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Retired Fashion Model Recalls Her Glorious Life

PanAmAirwaysLogoThose were the pre-9/11 flying days. Hildegarde Archuleta, an 85-year-old one-time fashion model with a truly resplendent name, is today happily retired in the Palm Springs area. The Southern California native recently spoke with the Desert Sun about her career, which began when she replied to a post-World War II Vogue talent search.

Archuleta went on to cross paths with Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Sinatra, Jack Warner and many more. She also recalls in the article the thrilling way her professional life took off:

She became a Vogue model in her mid-20s and that first trip to the Big Apple is a favorite memory. It was her first time flying, and the Pan Am pilot invited her into the cockpit.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

Shutterstock2012TCMFestRobertWagner1) Ho Ho Huh? Reaction to Robert Wagner-Santa Claus Movie is Decidedly Mixed

2) Hugo Lindgren Strides Up the Hollywood Food Chain

3) Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

4) In Touch Stuffs Kim Kardashian Into a ‘Photo Recreation’

5) How Larry King Landed That 1964 Frank Sinatra Interview

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[Photo of Wagner at 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival: RoidRanger/Shutterstock.com]

How Larry King Landed That 1964 Frank Sinatra Interview

“No one was bigger.” So… How the heck did Larry King, then at the outset of his career, get the Chairman of the Board to sit down across the local radio mike for three solid hours?

On The Howard Stern Show today, King promised that the answer to this question was a “great story” and boy, was he right. The details unequivocally range to the anecdotal moon and involve  a famous TV star, a full-page ad in the Miami Herald and more.

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Ronan Farrow Racks Up Three Quick Strikes

RonanFarrowDaily[The following is a transcript from the FishbowlNY play-by-play booth.]

“Now batting… Ronan Farrow, the handsome young son of Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. Check that… Our statistician has just informed us that contrary to information circulated earlier, Ronan is in fact the son of Farrow and Woody Allen. Our apologies.”

“OK; Farrow steps into the national media box. Here’s the first pitch and, whoosh! Farrow swings for the fences and misses. Ratings for his Monday MSNBC debut averaged just 46,000 viewers.”

“Farrow is back in the box… for a called strike two! We’re not sure about that one; it looked a little outside. According the the Daily News, this unproven celebrity farm system prospect “doesn’t yet pop off the screen with the kind of distinctive personality that sets the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper apart.”"

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At Least One Couple on Tap for Empire Steak House $10,000 New Year’s Eve

EmpireSteakhouseLogoNew York Post reporter Gary Buiso had a fun item over the weekend about the “Emperor’s Delight,” a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for two being offered tonight at the Empire Steak House on West 52nd Street. The meal starts with two pounds of Osetra caviar and ends with a bill for $10,000 (gratuity not included).

FishbowlNY was curious how the reservations were looking for this privileged, top-end option. A rep for the restaurant at press time tells us that one couple so far has made the gilded reservation.

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Paul McCartney Surprises New York High School Students

During a recent appearance on (and in front of) Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paul McCartney recalled meeting Frank Sinatra at Royal Albert Hall in London. The thrill of that remembered encounter today gives way to one involving some 400 very lucky students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

Paul McCartney at Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts

As part of iHeartRadio’s first-ever sponsored high school Q&A and performance, McCartney put on a little show! And per the headline, it was a total surprise. An iHeartRadio rep confirms to FishbowlNY that the students had no idea what they were in for until Sir Paul was publicly announced.

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Memo to Bob Newhart’s Primetime Emmy Co-Nominees

We’re talking to you: Justin Timberlake, Will Forte, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Nathan Lane.

Each one of you is nominated alongside comedy legend Bob Newhart in the 2013 Primetime Emmy category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Should any of you win at the Creative Arts ceremony, please consider a variation of Ving Rhames’ priceless move at the Golden Globes and making Newhart your version of Jack Lemmon.

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Remembering Las Vegas Pioneer Kenny Kerr

Even back in 2009, when columnist and Gay Vegas book author Steve Friess wrote an item about Kenny Kerr, memories were already fading of the legendary Strip performer’s female impersonator legacy. Kerr died over the weekend at age 60.

From Friess’ December 2009 Las Vegas Weekly article:

Not even my own partner, who has been in Vegas for almost a decade, was certain what Kenny does. “He was a drag queen, right?” Miles asked.

Uh, yeah. But not in the low-rent, cheesy form that most people think of when bandying about that phrase. Kenny Kerr is — not was, is — the best performing drag queen ever to grace a stage in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Unfortunately, he’s also one of the worst businessmen. Which he cops to.

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Wink Martindale Hosts a Very Special Look at Frank Sinatra

Luck will be a lady to Frank Sinatra fans this Saturday and Sunday night in the form of a special one-hour Internet radio program. “Sinatra & Friends: Remembering an American Legend” is set to be piped out at 6 p.m. PT March 9 and 8 p.m. March 10 on Sunland, CA-based CRN Digital Talk Radio.

The best part is that the show is hosted by Wink Martindale, not just an instantly recognizable name from the TV world but also someone who got to interview Ole’ Blue Eyes a number of times:

“We went through our archives of interviews with Frank and those who worked with him and were close to him to get a unique retrospective on the man and the legend that was Frank Sinatra,” said Martindale. Other featured interviews include Sammy Davis Jr., Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey and composer Paul Anka.

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Quincy Jones Readies ‘Asian Grammys’

Just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Matthew Garrahan, west coast correspondent for the Financial Times, has put together a rousing profile of a man who is the very embodiment of the dream King once famously spoke of.

Garrahan chatted for three hours with Quincy Jones at the mogul’s expansive Bel Air home, which he makes good use of to frame the article. In the piece, he touches on Jones’ humble Chicago beginnings, brief dalliance with heroin, stories of working with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and much more. There are also details about Jones’ increasing ties to China and the rest of Asia, cemented by his role as artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics:

The main Asian push begins in March: in addition to being its [new] chairman, Jones is now executive producer of the [Singapore based] Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences’ inaugural awards show, envisaged as a kind of Asian Grammys.

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