“Mirella Freni and Pavarotti shared the same wet nurse,” former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said last week at the Eighth Annual Opera News Awards at The Plaza, sharing a bit of opera trivia before giving the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s distinguished achievement award to the supreme Modenese soprano. “Just imagine the Freudian connotations,” hizzoner continued. “Mirella’s Read More
While Shindigger was giddy to celebrate the Chinese New Year last week with the New York Philharmonic at its second annual Chinese New Year Gala, not everyone was excited to ring in the Year of the Snake. Take Joan Rivers, for example. “I’m fucking angry, because they make a lot of our jewelry for QVC,” Read More
If you live in New York, you may be all too familiar with the concept of co-op or condo boards, whose purview over their respective buildings—as well as guarding of entry to living in those buildings—can represent something between the knowledge that you have an advocate and the terror of living under a dictatorial reign. Apparently, Joan Rivers is the president of her condo building, on East 62nd Street.
What is that like?
Dictators tend to be clear about what they like and what they don’t. Besides nukes and Fiats, Col. Muammar Qaddafi very much liked the gilded-age mansion at 5 East 78th Street.
The now-dead Libyan dictator was never able to call the Upper East Side townhouse home after being rebuffed by broker Jason Haber in 2009, but the extravagant space is now back on the market as a $30,000 per month rental.
But don’t let the apartment’s near run-in with a repressive regime dissuade you. It’s no wonder Qaddafi took a a liking to this place!
Fashion Week Observed
New York fashion week has finally come to a close. Amen! For those less-fortunate editors and fashion authorities (or perhaps we are the lucky ones) that have not jetted off to London or Milan, we finally get a moment to recover.
In retrospect, we relished the young talents of Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu. The Observer will never forget the spectacle and grandeur of Alexander Wang—or the impeccable quality of Simon Spurr’s suiting. With such a busy social schedule and so many shows, it’s hard to remember all the garments we evaluated with a careful eye.
Red Carpet Real Estate
Although Joan Rivers’s Versailles-inspired apartment at 1 East 62nd Street didn’t sell the last time it hit the market, The Queen of Mean has just put her fiercest foot forward, re-listing the place with a significant price hike. Although it flopped in 2009 with a $25 million ask, Ms. Rivers has put the place back Read More
“When do you sleep?” The Observer‘s Rex Reed asked the 76-year-old Joan Rivers above the din of a standing ovation at the New York premiere of Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work last night. And that’s a good question. Because after watching the new documentary based on a year in her busy life, one Read More
The delightful late-career resurgence of Betty White (popular Super Bowl commercial, Facebook campaign for her to host SNL, now scheduled for May 8, Mother’s Day) has got us thinking about other gero-comical women who refuse to rest on their well-earned laurels. Bless them!
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Comedienne Joan Rivers was on the phone, remembering something wonderful her friend, Dominick Dunne, who died of bladder cancer on Wednesday, Aug. 26, did for her in the late 1980s.
“My husband [producer Edgar Rosenberg] had just committed suicide and the first time I was going to come out in public was a Vanity Fair Read More
“This is what Marie Antoinette would have had if she had taste,” is how Joan Rivers described the Versailles-inspired décor of her East 62nd penthouse as she stood under the ballroom ceiling, which was painted a light blue with white clouds, on Monday, Aug. 3. “All comedians are very strange, and I love Read More