It was the party to be at, and to be seen at. Maria Venuti‘s book launch for A Whole Load Of Front.
Also falling on her actual birthday, March the 7th saw many young and old celebrities, politicians and wealthy socialites fill the famous corporate fat cat hang out, Machiavelli on Clarence Street in Sydney.
It was truly a celebration of the fabulous, vivacious and exuberant life of Maria Venuti – which is now all documented in an entertaining rollercoaster of emotion, struggle, fame and secrets which are out on the table for all to read.
Draped in leopard skin ruffles and with her best assets to the fore, Maria’s book took centre stage next to a massive cake designed exclusively for Maria by Planet Cake. ‘It’s a bushfire darling’ said Maria as she blew out the 70 candles.
The honorary Alan Jones began the proceedings, to an audience including the contender for NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, Marie Ficarra, Max Markson, Henri Szeps, Peter Everett, Glenn A Baker, the delightful actress Lorrae Desmond, gorgeous Melissa Hoyer and Mary Lopez.
Alan Jones talked up Maria’s humble beginnings as an Italian living in Australia before revealing the moment that changed Maria’s life forever. Stood up by her date and standing on a Kings Cross sidewalk, Maria was invited by the legendary Ron Roman to one of his smoky jazz lounges. One coffee later and Maria had landed the singing role she was destined for.
Maria laughed, cried and shrieked with delight as Alan broke into song, “I just met a girl called Maria!”
But there was a serious tone to the evening, as Alan goes onto say, “For years, Maria has entertained the world, bringing happiness to everyone. Tonight those same people, from the highest level of politics like Barry O’Farrell and Joe Hockey and entertainment, made it their business to salute Maria. It is rewarding for Maria but gratifying for everyone as they had a chance to pay a long overdue tribute to an Australian icon.”
Stay tuned for a review and excerpts from the book – I promise this will be one you’ll be hanging on for!