"Because it's Fun!"

Vince McMahon World wrestling Entertainment Website

Vince McMahon will be giving away a million bucks each
week from his personal coffers starting this month. 

I asked him why, and he said:  "Because it's fun!!"
He then elaborated that "It's my version of an
economic stimulus for our viewers which will no doubt
increase television ratings as well."

So, be sure to tune your tv's to World Wrestling
Entertainment for your chance to be a winner.  See
details of how it works, by loggng on to wwwe.com and
corporate wwe.com.  Good luck!

 

photo and article by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branson Family

@ THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY on Jan 28 , 2008

 Branson Family Queen Noor and the Branson Family Queen Noor & Bettina Cirone

At the museum  of natural history last night where Richard Branson partied with guests planning  to spend  $200,000 to lift off  into outer space with him next year.

he and the former Lisa Halaby and Queen Noor of Jordan discussed the upcoming
outer space adventure and her Mom and his Dad's hip replacement surgeries, Bransonhad to share another somewhat pertinent story:

When he approached one of his guest in the  "LOO" he told Richard he didn't
think he would be able to do it , Richard said he could understand
if  the  guy decided  not to go with him even  though he would love to have him
 join the group on this historic  occasion the man replied,   "no,  I  meant I couldn't urinate while you are standing here watching me."


PHOTOGRAPHED & REPORTED by BETTINA CIRONE   1/24/08 

 

 

 

 

An Evening Under the Stars benefitting the Michael Bolton Charities was held on Tuesday, November 27th at the Boathouse in Central Park Michael Bolton's charities benefits Children and Women.  Joan Lunden was the Mistree of Ceremonies and a performance was had by Phoebe Snow.

 

Joan Lunden Michael Bolton at The Boathouse.

Michael Bolton at The Boathouse.

 Joan Lunden and her daughter Lindsay along with her husband Jeff Konigsberg.

 

Photos by Iris Zimmerman

 

ELKE AND BEN GAZARRA

 at her book signing in the Hampton with their dog MAXI

 

 

Ben Gazarra with dog Pierre in red coat Elke and Ben Gazarra with Maxi their dachshund

 

Author Elke Gazzara, signed her book Madison Avenue Maxi,  at the Roman Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor in the Hamptons, on December 1st,  recounting the life and times of Maxi, her chocolate-colored dachshund who goes everywhere with her and her husband actor Ben Gazzara

 

Pierre's owner Iris Zimmerman wrote this caption and took photos

 

 

 

Living Legends Awards Gala

The annual black tie Living Legends awards gala took place at Cipriani 42nd Street. Among those being honored were Oscar de la Renta, Lauren Bacall, Candice Bergen. Guests included Howard J. Rubenstein and David Brown with wife Helen Gurley Brown and Liz Smith.

Photos and caption by Bettina Cirone

Peggy Siegal and Bob Colacello

Oscar De La Renta

 

 

 

Bettina Cirone and Willow and Mayor Bloomberg at Bette
Midler's Hulaween party at the Waldorf.
October 31, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Party at The Hearst Building

November 1,2007

Redbook cover girl of the month, Ashley Judd, was a no show but LeAnn Rimes showed up for the photo op and party at The Hearst Building

Caption and photograph by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

Hulk Hogan, Father of the Year 2007



Upon receiving his father's day award, Hulk Hogan praised his daughter Brooke who is launching a music career which he says is far tougher than what he did as a wrestler. He also commented to those who have criticized him for disciplining his kids, to look at the lives of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and lindsay Lohan -- "I beg to differ". He said that his wife should have won the mother and father of the year awards, since he was not as actively engaged in his kids lives as she has been.

