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Meeting Wendy Williams and Vanessa Williams for LIM FEF

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I have made it a personal goal of mine to always give back through charities or volunteer work whenever possible. Therefore, a portion of the proceeds of The Persian Room Presents are donated to Childhelp, an organization that exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children.

Another charity that I am happy to support is the LIM Fashion Education Foundation (LIM FEF). LIM FEF helps deserving students pay for their educations by providing thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  I was able to attend a recent event for the nonprofit at the Ports 1961 showroom where Vanessa Williams was honored.

Photo: Wendy Williams, Patty Farmer, Vanessa Williams

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

The Persian Room on PBS SoCal

Author Patty Farmer talks with Maria Hall Brown on SoCal PBS about the historic Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel and her book on the subject. Farmer also shares stories of Cary Grant on his trip to see Carol Lawrence in the Persian Room as well as Kay Thompson, the Beatles, Connie Towers, Eddie Fisher, Marge Champion, Julie Wilson, Andy Williams, and ELOISE!

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

The Persian Room Presents with Richard Skipper

At The Persian Room Presents press event at the Plaza Hotel on March 7, 2012, Richard Skipper of the blog Richard Skipper Celebrates interviewed many of the stars of the book. This included Broadway and performing legends such as Tommy Tune, Carol Lawrence, George Marcy, Eve Plumb, Julie Wilson, and Marge Champion. Author Patty Farmer also talked to Skipper about her favorite story from the Persian Room…  check out the video to find out what it is!

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

Patty Farmer with Connie Martinson of Talks Books

Patty Farmer had the honor of talking to Connie Martinson of Talks Books in a two part interview series.  The interview discusses Marge Champion’s performances at the Persian Room, Liberace’s start as an intermission pianist, the late Celeste Holm’s life, Diahann Carroll’s daughter who thought the Plaza Hotel was home, and much more!  As Patty Farmer said, “it was the epitome of having made it in New York”.

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

Why Carol Channing Was Always Late…

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“I was always late getting on stage at the Persian Room because I found myself sampling the food that was set out for the talent. I don’t usually like to eat on stage but often the temptation and my hunger made a formidable combination and many times delay my entrance!” -Carol Channing

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

The Plaza Boutique Book Signing

Patty Farmer at the Plaza Boutique Book Signing

Patty Farmer at the Plaza Boutique Book Signing

I was thrilled to be invited for my second book signing at the Plaza Hotel in October, 2012. If you have not visited the Plaza Boutique and the Todd English Food Hall, you must put in your list to do so. Not only is the food delicious but you’ll surely notice that the Plaza Hotel does everything in an elegant way, even their book signings.

Kaitlyn, an NYC fashion student buys a signed copy.

Kaitlyn, an NYC based fashion student buys a signed copy.

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The Persian Room Presents in the Plaza Boutique

The Persian Room Presents in the Plaza Boutique

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson has been an American icon and cabaret queen for sixty-five-plus years, celebrated for her dramatically naughty renderings of torch songs, her dazzling designer gowns topped by ostentatious feather boas, and that ubiquitous gardenia behind her left ear.

The above photo of Julie Wilson is one of my personal favorites from The Persian Room Presents.  It begs the question, was there ever a chanteuse more sophisticated and sultry than Julie Wilson?

Below is a more recent photo of Julie and I at an event in New York City. She still has the same lovely smile and happy, warming eyes.

Julie Wilson and Patty Farmer

Julie Wilson and Patty Farmer

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

Book Signing at Barnes & Nobles

Marge Champion, Tony Butala, Patty Farmer, Barbara Van Orden

Marge Champion, Tony Butala, Patty Farmer, Barbara Van Orden

On March 7, 2012, I hosted a book signing and press event at a Barnes & Nobles location in New York City. I was thrilled to have some of the stars of the Persian Room such as Marge Champion, Tony Butala, Barbara Van Orden, and Julie Wilson come out to show support as well as answer questions and sign copies of the book.

Julie Wilson and Patty Farmer

Julie Wilson and Patty Farmer

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

 


 

The Plaza Hotel Press Event for The Persian Room Presents

On March 6, 2012, I hosted an event at the Plaza Hotel to showcase The Persian Room Presents to press and the celebrities that filled the books pages. Over the course of 2 years, I visited with each one of the Persian Room stars in the book to hear their own personal stories about performing in the venue that turned talented performers into stars.  After so much time working on collecting the stories, writing the book, and selecting the best photographs, it was such a joy to celebrate the book with the stars that became my friends.

From Top Right: Tony Butala, Cathryn Kenzel, Barbara Van Orden, Hilary Knight, Julie Wilson, Leslie Uggams, Patty Farmer,  Marge Champion, and Carol Lawrence

From Top Right: Tony Butala, Cathryn Kenzel, Barbara Van Orden, Don Dellair, Julie Wilson, Leslie Uggams, Patty Farmer, Marge Champion, and Carol Lawrence

 

 

Carol Lawrence, Tommy Tune, and Patty Farmer.

Carol Lawrence, Tommy Tune, and Patty Farmer.

 

Tony Butala of The Letterman and I share a hug.

Tony Butala of The Letterman and I share a hug.

 

Entertainer Richard Skipper and I.

Entertainer Richard Skipper and Patty Farmer.

 

Leslie Uggams and I.

Leslie Uggams and Patty Farmer

 

Tommy Tune and Patty Farmer.

Tommy Tune and Patty Farmer

 

You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents