Remembering Arnold

Schwarzenegger_arnoldArnold Schwarzenegger is 61, July 30. But the well-wishers were readying the “Happy Birthday” warbling Tuesday night. Tina and Rick Caruso hosted the ($1000-plus) fund-raiser at their Brentwood estate. They are longtime Arnold and GOP supporters.

The subject of Arnold’s birthday came up Monday evening during a non-political, yet international party for France’s goodwill gift to bewildered showbiz travelers, Yanou Collart. The effusively glamorous praise agent stopped briefly in Beverly Hills where Kay Pick and Frank Bowling hosted her with friends — including yours truly — who have benefitted over decades of her know-how, know-who and know-where in La Belle France. And Arnold first met her in 1977 when she was publicizing his starrer, “Pumping Iron” at Cannes. In the film, newcomer Arnold displayed his muscles competing (winnng) “Mr.Olympia,” overpowering  Lou Ferrigno. Yanou recalled draping glamor girls around Arnold for publicity  on the film –for which he received generous press praise. Yanou recalled Arnold promised her he’d become famous, even saying to her, “I will become president one day.” She gave him this advice, “Take lessons, lose your accent.” (P.S. she didn’t either).

Veronique Peck, one of the guests toasting fellow French woman, Yanou Collart, told us of the planned Gregory Peck family pilmgrimage to the Dingle Festival in Ireland Sept.11-14 when “To Kill A Mockingbird” will be shown as well as daughter Cecilia (Mrs. Daniel) Voll’s docu “Conversation with Gregory Peck.” The Voll’s  chilldren, Harper and Ondine will also be on hand Greg’s grandmother is from Dingle as well as his great-uncle, hero Thomas Ashe.

At Monday’s international toasting we also talked outer-space civilan travel with Buzz Aldrin. While its future seemed near via (newspaper) space given the Mojave test, Aldrin’s timetable is much farther away, he told me. And he remains close to that picture. Honoree Collart leaves on a closer-to-earth trip this week — a week in Tahiti where no one needs directions.         

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