|Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed|
at Super Bowl Party
It was heart warming to see our pal Dick Van Patten, who made his first public appearance since suffering a diabetic stroke. Van Patten was in great spirits and is expected to make a full recovery. He was excited about his new line of Natural Balance Pet Foods, and their partnership with the San Diego Zoo, helping the survival of many endangered animals. One of the nicest guys in show biz; and we wish him well.
|Dick & Patti Van Patten|
at Spago Super Bowl Party
Besides watching the game (out of the corner of my eye) the biggest thrill of the afternoon was working the buffet line inside Wolfgang’s kitchen. What a coup to see the Master at Work. Wolfie, who has more television time than Joan Rivers, currently can be seen on the Food Network, Home Shopping, and even the show Las Vegas, where he operates a restaurant at the mythical Montecito Hotel. He was with his gorgeous wife Gelila and baby Oliver.
|Wolfie at Work at Spago|
Another gentleman deserving accolades is philanthropist Bill Austin, owner of Starkey Hearing Foundation, who recently hosted an All Star Gala Benefit at the Hollywood Palladium. Celebs included Jane Russell, Steve Wonder, Angie Dickinson, Gloria Estefan and Smokey Robinson. Bill and his lovely wife Tani have flown around the world providing indigent children with hearing aids. Their annual “ So the World May Hear” Galas have raised millions to help these poor children and have featured renowned musicians including Elton John, Trisha Yearwood and Michael Bolton, among many others. A most worthy cause on the Hollywood Beat.
|Bill Austin (Starkey Hearing Foundation)|
with Jane Russell at Palladium Party