“He’s a ‘closet painter,'” Walter Mirisch told me Friday night as we admired the first exhibit of the art work by Blake Edwards at the Feingarten Galleries in the Pacific Design Center. Over 400 friends and former co-workers of Edwards showed up to admire his works. They had been stored in warehouses in L.A. and N.Y. and in homes across the globe. Wife Julie Andrews, who co-hosted the opening night of the exhibit, admitted to me she had finally convinced him to allow his works to be shown.
Despite being in a wheelchair, Edwards looks hearty and still maintains to me he’ll return to showbiz with the musicalized version of “The Pink Panther.” Wife Julie, meanwhile, and daughter Emma still plan to stage “The Great American Musical.” And they are also readying a “Songs And Lullabyes” with music by Ian Fraser as a book on tape (DVD). Among the friends and admirers on hand were the Arthur Hillers. Director Hiller takes credit for casting Julie in “The Americanization of Emily,” and she later married Edwards. Among others there were Bud Yorkins, Bob Loggias, Mike Stollers, Leslie Ann Warren and artist Jane Wooster Scott, who enthusiastically praised Edwards’ work. Gail Oppenheimer curated the exhibit, which will run at the Feingarten Galleries until Jan.30. See it.
And Friday at noon, at the home of the Consul General of France in Los Angeles, David Martinon and wife Karen hosted a reception for “I’ve Loved You So Long” principals Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein. The highly emotional film is a best foreign language Golden Globe nominee as is Thomas for Best Actress. The very chic ladies (Thomas in red, Zylberstein in white) graciously made their way through the lovely Beverly Hills garden — full of invited guests — happily receiving compliments on their very dramatic performances (and friendliness). We had a chance to talk with both on the intricacies of the emotional scenes — often requiring their dramatic abilities with touching nuances. We had a moment with the enthusiasitc Martinon, who expressed his admiration and enthusiasm for our President-to-be, with whom he has had a relationship dating back two years. Viva la France –and its movies like “I’ve Loved You So Long.”