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Mary Higgins Clark, The Hiltons And The Media Mob

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– DIANE CLEHANE

The sweltering heat (wasn’t it just snowing last week?) didn’t keep the regulars away from Michael’s today. The dining room was jam packed with authors, agents and media mavens all deep in conversation about who knows what. From the looks of things, the power lunch crowd here is gearing up for a busy season of neworking that has to be crammed into a four-day work week now that those summer cottages are open.  Oh, the pressure!

I was thrilled to join Vi Huse and Kira Semler for lunch today. I met them almost five years ago when I first started covering the scene at Michael’s and was fascinated by these two attractive, fun loving gals who always seemed to have a grand old time at their monthly champagne lunch (and always ate dessert!). Turns out these two good friends have been keeping their Michael’s lunch date with each other for over ten years! “This is only the second time we’ve sat in the dining room,” Vi told me.  “We always sit at the bar and it’s just become our spot.”

Today, the three of us sat with the big kids in the dining room to celebrate Vi’s 23 years as owner of Kerygma, a gallery in Ridgewood, New Jersey specializing in contemporary American art. Vi just retired yesterday but tells me she will continue to work with artists like Peter Fiore, Gerald Doudera, David Lee and Jane Owen online. Kira, a jewelry aficionado and freelance bookeeper, was one of Vi’s first clients and the gals have been fast friends ever since. Cheers!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Mary Higgins Clark, Carolyn Reidy and a table full of pals. The indefatigable 83-year-old author was the subject of a glowing profile in The Wall Street Journal last month which chronicled her success: she’s sold 100 million books in the U.S. alone, and all 42 of her novels have been best-sellers. With I’ll Walk Alone, released in April, she’s keeping her winning streak going. We’re in awe.

2. Michael Holtzman (Peter Brown’s VP and right hand man, so we’re told.)

3. Joan TischCandace Leeds and Marcia Stein

4. The always distinguished Stan Shuman

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Kathy Hilton to McCain: Quit Wasting My Money on My Daughter!

0000008492_20060920153246.jpgMaybe John McCain should have checked his donor list before deciding to cast Paris Hilton in his latest attack ad on Barack Obama. It seems that Paris’s mother Kathy Hilton has donated thousands to McCain and she was none to pleased to see her daughter used as McCain’s worst-case scenario for where this country might be headed under a Obama presidency. So displeased, in fact, that she took it straight to HuffPo (or maybe “The HuffPo” in McCain terminology).

I’ve been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses. It is a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States.
Well said (who would have guessed?!). Anyone else think someone should be offering Kathy a punditry job?

How Paris Hilton’s Double Dealing Cost Her

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Variety’s Michael Learmonth delves into the murky underworld of celebrity interviews, specifically Paris Hilton’s unpaid path to Larry King. Looks like mastermind Kathy Hilton, acting on expensive bad advice from Michael Sitrick, sought to start a bidding war between Barbara Walters and anyone, everyone else. Needless to say, the plan backfired.

ABC News wouldn’t have actually paid for the interview, as that would be wrong. Instead, the show “licenses” photos, home videos, and any other junk the celeb has lying around–Steve Irwin’s widow got such a deal.

As former GMA producer Lisa Sharkey (so aptly named for a morning show booker) said about the Hilton deal gone wrong:

It may change the ability of celebrities to profit from their mistakes.

And we wouldn’t want that.

Paris Gives Babs Jailhouse Gift

paris_phone_061107.jpgAnd it’s the gift of song … no, sorry, voice. Oh, hell, let Barbara Walters explain her coup:

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Paris Hilton phoned me collect from jail. Prisoners must call collect.

The unusual conversation came about because Kathy Hilton, Paris’ mother, had phoned me, and while we were talking, Paris called on the other line. When she heard I was talking to her mother, she said she’d like to talk to me herself.

She sounded tired but totally aware of what she was saying. “How are you?” I asked.

Paris answered, “I’m hanging in there.” But she declared, “I feel as if I’m a different person. I’ve dropped my appeal. I don’t want to cause any more problems.”

I asked what happened in the jail that led to her being released or reassigned to her home. She said she had not been wailing, sobbing or screaming as had been described.

“But,” she said, “I was not eating or sleeping. I was severely depressed and felt as if I was in a cage. I was not myself. It was a horrible experience.”

And you know what that means: An exclusive for Walters’ Sirius satelite radio show!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Schools Kathy Hilton

ABC_PARIS_070604_ms.jpgJamie Lee Curtis takes on the heady topic of parenting in her first column for the Huffington Post — except it’s not really about parenting. It’s about Paris.

While swearing up and down that “I am not throwing stones,” she proceeds to hurl ‘em at Kathy Hilton, saying Paris’s mom “should have taught her right from wrong, to help her, to teach her the rules of life.”

Sure, Curtis tries to make it look as though she were talking about mothering with a capital “M,” asking, “And where did we, the Mothers, get the message that if we abdicate our responsibilities as Mothers, the Universe will do our job for us?”

But it’s clear whom Curtis is talking to when she encourages all Mothers (read: Kathy Hilton) to “wake up and smell the denial.”

It looks as though Kathy won’t have to do that much work, though. Barbara Walters talked to Paris Hilton by phone on Sunday (because that’s how the Universe works, apparently), and the heiress told her she’s a changed woman.

“I’m not the same person I was,” she said. “I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that. I have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here. I have become much more spiritual. God has given me this new chance.”

In jail speak, that either means Paris is preparing to put out a rap album with real street cred, or that she’s converted to Islam. We can’t wait to find out.