George Christy Talks About Andy Warhol, Chuck and Ava Fries, Caucus for Producers, Directors and Writers and more!
Those peripatetic Beverly Hillbillies, who cover the world’s waterfronts, took off this week for three days in Tokyo and a month in Mumbai.
Traveling first class, as always, real estate wizards Elgart Aster and Paul Swerdlove favor Singapore Air’s great “we live to serve” style.
They returned recently from Montreal and the East Coast after a luxurious Crystal Cruise voyage.
They wished time stood still with more days to visit New York.
Their desire being to attend a performance of Kerry Washington’s family drama, American Son. Their friend and ours, Joanna Carson, is among the producers of the hit that is lavishing praise on Kerry Washington’s Tony-worthy performance. (“Gut-wrenching,” says Rosie O’Donnell.)
Also, to view the historic “Andy Warhol— From A to B and Back Again Exhibition” at Manhattan’s downtown Whitney Museum.
This week, they departed on their favorite Singapore Air for a month in India, where they will settle in Mumbai for that special party that Catholic friends are hosting for the Christmas holiday.
As for the acclaimed Andy Warhol exhibition of more than 350 works of art, covering the diverse phases of his inspired career, remains the talk of the New York town.
“Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987).
“Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life. He helped to expand the role of the artist in society,” informs curator Donna De Salvo.
“This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized in the U.S. since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists.
“Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.”
In this our life, we were fortunate to befriend Andy. Whose Interview Magazine was a must for the read-a-holics who kept up with it’s avant-garde photography and stories.
In addition to our thrice-weekly columns for The Hollywood Reporter, we served as a contributing editor to Andy’s Interview Magazine. Writing cover stories about Peggy Lee, Joan Collins, Olivia Newton-John, Bette Davis and others.
Among our favorite titles is ‘Bette Davis And The White Extension Cord’. Bette was in a foul mood when we interviewed her, but captivating none-the-less. We were interrupted with her too many phone calls from friends. She denounced today’s filmmaking … “special effects, special effects, special effects … that’s all they care about.”
Visiting Los Angeles during the long ago, Andy professed his love of Hollywood’s glamorous power. Asking if we would host a dinner with guests of all ages. And we did.
Among the guests was Georgette Mosbacher who fascinated Andy, photographing her, time and again, with his mini camera. Gorgeous Georgette is now our Ambassador to Poland, having raised huge funds for the President and the Republican party.
For our dinner with 50 invitees we chose La Barbera’s Pizzeria (now gone). Long established in Westwood, offering the best meltingly hot pies, La Barbera’s rated “five stars” from Andy.
Along with the assorted pizzas, we served Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes.
Andy claimed this was better than many of the fancy black-tie affairs he was invited to in New York.
Earlier this week, the genius of producer, writer and director, Ryan Murphy, was honored with a Star on the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.
In the crowd were Gwyneth Paltrow with Brad Falchuk, who’s Ryan’s producing partner and who Gwyneth wed this year.
Ryan’s successes are formidable. Ranging from Nip/Tuck to Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story, FEUD, Scream Queens, Eat Pray Love, The Normal Heart, The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, etc.
He’s now writing, directing and producing a Netflix series, The Politician, that debuts in 2019.
His Star is the 2,653rd since the launch of the Walk of Fame in 1961, adding to the 1,558 stars.
“I’m very black and white about what I like or don’t like,” he admits, our Indianapolis-born virtuoso, “but I’ve always been that way.”