"Guiding Light" actress Gina Tognoni was at the Taj Boston Saturday trying on dresses for the Daytime Emmy Awards. (The 35th annual awards show will air live on ABC June 20.) Nominated for outstanding supporting actress for her role on TV's longest-running daytime drama, Tognoni is working with Boston-based fashion designer Michael De Paulo and stylist Angelique O'Neil.
Hot-dogging it for a good cause
Now in its 19th year, Eddie Andelman's Hot Dog Safari drew thousands of people to Suffolk Downs yesterday for the annual event, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Joey Fund. Over 100,000 dogs were served, and guests included Boston Culinary CEO Joe O'Donnell, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Mayor Tom Menino, state auditor Joe DeNucci, Sports Illustrated scribe Frank Deford, competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti, and the event's grand marshal, Pats running back Kevin Faulk.
Raising their voices
Florian Hall resembled a writers' retreat as a collection of authors gathered to read in support of Interim House, a halfway house for alcoholics and drug addicts in Dorchester. Taking part in the Raise the Roof II benefit were George Pelecanos, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Tom Perrotta, Joe Pernice, Warren Zanes, and "The Wire" actor Neal Huff. The audience included Governor Deval Patrick; congressman Stephen Lynch; state representatives Marty Walsh, Brian Wallace, Jennifer Callahan, Vincent Pedone, and Pam Richardson; and City Councilor John Connolly. The event celebrated the 75th birthday, in memoriam, of Interim House founder Yvonne Linehan.
Film boosts her book
Northampton novelist Elinor Lipman
is the rare writer who's actually happy with Hollywood. While the big-screen version of her novel "Then She Found Me" isn't a huge box-office hit, Lipman likes the film and says it's done wonders for her book sales. Directed by Helen Hunt
, who also stars in the film, "Then She Found Me" opened in theaters at the end of April. Remarkably, a paperback edition of the novel released at the same time is now in its fourth printing. "I call [the movie] the gift that keeps on giving," Lipman told us, laughing. "Helen's been very in demand on TV and talk shows, and she almost always mentions the book, which is nice." Considering how long it took to get the book to the big screen - 19 years in all - we wondered if the experience was anticlimactic. "Oh no," said the author. "At the premiere, my son said to Helen, 'You made my mother's decade.' "
Still mocking Menino
All these years later, Opie & Anthony still don't have much nice to say about Hizzoner Tom Menino
. The radio rascals arrived in town yesterday for the WBCN River Rave, and promptly badmouthed the mayor. "C'mon, get some new blood in there," said Anthony. "Menino's holding onto that office like the pope." A decade ago, you'll recall, O&A - a.k.a. Gregg Hughes
and Anthony Cumia
- were fired by WAAF after reporting, on April Fool's Day, that the mayor had been killed in a car accident. "Menino still holds a little bit of a grudge," said Anthony.
Say, isn't that . . .
Guests attending a Dana Farber fund-raiser Friday at the Wang Theatre were mighty surprised to see John O'Hurley
there. The actor famous for his portrayal of J. Peterman on "Seinfeld" was the evening's Wink Martindale
, hosting a mock game show on a set designed by party planner Bryan Rafanelli
. The successful event was chaired by Nina Fialkow
, wife of venture capitalist David Fialkow
Around town . . .
Congrats to Marriott Custom House concierge Ellen Silverman
, who was named Boston's concierge of the year at last night's Silver Plume Awards gala. The first runner-up was Joe Fallon
, who holds the door at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. . . . Senator John Kerry dined with a few friends at Brasserie Jo the other night. . . . Back in Boston after the clincher against Detroit, injured Celtic Tony Allen bowled a few frames at Kings Lane over the weekend.
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