Judy Blume, Shirley MacLaine and a Chat With the City’s Hardest Working Real Estate Broker

The roster of media mavens, moguls and boldface names spotted today at Michael's.

lunch at michaelsWhere to begin? Michael’s was especially lively today, with a head-spinning mashup of mavens of every stripe, moguls and boldface names—but with the added bonus of some serious star power. None other than Shirley MacLaine was first to arrive in the dining room today, giving me the perfect opportunity to grab the Academy Award winner for a quick chat. Contrary to what you may think, it’s not easy to just go up to a Hollywood legend and strike up a conversation, so I had to think fast. After I said my hello, I quickly added that we’d met at Michael’s a few years back when she stopped in to present Liz Smith with her grey armadillo-shaped birthday cake. She remembered! “That was one ugly cake,” she smiled. I asked her if she was going to reprise her role as Martha Levinson, mother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and sparring partner of Maggie Smith’s Violet on the final season of Downton Abbey. Her answer: “No. There’s too many characters on that show!” And with that, she sailed over to her table.

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