Caption and photograph by Bettina Cirone

 

 

China Club

 Georgia Rule Smiles On Premiere Party

 Jane Fonda & Lynden Gillis

Lindsay Lohan with photographer Bettina Cirone

 Model Anna Kulinova and Jane Fonda

 

 

 

  Michael J. Fox at the Parkinson's Walk in Central Park

 

         At the Parkinsons Walk in Central Park at noon on on SATURDAY, Lonni Ali and one of Muhammed Ali's daughters, May May  spoke up in the presence of several hundred supporters including Michael J. Fox.   At one point, Mohammed's wife Lonni became so choked up that she could not get the words out.  Finally in a sobbing hi alto voice she congratulated Michael J. Fox saying:  "You don't know how very much you inspire my husband with such love and respect for what you are doing".  Michael got up from the chair and walked over to the podium and kissed Lonni tenderly on the cheek. When Fox was back in his chair, he wiped the tears from his own eyes.  Lonni told me although Ali is in NYC he could not be at the Walk.

Photographed and reported by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

MIKE WALLACE AND HIS WIFE MARY RECEIVED AN HONORARY AWARD FROM FOUNTAIN HOUSE

 

     ONE HOUR AGO, AT A LUNCHEON TODAY AT THE PIERRE HOTEL MIKE WALLACE AND HIS WIFE MARY RECEIVED AN HONORARY AWARD FROM FOUNTAIN HOUSE FOR SUCCESSFULLY TREATING HIS SEVERE DEPRESSION AND PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGING IT. MIKE, EVER THE HARSH INTERROGATOR, IS NO LESS HARSH ON HIMSELF: TO HIS WIFE MARY AT THE PODIUM WITH MANY SOCIETY MATRONS, GLENN CLOSE AND PASTORELLI OF THE SOPRANOS PRESENT: "WHAT KIND OF AN ASSHOLE DID YOU THINK I WAS WHEN YOU SAW ME FACE DOWN ON THE BEDROOM FLOOR WITH AN EMPTY PILL BOTTLE?"

        THE CONSERVATIVELY TURNED OUT, DEMURE, MATURE MARY,NOT PREPARED FOR THE SURPRISE QUESTION WHICH HE HAD NEVER ASKED HER BEFORE, REPLIED: "YES. AND YOU ARE STILL AN ASSHOLE." NEVERTHELESS, MIKE CONTINUED TO KEEP HIS ARM WRAPPED AFFECTIONATELY AROUND MARY'S SHOULDER. ONE OF THE MEN ON THE DAYS, A REPORTER FROM CALIFORNIA WHO WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HIS SON'S MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE REFUSAL OF THE INSURANCE COMPANY TO PAY FOR HIS CARE AND DENYING THE EXISTENCE OF HIS SON'S NEAR SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR SAID THAT HAVING MENTIONED HE WAS A NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST AND TELLING THEM THAT HE KNEW MIKE WALLACE BOUGHT HIM A WEEK OF
EXTENDED TIME AT THE FACILITY WHERE HIS SON WAS BEING TREATED.

Photographed and reported by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

Christine Ebersole hosted the League of

 American Theatres and Producers 2007


           Last night Christine Ebersole hosted the League of American Theatres and Producers 2007 Touring Broadway Awards at The Crown Plaza Times Square shared some things she "learned on the road". She also confessed that she was once arrested in South Carolina. "But we gave the nice policeman $100 so I don't have a record." The star of Grey Gardens later added: "I didn't tell you why I was arrested. It was nudity. I was on the beach -- I was young then so many years ago." Once when we did a performance and no one laughed,  it was a little upsetting until one guy wearing a ten gallon hat approached her at the after party and said: 'Y'all were so funny, we could hardly keep ourselves from laughing!' So, I learned that even if the audience is silent, it does not mean they are not enjoying the show." Mike Nichols took the best new musical award for Monty Python's Spam a lot. I took a really cute photo of Ebersole facing camera together with the producers of her show who were also awarded.

Photographed and reported by Bettina Cirone

 as featured in the New York Post Tuesday April 17, 2007

 

 

At Central Park Boathouse for Ahmet Ertegun sendoff memorial party, Jerry Hall and her daughter Elizabeth Jagger

 

 

 

 

Hilary for President

 Celebration Dinner on Sunday, March 18th, 2007

          At a small post event reception in a room adjoining The Sheraton Hotel's Imperial Ballroom following a Hilary for President Celebration Dinner on Sunday, March 18th, 2007, Bill and the israeli violinist Miri Ben Ari who played for them were having a discussion about musical instruments. His being the sax, he talked of the various instruments he had acquired over the years including those from Budapest, Kasakhstan among them. He said when he visited Vaclav Havel he was given a Saxophone that is now in The Clinton Museum. He described how they all had their unique and rich sounds and how much he loved to play each and every one of them and why. He told her that his favorite of all National Anthems was the Israeli National Anthem which he started to hum, then said it he loved it also because it was "so sad", and which he advised her to play. During their talk he also told her how much he liked Winton Marsalis who is "such a good man". 


