Time to draw a line against some celebs

The Houston Chronicle – Monday 2 STAR EDITION
MAXINE MESINGER

I’VE had a bone to pick with an element of Hollywood and its so-called big stars for a long time, and a story in Thursday’s Chronicle got me to the point that I’m going to address it today. Clint Eastwood is coming to town to direct and star in “Space Cowboys,” shooting at NASA, and the Chronicle story made it clear that he wants nothing to do with Houstonians. That includes the media, which, including me, have given him fame and fortune over the years. I mean, where would he and his movies be if newspapers, television, magazines, etc. ignored his work after it was completed? If we all banded together and ignored those who ignore us, I think it would be a different story. In the Thursday story, Eastwood also made it clear he’ll be here to work – only. The media works, too. Every day of the week. As for me, from now on I plan to work only with those who have a little respect for me and my colleagues. And there are many of them. Big stars, too, who have made my career, and my social life, a joy forever. . . .

University of Texas law and business student Michael Mithoff and Melissa Mafrige, a pharmaceutical sales rep, are engaged, and wedding plans are forthcoming. Her parents are attorney Steve and Carolyn Mafrige; the groom’s parents are attorney Richard and Ginni Mithoff. The Mithoffs are planning an announcement party Sept. 24 in their River Oaks swankienda on Lazy Lane. FYI: The 1999 Heroes for Children gala, “A Knight to Remember,” will be Oct. 23 at the Westin Galleria and will honor “several of Houston’s most gallant heroes for children,” including Ginni Mithoff, Exxon and the Swalm Foundation. Vanessa Sendukas and Kelli Fondren are co-chairing it. For entertainment, Eclipse will be on the bandstand, and the Gypsies, a band of strolling minstrels, also will make music. For information and tickets, call Child Advocates at 713-529-1396. . . .

Incidentally, Gregory Patrick’s company, Tours of Enchantment, caught the eye of NBC News in New York, and it sent a crew down here to interview some of his clients about his incredible dream trips. Last spring he donated one of his trips – for six to Scotland, including a stay in a castle, golf and pheasant hunting – to a Child Advocates auction at the Houston Polo Grounds. Waste Management owner Jack E. Drury bought it for $ 74,000. . . . Houston actor Chad Brannon has landed a guest-starring role in the Paxnet television series, “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” which will film in Los Angeles. He’ll be playing opposite its star, Stacy Keach. Brannon is a client of Houston talent agency Pastorini-Bosby. . . .

Former Houston actress Allison Marich, who now calls Los Angeles home, has been working this summer in the California Shakespeare Festival and recently wound up the role of Portia in “The Merchant of Venice.” After that she went right into “King Lear,” playing Lear’s daughter Regan. Her dad, Bob Marich, flew out for the opening. Her mom, Marietta Marich, went out for the “Merchant of Venice” opening. The two of them are actors, and at one time operated the now-shuttered Houston Theater Center and produced its shows, as well as appearing in some of them. . . . Is Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis a man of many talents? We might find out sooner than we think. Theater Under The Stars’ bossman Frank Young had lunch last week with the Theater District’s exec director, Barry Mandel, at Lewis’ restaurant, Cafe Noir. Young hopes to snare Lewis for a lead role in a play he’s planning next season for TUTS. . . . Houston artist Marlene Cohen is back in town after her successful monthlong solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene; a crowd of more than 1,000 viewed her works. . . .

Copyright 1999 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company

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