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A Puppy On The Move

Posted April 27th, 2010 in Dogs, Katie, New Puppy, Reflections by Glenn Plaskin
Katie in her Minnie Mouse Shirt

Katie in her Minnie Mouse Shirt

Years ago, when I got my first dog, Katie—the star of my upcoming book Katie Up and Down the Hall—I never actually saw her until she was three months old.

She appeared one day, as I describe in the book, fresh from the farm in New Jersey, and though she seemed rather shy and ungainly at first, almost pitiful in appearance, I loved her immediately and the rest was history.

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The Perfect Baked Potato: The Magnificent Katharine Hepburn

Posted April 27th, 2010 in Celebrity, Katie, New York, Reflections by Glenn Plaskin
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

People often ask me: ‘Who was your all-time favorite interview subject?’

Over a period of thirty years, having met or interviewed hundreds of celebrities–legends including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Jacqueline Onassis, Calvin Klein, Nancy Reagan, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters–all of them unforgettable–one radiant personality stands out in my mind as most magnificent–and intimidating!

And that would be the great Katharine Hepburn, who as a child, I first saw in the movie “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?”

Growing up in Buffalo, New York, I never could have guessed that, decades later, I’d be the one invited to dinner at the Miss Hepburn’s East 49th Street Turtle Bay townhouse, discussing, as we did, my biography of the legendary Vladimir Horowitz, which she kindly read, the catalyst for our first meeting.

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How About A New Holiday called “SISTER’S DAY?!”

Posted April 27th, 2010 in Family, Friendship, Reflections by Glenn Plaskin
My Sister Debby

My Sister Debby

Although I frequently write about my famous interview subjects and celebrity friends, I never mention the one star in my life who shines greater than any other—someone I speak to virtually every day, a person of impeccable values who I trust and can count on no matter what.

She’s a best friend, advisor, and confidante all rolled into one. You won’t find a better listener, someone who has mastered the art of shining the spotlight on others.

She’s my sister—Debby, and there ought to be a holiday invented for sisters (and brothers). She’s especially on my mind as she’s visiting here today in Battery Park City, taking a break from her quieter life in upstate New York.

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Ivana Trump and her Great Mom: an Unbeatable Team

Posted April 27th, 2010 in Celebrity, Katie, Reflections by Glenn Plaskin
Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump

The effervescent high-energy Ivana Trump, who makes a guest appearance in my upcoming book, Katie Up and Down the Hall, is known for her sparkling charm, athletic prowess, and bubbly sense of humor. In the chapter of the book titled Prancing With The Stars, Ivana, a passionate dog lover, befriends my dog Katie and marches her right into a board meeting at the Plaza Hotel!

Super-disciplined and always on the move, Ivana, a former Olympic skier and model, remains timelessly glamorous whether seen racing down a ski slope in Switzerland or hosting a charity benefit at her pristine town house in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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