Oscar nominee Andra Day’s in the pink for portraying Billie Holiday singing the blues.
The pop singer, who’d like to pop bones, says: “I want to do an action ‘Charlie’s Angels’ type movie. I love busting through walls and s–t.
“And every time I sang Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit,’ I messed up that horrific song, even on set. Audiences, clapping when I sing it, make me resent people. They’d even stand up and applaud. I need everyone to stop enjoying it. There was an urgency when she sang that homage. A revelation. I guess I just have to start looking around more at what’s going on socially now.”
Disappointed “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” wasn’t a theatrical release, she says, “But maybe that’s because I’ve only been in the film industry 20 minutes.”
Next month Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, VP of the Board of Rabbis, will honor Dr. Fauci, whom he considers the greatest medical find since penicillin. Grabbing this honor virtually, grouchy Fauci will shout from DC. While looking to build a high-speed rail between NYC and Boston, Rep. Carolyn Maloney was their go-between. The rabbi: “Fauci was born in Brooklyn Hospital. Maybe they’ll put up a wing for him. I’ll give him the Humanitarian Award. I’ll invite the Cardinal. I want to give the doctor exposure.” He says: “Religion’s having a hard time these days. People know Charlton Heston played Moses from the movies more than they know him from the Bible.”
Some pearls of wisdom
Jewelry designer Dorrit Moussaieff Grimsson, former first lady of Iceland, once visited me wearing double waist-length 20mm white pearls — half a mil worth. Also there, sporting her own QVC necklace, Joan Rivers, who said: “Let’s exchange.” All day Joan flashed Dorrit’s pearls, and Dorrit wore Joan’s junkola. Story. Dorrit’s London building also includes Australian hedge funder Greg Coffey, nicknamed Wizard of Oz. Grimmson and Coffey had a legal kerfuffle. Now he just bought Manhattan’s 11 E. 69th St. townhouse. Dorrit wanted this reported so new neighbors know that. She says: “He also has disputes with neighbors in his other houses. He’s the most unpleasant unhelpful objectionable bully I have ever had a misfortune to meet, and I don’t give this out lightly.” Such a comment bears repeating — even if my eye weren’t on those pearls.
“Moulin Rouge!” — Great White Way smash for 20 minutes before the shutdown — is taking its naked loins, flying feathers and boobs bursting on air to Australia, UK and a US road trip then reopening on B’way … New fad: Sewing earrings on top of the mask so we don’t keep dropping and losing them … Anyone know our computer’s junk stuff “spam” might’ve been called Ham? Oxford University Press reports a Hormel product-naming contest considered Hamloaf for its new food — but finally decided on Spam.
Chew on this
A known restaurateur: “I’ve got customers but no employees. Can’t hire them. Nobody wants to work. They’re getting unemployment. Not traveling in unsafe areas. Resent long hours working hard. Angry with the government for taking so much away in taxes. They don’t want the hassle. They’re into odd jobs, work when they want, hours they want, bosses they want. I cannot get chefs or waiters.”
It’s me on the air
Sunday afternoon I begin an hour weekly radio program. WABC 770AM. Around 3 to 4 or 4 to 5, I don’t remember which. Chat, interviews, stuff I do four times a week in the NY Post. Sunday I’ll talk to our movie critic Johnny Oleksinski because the following week is — pardon the expression — whatever’s left of the Oscars. And NYC’s former chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden, the forensic pathologist usually called in to investigate high-profile deaths. We’ll discuss COVID.
Tony: “My furniture goes back to Louis XIV.”
Alfie: “If you don’t pay up by the 14th, Louie and the guys will come grab it — and you!”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.