On The Avenue

90 is the New 50!

by Michael Gross Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMc
Monday, January 8, 2018

Veterans of the newspaper, magazine, design and plastic surgery worlds gathering en masse at Michael’s for a Sunday champagne brunch celebrating former AVENUE editor Joan Kron‘s 90th birthday and the digital and video-on-demand release of her award-winning documentary, Take my nose…please!

Kron has been a writer and editor for an all-star lineup of publications, beginning at Philadelphia magazine and moving through New York, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, AVENUE  (where she was editor-in-chief from 1986 to 1990) and Allure, where she spent almost a quarter-century as a Contributing Editor.  

Among the notables gnawing bacon and frittata, sausage and smoked salmon and cream cheese on bagels, and fruit and birthday cake were Mario Buatta, Mark David Epstein, Suzanne Slesin, Nancy Newhouse, Nancy Novogrod, Linda Wells, Teri Agins, Jerry della Femina and Judy Licht, Glenn Horowitz and Tracy Jackson, MoMA curator Paola AntonelliSheila Nevins, Judy Bachrach, Bina and Walter Bernard , Louise and George Beylerian,  Gina Chiu, Jamie De Roy, Dr. Roy Geronemus , Cathy Hardwick, Janet Kardon, Fern Mallis, Grant McCracken, Sheila Nevins, Virginia Postrel, Susan Roy, Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg , and Shirley Young –plus Joan’s children, grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Guests were greeted by a Joan Rivers look alike (the real Rivers appears in Joan’s film).  Bill Scheft, former writer for David Letterman and a cousin of Joan’s, led off a series of heartfelt and hilarious toasts including this tribute to Joan’s 25-year span covering plastic surgery for Allure magazine: “Michael’s has dedicated the menu to Joan.  You have your choice of entrée: Breast Augmentation of Chicken, Beef Implants, and Pasta Primavera-Plasty.”

This was followed by tributes by friends and fellow journalists and comedian Julie Halston, who also appears in the film,  performed a stand-up routine which included a reading from Joan Crawford’s autography and wisecracks including, ““Everyone woman should have a face lift.  It’s as expensive as a car, but I live in New York.  I don’t need a car, I need a face!”

“Take My Nose Please,”  a history of comedians and plastic surgery, won the audience award at the Miami Film Festival and the Berkshire International Film Festival.  Distributed by The Orchard, it is widely available, beginning tomorrowJanuary  9th, Kron’s actual Birthday, on ITunes, Amazon, and  Fandango as well as most cable and satellite TV platforms.

In her own remarks, Kron noted that creativity keeps one young.  So, apparently, does work.  Now calling herself a filmmaker, she is already at work on her second one.  


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