He’s never been one to gos­sip . . .

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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.

Photo: JESS LEE

Hol­ly­wood in­sider: Celebrity gos­sip colum­nist David Hart­nell with his lat­est ac­co­lade The Va­ri­ety Artists Club of New Zealand’s Fullers En­ter­tain­ment Award.

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