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Photos and caption by Bettina Cirone

 

 

Curtains

AFTER PARTY

at Tavern on the Green

March 21 2007

Jill Paice

  Curtains, The Kander & Ebb musical, opened to an enthusiastic and very supportive audience last night.  The performers were all fabulous, but alas the jokes painfully stale and the plot tedious.  To quote Clive Barnes, 
"It is not so much a whodunit as a why do it." It is a shame to see a great cast work so hard to put out what I fear is a flop.


reported and photographed by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

Trumps at FAO Schwarz

March 14, 2007

Donald and Melania Trump with son Barron at The Bunny Hop in FAO Schwarz

Photos by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Clinton at the Four Seasons

January 28, 2007

Chelsea Clinton with Terry McAuliffe

 

Chelsea Clinton came to the Four Seasons book party to celebrate the publication of Terry McAuliffe's book, What A Party! Life Among The Democrats, a book that Bill Clinton said:  "You will laugh out loud, you will cry when you read this book, but most importantly you will learn a lot about the good and bad things and the things we need to change in politics".
 
 
Photo and Caption by Bettina Cirone .

 

 

 

 

 

Robert de Niro and wife, Grace Hightower at NY Public Library where he was awarded for his achievement in helping Lower Manhattan thrive and prosper after the 9/11/01 WTC terrorist attack by his introduction of the Tribeca Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearly still in love, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith taken at the Waldorf Astoria at his tribute from the Museum of the Moving Image..

 

Photos and Captions by Bettina Cirone

 

   

 

The Drowsy Chaperone

at Sardi's December 27, 2006

 Tony Award winner, Bob Martin, who created and stars in The Drowsy Chaperone was feted at Sardi's for his caricature to join others on Sardi's famous wall.  His shocked reaction to the portrait:  "My forehead will be immortalized.  I really DO look like Danny Kaye.  It's a little frightening."

 

 

 

 

 

The Museum of the Moving Image

December 3, 2006

 

 

Thandie Newton, who plays Will Smith's wife in the film "PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" said as the mother of two herself, this role ripped her heart out.  Thandie  attended the museum of the moving image to honor Will Smith last night at the  Waldorf Astoria.

Photo and caption by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Stewart's Holloween Party

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart and Bette Midler

Photos by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

Ivanca Trump at the De Vinci code

 

 That Ivanka Trump told photographer Bettina Cirone she will spend Thanksgiving in Chile on a long-needed vaction. "With the family?" she was asked. "No, alone!"

As seen in New York Post "Page Six"

November 15,2006

 

Photo and caption by Bettina Cirone

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE QUEEN SPINS A SEGUAY ON 57TH ST, NYC

 

Helen Mirren

October 13, 2006

 

At the DGA Honors after party at NOBU on 57th street, Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker with Helenís handsome husband were having a high time taking turns on trying out a seguay. 

 Upstairs, before the seguay episode, Mirren had been gifted a black velvet evening purse with a Swarovski Crystal handle that the designer told her was originally a bra.  She said to him:  ďWell, you may think itís a bra, but I think itís a hat!Ē and proceeded to put it on her head.   Unfortunately, she deftly removed it quickly before I could document the moment.  When I disappeared, it was atop her head again, but every time my camera re appeared the hat was again quickly transformed into a shoulder purse. 

When the group got downstairs at around midnight, they were having so much fun that no one seemed to mind or even notice my documenting Helen Mirren and Mary Louise alternately taking turns trying out the seguay. 

Mirtrenís husband kept laughing at the owner of the seguay who was running beside Mirren trying to hold onto the runaway and telling the man ďDonít worry, she can handle it by herself.Ē And she did.  

  Photos and Article by Bettina Cirone