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Honors, Gifts, Awards, New Alliances And Giving Thanks

Originally Posted: December 07, 2009

Jennifer Tuesday

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Mel Brooks received the Kennedy Center Honor this past weekend. Images courtesy of PatrickMcMullan.com

Southampton - A big "Mwah" to our very favorite East End funnyman Oscar winner, Grammy winner, Tony winner, Emmy winner, star of stage, screen and airwaves, master of the parody film and pioneer of the fart joke - Mel Brooks. The man who brought laughter to countless millions with his uniquely Jewish sense of humor and his mastery of all cinematic arts, the original "Jake-of-all-trades" was rewarded with the Kennedy Center Honor this weekend. His fellow honorees included jazz legend Dave Brubeck, racial barrier breaking opera star Grace Bumbry, the actor's actor Robert Deniro and "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen who fittingly sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama. A tip of my chapeau to all who have entertained us with their unique talents.

I am always pleased to hear of extraordinary acts of generosity, especially during this time of year. So I was thrilled to hear from Jean Shafiroff about a very generous gift to one of our most important local institutions. She wrote, "Southampton Hospital has just announced a $5 million gift from Jenny and John Paulson to fund a new emergency room. We are all very excited about this. Jenny and John are a lovely couple. They serve as great inspiration to all." But the Southampton couple's gift giving didn't stop there. John, a very successful hedge-fund manager has donated $20 million to New York University's Stern School of Business, from which he earned a bachelor's degree in 1978. About $11 million of the gift will go towards refurbishing of the school, with the remainder paying for scholarships and to endow faculty chairs in economics and alternative investments. Paulson's New York firm, Paulson & Co., is one of the world's largest managers of alternative investments. Now that is what I call getting into the holiday spirit! So let's keep on with good news.

John and Jenny Paulson made generous donation to Southampton Hospital.

A very happy and smiling Brooke Shields accepted the inaugural HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy in New York. The actress, who has publicly struggled with depression herself, was honored for her contributions by the Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) at the 2009 HDRF Hope Seminar & Luncheon at 10 on the Park at the Time Warner Center. HDRF Founder and Chairman Audrey Gruss of Southampton, Co-Chairs, Anne Eisenhower, Jackie Drake, Lis Waterman and Junior Co-Chair, Coralie Charriol Paul hosted the elegant luncheon.

The actress, who has two daughters, Rowan, 6, and 3-year-old Grier, with husband screenwriter Chris Henchy, talked about her severe post-natal depression and suicidal thoughts to the group. Shields told the stunned audience she contemplated suicide when she first became a mother. Speaking about Rowan's birth - which followed a miscarriage and seven IVF attempts - Brooke said: "I finally had a healthy, beautiful baby girl and I couldn't look at her. I couldn't hold her and I couldn't sing to her and I couldn't smile at her - all I wanted to do was disappear and die." The proper medication and therapy helped the "Lipstick Jungle" overcome her severe depression.

Brooke Shields receives the HOPE Award.

The Henchy-Shields household has lots more to be thankful for this year. Chris is on a roll and is currently working on his latest feature film, "The Other Guys." He is co-executive producer of "Entourage" and one of the creators of the website "Funny or Die," and has written for a number of sitcoms including "Spin City" and "I'm With Her." He is credited as a writer of the 2009 film "Land of the Lost" and the forthcoming film "The Other Guys" - a star-studded comedy featuring Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Damon Wayans Jr., Derek Jeter and - OMG - Paris Hilton. Adam McKay of "Talledega Nights" and "Step Brothers" fame is directing the film.

The ever sultry, smoky-voiced Kathleen Turner skipped the Thanksgiving Day feast in Amagansett to join more than 300 volunteers with Citymeals-on-Wheels who delivered 6,000 meals to homebound seniors. Turner and her daughter Rachel Weiss, 22, celebrated Thanksgiving a day early so they could spend the day visiting others. The easygoing celeb had no problem communicating with the residents in the largely Latino East Harlem community where she visited three families and spoke with them in fluent Spanish. The elderly shut-ins she visited were delighted to welcome her and the turkey dinner she and Rachel were carrying.

Kathleen Turner delivers meals on Thanksgiving.

Much lauded director and choreographer Rob Marshall may not be able to spend the holidays with his folks in Bridgehampton. Word from Variety, the show biz bible is that he will be walking the red carpet at the Dubai Film Festival on December for the premiere of the eagerly anticipated follow-up to his multi-award winning "Chicago" the star-studded film version of the Tony Award winning musical "Nine" on December 9. "Nine" will have a limited release on December 18 in New York and Los Angeles and will then go on wide release on December 25 so you know there's a lot more red carpet strutting yet to go and scores of promotional interviews and appearances.

The vibrant and provocative musical production "Nine," premiered on Broadway in 1982 to critical acclaim (winning five Tony Awards, including Best Musical), and successfully revived in 2003 (winning another two Tonys, including Best Revival), is the most hotly anticipated movie of the holiday season. Directed by Marshall the film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Dame Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Fergie (Stacy Ferguson) and Sophia Loren. The Weinstein Company film will also include new songs by original composer-lyricist Maury Yeston that were not in previous stage versions. Word from folks on the inside who have had a sneak peek is "Watch out for Kate Hudson. She's killer."

Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley hold dinner to celebrate great reviews fro "Superior Doughnuts."

Talking Broadway, East Hampton's favorite husband and wife producing team, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley hosted an intimate dinner - if you call 50 intimate - to toast the extraordinary reviews for their latest Broadway outing Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracey Letts' latest work "Superior Doughnuts" which has audiences howling with laughter one moment and weeping the next. Over a lovely dinner at the legendary Friar's Club, there were many toasts for the savvy producers who currently have "West Side Story" and "The 39 Steps" on the boards and two mini-celebrations for guests at the host's table. Glasses were raised to Southampton's Sara Herbert Galloway and her new fiancé Barry Klarberg who was responsible for the skating rink sized diamond on her hand and to my Hamptons.com colleague another Southamptonite Edward Callaghan who turned 42 - once again - that day. There were so many toasts that the whole crowd had to skip dessert and hop on a luxury coach for the short jaunt to the Music Box Theatre where a whole section - center orchestra natch - at the performance of "Superior Doughnuts" had been reserved.

The bittersweet comedy stars Michael McKean as a Polish American former draft dodger and Jon Michael Hill, a young Black college drop-out. The unlikely pair become friends while working in a dilapidated Chicago doughnut shop The play is Letts' follow-up to his epic "August: Osage County," which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for best play and closed on Broadway in June after 648 performances.

Hugh Jacksman dishes out some kisses.

Many in the audience remembered McKean from "This is Spinal Tap" ("Spinal Tap" by the way was just nominated for two Grammys) but Jon Michael Hill was a revelation. With his street wise funny style and rapier repartee, the 24-year-old member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a shoo-in for the Clarence Derwent Award for newcomers as well as the Theater World Award for his Broadway debut - and the Tony, Drama Desk, New York Critics Circle awards. Congrats to Stewart and Bonnie and their fellow producers for bringing this incredible slice of contemporary life to the New York stage!

Leaving the theater, the guests got caught in the shrieking frenzy of fans outside the theater where "A Steady Rain" with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig is packing them in nightly. Sure enough the cries were for "Wolverine" and "James Bond" who came out to sign playbills, shake hands and in the case of Hugh kiss every proffered cheek. Old time glamour on the Great White Way.

Bits and Pieces: Madonna struck a pose once again for her Bridgehampton pal Steven Klein - and no, she wasn't on horseback, Klein shot Her Madge-sty for the ad campaign for the new Dolce Gabana spring line. Madge's last big campaign was for Louis Vuitton last season. Girl gets around.

Hot news - Julianne Moore is the next A-lister to join the cast of the NBC hot "30 Rock." Insiders let slip she will be "Jack Donaghy's" (Alec Baldwin) new love interest.

Heidi Klum takes on new name.

Call her Mrs. Samuel! It's official a Los Angeles commissioner officially approved supermodel Heidi Klum's request to take on husband Seal's last name. The "Project Runway" host and Victoria's Secret angel filed paperwork in October to legally change her last name, citing "marriage" as the reason for the change. Klum's move to adopt her hubby's last name (whose full name is Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel) comes four years after the couple wed on a beach in Mexico.

The 36-year-old model gave birth to her fourth child, daughter Lou, last month and strutted the runway this past week at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show looking fierce and fit! Klum also has a daughter Leni, 5 (with ex Flavio Briatore), and two sons, Henry, 3, and Johan, 2 with hubby Seal.

North Haven designer Lisa Perry who never met a bold color she didn't like will soon be selling her pop art dresses and accessories on super chic Madison Avenue in a former Citibank. The bank'ss glass office will be the workshop for her design staff giving customers a glimpse of fabrics, patterns inspiration boards and clothes in varying states of completion Like an open kitchen in a restaurant says Lisa. This is a big switch for Lisa who has primarily sold in her own boutiques in Sag Harbor and SoHo. The new store bursts with color - partly from the dresses and handbags on display, but also from Perry's home line, which is not exactly bland either. Her pillows and bedding are so dazzling that they might actually keep people up at night, and her coasters, placemats, and notebooks are equally vibrant. If you have ever been to one of their art filled homes on Sutton Place or North Haven that she and husband hedge-fund manager Richard Perry share, you won't be surprised by the look of her new store.

Move over Ralph, Martha's taking your shelf space! Home Depot just announced it will begin offering Martha Stewart-branded paint and cleaning products next year in addition to the home decor and closet organization lines. Stewart says "bye, bye" to Kmart in January when her contract expires. As soon as it does, Home Depot said it will start selling the Martha Stewart cleaning products, home decor and closet organization lines. The Martha Stewart paint line, which will replace Home Depot's line of Ralph Lauren paint, is set to appear in March. The new paint line's 280 colors can be mixed for use indoors or out and will be available in eight-ounce samples. Twelve colors will be available pre-tinted. The Martha Stewart Clean line will consist of about 10 different cleaning products with Home Depot's "Eco Options" label, which means they meet certain environmental criteria.




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Guest (anonymous) from new york says::
"Stunner" Kathleen Turner??!!
Dec 10, 2009 8:32 am

 

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