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CARTOON FABULOUS HOTTIE – Maria Venuti

November 22nd, 2010

CARTOON FABULOUS HOTTIE

Sensational Sydney socialite, singer, entertainer, movie actress, presenter and television personality with a FAB-ulous career spanning over 4 decades, famous for her role as Signora Gina Gilliotti in the cult TV series Fat Pizza, been honoured on This Is Your Life, is a tireless campaigner for charity and a Member of the Order of AustraliaMARIA VENUTI!

FUN FACTS: Maria Venuti celebrates a fabulous and eventful career with a book out next year telling the memoirs of her life – but in her down time loves nothing more then playing snooker, and is a champion on the table!

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Also check out the interview with Maria Venuti. Click HERE.

Maria Venuti – The Mother of Australian Entertainment

September 6th, 2010

Chances are you will hear Maria, before you see her. Then when you see her, you will instantly smile.

Maria Venuti is one of the most outrageously effervescent people I have ever met in my life!

From the giant light brown bouffant that sits on her head, the long eyelashes with diamantes, to the floor length Leopard print kaftan, Maria is one person you are instantly attracted to. Her enormous laugh and hilariousness is infectious – you are then trapped in Mama Venuti’s private little world where everything is about having fun and living life to the fullest.

She is a great Australian icon, performing for thousands of people for longer then most of us have been alive. Her Italian heritage brings out her eccentricity on stage.

Lets get to know this goddess as we are welcomed to the world of Maria Venuti…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’ve just finished filming a movie called ‘Bathing Frankie’ with Henri Szeps, young actor Shaun Goss and first time director, Owen Elliott and writen by the brilliant Michael Winchester.

I’m looking forward to my role in Frank Lotito’s ‘Big Mamma’s Boy’, filmed in Melbourne with Holly Valance in April.

There’s also my first CD in the mix!

I’d love you all to come and see my show at Kit & Kaboodle at The Sugarmill on Sunday night, 21st of March. I guarantee a night of great songs and a fun time!

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

Animal print!!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Too much to choose from. But if I have to, my crazy hats!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I have hanging over my fireplace an exotic papyrus of King Tut (Tutankhamen) I bargained for when I was doing concerts in the Sinai Desert with the pride of Australia – Rolf Harris.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Rome…ahh!! Bella Roma!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Be true to yourself… please.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Come and see me – let’s talk!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I can’t make up my mind between Lady GaGa Or Sophia Loren.

How did you get into a life of performing?

Totally by chance. I’m not a person who plans. Live for today and let life surprise me tomorrow.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Animal print.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Always… just-a-be-a-yourself-Maria. Honest, considerate and passionate.

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I love my charity work – it is fulfilling and everything I’m involved with is close to my heart. Like The Variety Children’s Charity, The Cornucopia Committee – raising $’s for the support of abused children. Humpty Dumpty – supporting children’s hospitals. The Australian Ladies Variety Association, it’s a show-business charity that does marvelous work.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Relax?!?! What does that word mean?!! If and when I do, and I’m in the city, my favourite place to take time out is a beautiful small park right next to The Park Hyatt. There are six date palms there and the lorikeets fly around enjoying incessantly chatting and the views are spectacular.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out often and cook often. I adore both!

I savour all the different types of foods and experiencing the flavours Sydney’s world class restaurants. My favourite of all is to entertain with dinner parties at home with friends, family, candles and a beautiful interesting theme.

Signature dish?

My daughter Bianca and I were recently in the historic town of Italy’s Peruggia for cooking classes. At the moment I’m loving this very simple dish that Andrea just ‘whipped up’. Veal steak, prosciutto and sage. Hold them together with a large wooden pick, place into very hot extra virgin olive oil for only two minutes and serve with a side of vegetables. I love steamed beans with a combo of oil, mint, garlic – ‘piacere’.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Basically I have my own crazy style, sometimes in the best dressed list, more often then not in ‘the worst dressed list’. But I hope never boring!!!

I design a lot of my own showbiz and social fashions… Oh!! Australian fashion is up there with the best in the world although the budgets are very different, but our fashions are hot and NOW!!!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My eyelashes!!

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

On the Anzac Bridge, the speed limits go from 60 to 40 to 50! Cross City tunnel – 80 to 40!! That’s the problem! The change of speed limits in a few hundred meters! That really frustrates me!

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Circular Quay railway station and Cahill Expressway! Its hideous and the facade is just an eye sore.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

North Bondi gently surfing with friends, then off to North Bondi Italian for lunch and then call into Camilla’s for a new kaftan!!

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Brangelina’s – to find out what’s really going on!

Three pet hates?

Bullshit.

Hypocrisy.

No manners.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Animal print… For fashion and home!

I’ve been in that jungle forever…

What is your one diva demand when performing?

All my stage costumes are ‘boned to oblivion’. So I once employed a very strong young Darling to do my hooks and eyes up before I went on stage. Ooooooo!

What a women! Don’t forget to see this icon perform on the 21st of March at Kit & Kaboodle.

