This page started out as a Thank You to Sophia Ziburtovicz, who drew the above Sardi's-like caricatures to be incorporated into the production of Starr's on Broadway. This was also intended as a tribute to all of the arguably campy, though spotlit and celebrated people that I grew up admiring, and that I later had the pleasure of spending bits of time with.  Additions have been made through the years and this page now contains everyone from Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy winners to genuine super heroes to a United States Senator and Presidential candidate to a scandal ridden governor to scandal surrounded actors to a British knight.  The campy talent is still first, but if you keep scrolling, chances are, you'll find someone, if not a great many people that you love and might not have seen in a while.





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Fringe artists and characters seem to forever find their way to me, but few were more unique, original, charismatic or recognizable to the masses than Tiny Tim.  I'm proud to say that Tiny and I were starting to become good friends, before his untimely demise.  Besides the Goodfellas down front, these pictures include artist and producer Sophia Ziburtovicz, and my beautiful, captivating and equally unique and original very good friend, who also left us far too early, Tiny's second wife, Miss Jan Alweis Khaury.


Since this has quickly become my favorite picture of all time, I felt compelled to skip past the campy celebrated people and bring it to the top of the page. At one of two Writer's Guild parties for her 2018 film, BIRD BOX, the exquisite and enchanting Oscar winner, Sandra Bullock, actually took my phone out of my hand and shot this selfie.  If you're reading this, Sandra, why haven't you called?


 Diverting back to the campy personality theme, w.ith my old friend, Grampa Al Lewis. Until the very end, Al still smoked cigars, still fought for political causes, could still keep me laughing out loud, and still came over to say hello to me, every time I ran into him.  You're missed, Al.  You too held your own among the colorful characters in New York, and you left a void that can never quite be filled.



This man is not a "camp" celebrity either, of course, but since genuine industry royaltyongs on top of the page, I can justify by saying that I first discovered the humble and gracious living legend, Dustin Hoffman when LITTLE BIG MAN and THE GRADUATE were shown in my summer camp, in the early seventies.  With my good friend, Magical Musical Marion Covit, at a 2017 screening of his rather intriguing new film, THE MEYERWITZ STORIES.  I asked Dustin why he seemed to have a scene where he runs, in every film, including this one.  He told me that he had just turned eighty.  Wow!


Getting campy again with my other old friend, Ron Horshack Pallilo, who might not have stayed in the center of the light for very long, but who was still writing, directing and acting until he died of a sudden heart attack, at age sixty three.  I'm truly sorry that we never got to work together, Ron, it was something I was really looking forward to.


Including my beautiful, charming, enchanting and multi-talented friend, Barbara Feldon, with the Fringe Celebrities doesn't quite feel right, but since she did play Agent 99 on one of the great high camp television programs of all time, I guess she kind of fits in.  This picture was taken at a Families of Freedom Foundation benefit at City Center in New York, that I helped produce and coordinate talent for and that I invited Barbara to, in November, 2002.


Until he stood to give his wife an ovation at the end of the show, I somehow failed to notice the almost larger than life distinguished gentleman who was sitting directly behind me at the closing performance of Shakespeare in the Park, in 2014.  Writer, director, producer, actor, multi-Oscar winner and generally enigmatic and publicly veiled Warren Beatty had come out to see his wife, Annette Benning's rather brilliant performance as the daughter of the equally brilliant John Lithgow in KING LEAR.  Warren and Annette's exquisite and charming teenage daughter, who was at her father's side, insisted on taking a couple of pictures, and I rather rudely walked away, without asking her name.   I wasn't going to include Warren with the camp celebrities, but since he is now the definitive DICK TRACY, not to mention BUGSY, Clyde Barrow and Howard Hughes, I guess he qualifies.


I was truly saddened by the recent death of Jim Gomer Pyle Nabors, another actor who seemed as humble and gracious as his signature character.  Though Jim spent his last years as a gentlemen flower farmer in Hawaii, he still found his way to New York, on occasion, like for the 1998 opening night party of Broadway's RAGTIME.  I was happy to hear that, thanks to the long overdue changes in the laws, Jim finally married his partner of many years, not long before he died.  Jim seemed dressed to go, the night we met, but I suppose I'm forever a bride's maid. 


I'm so glad that I got to spend part of an afternoon with two of my true childhood heroes, the hilarious, unique, always creative distinguished gentleman Adam Batman West and the enchanting, beautiful and charming Yvonne Batgirl Craig.  You were both a part of my consciousness for as long as I can remember and you will never be replaced.


If that was Batgirl, then this is That Girl.  Now you're going to ask me "who's that girl" and I'm going to say "it's that girl!"  And if you ask me again, we'll have the makings of a contemporary Abbott and Costello routine.  And no, Abbott and Costello are not on this page, but the forever beautiful and enchanting Marlo Thomas, who I had the privilege of meeting at a 2012 theater event, is.  So yes, it is That Girl.   And yes, heads still turn when she walks by, and people still say "wow, who's that girl?"  Yes, I know the joke was played, three sentences ago.  And in case you're too young to get what I'm talking about,  Marlo, of course, spent five years portraying the first single, liberated woman on television, on the sixties smash hit, THAT GIRL.  And every single episode opened with a short vignette that ended with someone pointing and saying "that girl."



I wouldn't risk insulting anyone above by calling them camp celebrities who are past their prime, though Christian is a latter day screen incarnation of  BATMAN, Amy is the Lois Lane of the twenty first century and Hallee's father, Peter Steinfeld, went to Camp Lakota with me, for many years.  What the exquisite people in these pictures have in common is that they were all nominated for Academy Awards in 2011 (except your arguably less than exquisite humble narrator, of course).   In the top row is the afore mentioned brilliantly talented and enchanting young actress, Hallee Steinfeld, and the equally charming, if a touch older and more crotchety actor, Jeff Bridges, at the 2010 premiere party for the far superior Coen Brothers version of TRUE GRIT.  And of course, that's Amy Adams and Oscar winner Chistian Bale, at an industry screening of THE FIGHTER, on the bottom.


Since the photographer didn't wait for me to smile or pose, I'll just pretend I was going for the mad supervillain look when I met yet another of my childhood heroes, Spiderman, at a WGA screening of the rather gripping and powerful film, BROTHERS.   The humble, nice guy that Tobey Maguire always plays on screen, seems to be very real and sincere.


If that was the spider, then I guess this is THE FLY (or maybe he's just a guy who goes around chasing dinosaurs).  With genuine gentleman Jeff Goldblum at a 2014 Writer's Guild screening of the rather interesting film, GRAND BUDAPEST MOTEL.



 And then there's the second Green Goblin, or the son of the Green Goblin, anyway.  The brilliant, humble and gracious James Franco assumed I was a comic book enthusiast when I began our conversation by comparing the Green Goblin to Donald Trump (though he did laugh and agree with my reasoning).  This was at a little cocktail party after a December, 2017 WGA screening of the film DISASTER ARTIST.  James should absolutely win an Oscar for his beyond extraordinary acting, and at least be nominated for directing.  My good friend, Magical Musical Marion Covit seems to be popping up everywhere. 


And of course, we have Zod, the intergalactic villain from the last two SUPERMAN films.   the second Green Goblin, or the son of the Green Goblin, anyway.  The intense and powerful Michael Shannon has become the hardest working actor in film, since his breakout role on BOARDWALK EMPIRE.  We chatted for a bit at a 2014 Broadway party.  I saw him again at a screening, the other night and he's lost a considerable of weight (as have I).




While keeping with the superhero theme, the gentleman in the pink shirt, who disrupted our presentation, who put himself into more than a dozen of my pictures and who I affectionately refer to as Parky Pig because he is some kind of New Jersey parks bureaucrat, could have passed for a low grade Batman villain.  Parky aside, I was honored to share the podium with the great, if scandal ridden former New Jersey governor, Jim Mcgreevey, when three of the songs I wrote for my 9-11 CD, EMPTY SKYLINE were performed at the EMPTY SKYLINE MEMORIAL in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 12, 2015.  The brilliant, beautiful, radiant and talented Samantha Echo and Jensen Keets performed my songs, along with Jensen's own passionate and powerful piece, STRONG.  That's Samantha in the bottom picture, Jensen is on top between the Governor and Parky Pig, and Sophia Ziburtovicz and Magical Musical Marion Covit are enhancing the beauty of the presentation.  



