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"Actress, Comedienne and singer Marilyn Michaels' new book, How Not to Cook, for the Rest of Your Life is an ANTI-cookbook but gives you plenty of food for thought! Equal parts biography, and scrimp-n'-save philosophy, this laugh-out-loud rant, come with humorous revelations about her experiences working with Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ed Sullivan, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and a whole chapter devoted to working with Jule Styne on the National Company of Funny Girl, at the same time Streisand was doing it on Broadway. Of course it tells a lot about meeting up with Streisand and everything she learned from that encounter."

"Marilyn made her mark chosen by composer Jule Styne for the role of original Fannie Brice in the National Tour of Funny Girl. She also appeared on Broadway in Catskills on Broadway. Her numerous TV appearances included being the only female performer in the Emmy Award winning comedy series "The Kopykats"."

"Mark Wilk co-authored the children's book "A Dog Named Randall" along with writing several articles for the New York Times (with Ms. Michaels) and a new musical comedy, Alysha (lyrics and book) with music and book by Ms. Michaels. The book is now available on"

August 10, 2018
by BWW News Desk

Comedian dishes on that time she hit on Donald Trump"Classic comic Marilyn Michaels had a crush on Donald Trump, and may have sexually harassed him.

In her book "How Not To Cook for the Rest of Your Life" — which isn’t a cookbook, but full of food for thought on famous people — she recalls of Trump: "I always had a big crush on the Donald. He once sent a helicopter for me to go to Atlantic City for an event. I was hoping he'd pay attention to me, but really, he went for 'Miss Blonde World'-type models. To get his attention .?.?. when we took a photo together I grabbed his tush. Maybe that's reversal on the #MeToo movement, but I liked him! He was kind of hot then!"

August 4, 2018
By Ian Mohr

May 15, 2018
by Cindy Adams

"Please pay attention Commedienne Marilyn Michaels' anti-cookbook newie "How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your Life" is part scrimp-'n'-save philosophy, part stuff on working with Woody, Liza, Trump, Cosby, Streisand, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ed Sullivan, Orson Welles, Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher and a partridge in a pear tree. Available on"

"Hey laaaaadies - you weren't left out of Jerry Lewis' 90th birthday celebration, as a crosstown tabloid erroneously reported..." "Comedian Marilyn Michaels, who we're told was "hand-picked" by Lewis to perform, joined Jim Carrey, Richard Belzer and Jeff Rodd at the Friars Club bash celebrating the comedy legend. Yet according to a New York Post source, "not a single woman" feted the funnyman. Michaels wasn't the only woman onstage, either. "She brought along some lady characters with her, including Barbara Streisand, Diane Keaton, Dr. Ruth, Lily Tomlin, Liza (Minnelli), Liz Taylor and more." The video is on YouTube."

April 13, 2016

Marilyn Michaels

October 16th 3PM

Town Hall presents

Broadway Originals

Marilyn Michaels

The concert will feature “performers reprising songs they introduced either in the original
Broadway production or revival… And also boasts the talents of Yvonne Constant,
Daisy Eagan, Bob Stillman, Christopher Fitzgerald, Alexander Gemingnani and
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings

Produced by Scott and Barbara Seigel
Directed by Scott Coulter

August 5, 2011, 11:15 AM
The New York Times

Hello, Lauren! A Former Fanny Brice on the New 'Funny Girl' in Town


Left, Sara Krulwich/The New York Times; photo courtesy of Marilyn Michaels
Left, Lauren Ambrose in the 2009 Broadway production of "Exit the King"; right, Marilyn Michaels in the national company of "Funny Girl," around 1966.

In June the singer and comedian Marilyn Michaels wrote a guest Theater Talkback post for ArtsBeat about the challenges of casting the role of Fanny Brice in the musical "Funny Girl." (Barbra Streisand originated the part when the show opened on Broadway in 1964; Ms. Michaels played it in the original national touring company.) On Wednesday it was announced that Lauren Ambrose would play the role in the Ahmanson Theater revival in Los Angeles, which is expected to end up on Broadway. That left Ms. Michaels wondering: Has the right Fanny been found?