Visit www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=35060&ref=moshtix for tickets. Dinner and Show options available.

Kathryn Eisman – The Complete Package

May 10th, 2010

Kathryn Eisman, the stunning and successful women who has achieved more then what some of us dream of.

She is the youngest Australian to get a three book deal, she has interviewed some of the world’s most famous like Bono, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney and US Presidents. Not only that, Kathryn is an award winning author, NBC Journalist, has a magazine column, has appeared on most major television networks and SISTER2sister ambassador, she is definately one busy women. Based in the USA, he career is growing larger day by day.

A sweet and glamorous girl, I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to interview her and feature her on AdrianErdedi.com, get to know Kathryn in this unreal and open interview…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am writing a monthly relationship column for CLEO magazine, which is an absolute delight! Any man troubles my girl friends are having end up on the page in all their honest and gory glory.

I also just shot a 6 part TV series for The Style Channel here in LA.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I am a magazine junkie! And have a real problem throwing them out… which means I have about half a dozen ordered piles of Mags around my apartment just in case I need to reference a shoot or article from a year ago. Of course I never do!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I am pretty obsessed with my new Perrin Paris Riva Ball bag. I recently launched my book, How To Tell a Woman By Her Handbag in the US at their store and picked them because they are so avant-garde, yet so luxurious and Parisian chic.

And there’s nothing more fun than sitting around with my bunch of girlfriends reading from my latest book- discovering what out true Purse-onalities are! It’s frighteningly accurate! Click here to buy the book.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My book shelf. When I’m a little tired from writing (and to be honest a little delirious too) I pop onto Amazon and bulk buy books. It gives me almost as much of a thrill as actually reading them. And my book shelf at home houses all of these treasures.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m a pretty healthy eater and lately I’ve become sort of hooked on frozen yogurt. i kid myself that it’s a “health food”- but it tastes so good especially which yogurt chips and berries on top. I have a real sweet tooth, so this is a weakness for me…a fabulous weakness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Sleep. When I worked as a news reporter for NBC in New York for 4 years I was on their early morning news show, which meant 3am start times. I’d often do the 11pm news as well and about once a week I’d cover an event, come back to Rockefeller studio and write and edit the story and then appear that morning live behind the desk. Then I’d head off to shoot a new story that very day. After years surviving on 4 hrs a night I now try to get at least 8 hrs of sleep. Very lucky!

Greatest lesson learnt?

To have compassion for those people who are struggling a little and offer them a helping hand. No matter what business you’re in, achieving success is never easy and if you see someone who could really benefit from your assistance or advice, give it to them! There is enough success to go around.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

If you want to be a TV reporter do it because you love to tell stories, meet different people, learn about different different walks of life and get a thrill out of working with short deadlines and in a highly stressed environment. Don’t do it because you want to be famous and get your hair and make up done. 95% of the work you do is behind the scenes so you’ve got to be motivated by something other than vanity.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Gwyneth Paltrow has a good combination of chic and edgy right about now.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I started modelling at 17 and continued doing that while I completed my degree at UTS, studying communications journalism. At the same time I wrote my first book, “How to tell a Man by His Shoes”. That book became a bestseller and I flew to New York to do a book tour. While I was appearing as a guest on NBC’s Today in New York there was such a positive response from viewers that they asked me to come back time and time again. After a while they created a position for me.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mix it up. I adore antiques next to mid-century furniture next to contemporary art. Eclectic is always more interesting that “themed” looks.

My Mother/Father always told me…

“You have nothing to fear but fear itself”

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I’m a proud ambassador for SISTER2sister, and a former Big sister. It’s an incredible charity that mentors teenage girls from “at risk” backgrounds.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Bondi Beach- doing the Bondi to Bronte walk with my father.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out about 6 nights a week- but sometimes go to the same restaurant so much it feels like home. My fave places in LA in my hood at Chateau Marmont and Soho House (I can walk to both in no time).

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Australian fashion has a freedom to it – both in its lack of structure, it’s playful fabrics and vibrant colours. It doesn’t take itself too seriously… instead it’s all about clothes designed to live a happy life in. They make you want to take a walk in the sunshine, go dancing.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone…Yep, I’m one of  THOSE people.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

I think it’s crazy how expensive the property market is.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Favourite beach in Sydney and why? Bondi…because I always bump into friends there and it makes me feel like I’m home.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

It would have to be Brangalina…I’m curious to see how one takes care of 50 children, flies around the world, stars in films and looks good all at once. There must be a secret and I’d like to discover what it is.

Three pet hates?

1. People who try to make others feel small.

2. I think we could all be a little more generous with our praise.

3. Start celebrating other’s success instead of resenting it.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A leather jacket- you can practically wear it with everything.

A copy of my latest book, “How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag”. You can purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/How-Tell-Woman-Her-Handbag/dp/1921382090

What is your one diva demand?

Massages…I could be massaged for 3 hrs a day and be very happy!

www.kathryneisman.com