I'm not sure if any of these gentlemen would want to be placed in the camp category, though they all are, or at least at one time have been something of action heroes.  At the 2014 opening night party for ROCKY, THE MUSICAL, with: Wesley Snipes, who might have been an action star in the BLADE films, but who certainly held his own as a serious actor in the Spike Lee classic JUNGLE FEVER, and the highly underrated De Niro gem, THE FAN.  Andy Karl, the brilliant young star of musical theater, who played the title Rocky character in the 2014 Broadway musical and went on to a regular role on television's LAW AND ORDER SPECIAL VICTIM'S UNIT.  And of course, the original Rocky and Rambo, who made his own career by writing the original film and insisting on playing the role himself, Sylvester Stallone.




With the great Robert Smigel and his per diem partner, Triumph the Wonder Dog on the day our world ended.  Though they only used eight seconds of the footage in the final cut, Robert and Triumph interviewed me for over an hour at what was supposed to be Hillary Clinton's 2016 victory party at the Javits Center.  Besides his recent series of Election Night specials, Robert wrote the screenplays for some of Adam Sandler's more interesting films and he created the now classic SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cartoons that included THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO and THE EX-PRESIDENTS.


With my old friend, the eminent chief political correspondent for CBS News, Marcia Kramer, at the 2012 Victory Party for the Great President Obama, at the Sheraton Hotel, in midtown, Manhattan.  Gone are the days, as has been said.  If you want to know why I'm on the podium, you'll have to write to me and ask.


No, he's not sitting on my knee, and I'm not auditioning as Bob's replacement on his.  However, this truly brilliant ventriloquist was arguably the most gifted performer in the most talented ensemble cast ever assembled for the single best and most extraordinary situation comedy to hit the airwaves when I was a teenager, or any time before and after.  In case anyone is still wondering, that's Jay Johnson, the man who was never more than an inch or two behind the sardonic dummy (sorry; I think the politically correct term is Wooden American) on the classic television sitcom, SOAP.   If you haven't seen SOAP, or if it's been a while, you'll send me a grateful E-Mail, and understand all my high praise, when you get the DVD box set. Jay's rather brilliant, Tony Award winning one man, but multiple character Broadway show, THE TWO AND ONLY, produced practically single handedly by my friend and the General Manager for the 1999 production of Starr's on Broadway, Roger Gindi, was recently released on DVD.  Again, you'll thank me if you get it.



Trying to come up with separate and distinct adjectives to describe these two lovely, talented, sweet, enchanting and vibrant ladies, I concluded that the words I just used adequately defined both Penelope Ann Miller and Aja Naomi King.  This was at a 2016 WGA screening of the rather gripping film they both starred in, BIRTH OF A NATION. Yes, this film was made exactly one hundred years after the silent masterpiece of the same name, and yes, they're both emotionally gripping powerhouse films.  However, that's where the similarities cease.  The new film was in no way a remake of the original.  The enchanting Penelope, of course, was the female lead in contemporary classics like THE FRESHMAN and CARLITO'S WAY.  And Aja is a young woman who you will be hearing quite a bit more about.


Another spectacular Broadway show that closed long before it's time was the 2009 Tony winning revival of James Rado's legendary and still revolutionary musical masterpiece, HAIR.  My old friend Jim not only wrote HAIR, he starred in the original production in 1967.  For whatever reason, after proving he was truly one of the great talents of musical theater, Jim claims that he never did much in the nearly fifty years that followed.  If you check his IMDB page, you'll see about seventy credits, but they're all for songs from HAIR that were used in different films.


The familiar looking gentleman at the next table at Sardi's turned out to be yet another of my favorite television personalities from when I was growing up, Larry Corporal Agarn Storch.   Not all actors always work in the center of the limelight, and like Ron Pallilo, Larry has built a rather extensive and diverse resume.  At last check, he still played his saxophone in Central Park, though I never had the pleasure of seeing him there.


Though the beautiful, enchanting and multi-talented Ashley Brown is certainly not a camp celebrity, and she wasn't even born when I was in camp much less when some of the other people on this page were at their peaks, MARY POPPINS certainly qualifies as someone that I wanted to meet when I was growing up.   Twenty four year old Ashley originated the title role in the 2006 Broadway version of MARY POPPINS.  This picture is from the opening night party. 


Whoever said that Jan was the less attractive sister on THE BRADY BUNCH obviously never met the charming and talented Eve Plumb, now an accomplished painter who had her first art show in New York in February, 2010.  I guess you could tell how recent some of these pictures are by the amount of sun that reflects on my head 


For someone whose wife was shot in the face by his underage lover, Joey Butafuoco has always struck me as a warm, gregarious, family oriented man.  Also seated at our table at a diner, after one of Howard Stern's birthday bashes, were Joey's former lawfully wedded spouse, Mary Jo, John Lennon's noted assistant, May Pang, and Eddie Brigati, of the sixties rock band, THE RASCALS.     


