The View from the AVENUE, part 2

Thursday, April 21, 2011

From the pages of AVENUE’s April issue…

One thing all New Yorkers can agree on is that our city is the center of the universe. So when it comes to the old N.Y.C. versus L.A. debate, there’s really no argument at all—except when it comes to Hollywood. New York has been exporting some of the biggest names in television and film to Tinseltown for generations. In fact, the current running east to west and back again across the country is so strong, it’s formed a New York-Hollywood axis. Here, some of the bold-faced names that have made the pilgrimage.

Tea Leoni attended The Brearley School and future husband David Duchovny went to its brother school, Collegiate, though the two didn’t meet until after they had both moved out to L.A.

A portrait of Eva Amurri photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe in 1988 is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection.

Anne Bancroft acted under the name “Anne Marno” early in her career, but it was deemed “too ethnic” when she went to Hollywood.

Steve Buscemi was a New York City firefighter from 1980 to 1984 with Engine Company #55 in Little Italy. After 9/11, he returned to his old firehouse to volunteer, working 12-hour shifts for a week—anonymously.




Uma Thurman’s father, Robert Thurman, the first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, named his daughter after Dbuma Chenpo, which in Tibetan means “Great Middle Way.” The names of her three brothers—Ganden, Dechen and Mipam—are taken from Buddhist mythology and the 14th Dalai Lama is a frequent family guest.

A true New Yorker, Spike Lee never learned how to drive.


R.I.P. Mario Buatta, 1935-2018

The Prince of Chintz has died after a life of loveliness and laughter.

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