Joyce Wadler got off slow with her (don't ever call it "gossip") "Boldface Names" column in The New York Times but she's hitting her stride. Funny, insightful, gentle bitchery and lots of names. Nice work, Wadler and Times both.
It was SRO at the N.Y. Historical Society when Broadway stars Marian Seldes, Charles Busch and Christine Ebersole, moderated by Susan Mulcahy, revived the long-dead monologist Ruth Draper with anecdotes and comment on her influence. Ms. Mulcahy, former editor of Page Six and of Avenue magazine and creator of the Mr. Showbiz Web site, is responsible for getting Draper's delightful recordings back in circulation on CDs. Devotees can now access her Web site, Drapermonologues.com.
Martha Stewart lives! Just launched a new omnimedia pet-keeping brand.
This year's Eric Breindel Journalism Award will be posthumously awarded to the late Michael Kelly, the editor and columnist who died in Iraq. Rupert Murdoch and Lally Weymouth host the June 11 event. Breindel was editorial page editor of the New York Post.
House Beautiful and Chrysler team for May 15 blacktie dinner at Cipriani to benefit N.Y. School of Interior Design.
Where was the copy desk? "CBS Evening News" spells the ocean "Artic." While the Times' TV mag cover story on show about contemporary English living as Edwardians, uses "below the stairs" in referring to the help. "Below stairs" is the expression.
American Photo names its "25 Most Important Photographers Now" May 15 at Eugene in Manhattan. Local note: my Further Lane neighbor Gilles Bensimon of Elle makes the cut.
Good media story in New Yorker Susan Sullivan, who joined WCBS-TV as a producer fresh out of law school and is now news director of MSNBC, to my knowledge first woman to hold such a job. She was on the bridge when the new war came along and MSNBC ratings soared. Susan worked for Rupert Murdoch in Washington and again at Channel 5 and at stations on the Coast as news director.
Group Publisher Audrey Arnold sends me the relaunch of Movieline as Movieline's Hollywood Life, the last two words in big type. Looks good, 128 pages on heavy stock, Lisa Kudrow on the cover and juicy, though sadly anonymous, "sob stories from celebrity assistants."