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The Story About The Ad Mogul's Daughter Who Writes A Book

Originally Posted: July 02, 2009

Jennifer Tuesday

Southampton - Jodi, daughter of ad whiz Jerry Della Femina of the eponymous East Hampton restaurant and fashion TV personality the delightful Judy Licht, has spent a lifetime meeting extraordinary people, watching her father's businesses flourish, and working in his famous restaurant on Long Island. From her insider perspective, she, with the aid of co-writer Sheri McInniss, has created a novel about what she knows best: a resort community that glistens with both natural beauty and the Hollywood kind; a tough but rewarding business, and the relationship a daughter can have with a larger-than-life father. Jodi has come up with a great mix of romance, gourmet food and a peek at life behind the hedges

Jodi Della Femina releases her new book, a novel.

The story focuses on "Toni Fratelli," the daughter of one of East Hampton's most popular restaurateurs (sound familiar already?), who moves back to the East End from New York City to help out with her dad's business. Soon she feels as if she is moving backwards - sleeping in her childhood bedroom, arguing with her father, and waitressing. When asked to cater her BFF's wedding, Toni is soon caught up in the crossfire between her best friend who is marrying "up" and her fiance's mother who doesn't cotton to the match one bit. It's an impressive debut and Jodi is quick to acknowledge the support of her co-writer, McInnis, who has worked in television and already has one novel to her credit, "Devil May Care."

Jodi began the project alone, but after she found herself in the middle of many changes, including moving and having her third child, she reached out to her agent, who in turn put her in touch with McInnis, another client then based in Toronto.
Of course, there was a big launch party for Jodi at the Vera Wang Store co-hosted by Vera and Martha Stewart' Weddings, with the whole Della Femina clan in attendance and tons of East End friends including: Betsey Johnson, Rachel Roy, Kelly Bensimon, Fern Mallis, James and Kedakai Lipton, Bettina Zilkha, Daniel Benedict, Andrew Saffir, Nina Griscom, Jamee and Peter Gregory and Caroline Hirsch. Waiters passed the champagne and little "wedding cakes." Even the goodie bag had a Godiva chocolate in the shape of a wedding cake!

Triple congrats to the Parker-Broderick clan which now numbers five since Sarah Jessica and Matthew took home their twin baby girls born to a surrogate mother in Ohio. Now their six-year-old son James Wilkie Broderick has two little sisters to dote on - Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick and Tabitha Hodge Broderick. As many of you may have read, SJP and Matthew had been trying unsuccessfully for years to have another child, preferably a little girl. And now their wish has been granted twice-fold. But that's not the only good news in the household.

Bravo has added a new show to its stable of skill-based reality hits such as "Project Runway," "Top Chef," and "Top Design." Produced by Parker, the hour-long "American Artist" will have artists compete to create various styles of artworks, which will then be judged by a panel of experts.

Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick bring home twin girls.

Reportedly Pretty Matches, Parker's production company, is working together with reality hotshots Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves who have been involved with a number of reality shows. The Elves recently left "Project Runway," after producers Weinstein Co. moved the show from Bravo to Lifetime as of next season.

According to a recent Bravo TV/NBC Universal news release the hour-long creative competition series will be a real life between contemporary artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, industrial designers and such.

"American Artist" will bring together aspiring artists to compete for a gallery show, a cash prize and a sponsored national tour. In each episode, contestants will create unique works of art highlighting art's role in everyday life, while they compete and create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design (to name a few)."

In working beyond their preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly to changes in order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists, collectors, museum curators and critics. The finalists' work will be showcased in a nation-wide museum tour.

Parker doesn't have to go very far to find candidates. There are plenty right in her Amagansett neighborhood. All she need do is place a call to the Artists Alliance of East Hampton to find talent. Who knows maybe she'll discover the next Cindy Sherman or April Gornik or dare I say it, Jackson Pollock!

Speaking of reality shows, MTV is making their Hamptons rounds once again shooting for their "True Life" series. I hear that they have picked up on the buzz around The Southampton Inn's Ibiza style poolside parties and will be filming there this Sunday. The organizers confirmed that, indeed, MTV will be on hand to catch Hamptonites at play. They'll also be able to catch the musical performance of super hunky model Jeremiah Silva whom you may have caught in those vertigo inducing commercials for NBC's Top of the Rock.

Gwen Stefani appeared once again with No Doubt.

Fans of the flamboyant, platinum-tressed singer Gwen Stefani were just thrilled to see her return to the stage with her old gang No Doubt. In a roaring set at the Jones Beach Theater last week, Gwen and her band mates were at the top of their game. Since the band had no new album to promote, the audience was treated to a "Best of No Doubt" set with some of their greatest hits including tunes like "Spiderwebs," "Just a Girl," and "It's My Life." Hard to believe that it was five years ago that Stenfant left the group to pursue a solo career and launch her own fashion line.

Long a red carpet fave with her over-the-top fashion sense, Stefani, in addition to her music career, started a fashion line L.A.M.B. with the help of her long-time stylist and friend Andrea Lieberman of Southampton. The line has been wildly successful and been well received by fashion critics. Since then Lieberman has created an amazingly successful jewelry collection that stores like Barney's can't get enough of. She's also designed very high-end collections for diamond firm Mouawad, one of Europe's top jewelry empires.

With the onset of summer - which will hopefully begin soon - there is always a flurry of new books to be stuffed into beach bags and not surprisingly a number of them are by East Enders.

Jamee Gregory attends book signing.

This weekend Hamptonite writer Bob Morris will celebrate the release of the trade paperback of his best selling Harper Perennial book "Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with my Dad." What would you do when your 80-year-old father enlists you to help find him eligible dates? That's what truly happened to Bob and he has hilariously chronicled the experience. A few months after the death of his mother, Morris' father, an out-going octogenarian, decided he was ready to search for love. At first, Bob is stunned. He misses his mother, and besides, he has never been good at finding himself a partner, let alone someone else, in particular, his Dad. The long-time writer for The New York Times also has another book coming out in the fall in collaboration with Diahann Carroll about growing old in show biz, "The Legs Are Last to Go"

Also making the book tour rounds is Jane Stanton Hitchcock who just saw her latest work,"Mortal Victims" hit the stores. Hitchcock's new novel is a riveting tale of murder, money and high society set in the nation's capital. Who would think so many intrigues were being planned in the posh townhouses of Georgetown by well bred and powerful people? As Hitchcock is fond of saying "really evil people look just like you and me". Already half of New York and all of The Beltway crowd are playing guessing games to figure out who her wicked characters are in real life. To all the queries Jane smiles sweetly and says," I'm a fiction writer, so all the characters in my books are versions of me - including the murderers! You go, Girl!

Several weeks ago I told you of Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg's whopping $10 million gift to the restoration of The Highline and now I've learned the magnanimous gift has been matched dollar for dollar by Lisa and Philip Falcone, the billionaire investor. The Falcones had previously made smaller donations and raised funds for the project to turn the abandoned downtown elevated railway into a landscaped esplanade but this gift of $10 million even surprised their friends. But the couple has already been making their presence known in philanthropic circles. Ms. Falcone has also chaired several events for the American Museum of Natural History and last month joined the City Ballet board.




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