Barbara Walters

  • 31 Oct 2011 at 11:20 AM

Lynn Tilton: Ask And Ye Shall Receive

“For many years I had men asking me on the phone each day what I was wearing and what color my underwear was,” Tilton said. “And so I sent out a Christmas card with me in a red lace sort of teddy, and red cowboy boots and a Santa hat, wishing them a Merry Christmas.” [ABC, earlier]

  • 28 Oct 2011 at 5:30 PM

This Is Happening Tonight

20/20: Inside the Lives of the Superrich [ABC via JP]
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alangreenspanfive.jpgHere’s a pretty hideous injustice, the broader economic implications of which are yet unknown, though they most certainly will be dire: Barbara Walters, whose autobiography Audition details, among other things, her sometimes simultaneous doing of Alan Greenspan and Ace Greenberg, has left out any mention of the former Fed chair and the former Bear chair in the book’s audio version. That’s right, the (best!) chapter, entitled “Special Men in My Life,” is skipped over completely. According to BaWa’s publisher, Random House, the omission is due to time constraints, though that strikes as us a bold-faced lie. While one gets the sense that Greenberg is staving off the tears by keeping busy with his new job at JPMorgan, magic tricks and dog shows, Greenspan, whose retirement gig consists of feeding his own ego [8:00 am scan the papers for mentions, 8:45 am Google self, including nicknames, 9:30 am preserve legacy by making sure no one listens to Bernanke**], is clearly not taking the slap in the face in stride. Will he invoke the Law of Return and bring it back to Walters three-fold (“You leave me out of the audio component? I release the sex tape in high-def”)? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Earlier: Barbara Walters Has Done 80 Percent Of Wall Street’s Living Dinosaurs
Barbara Walters’ Memoir: The No-Sex Edition [Time]
**all performed from bathtub

Barbara Walters’ book came out this week and it’s not just for those of you interested in a behind the scenes look at the catty infighting over at The View, though rest assured, Julian Robertson, there is plenty of that (as Babs tells it, “Star Jones was so obese she could barely walk onto the…set”). Apparently while Walters was dating Alan Greenspan, she was also seeing former Bear chairman Alan “Ace” Greenberg. (Ironic enough for you? Well try this one for size– though it’s not included in the autobiography, we hear the lady of the night additionally had a standing appointment with Jimmy Cayne ever week, which ultimately resulted in the birth of Ben Bernanke.) Before you go writing BW off as a harlot, keep in mind that the men served two distinct purposes– Greenberg bought her a show dog, and Greenspan doled out terrible investment advice.* It wasn’t all fun and games, however. Babs notes that lots o’ confusion would ensue when her maid would take messages and report that “Alan called.” Since she refused to refer Greenberg by his nickname– like Cayne, she thought the handle “Ace [in the hole]” was stupid and, in her words, “hypocritical, considering the number of times I had to shout, ‘No, Alan, no! You’re not even close!'”)– Walters and the cleaning woman came to differentiate the two as “loud Alan” (Greenberg) and “soft Alan” (Greenspan). Though he rarely identified himself, Walters says it was readily apparent when Cayne was calling, because “you could hear the the announcer’s voice over the loudspeaker at the tracks in the background.”
Barbara Walters On Greenspan [National Economist]
*Such as telling her not to buy a 4-bedroom co-op on Fifth for $250,000 in 1977.