business,” he said. “The biggest challenge is being really concrete in the advice you give.”

Like everything he does, Dr. Oz seems to be handling all the challenges with aplomb. “[The magazine] is going well. We sold out the first issue, and we sold over 200,000 subscriptions, so I’m happy,” he said. The Good Life now has two issues under its belt.

For more on the event, head over to our sister site TVNewser.

Richard Johnson, Diane Clehane Compare Michael’s Lunch Notes

How’s this for a handsome couple?

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On the left is our indefatigable “Lunch” columnist Diane Clehane. On the right, New York Post columnist Richard Johnson, back at the Big Apple juicy-bites biz after a sojourn on the west coast. The two got together last week at Michael’s at the behest of Niche Media entertainment editor-in-chief Catherine Sabino.

“For their upcoming [May/June] “Women’s Power” issue, Gotham magazine asked me to select someone to have lunch with at Michael’s and they would report on our chat,” Clehane explains. “I invited Richard, who I’ve met of course at Michael’s but have never had the opportunity to lunch with. We’ve never really spoken at length, but he was game to do this which was great because he never does press.”

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