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Everything gone is back.
New crime drama about the Guccis (and Maurizio Gucci’s 1995 murder) has Jeremy Irons, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto. Ridley Scott directing. Lady Gaga plays Maurizio’s ex-wife, who was convicted of ordering the hit — after he had an affair …
More everything old: A Carol Burnett movie based on her memoir “Carrie and Me” is coming. Tina Fey’s producing …
More. Johnny Cash’s wife before June Carter was Vivian Liberto. They met in a Texas roller rink. Married 13 years. Mother of his four daughters, whom she raised while Cash was on the road making cash. Misidentified as being black and threatened by the KKK. All in the new documentary “My Darling Vivian.”
Rosanne Cash: “She was always shown as a shrew. After their divorce, the public saw her as nothing. So my mother faded into a kind of negative obscurity.” Gone in 2005, she now gets her story told. Streaming on demand.
In 1947, “It’s a Wonderful Life” had Jimmy Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Donna Reed, and direction by Frank Capra. On Sunday, it has Ed Asner, Pete Davidson, Ellie Kemper, Mia Farrow and original cast member Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu, that little girl who said, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” The reading is a benefit for the Asner Family Center.
Behind a fotog’s scene …
Philip Gefter’s book “What Becomes a Legend Most” reprises fashion’s most iconic photographer — the late Richard Avedon. Avedon’s most prized photo was of the then-most-famous cover girl. Title: “Dovima With Elephants.” 1955. Harper’s Bazaar. Somehow a chemical stain appeared on its negative. To eliminate that flaw for a 1978 Met museum exhibition, Avedon’s studio manager and master printer, Gideon Lewin, created a new negative. Each and every one of its subsequent images are from Lewin’s handiwork. Per Avedon, all originals were then destroyed. Only two existed. One, unsigned, is in the Smithsonian. Dovima was born in Jackson Heights. Gideon lives on Sutton Place. Where the elephants came from I don’t know. That photo’s value I know. Sotheby’s put it up for $1 million in 2018.
But people are still buying things
Sean Connery’s gun in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No,” exceeded estimates. Was auctioned for $256,000. Buyer anonymous. Also Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” helmet — $108,000 and Bruce Willis’ “Pulp Fiction” sword — $35,200.
Forget off with the old/on with the new. Now it’s on with the old/off with the new. Tomorrow Sotheby’s auctions the late Marylou Whitney’s jewels. Ten pieces. Marylou had Whitney money, Saratoga stables, horses, galas, young husband. If someone somehow someplace were richer, no piggy bank was fatter.
Even before the words “flawless diamond” drop from your mouth, Sotheby’s has 29 pieces from the vault of the late Cecile Zilkha. Philanthropist, rich lady, she gave to the Met Opera, her own art gallery, plus enough left over to acquire treasures. In those days of galas and parties and gowns, it all hung on her. Now it’s in a glass case up for auction.
Please try to pay attention
Carol Alt, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum’s stylist says the new supermodel — wearing Nicole Miller on the 25A magazine cover — is Charlize Cotton … And early Christmas card was from WNBC-TV’s vegetable guy Peter Napolitano, with whom I shared the camera a lifetime ago. Thanks, Pete … Shelly Fireman, who owns Trattoria Dell’Arte, Brooklyn Diner, Fiorello’s, Bond 45, Redeye Grill, just opened Brooklyn Deli at 200 W. 57th. He guarantees “an army of pastrami” … Personal psychic Frank Andrews predicted John Lennon’s death to Yoko Ono. He even lived with them. And he’s in the short film “Ivy’s Paranormal.”
Unsure what restaurant you can still go to? Forget one with anybody waiting for the Heimlich maneuver.
Only in shut-down New York, kids, only in shut-down New York.
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