Out and About

Visiting with Greg Sims and Shawn Kanan

Here I’m with my talented friend, Greg Sims, President of Vesuvio Entertainment, and Shawn Kanan of General Hospital. It was a pleasure seeing both of them and discussing future movies Vesuvio has in the production pipeline. A fun fact about Sims is that he produced Red Surf which was George Clooney’s first major role in a feature film.
Greg Sims, Patty Farmer, Shawn Kanan
You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

Mitzi Gaynor

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with actress, singer, and dancer Mitzi Gaynor recently. Gaynor began her career in 1942 as a dancer in Song Without Words.  During the late 1950s, she landed a slew of sought-after roles that paired her with Hollywood’s leading men, including Bing Crosby and Donald O’Connor in Anything Goes (1956), Gene Kelly in Les Girls, and Frank Sinatra in The Joker is Wild (both 1957).

In 1958, Gaynor won the plum role of Nellie Forbush in the eagerly anticipated film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.  She then hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Her best performance was arguably her show-stopping appearance at the 39th Academy Awards where her singing and dancing “Georgy Girl” stopped the show. The Academy had a hard time getting the audience to sit down and stop applauding.

Gaynor is now in her 80’s and still touring!

I had to share some stunning photos of Gaynor from her role in Les Girls and more. It is clear why she is known for her legs!

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

 


 

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