A grand night for singing …
To herald the publication of Willing To Be Lucky, Adventures in Life and Television, the memoir by television’s inspired innovator Andy Friendly. His captivating recollection of family and career, a life richly experienced from his young tiger days to the fulfillment of years to come.
His stunning wife, actress Pat Crowley, gathered 90 of The Who and The Who at their Bel-Air mansionette overlooking the vast green of the Bel-Air golf course.
Sunset hour drinks were poured, with friends savoring a lavish menu of good food.
All were flirting amid the teasing array of the Ivy’s showgirl sweets that blew away this sophisticated crowd that has, more or less, been everywhere and seen everything.
In the mix were Andy’s longtime friend David Nochimson, the attorney who represents Ridley Scott, Norman Lear, etc … the beloved sportscaster Vin Scully, who‘s vowed to never again watch the NFL teams for their unpatriotic behavior of the players during the footballs games. The ratings continue to be disastrous.
Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich read the chapter about Andy’s illustrious father, Fred Friendly, who headed CBS. Fred gave audiences the not-to-be-missed documentaries of See It Now, starring Edward R. Murrow. Launched in 195l, which Andy revealed was the year of his birth when he was named Andrew Samson Hiram Friendly.
He tracked his dad’s footsteps, presiding over the powerful King World Entertainment of Oprah Winfrey and long-turning game shows fame (Wheel of Fortune, etc.).
“How lucky I am,” he says, “to have known or worked with Jimmy Cagney, David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Richard Pryor, George Clooney, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah and Vin.
“Generous, compassionate, curious, open to ideas and with a wonderful sense of humor,” praises Tracey Ullman in her foreword. “A bloody good bloke, who writes beautifully.”
Andy’s KCM publisher Michael Fabiano reveals the memoir’s available in 24 counties and in the Library of Congress for eternity.
Before the warm-hearted evening of grateful goodbyes, Andy’s chums during their Riverdale, NY youth, John Zembetti and Walter Egan of the band Malibooz and their pal Jeff Roth, of the rock group Badfinger, rocked the crowd with their clap-along and singalong of the Beatles classic hit, Paperback Writer. Andy saw it performed live in Boston l966, when he fell in love with the Fab Four.
A grand night of nights! In Southern California.
We hear … Jess Cagle, the editor of People Magazine, may be the new editor of Vanity Fair, now that Grayden Carter has resigned after his 25 years of genius.