Religion, for me, when I was five, meant never missing the Soupy Sales show on Saturday mornings.  Hearing about the death of this television and radio legend prompted me to dig out this picture and post it here.   I got to live a true childhood fantasy when I spent some time with Soupy, at a little independent film awards shindig in the East Village, sometime around 2002.




Yes, that's Bob Dole, the staunch Conservative who ran against my favorite president, and those are two letters that he wrote to me, after our single encounter.  Who knows, maybe he got confused and thought he was getting friendly with the NRA member in the blue shirt, who's standing behind us in the top picture.  Or else, maybe he'd been overusing his drug of choice and thought I could help him meet some wild New York women (figure it out).   Believe it or not, this man actually won me over with charm, wit and what seemed like genuine sincerity.  Of course, Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican and  the last one I would have considered voting for, but if you're just looking for someone to have a few drinks and some laughs with, Bob seems like he'd be a worthy candidate.

I don't want to delete the above sentences because I meant them when I wrote them, a few years ago.  However, Bob is now over ninety, he is one of the few serious Republican contenders to come out and openly support Donald Trump for president and I can't say that he still has my respect.


With the still quite exquisite and enchanting definitive television mom of the seventies, HAPPY DAYS star Marion Cunningham Ross, at a 2008 event honoring the grand TV producer, Gary David Goldberg, at the broadcaster's museum in New York.  Gary was from my neighborhood, he was truly a genius who set his own drumbeat and he too left us far too early.


I'm not sure I can get away with claiming that this is Matt Damon, even on a bad lack of hair day.   However, it is, in fact, the arguably deranged, presumably medicated, but most absolutely wacky, brilliant and rather colorful Mark Whitakre, the title character that Matt portrayed in the 2009 hit feature film, THE INFORMANT.   The actual Matt was off in a corner, behind the wall of security that seems to forever surround him, and not wanting to break bread with humble commoners, at the film's premiere party.



If these two guys remind you of Uncle Fester and Lurch, it's because they played Uncle Fester and Lurch (respectively), in the recent Broadway musical version of THE ADDAMS FAMILY.   That's Kevin Chamberlin and Zachary James, at the 2010 opening night party.


So Mr. Simon doesn't sue me for defaming his character, let me clarify that the rest of this page will not contain pictures of campy celebrities, but rather, serious superstars, like him.  This picture, that Paul reluctantly stood still for, was taken at the opening night party of his deservedly short lived Broadway musical, CAPEMAN.


I'm not sure I'd call any of these people camp either, at least not to their faces.  However, who's to say that future generations won't view THE SOPRANOS the way that long dated people like me perceive The Brady Bunch.  Starting at the top left and going across, we have Edie Falco, Tony Sirrica, Aida Tuttoro, Johnny Ventimiglia, Vinny Pastore, Drea De Matteo, Little Stevie Van Zandt, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Robert Iler, Steve Schirripa, Jamie Lynn Sigler again, Dominic Cianesse, Lorraine Bracco and the late, great James Gandolfini.  James and I once shared more than a few drinks at a small, intimate party and he was the nicest, most humble gentleman you could meet.  It's starting to depress me to think about all the amazing people on this page who are no longer with us.


If THE SOPRANOS can be considered the third millennium's answer to FATHER KNOWS BEST, then the crypt keeping Fishers were definitely this generation's ADDAMS FAMILY.  The rather brilliant and charming Michael C. Hall certainly worked hard to impress me during the twelve year gap between our first meeting, backstage at Madison Square Garden after a 2002 WHO concert, and our next encounter at the 2014 opening night party for his Broadway play, THE REALISTIC JONESES.  Michael was just finishing his second season on the HBO hit, SIX FEET UNDER, the first time.  He also told me that he was getting ready to take over the leading role in the Broadway musical, CHICAGO.  By the time we met again, I was able to share my thoughts on the recently aired series finale of DEXTER.  Michael, of course, spent eight years playing the title character in that Showtime smash that gets my vote for all time best writing in a television drama.  See how much more distinguished, successful and confident he looks in the second picture.  At least one of us got there. I just look old and disheveled. 



