Kathie Lee Gifford created, wrote, stars in, produced, did lyrics for and is pushing “Then Came You.” It’s about a widow taking hubby’s ashes on a trip, only to fall for an innkeeper in Scotland.
Eleven times Emmy nominated, Hollywood Walk of Famer Kathie Lee’s the former “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” host, former NBC “Today” host, author of four NY Times best sellers and her late husband was football star Frank Gifford.
“Living in Connecticut, I wrote this longhand one night at 2 a.m. I’m used to that hour. For work, I’ve been getting up 2 a.m. 40 years. I wrote all night. Nobody makes movies for America’s 17 million widows. Fifty percent of women are divorced, widowed, alone. I’ve never produced a movie, but you can’t sit home waiting for an agent. So I began to think cinematically. Create a beginning then move the story forward. Life brings the unexpected. Like me. I lost my husband, then had to leave that house. Its memories, music, laughter had become a morgue. So I moved out.
“God loves these lonely widows. Being faith-based, I try to do the best I can. My character Annabelle’s a widow. Like me, she moved. This isn’t autobiographical, but one sees one’s own life through this.
“I’ve already written the second one. I have an ark of five ready. My friend and co-star Craig Ferguson lives in Scotland, so we filmed this in the Highlands.”
“Then Came You” is out Sept. 30 and on demand Oct. 2.
Returning to normal is an art
Lena Olin is an artist’s wife. Husband’s director Lasse Hallström. Her new film, out Friday, is “The Artist’s Wife.” The husband’s Bruce Dern. Lena: “The Dern character has dementia. My character, Claire, doesn’t always know if he’s talking or the disease is talking. Millions of Claires out there give up who they are to care for someone. Without realizing it, they wake to what they’ve lost.” Lena’s next is another art part. It’s about Sweden’s Hilma af Klint. “The first abstract painter years before [Piet] Mondrian, she never got any credit. Her family pushed her out. She loved women. When she died she wanted her work hidden for 50 years because she felt the world wasn’t ready. Lasse and I long to go back to the city just to see someone, even 6 feet apart. In exciting Greenwich Village people are out, restaurants have tables in the street. So New Yorky to see people bounce back.”
RIP to RBG
The offside of our late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Right after the 92nd Street Y had to schedule extra seats for her talk, drag queens on Fire Island did a show impersonating her. And, to overcome fears, she was known as a “champion baton twirler.” And she was not easily approached in public. Security attended her. In person, however, easy. At a VIP White House party her hello was: “Just call me Ruthie.” One day she told me: “Unfortunately, I get very little sleep.” And: “Pass is the word that frames my life. As in, ‘this, too, shall pass.’”
Jerry Seinfeld lunching on the Brooklyn Diner 57th Street patio . . .
Orion’s has a “Be Excellent Sweepstakes” for “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” Submit “an act of excellence,” whatever that means, via Facebook or Twitter (@BillAndTed3). It’s to win a “once in a lifetime Zoom chat with Bill and Ted,” a k a Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves . . .
Ethan Hawke’s directing a doc on the love story of Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward. Their family approved . . .
Anyone notice most Zoom babblers from home are positioned in front of a bookcase?
Drew Barrymore everyone loves. Great actress. Nifty gal. Gracious, friendly. But, in a first since days of the garter belt, WLNY channel 55 beat NY’s Channel 2. Seems 9 a.m.’s hot “Hot Bench” got iced for the new Drew talker. Week 1, new Drew shriveled from a 1.1 rating to 0.7, while — despite lousy treatment — “Hot Bench” kept its hot ratings. CBS — Could Be Stupid.
My housekeeper, after forgetting to mail a letter: “My memory is getting worse than Joe Biden’s.”
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
Kathie Lee Gifford is keeping busy with new film ‘Then Came You’ Wire Services/ Page Six.