Journo Recalls the Sweet Smell of Hollywood Excess

Celebrity interview maestro Kevin Sessums chats with the Daily Mail.

Twenty years ago, before the advent of the web and social media, this happened:

At an Oscar after-party in 1995, Tony Curtis was checking out [Kevin] Sessums and confessed that he once had a crush on Yul Brynner. “I think that’s why you’re making me feel so odd. You kinda look like him. I haven’t slept with a man in decades, but the night is young,” Curtis told him.

Ha ha. We’re not saying the Tinseltown bacchanal has been retired completely. But certainly, it’s not nearly out in the celeb-to-journo open as it was back when Sessums was enjoying his heyday on the A-list beat for Vanity Fair, Interview and other outlets.

The above snippet comes from an interview by the Daily Mail’s Caroline Howe. As we’ve previously reported, Sessums is now based in San Francisco, where he oversees the magazine FourTwoNine.

Howe’s piece is not all west coast shenanigans. There’s also a bittersweet Heath Ledger Prague memory and a fun Diane Sawyer conversation recalled. The interview is in support of Sessums’ new memoir I Left It on the Mountain, which is out this week.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Interviewer Goes ‘Man-to-Man’ with Kevin Spacey

Photo of Curtis, circa 2007: Serge Rocco/