BOOKS

'The Persian Room Presents'
New York Book Signing

March 7, 2012


Marge Champion, Tony Butala, Patty Farmer and Barbara Van Orden at Barnes and Noble.

Barbara Van Orden speaking at
Barnes and Noble book signing.

Author Patty Farmer celebrated the release of her new book,
The Persian Room Presents,
from Vantage Press, with two events held last week in New York City.
A private reception was held at The Plaza on March 6, while a Q&A and book signing was held at Barnes & Noble's
82nd & Broadway location on March 7.

Among the attendees at the events were Tony Butala, Marge Champion, Don Dellair, Cathryn Kenzel, Carol Lawrence, Eve Plumb, Tommy Tune, Leslie Uggams, Barbara Van Orden, and Julie Wilson.

In the book, dozens of celebrities reminisce about their experiences performing and partying at the Persian Room, a popular New York
nightlife venue from 1934 to 1975. In addition to guests at the events, some of the other stars who share stories within the book are Kaye
Ballard, Polly Bergen, Diahann Carroll, Lesley Gore, Celeste Holm, Lainie Kazan, Roslyn
Kind, Michele Lee, Patti Page, and Andy Williams.

A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Childhelp for the treatment and prevention of child abuse.
 

Photo Flash: Tommy Tune, Eve Plumb, et al.
Celebrate Release of Patty Farmer's
'The Persian Room Presents'


Pictured (from left to right) bottom row - Julie Wilson, Leslie Uggams,
Patty Farmer- author, Marge Champion and Carol Lawrence.

Top row - Tony Butala, Barbara Van Orden


 

The Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel itself featured headliners including Liza Minnelli, Dolores Hope, Eartha Kit, Carol Channing, Diahann Carroll, Andy Williams, Lainie Kazan, Patti Page, and the Chairman of the Board/Ole Blue Eyes - Frank Sinatra, not to mention literary icons such as Eloise (courtesy of Hilary Knight). This week, representatives of Persian Room's history from the 1940's to the 1970's gathered to remember, admire and respect its legacy including Marge Champion, Tommy Tune, Barbara Van Orden, Carol Lawrence, Leslie Uggams, Eve Plumb and more to celebrate the launch of Patty Farmer's new book, "The Persian Room Presents," released by Vantage Press. See the photos below!

"The Persian Room was fabled!" says nine-time TONY winner, Tommy Tune. "I couldn't afford it at the time, but would be in awe of it as I passed by watching people who had just attended a Broadway Show, arrive for a show in all their splendor." Your career could be significantly altered, even as an opening act, says Barbara Van Orden (who opened for Frank Sinatra). Tony Butala (Founder and original member of The Letterman) said, "When Patty asked me to be part of the book, I was overjoyed. We played there a few times in the 60's and I really miss the elegance the room offered both the artists and patrons." Leslie Uggams recalled, "My very first nightclub engagement was The Persian Room. What great memories I have and loved sharing with Patty for the book." Carol Lawrence remembered, "I was booked at The Persian Room right after Westside Story. They put me on a ladder that whirled as I was dancing. There were always celebrities in the audience, but one night Cary Grant was among them and I still think that is one of the reason's the Persian Room was my favorite nightclub." One of the earliest Persian Room alumni in attendance, Ms. Marge Champion, who told guests "We (with husband, Gower Champion) were the second act on the bill, but it didn't matter. If you were appearing at The Persian Room, you were considered a headliner. Like everyone else here tonight, we never thought anyone would write a book, but are grateful to Patty for doing so." Ms. Farmer, who maintains a residence at The Plaza, told of how Celeste Holm would practically run after the curtain came down on "Oklahoma!" in order to make her 11:30pm show at the Persian room. "It was that important to artists," says Farmer.

It was a packed room that gathered the following night at Barnes & Noble (82nd and Broadway) as Barbara Van Orden, Tony Butala, Marge Champion and Julie Wilson joined author, Patty Farmer, for an evening of Q&A and signing that began at 7:00pm and lasted well into the evening before patrons had exhausted their questions and gotten their books signed by the evening's special guests. "The Persian Room Presents," which has a jacket illustration by Sujean Rim and features famed Persian Room performer Jack Jones serenading the author, Patty Farmer, is available nationwide this weekend with book signings scheduled for San Diego, Palm Springs and Los Angeles.

 

MAGAZINES

Barbara Van Orden
'Daeida' Magazine Feb. 2012

Barbara Van Orden featured in the February 2012 Issue of Daeida Magazine.

Copyright 2010 Barbara Van Orden