The list of showbiz “names” supporting/endorsing candidates grows as the primaries bear down. But Oprah Winfrey still wins hands down with exposure for both her support of Barack Obama coupled with her appearances for “The Great Debaters.”
But one veteran performer maintains his distance “from discussing politics and religion” despite the fact one candidate, Hillary Clinton revealed during the Dec. 7 interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson she was a member and president of his — Fabian’s fan club. Of course it was back when she was a “normal teenager.”
I reached Fabian (Forte), now 64, at his farm/home in a small, southwest Pennsylvania town. He said he’s been besieged by queries around the country asking his political preferences, particularly in response to Hillary.
“I was flattered,” he told me, reminding that Hillary had made reference in her book to her Fabian fandom. He’s invited her to attend any of the shows he produces in Branson at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theatre with Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland and the Chiffons.
As for politicians — “I always do support a candidate,” he assured me, “but I do it privately.” And he repeated that he’d be happy to sing at the inauguration — if Hillary is elected — “and if Bill accompanies on the sax.”
Fabian plays a New Year’s Eve show (9-12) at Branson’s Dick Clark theater with the above-costars “And I’ve asked Dick Clark for a feed (from New York) to speak with us in Branson.”
Clark’s wife (of 30 years) Kari said Dick would not be able to do it from his limited N.Y. stand with Ryan Seacrest although he is more active these days — he’s only missed one New Year’s Eve show in 36 years. While he’s on a walker and receives physical therapy, Clark, 78, still maintains business between his Burbank and Malibu offices. He sold his rights to the “Golden Globes” show and will not be attending. Wife Kari will be on hand.