George Christy Talks About Billie Catherine Lourd, Shera and Peter Falk, L.A. Olympics and more
We assume the young dandies keep knocking at the door, as they most likely have been to meet this born beauty.
Twenty-five years old, beauty, Billie Catherine Lourd is the issue of Carrie Fisher, and Bryan Lourd, the CAA partner, managing director and co-chairman, whose agency client list includes Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Robert Downey Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other major players.
How does Bryan accommodate these grand-slam egos?
Both Carrie and Bryan dissuaded their heiress from the acting profession.
Although majoring in religion and psychology at NYU, Billie disagreed, and has been appearing in films since 2015. Namely, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Billionaire Boys Club, and in Scream Queens and American Horror Story on television.
Billie’s the September cover girl for Town & Country magazine.
The interview with Sarah Paulson disappoints. Which proves once more that journalists are better at conducting interviews than actors.
Several months after her birth, we delivered a welcoming gift to Billie. A red-checked pinafore, which mom Carrie loved and promised to keep as a souvenir. Grandmother Debbie Reynolds graciously thanked us with a polite phone call, impressed that the gift arrived from Neiman-Marcus.
We were invited to Bryan’s Westside estate (for sale for $35 million?) for a book party honoring author Gigi Levangie Glazer, and were bowled over with Bryan’s collection of literature, plus the complete set of editions published by the Library of America of our famous authors (a literary treasure to be envied), dozens of books piled high on the library floor. We predicted that Billie might be destined to be a literateur.
Meeting Billie, as we did, during a charity dinner, we were charmed. She was the epitome of youthful sophistication that promised a future we will keep up with.
“I cried. And couldn’t stop. While they were photographing the raincoat,” admits Shera Danese Falk.
“I knew this was what Peter would have wanted, rather than having his Columbo raincoat hanging in a dark closet. Being a good Catholic faithful, I talked to Peter in my prayers … that we were giving the coat ‘light.’”
The coat was photographed for auction in November by Bonham’s in Los Angeles.
Peter wore his inseparable coat throughout the 33 years of Columbo’s episodes, with reruns scheduled onto infinity.
About the raincoat, Peter popped into a men’s wear shop in New York on a rainy day. “I wore it, and figured it was perfect for my character.”
He never wore “stand ins” … it became an old friend.
Designed and manufactured in Spain by a company label, Cortefiel, which translates as “fine tailoring.” Although the iconic coat’s now frayed at the lapels and cuffs, Peter remarked to Shera that the wear-and-tear is “a sign of love.”
With concerns simmering about the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles that the L.A. City Council voted for, Shera says she and Peter were not Olympians because of the shocking expense they incur. Added on to everyone’s property taxes, plus, plus, plus.
Shera chastises Mayor Eric Garcetti who’s gung-ho for the international attention the Olympics will award him. And his reach for the presidency. But, as one wise young man, Lorenzo Nardini, assessed, “How many mayors do you know who have become president?” Maybe none?
Shera asks Mr. Mayor, “How millions of showers and toilet flushes will the thousands of athletes need … please tell us how you’ll cope with a depressing Los Angeles drought?”
Boston’s city fathers voted for the 2028 Olympics, the citizens bellowed. Olympics cancelled. And gullible we stepped up to the plate.
Greece and Brazil remain in smothering mud from their killer Olympic expenses. Rio is $40 million in debt from the 2016 Games.
Tokyo, hosting the 2020 Games is already $8 billion in debt, and that is three years away.
Corruption and doping are a given.
Los Angeles’ multibillion dollar Games investment won’t fix poverty, observer Jonny Coleman writes in the Los Angeles Times. Or homelessness, our health crisis, density and transit issues, prison system, our anemic public education system.
“It’s not too late for the citizenry to rebel against the vote,” adds Jonny Coleman, “and do the right thing.”
Ladies and gentlemen, speak up!