He's ditching his own kids to spend Turkey Day with her and hers! Plus, Michael Eisner's daughter-in-law induced pregnancy to have the child before Thanksgiving … good planning! In the very thankful gossip roundup.
Late last week, we received a very nice invitation to a luncheon sponsored by the Magazine Publisher's Association and the American Society of Magazine Editors. It was their annual lifetime achievement awards, and guess who is being honored? Tina Brown. Apparently the former editor of Tatler, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the ill-fated Talk is at that point in her career when the final retrospective is in order. You know, the point in her career that comes at the end. We feel a little bad for Tina. Getting a lifetime achievement award when you are 54 is a little bit like getting the "Most Improved GPA" certificate at college graduation or a magazine cover with the tagline "Sexy at ANY Age": It's an honor and an insult at once. Surely, we thought, Tina must be up to something. She's a legend! For example, there's that HBO development deal that we heard about but HBO exec Sheila Nevins apparently didn't. And after finishing her book The Diana Chronicles in late 2006, she went on to write Um Well, we're not sure, exactly. An insider tells us that she's shopping around two or three new projects. But we haven't heard about them. Does anybody know what Tina's been up to? Or should we start assembling a clip reel for her memorial service award-ceremony montage right now? We'll set it to the tune of "Candle in the Wind."
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Tina Brown does not want her 16-year-old daughter, Izzy, marrying at 19, the tender age of Diana Spencer when she wed Prince Charles in 1981. At the Strand Bookstore last night, before a good-size audience of slightly weird, very white, middle-aged Anglophiles, Brown, 53, chatted with former New York Times London bureau chief Warren Hoge about The Diana Chronicles, her account of the late princess’ life that’s currently No. 1 on the Times nonfiction best-seller list. Looking typically sleek in a black dress and heels before several stacks of the fat book, Brown was on from the get-go, discoursing nearly nonstop in perfect magazine prose — this ain't the first stop on Tina's book tour — about Diana’s role as “a prism of British social revolution” and her death as “a festival of national mourning.” In the first few minutes alone, she managed to use nearly every hot buzzword of the past year or so, calling the young Charles a “toxic bachelor” and Diana a Fleet Street dream girl who could “move product.”
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Paris Hilton's first meal out of the clink was takeout from Mr. Chow. Former gossip columnist Charlotte Hays has written a book about attractive women and the rich men they marry. Rudy Giuliani wasn't a fan of France until Nicolas Sarkoz — the "French Rudy" — was elected president. Brooke Astor may have cancer. Bill Clinton won't be attending his personal trainer's Chappaqua book signing. Laura Albert, better known as JT LeRoy, wants to pose for Playboy, though the magazine hasn't made her an offer. Ashton, Demi, and their daughter went to the "Bodies" exhibit at South Street Seaport. A bunch of waiters are suing Sparks Steak House for allegedly using tip money to pay bartenders and others not entitled to it. Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman is throwing a party for Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy.
These days, Tina Brown is into small magazines. We learned this at the party celebrating her new Diana Chronicles at the sky-high Sony Club last night. "The magazine I like most is this German magazine called WorldWatch," she told us. "It’s a combination of The American Lawyer and a hip picture magazine. It’s a terrific, smart-looking magazine. It's the only magazine I long to edit, but it's so small that I wouldn’t want to invest the time." Many of the boldfaced guests — Harvey Weinstein, Barry Diller, Liz Smith, and Judy Miller, to name a few — were talking about Diana's life and death, and about Tony Soprano's.
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