“You get lots of adulation for being a trouper and a survivor, which basically means you’re a quaint old thing who must have been very famous at one point. You never burst their bubble by telling them you actually were never that famous to begin with.”
This is downtown columnist Michael Musto talking of growing older. But I consider just a kid’s column. More power to it!
Went to another mah-velous party! What else is new in little old Manhattan, but mah-velous parties?!
This was Le Cirque’s glamorous kickoff for the new massive coffee-table book about the history of the famed Maccioni family and a pictorial grab bag of presidents, kings, queens and VIPs down the ages as Sirio, the man from Montecatini in Tuscany, presided over all his Paris, New York and other restaurant experiences
If you loved Sirio as a young leading head waiter at the old Colony restaurant on 61st Street (and, I did!), or if you liked the original Le Cirque, which he put into the Mayfair Hotel back in 1974, or Le Cirque when it was on Madison Avenue at 50th, or if you like it now in its 58th Street incarnation, well, it’s all here. (Then there is the exhausting fact that Sirio is about to open another restaurant in the Pierre Hotel using his first name – that happens next month.)
Regarding this book kickoff, there are drawings, cartoons and real artwork, as in “The Legends” by Robert Cenedella. In this painting, I am found sitting where I never sat, between Richard Nixon and Georgette Mosbacher.
There is terrific written history by Pamela Fiori with a foreword penned by Alain Ducasse and a preface by Rudi Sodamin.
Ben Fink was in charge of photography and the former O magazine photo editor, Jennifer Crandall, selected photos through the years. (She has me with such as Donald Trump, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Mike and Mary Wallace – not bad!)
There are sections of Sirio with his various chefs, his handsome sons, his singer chef wife, Egi, his contributions to the Holland America Line, and an entire section on great looking recipes written by Jane Sigal. The design is from Patricia Fabricant.
Oh, we don’t dare forget Le Cirques in Las Vegas, New Delhi and the Dominican Republic.
The book holds photos of people with millions, but it’s only $39.95 and you can get it at Le Cirque 58th Street, or
I asked my pal Joy Behar how I could find her new show and she told me this:
“I’ve been saying that Current TV is like the g-spot of television. It may be hard to find, but once you find it, there’s nothing better.
“My new show is great. Current TV let’s me say anything and I’ve had some great guests – Susan Sarandon, Cyndi Lauper, Sue Simmons, Suzanne Somers, Andy Cohen, etc. If your readers don’t get Current, they could call their cable provider and demand they add me to their lineup.”
Well, I finally found the correct channel for OWN to see Oprah in New York, so I guess soon I can find Joy, as well. It’s not so simple after us super middle-aged folks count to 13, is it?
It’s not that Liam Neeson hasn’t been a star for quite a while, but the success of his “Taken” films has vaulted him into another category altogether. (“Taken 2” topped the box office again last weekend.) If there is a “Taken 3,” most industry observers predict he’ll command a $20 million salary!
I’ve always admired this low-key Irishman, and I’m happy for this amusing, profitable midlife surge of popularity. (I also admire the fact that he kicked his longtime smoking habit.)

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