Oh man, this has hit plenty of people pretty hard. Amazing screenwriter, director, author and three-time Oscar winner Nora Ephron died of leukemia last night at 71. Where would movie history be without classics like Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail? Not only was she a genius in the romantic-comedy genre, but she could also write a hell of a drama— Silkwood. She could write beautifully, period. Her essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck is also evidence of that.
Considering her career spanned decades, she also ended up inspiring many generations of stars, and made some very close friends in the business, along the way. They’re all grieving over her sudden, sad passing. Close pal, Meryl Streep, told the New York Times, “You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the departments of living well.” There have also been a series of tweets from a diverse selection of celebrities, all expressing their sorrow. Steve Martinwrote, “She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit; delightful friend. Sadness reigns.” One of the younger celebrities, inspired by her career, Kaley Cuoco has tweeted, “RIP Nora Ephron Loved her work Loved her direction Loved her writing Blessings and thoughts to her family.”
Looks like Mama Monster might get some hand-me-downs. Bette Midler accused Lady Gaga of stealing her mermaid in a wheelchair act back in July, in what was perhaps the most surreally fabulous twitter flame war of all time. But now the oh-so-divine Miss M wants Gaga to buy her original mermaid costume, as well as other items in her wardrobe. “I think she should go for a real wheelchair and a real fishtail because these are really beautiful,” she told the Associated Press. Midler is putting her famous outfits up for auction on November 12th to raise money for her charity, The New York Restoration Project, which funds the building of public parks and recreation areas.
The auction will feature costumes spanning her entire 45-year career. While we’re sure she won’t have any trouble finding bidders, Bette is hoping for one in particular. “I’m waiting for Gaga to get in there and grab hers,” she admits. “I would be thrilled. I hope she buys at least a little bit. It would be fun. There are so many wonderful ideas and so much of it. So much of it is so funny.” Apparently the whatever wounds existed between the two have been healed long ago. “If she is interested, she can have whatever she wants because she is a very talented girl and I love her a lot.” Do we smell a wheelchair mermaid duet in the near future?
Every time we read about another celebrity feud we’re always like, “Really? You’re fighting about that?” The latest drama between Bette Midler and Lady Gaga is no exception. Bette is pissed off Gaga does a mermaid character in concert named Yuyi who rolls onstage in a wheelchair and — shocker! — Midler also does a mermaid in a wheelchair routine. Would now be a good time to pitch this awesome, original movie idea we have about a mermaid in a wheelchair?
Bette tweeted (ugh, of course): “I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people — and many of them are still alive…..if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar-it’s because it is!You can see it on youtube 24/7-with ME performing it. Ive been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits-mermaid’s mine”
She then seemed to end the feud — without ever getting a response from Mother Monster — with this tweet: “@ladygaga, let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”
Yes, they can. In case you want to experience the magic that is Bette in a mermaid outfit, in a wheelchair, singing “New York, New York,” the video below is for you. Enjoy.