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Reminiscing about Imelda Marcos

Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning juice up Disney’s newie “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” It’s out on Friday.

Director Joachim Rønning, who directed Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Lifeless Males Inform No Tales” and whose 2012 foreign-language “Kon-Tiki” bought an Oscar nom: “Perhaps a 3rd ‘Maleficent’ is sooner or later. Relies upon how this one goes.

“Angelina’s nice. She is aware of this character effectively. She is Maleficent. She took this iconic fairy-tale character to the following degree. On the script assembly, even with out the horns or costume on, she simply switched into it. She owns it. Fascinating to see.

“Finest days had been with Michelle Pfeiffer, Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning battling it out. Me, so fortunate that I've a digicam to movie it as a result of these actors are so well-known. I grew up watching them from a little bit city within the south of Norway, and right here I'm working with them, seeing all of them on a little bit monitor on set, and I actually really feel that I’m within the cinema. I’m there to information however, hey, they’re so good at what they’re doing.”

Liar is working anyway

So how about we go stick a sock within the mouth of egotist Mark Sanford? The ex-South Carolina Gov., who turned a temp after mendacity to his spouse, constituents and the general public about going “mountain climbing” whereas mountain climbing to a mattress with a mistress in Argentina? Grinning in newspapers, he simply reasserted his run for president.

Vote for the alleged pig. Give him 4 oinks.

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Juicy tidbits about my pricey pal who made a king

In theaters Nov. 1 is “The Kingmaker,” Showtime’s doc on the Philippines’ former first woman. We’ve spent lifetimes collectively. Right here’s a few of my Imelda Marcos tales. Favourite track: She loves singing “Yellow Rose of Texas.” Favourite time: Get together til 4 a.m., then quick few hours sleep. Favourite escort: George Hamilton. Favourite entertainer: Van Cliburn. Favourite employees: They had been known as the Blue Women.

In ’71, we, Princess Grace, VP Spiro Agnew and Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie had been visitors of the shah to have fun Iran’s historical biblical metropolis Persepolis. In ’74, I, assistant to the Miss Universe president, introduced the pageant to Manila.

A gala was on for our arrival. Flying nonstop, I honored the land’s first woman by falling asleep on the shoulder of her husband, Ferdinand the president.

To glamorize the Philippines, Imelda constructed a brand new theater, open on three sides. At some point earlier than showtime, a killer hurricane headed for the island of Leyte. We panicked. Imelda ordered her air power to “seed the clouds.” What that meant, I didn’t perceive. I solely know the hurricane floated out to a 50-mile radius encompass and didn’t return for 24 hours.

In New York, she owned an East 60s townhouse the place I noticed Imelda and Gloria Vanderbilt play with a trunkful of jewels. Throughout her ’80s trials, she was within the Waldorf’s Gen. Douglas MacArthur suite. Its front room transformed to a church. Makeshift altar. Chairs lined up like pews, and a priest carried out service. When pal Doris Duke arrived unexpectedly with two attorneys and the hundreds of thousands wanted for bail, Imelda hid me in a toilet in order that they wouldn’t know a journalist heard.

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I used to be there when panic despatched her to the emergency room. And, when acquitted, she crawled to St. Pat’s altar on her knees. It’s me who discovered Center East caterer Samir for her occasion, when she stated the King of Morocco had despatched the meals.

Years later she was allowed out of her nation and again right here for medical doctors — however on a restricted foundation. Well being causes.

Leona Helmsley — herself beneath indictment — stated Imelda had “medical Alzheimer’s” as a result of she couldn’t keep in mind what occurred to hundreds of thousands of US {dollars}. After which Leona added: “Oh, please … I’ve bought extra.”


And the place did all this occur? Solely in New York, youngsters, solely in New York.

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