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Friday potpourri — Cher, Gaga, Joni Mitchell, Gwyneth and Chris   Print

by Liz Smith
New York Social Diary
March 28, 2014

'Sorry, Beyoncé, but you've got nothing on this one. We'll give you about 35 more years and then we'll talk. Cher knows how to do this diva thing right."

So writes Angelica Leicht, in the Houston Press, reviewing Cher's second stop on her absolutely, final, forever and ever and ever "farewell" tour, "Dressed to Kill."

Recently, I received an email asking, "Why do you keep writing about old people like Cher and others nobody cares about?"

Well, partly because other people write about Cher in the same kind of language we use. We are not alone. A lot of people care.

Also, I love to keep track of great true talents. If you want a daily dose of the young and restless, you must read elsewhere.

I haven't seen Cher's show yet. It arrives in New York in May. But I know it'll be great, and not simply based on the rave reviews Cher is already garnering. I've seen Cher in concert, and to see her is to - as her greatest hit proclaims - "Believe."

The month of May can't come soon enough.

Speaking of extravaganzas, pop icon Lady Gaga seems to be increasingly disappearing into her various over-the-top stage personas. One admirer, who wishes she would just stand onstage and sing, is the great Joni Mitchell. The usually reclusive Joni reportedly phoned Gaga, and said, "You have major talent as a singer and songwriter, don't let that voice get subdued by marketing tools, like music videos."

Even more surprising, Joni, known for her contemplative and heartfelt lyrics, suggested collaborating with Gaga on songwriting! No word on how Gaga took this advice, but even if she continues to vomit on-stage and otherwise divert us from her genuine talents, Lady G. should take Joni Mitchell up on her offer! That’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. (And Joni Mitchell doesn’t even think her greatest talent is songwriting or singing. She’s an accomplished painter, and feels she expresses herself best through that aspect of her art.)

No surprise that the news of the impending divorce of Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin would generate an unsympathetic outpouring on social media. But nothing Paltrow does can escape mockery. She is, for whatever reason, the star people love to hate -- or at least heartily dislike. But, hey, Paltrow and Martin were married 11 years, have two children and while critics found her webpage announcement of the split pretentious, it's her life to try to manage as she sees fit.

 

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