Ellen Barkin Kept Gabriel Byrne’s Jewelry

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I kept every piece of jewelry he ever gave me,” Ellen Barkin tells Alex Witchel, of first husband Gabriel Byrne, in this coming weekend’s  her.

The best moment in the piece — after the time when Witchel tells Barkin that her apartment smells like the Upper East Side, and Barkin frantically blows out every scented candle — is when Witchel asks about the time Barkin allegedly threw a drink in Perelman’s face at the Waverly Inn:

Ellen, we promise not to ask you anything that will tempt you to throw a glass in our faces. But if you want to throw jewelry, we won’t object.

Ellen Barkin Is No Uptown Girl [NYT]
PS: You should read the NYTM story just to hear her talk about what her play, A Normal Heart, means to her. “I remember my first friend who got sick,” Barkin explains. “It was 1981, and the disease was called the gay cancer.”

Ellen Barkin Kept Gabriel Byrne’s Jewelry