David Frost Was Also a Swell Boyfriend

One of the best things Janice Min has brought to The Hollywood Reporter are high-profile guest essays. Both anonymous and bylined, these inside-the-velvet-rope POVs differentiate THR from the town’s other trades and align her content more closely to the east coast monthly glossy magazines.

A good example is this week’s mini-essay by Caroline Cushing Graham about what it was like, for five years in the 1970s, to be the girlfriend of David Frost. The late TV interviewer certainly had the benefit of access; still, it takes special flair to make use of these romantic opportunities the way Frost did:

Our first real date was an invitation to fly to Kinshasa, Zaire on my birthday, October 30, to the Muhammad Ali, George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. For the eight extraordinary rounds of the most famous boxing match in history I took photographs at ringside and David was the TV host of the evening. It was a glamorous start to our five-year whirlwind affair.

On another date we went to Australia for a week, as David was a producer of the Neil Diamond concert tour. Neil sang “Sweet Caroline” to me in Melbourne.

You got that? Frost arranged for Diamond to sing that famous song as if it had been written for her. Graham went on to work as west coast editor for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and currently operates her own PR firm in Santa Monica, C4 Global Communications. Read the rest of her frothy reminiscences here.

[Photo of Frost at 2008 Academy Awards: Featureflash/Shutterstock.com]