Hollywood on the Potomac

My Patients were Presidents: White House Doc

August 3, 2010

How healthy is the White House? "My book The White House Doctor does tell a lot of 'behind the scenes,'" says Dr. Connie Mariano, physician to President Bill Clinton and author.  "The other thing the story tells is really an American story of how someone like me (the 'long shot') came to this country not speaking English, the daughter of a Navy steward, and wound up becoming the Physician to the President of the United States.  I find it more than anything a story of how only in America this can happen.  It gives hope to those people who think they are underestimated and 'never have a chance.' I was blessed and fortunate in so many ways to become an American success story."

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Top Chef: Top Secret

July 29, 2010

"Top Chef D.C." aired last night, so if you missed the winner you'll have to tune into Bravo TV.  The Palm restaurant held a viewing party for fans of the show and the restaurant including D.C. Council Member Michael Brown (At-large), son of the late Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton.  Tommy Jacomo, The Palm's personality and executive director had this to say about D.C.'s top chef: "It's more secret than the Pentagon." 

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Nice Guy Burns Debuts Nice Guy Johnny at Newseum

July 29, 2010

Actor, writer, director Ed Burns moved graciously amongst guests that included The News Hour's Judy Woodruff and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) at the Newseum celebrating independent film and television hosted by Comcast & Tribeca Enterprises.  The private screening of Nice Guy Johnny, his new indie flick, was a chance to catch up with the star and explore his interest in independent film making. Burns got his start in the film industry right after college as a production assistant on the Oliver Stone film, The Doors. While working as a gofer at Entertainment Tonight, he financed, produced, directed and starred in his first film The Brothers McMullen in his spare time, which was largely shot in his hometown of Valley Stream, New York.  In 1996, Burns wrote, directed and starred in the ensemble drama She's The One with Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Amanda Peet, as well as Sidewalks of New York in 2001. "Woody Allen was one of my early gods," he told Hollywood on the Potomac. This is Burn's ninth film. 

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