NEW YORK -- Richard Blow may be another who laughs all the way to the bank. In an exclusive interview, Barbara Walters talks to him on ABC's "20/20" tonight about his controversial and much-anticipated book, "American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy Jr."
Blow discusses the last, defining, editorial-striving years of this young scion's life from his own perspective as an editor at George magazine. Barbara asks Blow how JFK Jr. responded to the interview that she did with Monica Lewinsky. "He was not happy," Blow says. "You asked Monica about that now infamous stain on her dress. John groaned. He was sitting next to me, and he sat back in his chair and looked like someone had punched him in the stomach. He was very troubled by the investigation of President Clinton's personal life, and his attitude about that was that this is a man who made enormous sacrifices. He shouldn't have to sacrifice all his privacy." So be it. My comment is that there are many purists furious that Blow would write a book about his personal view of the final days of that handsome young man's life. What's the difference in his take on JFK Jr. and Caroline Kennedy's flow of books about her famous family? Everybody makes money. It's a free country. You can buy the biased book of your choice.
THEY SAY Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson, have the idea in their heads that they should be the ones to replay "All About Eve" on the silver screen. Goldie would portray Margo Channing, the great stage star created in 1950 by Joe Mankiewicz and acted by Bette Davis. Kate would be the devious and aspiring Eve Harrington, played to perfection by Anne Baxter. Just 52 years ago, the great Claudette Colbert took to her bed with a ruptured disc, giving Davis the role of a lifetime. Davis' career was then in a valley, and the 42-year-old snatched the moment that became a career high. She didn't win her third Oscar as Margo, but she helped writer-director Mankiewicz earn another two, in fact, for screenwriting and directing. Some say that Bette Davis only lost the Oscar because both she and Anne Baxter were nominated, and they split the vote. (Judy Holliday walked off with the prize for "Born Yesterday.") Can light comedian Goldie play a scenery-chewing diva as Bette Davis did? Well, the wisecracking, comic genius Rosalind Russell was nominated for a dark heroine in Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra." Flapperdom's favorite tap dancer, Joan Crawford, went serious in "Mildred Pierce" and won. So, break a leg, Goldie. Remember to try to surround yourself with talents like George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe and Marilyn Monroe. And, oh yes, a Joe Mankiewicz script - one of the most perfect screenplays ever written.
SO, ONE of many criticisms is that we don't write enough about young comers in this column. Let's consider this story on someone who just turned 21. He's Harry Morton, son of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino owner Peter Morton. Harry tossed a biggie at his dad's trendy Las Vegas hot spot. Jessica Alba came to celebrate her own 21st birthday with her "Dark Angel" co-star and fiancÅ½, Michael Weatherly, and their pals, Rick Springfield, Jack Black and others. Next day, Peter had a pool party where James Marsden talked about getting ready to film "X2," and Dominique Swain, Ashton Kutcher and Kate Hudson's hunky older brother, Oliver, drank pina coladas by the pool. Harry's guests danced the night away at Baby's in the Hard Rock, with a special performance by Snoop Dogg.