Arrivals admired Carole Bayer Sager’s embroidered Valentino jacket and her patience, seated as she was in the sumptuous lobby of Lynda and Stewart Resnick’s manorial Beverly Hills residence. Autographing more than 150 gift books for guests, now that she’d returned from New York where her attorney Allan Grubman and wife Deborah feted her with a celebration party at their Park Avenue apartment.
Lynda and Stewart invited pals a-plenty in Carole’s honor. To applaud her revelatory memoir, They’re Playing Our Song, a Mother Lode of remembrances from her illustrious – shall we say titanic! — songwriting career. Yes, more than 400 songs.
Welcoming the crowd at “this very special evening,” fashisonista Lynda, in Saint Laurent, acknowledged Carole’s oeuvre of nominations for 15 awards, winning an Oscar, two Golden Globes, a Grammy for Song of the Year.
“Her insanely prolific career began while she was in high school when she wrote A Groovy Kind Of Love.”
More hits followed over five decades. Don’t Cry Out Loud, the theme from the movie Arthur, Nobody Does It Better, The Best That You Can Do. With That’s What Friends Are For, Carole contributed proceeds to AIDS research. Songs recorded by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston.
“Sensitively chronicling her ups and downs, and sharing generous anecdotes about her music, Carole’s narrative is breezy with her crisp humor and lustt for life,” informs the Kirkus Review. With Steve Martin, Bette Midler, Carly Simon and Candice Bergen adding their hosannas.
Entrepreneurs extraordinaire, our hosts Lynda and Stewart are legends as well. Landlords of Fiji Water, Pom (the healthy pomegranate extract), pistachio, California wineries, Teleflora. Renowned for their strategic and marketing acumen by the business community.
Let us commend their corporate communications director Stephen Miller and houseman Jerry Castillo. Both gents were on the minute all evening, addressing whatever were the needs of the crowd.
Drinks flowed among the Who and the Who. Bob Daly, Carole’s husband of 20 years. Her son Cris, 30, with former husband, the composer Burt Bacharach, is working with Universal Publishing.
Also: Les Moonves, Susie and Harold Becker (Susie in a stunning ivory satin blouson of her own design), Jaclyn Smith (now a grandmother!) with husband Dr. Brad Allen, Wendy Goldberg, whose The Blue Bloods Cookbook written with the series star Bridget Moynahan, features the best family recipes (brisket of beef, roast chicken, etc.) for Sunday night dinners.
Also: Brad Krevoy, who we discovered is related to Carole via their grandmothers, Jerry Bruckheimer, Marc Nathanson, Alan Horn, Barry Diller in black-tie, Elaine Wynn, Lorraine Sinsky with daughter Jennifer Belushi, LACMA’s Michael Govan with Katharine Ross.
CAA’s Bryan Lourd and the Palm Restaurants’ Bruce Bozzi, who wed last month at the Beverly Hills City Hall, Donna Karan, Sandy Gallin, Barbara Davis, Dr. Joe Sugarman, Toni Howard and David Yarnell, Dr. Robert Goldberg with wife Jan, Irena and Mike Medavoy, Nigel Lythgo.
Cheryl and Haim Saban, Melanie Griffith, Deidre and Larry Gordon, Lauren Shuller Donner and Dick Donner, and was Calvin Klein there?
Carole admitted during the autographing signing that the book took about two years to write, and that she added the “e” at the end of her name when she was in school. Why? “It looked prettier.”
Hers has been eight years of a scandal-scarred administration. And now, Her is anticipating another four years.
Famous last words. Campaigning this week for Her, President Obama vowed, “I trust her.” Amnesia, obviously, has set in, what with the lies and more lies and the skulduggery with Monica Lewinski, Vince Foster, etc.
My country ‘tis of thee: aren’t we ready for a change?