Stars of the Persian Room

Senior Star Power

Elton Bayliss, Patty Farmer and Barbara Van Orden

I had such a great time at a fundraiser for Senior Star Power with Elton Bayliss and Barbara Van Orden, or BVO as she’s affectionately called. They’re a great organization that showcases the talent of senior performers and encourages them to continue being creative and never stop entertaining. This group includes some fabulous senior Hollywood stars, and the best part is that their mission is to engage, inspire and enrich the lives of seniors everywhere through the arts. Learn more about this talented group here.

 

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

 


 

Mimi Hines’ 80th Birthday

Mimi Hines

I was thrilled to be able to attend Mimi Hines’ 80th birthday celebration at 54 Below on Wednesday, July 17th. Hines celebrated with a one-night-only concert that brought numerous stars from entertainment and theatre to see her perform. The show included her favorites songs from her more than 60 year career in theatre and nightclubs, including “Till There Was You”, “Who Can I Turn To?”, “Pink Taffeta Sample Size Ten”, “Liaisons”, “My Shining Hour”, and songs from Funny Girl.

Happy Birthday and congratulations on a fabulous show, Mimi Hines!

You can read more about the special performance on BroadwayWorld.comBWW TV: Mimi Hines Celebrates 80th Birthday at 54 Below!

 

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

 


 

Hilary Knight & Andy Williams

I thought I would share with you all a moment I had with Hilary Knight while writing The Persian Room Presents.

Hilary Knight is a good friend of mine and the famous illustrator behind Eloise of The Plaza Hotel.  One day we were having lunch when I told Hilary I was going to interview Andy Williams the next day for my book, The Persian Room Presents. He said he used to see Andy a lot when Kay Thompson and him were secretly dating and she was performing at the Persian Room. So, we decided to send him this silly ‘hi’ from both of us.

patty farmer hilary knight

 

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

 


 

Legendary Performer Jack Jones

Jack Jones is a double Grammy award winning jazz and pop singer who performed at the Persian Room in the Plaza Hotel during the height of his popularity. Below is an advertisement for one of his performances at the Persian Room in 1965.
jack jones at the persian room
I had the great pleasure recently of hearing Jack Jones perform at Feinstein’s with Richard Skipper.  Here is a photo of Richard Skipper, myself, and the legendary Jack Jones. It was such an honor to hear him in person!
Richard Skipper Jack Jones Patty Farmer
You can read more stories in my books Playboy Swings and The Persian Room Presents

Persian Room Star Lainie Kazan Appears in New Movie

Lainie Kazan, one of the stars that is featured in The Persian Room Presents, is in a new movie now called the Divorce Invitation. This romantic comedy is in select theaters now and will be available on DVD June 18th. Check your local movie listings to see the movie now and support this Persian Room legend!

divorce invitation lainie kazan

 

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

 


 

Lunch with Kaye Ballard

kaye ballard patty farmer

While working on The Persian Room Presents, I was thrilled to have lunch with the legendary musical theatre and television actress, comedienne and singer Kaye Ballard. Ballard and I discussed her time performing and living in the Persian Room. One charming story from the lunch was of her toy poodle that was treated as royalty at the Plaza and made the rounds with the Plaza’s detective while she performed.

Ballard also shared with me the one thing she would have liked to accomplish…  I won’t spoil what it is; you’ll have to pick up a copy of the Persian Room Presents to find out!

 

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

 


 

Why Carol Channing Was Always Late…

carol channing the plaza persian room

“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

 


 

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