Wednesday, June 22, 2016

'Lunch' With Dark Shadows' Star Kathryn Leigh Scott

For this week's 'Lunch,' I was joined by Dark Shadows' star and author Kathryn Leigh Scott

My all-time favorite television show is Dark Shadows, the gothic soap that ran on WABC-TV and changed television forever. With its classically scary storylines that included vampires, werewolves, demonic possession and time travel it was clearly ahead of its time. Think about it, without Dark Shadows, there would be no Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood or even Outlander. Back when NBC decided to do a nighttime version of the show starring Ben Cross, I interviewed Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Maggie Evans on the very first episode of the original Dark Shadows (which was then in black and white and live!) and starred in House of Dark Shadows, the MGM theatrical film. We have been friends ever since. Before I knew Kathryn I was a huge fan of the show, now I am an even bigger fan of the woman who has kept the excitement about the show alive for 50 (!!) years through her own publishing imprint and appearances at the annual Dark Shadows' festivals. Here's this week's 'Lunch' column where we talk about the show's landmark anniversary as well as her stunning new memoir, Last Dance at the Savoy.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Diana's Legacy: A Modernized Monarchy

When I decided I wanted to write a book about Diana, I had to convince publishers of her enduring appeal. Nearly two decades after her death, the world remains fascinated by her.

As a contributing editor for British Heritage Travel covering the royals, my stories to date have been all about William and Kate. This month, I wanted to explore Diana's legacy as it relates to the British royal family which I call 'The Diana Effect.' During her all too brief life, she revitalized the family, but her death changed them forever. Today, nearly two decades (!) after her death, everything her sons and daughter-in-law do reflect how Diana lived -- from their commitment to charities to Will and Kate's parenting style. I'd love if you'd read the entire article and share with the royal watchers you know.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Lunch' with The Guys from Bravo's Million Dollar Listing NY

'Lunching' at Michael's New York with Ryan Serhant and Luis Ortiz

For my 'Lunch' column this week, I dined and dished with Ryan Serhant and Luis Ortiz, two of the three stars of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York. They were, as you might expect, a lot of fun. Ryan and Luis opened up about their reality show fame and how it's changed their lives. Also: Ryan gives me some scoop about his upcoming wedding and Luis told me the story behind him breaking down on camera because he hasn't met 'the one.' Read all about it here: