“I don’t know how we became friends, but we did,” began Whoopi Goldberg of her dear comrade and Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson.
Last night, Ms. Goldberg presented Ms. Merkerson with a Help and Hope Award at CancerCare’s annual spring gala for her considerable efforts as an advocate of the fight against cancer.
“I don’t have anyone like her in my life,” said Ms. Goldberg to the audience filling Mandarin Oriental’s ballroom. “She has never made me feel bad for the things I do.”
“Smoking!” chided Ms. Merkerson to the dismay of the undoubtedly anti-smoking, anti-cancer philanthropists.
“Yes—the legal stuff,” Ms. Goldberg confessed.
“Cigarettes!” Ms. Merkerson hissed for all to hear. Everyone chuckled.
the eight-day week
We all know Whoopi Goldberg doesn’t get off the View couch for very much—the sometime actress is enjoying semiretirement, passing the time by weighing in with Barbara Walters on the issues of the day, like the latest Redbook survey or anything about Fifty Shades of Grey. Tonight, she’s digging into far more serious matters, presenting Read More
After a performance by Raven-Symoné, Kimberly Marabel and Aléna Watters of a song from the Broadway musical Sister Act, comedian, actress and entertainer Whoopi Goldberg stepped up to the podium last night at Cooper Union’s Great Hall to emcee the annual City Council Pride celebration.
The Observer begrudgingly traipsed back to the Plaza Ballroom for the umpteenth Wednesday night for yet another gala. This time around it was to honor civil rights pioneer and former chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond. We knew that honorary chairman of the affair, Bill Clinton, was too busy saving the world to attend, but a list of enticing notables was expected. How often to you get to have a Tanqueray and tonic with Wanda Sykes?
Last night at the New York Public Library, the last scions of the Great White Way congregated to celebrate the release of Mr Broadway, a memoir penned by the late Shubert Organization’s chairman, Gerald Schoenfeld. Mr. Schoenfeld had passed away a month before the book was finished in 2008, but everyone in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room seemed to know the story of the hot-tempered man who was widely credited for saving Broadway from collapse in the 70s.
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its sizable jury in advance of the Festival’s launch Wednesday–it’s to be led by director Irwin Winkler (The Net). The numerous stars are to be split into panels judging six panels: Patricia Clarkson, critic Lisa Schwarzbaum, and Dakota Fanning are among those judging the World Narrative Competition, for instance. Read More