When the character of Fanny Brice speaks her first lines into the mirror, declaring "Hello, gorgeous," it registers as funny because she clearly is not pretty.

The words are self-deprecating and bittersweet, and while the audience is in on the joke, they immediately embrace Fanny for owning up to her limitations.

Coming from Lauren Ambrose, director Barlett Sher's official choice for the role of Fanny, that declaration may actually be true. With her wide blue eyes, button nose, cherubic face and red hair (quick, get the L'Oreal Chestnut Brown permanent color stay) this clearly is a very pretty girl. But is she Fanny?

She's definitely an accomplished actress (Shakespeare's heroines, "Six Feet Under") and she possesses a dynamic singing style. But it's a risky choice, casting-wise. As Fanny herself would say in her inimitable voice: "Gee vhiz, I'm a gawjus shiksa!"

There are still people alive who remember Fanny Brice. Her Yiddish expressions. The beady but twinkling eyes; the shnoz that didn't quite get "fixed" despite an archaic attempt at nasal reconstruction. In fact, her ugly duckling persona is precisely what made her so appealing.

Can this bold new gal be transformed into an authentic Yiddish dialect comedienne?

I agree, it's time for an update. Enough Barbra already. But when Barbra was chosen over such talented singer-comediennes as Carol Burnett, Eydie Gorme, Kaye Ballard and even the great Anne Bancroft, it was not just for her stunning talent and vocal prowess. The creative team of Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, Ray Stark and Jerome Robbins all knew the original Fanny; Stark was her son-in-law. Ms. Streisand was justifiably the closest and truest facsimile.

Mr. Sher has confessed that he expects to be crucified no matter whom he chooses so he's gone and plucked a most attractive plum. But Isobel Lennart's script has Fanny saying, " I'm a bagel on a plate full of onion rolls!" Ms. Ambrose does not even look to be a prune danish. She might be tasty, but is she Fanny?

True, Charlize Theron did play Aileen Wuornos and Nicole Kidman had a go at Virginia Woolf successfully. But that was on film. They say that the camera is unforgiving … but wait till they get to the New York critics!

I have a feeling we will soon be treated to Al Pacino as Abe Lincoln, and J. Lo as Elizabeth Taylor! What is the world coming to?

So as I sit here putting L'Oreal Chestnut Brown onto my presently graying roots — and Barbra Streisand, I imagine, dallies with her ducks in her man-made pond in Malibu — we, like other "Funny Girl" fans, eagerly await the metamorphosis of Lauren Ambrose. Even with enough artifice, does Ms. Ambrose have the technical and emotional know-how to make Fanny ring true?

Just in case, let's make sure that the special-effects genius who helped us suspend disbelief for the hobbits in "Lord of the Rings" is on hand.

June 30, 2011, 12:36 pm
The New York Times

Theater Talkback: A Stage 'Funny Girl' (Not That One) on Why the Role Is Hard to Cast


Courtesy of Marilyn Michaels
Marilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of "Funny Girl."
Marilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of Courtesy of Marilyn MichaelsMarilyn Michaels in the national touring company production of "Funny Girl." Over the summer, ArtsBeat is inviting members of the theater world to contribute to the weekly Theater Talkback column, alternating with the critics Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood.

This week, Marilyn Michaels, a singer and comedian known for her impersonations of Barbra Streisand and other celebrities, offers suggestions for the producers looking to cast the demanding role of Fanny Brice in the coming revival of "Funny Girl."

In 1965, when the composer Jule Styne ran up to me onstage at the Winter Garden Theater during auditions for the national company of "Funny Girl" and exclaimed, "You must do this part!," he saw qualities in me that any actress playing Fanny Brice must have to make the role believable.

Finding the right young singing-actress to play Fanny is a challenge precisely because she, unlike Mama Rose or Dolly Levi, is not one size fits all. You can't just slip any actress into it and delight in various interpretations. This is one role even Sutton Foster shouldn't play.