Sixty years before this radiant and enchanting lady charmed me at the 2012 Writer's Guild Awards, Lee Grant was nominated for an Oscar for her first film, DETECTIVE STORY, in 1952.  She was subsequently blacklisted, but she ultimately had quite a career resurgence, that included a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Warren Beatty's contemporary classic, SHAMPOO, in the seventies (you remember Warren from a few panels up).  Lee's many other acting triumphs included an Emmy nominated performance as the controlling mother of Commie baiter, blacklister and disgraced lawyer Roy Cohn in the compelling HBO feature, CITIZEN COHN.   It was truly a pleasure and an honor to sit at a table for a few minutes and chat with  this screen, television and Broadway legend.


Every few years, I see this wayward looking woman wandering around a Broadway event. When I'm in the mood to be gracious, I allow her to take a picture with me.  Of course, I'm joking.  The exquisite, enchanting and extraordinarily talented Audra McDonald is true self made Broadway royalty.  Her six well deserved Tony Awards for acting and singing in various plays and musicals makes Audra the single most decorated person in Broadway history.   We met for the first time at the RAGTIME opening, in the dark days when few laymen knew Audra's name and no one was carrying cell phones or digital cameras.  There two were taken in 2008 and again in 2016.  One of us got older and doesn't look quite as much like a raving scientist.


It was a genuine pleasure to meet the enchanting and exquisite Geena Davis in September, 2016, at an event for her useful and important organization, THE GEENA DAVIS INSTITUTE ON GENDER IN MEDIA.  I was stunned to find out that this breathtaking goddess is actually a few years older than me. Of course, I'm the one who looks like a toothless old man, since I was trying not to smile and show the food in my teeth.


Finally meeting the eminent Norman Lear, who is still going strong at age ninety four, at the 2015 Writer's Guild Awards, was truly an honor.  Norman's enchanting daughter Kate Lear and I briefly worked together when I had a college internship in the early eighties, and I actually spoke to the great writer, producer and innovative world changer on the phone a few times, back in the day.  In case you weren't paying attention, or weren't a glint in anyone's eye in 1971, Norman forever changed television when he created and produced ALL IN THE FAMILY, and brought previously taboo topics like sex, politics, race, religion, miscarriage, abortion, civil rights and many others into American living rooms.  THE BRADY BUNCH, MAYBERRY RFD and GREEN ACRES quickly became MAUDE, MARY HARTMAN MARY HARTMAN and SANFORD AND SON (all Norman Lear creations, of course, along with THE JEFFERSONS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, GOOD TIMES and numerous others). One of the highlights of the second season of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, that you can get on DVD, was the 1976 show that Norman hosted.  Interestingly enough, he was the same age when he hosted SNL as I was when I met him, and he had the same hairline that I have in the picture.


The brilliant and innovative director, Ang Lee, was as humble as that Loves Himself like a Rock singer, a few panels up was pompous.  We chatted for a few minutes, and Ang shared some interesting stories about his rise to success at a 2012 WGA screening of his Oscar winning masterpiece, LIFE OF PI.




While we're on great directors, this is the lovely, enchanting beautiful and brilliant Sofia Coppola at a reception after a December, 2017 screening of her rather dark, intense, passionate and compelling new film, THE BEGUILED.  Sofia's cousin, the elusive Marc Coppola was in my play, HOUSING, once upon a distant dream.


Yes, these guys are all Lurch-like giants, as you'll see if you compare John here and Warren Beatty to my picture with Lurch, above.  I'm honestly not that short.  The extraordinary John Singleton made himself a major player in the business when he was twenty three years old, fresh out of school, and nominated for writing and directing Oscars for his landmark contemporary classic, BOYZ N THE HOOD.  This picture was taken at a 2016 WGA 25th Anniversary screening.  My impression of John is, he personifies a man who knows he's great, but is still a humble, gracious and generous gentleman.


My ten minute video interview with the great writer/director, Larry Charles, at my 2010 John Dewey High School reunion, could be sold as a quick cram class in the potential legal and health dangers of making a non-mainstream documentary.  Larry followed the brilliant Sacha Baron Cohen, and later Bill Maher, into many legally questionable and arguably dangerous situations when he was directing them in the rather brilliant and hilarious films, BORAT, BRUNO and RELIGILOUS. 


 Another great director who went to my high school was the eminent Spike Lee.  After a couple of brief encounter, I would have to conclude that Spike's films are representative of his personality:  Dark, intense, aloof but ultimately representative of something real and important.  Spike reluctantly stood still for this picture, but didn't seem interested in talking about much else at a huge bash to open a new movie theater on the Upper East Side, in late 2018.


