Richard Gere’s family rolled in from North Syracuse, N.Y., to the Waldorf-Astoria for Tuesday night’s salute from the American Museum of the Moving Image, thereby opening themselves up to questions about their famous son.
Did women flock to young Richard?
“No,” mom Doris Gere said. “He was shy.” She wouldn’t comment on anything else, and neither would his dad, Homer. “We don’t make a lot of noise,” he said.
Upon receiving his award, the honoree also struck a diffident pose, telling the crowd, “This is not something I crave.”
Yet after a preview clip of his sexy tango with Jennifer Lopez from “Shall We Dance,” Gere stood on his banquet-hall chair and shimmied with a napkin in his mouth. And when a stagehand asked presenter Liam Neeson to do another take for the USA broadcast, Gere yelled out, “Who thinks it was good enough?” Everyone cheered.
Also attending: Harvey Weinstein, Hector Elizondo, Louis Gossett Jr., Denzel Washington, AMMI board chairman Herbert S. Schlosser and museum director Rochelle Slovin.