He’s never been one to gossip . . .
always good fun. Phyllis Diller for the jokes and I’d probably have my dear friend Eva Gabor [Hungarianborn American socialite and actress], she was divine so she would add that elegance to the party. Not Zsa Zsa [Gabor, Eva’s younger actress sister] she would be far too bitchy at a dinner party. 8. How did you end up in the entertainment business? My grandparents took me to all the shows at His Majesty’s Theatre, The Civic and the St James so that that really gave me the grounding.
My grandfather really should have been on the stage. He loved vaudeville shows so I probably get it a lot from him and I’m very grateful.
My parents also took me to roller skating and I just loved it. That’s where I really got into makeup because we did shows. 9. Why have you maintained such a commitment to the industry? Entertainment is the vein of blood of any country that is down, any country that’s at war. You can get completely lost in a performance and that’s what a production should do.
I love to go to a theatre with a red curtain that goes up, I love an orchestra pit. I very seldom go backstage because I want that magic to be there.
I don’t really like reviewing stage shows because I know what effort has been put into it and it’s only my opinion. Never read a review for theatre or for a movie, just go. 10. Where to from here? People always ask me if I’m going to retire. I’m not because what else am I going to do? I have a new book coming out next year, that will be my ninth book.
Hollywood insider: Celebrity gossip columnist David Hartnell with his latest accolade The Variety Artists Club of New Zealand’s Fullers Entertainment Award.