The Other Side of Oscar: Beyond the Red Carpet With IOnTheScene

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Irene Michaels

Before attending the biggest event in Hollywood, “The Oscars” I had an opportunity to attend an earlier function at the Beverly Hills Hotel called “The Night of 100 Stars.” It was amazing to see so many celebrities that I haven’t seen in sometime walking down the carpet, but not the red one. It was intriguing to see the impact these stars have after all these years.

It made me enthusiastic about writing something different than the typical stories revolving around the Oscars.


It was a privilege meeting Farrah Fawcett several years ago before she became ill. We were both having lunch at the same restaurant in Beverly Hills. I walked over to her and said something corny like “Hi Farrah, I have always loved your hair.” She looked at me and said, “Would you like to join us?” Of course I muttered “yes” and sat with Farrah and her friends listening to some great old stories about Hollywood. It was a shame she was not mentioned in the memorial at the Oscars. She was one of the finest and most genuine women I have met in the industry. In life or in death, she will always be an angel.Barry Diller and his wife, Diane von Furstenburg hosted a brunch for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. One of the most casual and informal party of the weekend.

CAA Bryan Lourd hosted his annual party at his home. No one was talking show biz. I found that hard to believe since the big event was just a few days away. Instead, they just enjoyed the camaraderie of friends and conversation. The lineup of stars that showed up was pretty impressive. My favorite was Sean Penn. He sat on a couch in a corner and smoked cigarettes most of the night. Demi Moore looked like she just walked off the cover of some sex magazine, whew, what an outfit. Robert Downey Jr. was somewhat quiet, but very cordial. Madonna was dressed in an office-like dress… surprised? Mariah Carey’s 6″ heels kept her a bit off balance, but hubby was there to assist. Renée Zellweger, Matt Dillon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Weinstein were among the guests just chilling.

Madonna, her manager Guy Oseary and Demi Moore hosted an Oscar after-party that did not get started until midnight… another big one.

Last but not least, my favorite party is always Elton John’s.
The party rocks from beginning to end. This year’s headliner was Grace Jones. She was amazing and so thought-provoking. Several hundred guests attended, and the most handsome were Brian Atwood (famous shoe designer to the stars) and his companion, Dr. Jake Deutsh. The party was held in the beautiful Pacific Design Center. There were a variety of bars set up for the guests. There were treats galore featuring a chocolate bar, sushi bar, martini bar, caviar bar, champagne bar and a rest bar.

Let us not forget the Governor’s Ball

Again, keeping with the theme of behind the scenes, below is a photo of the Governors Ball prior to the celebrities arriving. The general public does not get a chance to view this. The color theme this year for the ball was purple. Even the outfits the waiters wore were all handmade to fit the room decor. Not a detail was missed. The room usually looks like an empty warehouse. But not this night!


Congratulations to all the Winners and Nominees.
Until next time,
-Irene Michaels

About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...

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