Jill Jackson’s Hollywood

by Jill Jackson


Harvey Keitel joins Blythe Danner, Robert DeNiro and Owen Wilson in the sequel to the hit movie Meet the Fockers. (And I still contend someone had a sense of humor when they named this one.) The new film will be titled Little Fockers (which I think is even funnier) and will deal with children of the main couples. And did you know that Meet the Fockers was itself a sequel to Meet the Parents?

Nice letter from Gloria Kovelman of Brooklyn, NY saying that her favorite quote from Mae West is, “It’s not the men in my life that count, it’s the life in the men.” Gloria adds that a friend of hers who recently passed away at age 102 also was a friend of Mae West’s. She told Gloria that Mae was “a sweet, kind and virtuous lady” — so different from her portrayals on screen and stage. Her friend and Mae often exchanged clothes and went dancing. Thanks, Gloria. Keep reading.

It seems to never cease for Clint Eastwood. Books, public offices, top movies, acting, directing… and another honor recently added. He has been named a commander in France’s prestigious Legion of Honor for his “body of work, his public offices, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences worldwide.” This doesn’t even mention all his wives, all his affairs and all his children. AND once again, if you want to read all about him, there’s a new book out titled Clint Eastwood. (And would you believe I’ve never met the man?) Aside to MaryAnn J. of Kenner, La.: Good question. You want to know if all the femme celebrity guests are told what to wear on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” because they all appear in those little, short, no-shoulders black dresses. As I’ve said before, I’ve hung on the phone trying to find the answer to several questions, and it takes forever, and I never get there. So let’s just enjoy the guests and forget what they wear. And thanks for your kind words about the column. I will try to keep pleasing. … PS: Yes, I do know that the girls wear body make-up on their shoulders, legs and arms. And this goes for Jay, Conan and all the rest of the guests on all the rest of the talk shows.

The Berenstein Bears head for the big screen. The plan is to combine live actors with cartoon characters, making for an interesting mix. None of the “live” actors have been announced as yet, but you can bet your best boots that many big names are clamoring to get in on the fun. This is another wait-and-see and I’ll tell you when.

One of my friends went shopping in Beverly Hills to beat the Christmas rush. She reports an evening purse (a little clutch, all beaded) for $3,000; a bracelet (just a gold band) for $10,000; a silk scarf, $500, and then I quit listening.

BITS ‘N’ PIECES: Of all the films he made, Elvis Presley said King Creole was his favorite. … Alec Baldwin’s face has been all over the place. I don’t know why. He’s not one of my favorite actors. I don’t know him personally. … And here’s something I bet you didn’t know: Judy Garland was offered an MGM contract by mistake when Sam Goldwin confused her with Deanna Durbin. … And again at this writing, all quiet on the Paris, Lindsay and Britney fronts. And once again, I hope it stays that way!

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