If Peter Farrelly wasn't a genuinely great guy and if he hadn't forever redeemed himself by directing the rather brilliant, profound and important film, GREENBOOK, I would say that we were in the genre of pure camp.  Peter initially put himself into the game by directing DUMB AND DUMBER and, in my opinion, setting the same new standard for comedy that Sarah Palin set for politics (stupid, ludicrous, absurd, barely credible but a reality, just the same).  I guess he did what he had to do to bring himself to a place where he can do what he wants.  I wish I could figure out how to make that work.



 And then there's the great Rob Marshall, who directed brought musical theater back to the big screen when he directed the Oscar winning feature, CHICAGO.  Rob followed it up with INTO THE WOODS, MY GEISHA, one of the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films and most recently, MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Listing Rob's Broadway credits will go to the end of this page and I can't imagine that a lot of people have read this much.  Rob was actually impressed by some of my work and he wants to see my upcoming musical, now in development, TOPPER.  Tune in tomorrow---?


 With the legendary, bigger than humanity playwright, August Wilson, at one of his last Broadway opening night parties, before his untimely death.  August doubtlessly had one of the most intense and powerful presences of anyone I've ever had the honor or spending a bit of time with.


It was a genuine privilege to chat with Daniel Stiepleman, the nephew and screen biographer of the great Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at a 2018 screening of Daniel's first feature film, ON THE BASIS OF SEX.  Believe it or not, one of us is twenty years older than the other.  You can work on that one.


More than seventy award winning, talented A-List actresses filled the stage of Madison Square Garden for a once in a lifetime event that I had the privilege of attending The anti-violence benefit performance of Eve Ensler's comically gripping and deeply profound play, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES.   Photographed with me at the Afterparty were the mesmerizing young actress who also left her mark on DEXTER, Julia Styles, the brilliant and bewitching feminist icon, Gloria Steinam, the dazzling leading lady of television's DALLAS, Linda Gray, the enchanting Ms. Ensler herself, and of course, the woman who immediately developed a fatal attraction to me, and offered to put me up in her house, on Sunset Boulevard (ah, the dreams of an idle mind).   If you didn't know, Glenn Close, played the legendary, far more frightening than her Fatal Attraction character, Norma Desmond in the musical version of the classic film, SUNSET BOULEVARD, that played on Broadway in the mid nineties and was recently reprised (again, with Glenn in the role). I also had the privilege of seeing Glenn on stage as Blanche Dubious in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, when I was in London, in 2002.


People who are familiar with my forever serendipitous life would naturally expect to find me with my arm around the lovely and exquisite, still laughing faced Nancy Sinatra, on her father Frank's one hundredth birthday, in December, 2015.  


Marisa Tomei's mother was my English teacher in Junior High School, which is why I talk as good as Marisa's most noted Brooklyn bred characters.  With the always lovely and enchanting Addie Tomei and her multi-talented Oscar winning daughter Marisa at the 2014 opening night party for Marisa's new play, THE REALISTIC JONESES.  Joan Rivers smiled at Addie and me from a few feet away, but I don't think either of us wanted to appear celebrity struck and interrupt our conversation to go over to her.  Joan died a few months later, and not chatting with her when the opportunity was there has been added to my long list of regrets.


And then there's one of the great actors and humble gentlemen of our time, Brad Pitt, at a WGA screening of his award winning film, THE BIG SHORT.   And again, Brad's not short so I'm not that short.  Beatty, Singleton and Lurch are genuine giants.


It seemed like virtually everyone from the LAW & ORDER universe was at one of two Broadway opening night parties that I attended, over the course of a weekend in March of 2007.  Those who stood still long enough to be photographed with me include Sam Waterston, Stephanie March, Chris Noth, Richard Belzer and Eric Bogosian.  One of the parties was for Eric's compelling play, TALK RADIO, that co-starred Stephanie and Liev Schrieber, and the other was for PRELUDE TO A KISS, a rather intriguing play that no one in any of these pictures appeared in. 


