“Elaine’s” Elaine Kaufman recouped from hip surgery, is back at her legendary eatery greeting the literati and not-so-literati who nightly pack the place. And Tuesday night among those there were: Norman Mailer, recouped from open heart surgery, Elke and Ben Gazzara, Gay Talese etc.
At her Studio on West 12th Street Monday, Diane Von Furstenberg hosted this group to toast Bernard-Henri Levy on his book “American Vertigo” (Random House): Oscar de la Rentas, Graydon Carters, Lauren Bacall, Stephen Sondheim, Tina Brown, “Fur” producer Bonnie Timmerman, Bobby Zarem, Charlie Rose, Dominick Dunne.
Meanwhile here in L.A., the talk at the Palm in West Hollywood — celebrating its 30th anni — was about this eatery’s move. The new site (in 2008) will be about 20 feet west of its current stand. WeHo partners have bought the entire block from Almont to Ramage Streets and will remove the Rolls Royce agency and florist shop. The new (larger) Palm will be topped by condos, reports manager Tommy Saboni who says the historic caricatured walls will all (hopefully) he moved to the new building. I’m counting on it — my (30 years younger) drawing has the enviable wall which everyone must pass en route to the rest rooms….At the Lodge on La Cienega: the Adam Sandlers, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Jennifer Aniston,
And talking about food: Ed McMahon read me (over the phone) his latest commercial. It’s for “Crave Buster,” a lozenge to curb your appetite, the brain child of Ed’s wife, Pam, president of the company. “Crave Buster” is for those “who need more than will power,” Ed intoned the commercial to me, “It’s a natural health supplement.”
This is only one of McMahon’s several commercials, which he records in his home studio. Most of the time he’s on the road with his one-man show, “An Evening of ‘Tonight Show’ Memories,” an hour-long reminiscence of his life with Johnny Carson, followed by a Q&A. Feb.3, Ed’s on stage at the giant Mohegan Sun resort in Conn. followed by a weeklong trek thru Jacksonville, Vero Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida whose residents lived and loved with “He-e-e-e-r-e’s Johnny — and Ed..”