What can you say about the exquisite, enchanting, mega-talented, generous, humble and gracious lady's lady, Joanne Woodward, or the prolific, benevolent, charismatic and brilliant music icon, James Taylor, except that they're the people that humble commoners like actress and children's party clown, Magical Musical Marion Covit, photographer extraordinaire and entertainment producer, Sophia Ziburtovicz, and I should aspire to be.  I had the privilege of having long conversations with Joanne and her husband, the humble and magnanimous Paul Newman, at a Lincoln Center benefit for their Hole in the Wall camp, in the early nineties.  These pictures were from the 2009 camp benefit at Lincoln Center, that I once again had the privilege of attending.   That other woman, whose name is something like Roberts and who normally only appears in my dreams and in my favorite films, was there too, but as is the tale of my existence, I apparently wasn't the one she one she wanted to embrace.


Is this woman stalking me, or is it just another of my idle fantasies?  Of course, that's Joanne Woodward once again, at the 2010 Hole in the Wall camp benefit.   And of course, that's the rather brilliant Stevie Wonder, who might not be an easy man to get audience with, but who ultimately proved himself to be as charming and talkative as any speculation you might have heard.  Someone actually pledged one hundred thousand dollars to Joanne's camp if Stevie performed two songs at the Afterparty.  And yes, of course he did it.  I have genuinely bad cell phone video footage, somewhere.


It was truly a pleasure and an honor to spend time talking to the brilliantly talented Oscar and Tony winning actor, Kevin Spacey, at the 2007 opening night party for his Broadway production of MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN.   If you agree that Kevin, who is rather adept at playing a wide variety of comedic characters, would be ideal for the multiple roles of Kenneth Starr, LBJ, JFK and Harry Truman in Starr's on Broadway, please call him up and tell him.  Damn!  I don't want to amend what I said, just because of the recent scandals that have all but ruined Kevin's career.  I judge people by the way they act, in my presence, and Kevin was genuinely gracious, humble and charming.  And he absolutely did not say or do anything remotely suggestive, if only because I was already in my late forties.



With the beautiful, talented and enchanting Jennifer Jason Leigh at a 2015 screening of Quentin Tarrantino's epic film, THE HATEFUL 8.



With Daniel Reichard, Peter Gregus and Michael Longoria, three of the principals from the original cast of the Tony winning Broadway musical sensation, JERSEY BOYS.


With my old friend, and grand patriarch of yet another royal entertainment industry family, Jerry Stiller, at the after party for Comedy Central's 2008 NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS benefit for autistic children.   For many years, I watched in awe as Jerry marathon swam at my health club with a vigorous and enthusiastic energy that I couldn't have even imagined when I was twenty.


Meeting Sir Bob Geldorf at a 2005 art opening was truly an honor.  This star of the film THE WALL, lead singer for the Boomtown Rats and founder of the LIVE AID movement set out to use his art to make a difference in the world, and succeeded, beyond any imaginable expectation.  That's my good  friend, Sharon Harel Lauro, smiling through from the rear center.


The one thing I doubtlessly have in common with everyone on this page, and with virtually every other entertainer and artist on every level of the business in New York dating back to Dean Martin, Bing Cosby, Judy Garland and people busking on the subway during their time, is that we've all been interviewed by my friend, the legendary talk show host who wasn't without his own radio or television program in sixty years, Joe Franklin.  Joe was the genuine definition of New York personality, fixture and authentic icon and I'm glad I got to go up to his office, which was legendary in itself, and spend some quality time with him, a few weeks before he died.  And yes, that's my other good friend, Tiny Tim, in the picture within the picture.


My high school friend, Colin Quinn's first one man Broadway show, AN IRISH WAKE, should have played for longer than it's planned limited run, but then, should have is probably the most used and abused term in the entertainment industry.


Yankee Stadium is the Starr in this picture, along with my always lovely mother, Janet Feuer.  I'm not going to explain this picture.  If you've gotten this far on this page, and you want to know what we're doing there, you can write to me and ask me.


My favorite bass player from my favorite rock band, and widely considered the most proficient and innovative bassist in the history of rock and roll, John Entwistle of THE WHO and I sat at a table together on more than a dozen occasions.  John, we love you and you left us far too early.  The corner pieces aren't Peter but are in fact brothers, Paul and Simon Townshend.  Oh, and Roger Daltrey, of course.  The gorgeous and radiant brunette in the middle row was John's life mate and my very good friend, Lisa Pritchett-Johnson, whose warm and sparkling presence I still feel. 

Thank you for bringing me into your world, Lisa, if only for too short of a time.  To your generous, unique and always room enlightening memory, I dedicate this page.

Eric Zaccar          


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