Fanny Brice was a comedienne who understood the Yiddish dialect. She got her start in burlesque, and created her character strongly based on her Jewish roots. Any actress playing her need not necessarily be Jewish, but must possess a genuine ear for Jewish cadences, along with the timing and ability to finesse the great comic scenes.

Barbra Streisand and I had a leg up in this respect: We both came from traditional Jewish homes, she from the bowels of Brooklyn, and me from a family steeped in Jewish theatrical tradition. In fact I grew up in the Yiddish theater, and the Catskills were my training ground. The dialects came naturally to both of us, as did our noses. Mine had already been altered, but once you're born with a honker, the "ugly duckling" feeling never completely leaves you. To play Fanny, it helps not to feel or look like Heidi Klum.

Vocally, Jule Styne wrote one of the toughest scores this side of "Evita." Whoever sings it has got to have the pipes, and the discipline to adhere to the melodies, without taking liberties and infusing it with the current fad embellishments or jazz riffs. As Jule would say, "Sing it as written and make sure to hit the last row in the balcony!" Barbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film Don Hogan Charles/The New York TimesBarbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film "Funny Girl" in 1968.

Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times
Barbra Streisand outside the Criterion Theater in New York for the opening of the film "Funny Girl" in 1968.
The girl who plays Fanny needs to possess an acting range that runs the gamut from impassioned teenager to a major star, wife and mother. Perhaps a young Meryl Streep would have done it justice. She even played an orthodox Jewish rabbi and made it convincing. But then again, Meryl would have required extensive vocal coaching. Tyne Daly or even Kirstie Alley can take a shot at playing Maria Callas, but with Fanny Brice, honesty is all. Playing Fanny is one thing, but "being" her is more important. It has to be organic.

People need to leave the theater after two and a half hours and say: "What a great time I had. I laughed, I cried. Then I laughed some more, and then I cried again! That girl was amazing, but now I'm out of Kleenex."

So who is on my list of contenders? Amy Winehouse (sober) might have had the goods. But she's less reliable than the rigging at "Spider-Man." Jackie Hoffman, who is an ace comedienne and can belt with the best of them, would have been perfect 20 years ago. Topping my list of contenders is Idina Menzel, who sings great, but can she handle the comedy? My first choice is Nina Arianda, who can handle the comedy, but can she sing it?

If all else fails, they might just have to bring in Harvey Fierstein, who is always game to play any part, male or female. But let's hope it doesn't come to that. Will the real Fanny Brice please stand up?

Marilyn Michaels and a portrait of Elizabeth Taylor

Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents Marilyn Michaels paintings and memories

This funny girl is serious about artwork

Marilyn Michaels to exhibit in Freehold
Who is Marilyn Michaels? It depends on whom you ask.

Fans of theater consider her a Broadway veteran, most famous for her role in the hit show "Catskills On Broadway" and as Fanny Brice in the national tour of "Funny Girl."

Others know Michaels as a recording artist, as her powerful vocals can be heard on albums such as "A Mother'sVoice" and "Wonderful At Last." Those who have seen her on television shows including "The Kopykats," "The Tonight Show" "Regis and Kathie Lee" and in Diet 7-UP commercials call her a comedian, thanks to her spot-on impressions of Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and other celebrities.

Yet few know Michaels as a painter, a craft she has been passionate about for much of her life.

"Art is a lifelong interest," says Michaels, who is a resident of both Freehold Township and New York City.

The fruits of that lifelong passion will now be displayed at "Marilyn Michaels: Paintings and Memories – A Multimedia Exhibit" at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County. The exhibit kicks off with a gala at 7:30 p.m., May 7, when guests can meet and talk to Michaels about her artwork, including oils, watercolors, pastels and sketches of famous celebrities, landscapes and abstracts. Also on display will be memorabilia from Michaels' musical family - her father was Metropolitan Opera basso Harold Sternberg and her mother was Second Avenue Yiddish Theater cantor Fraydele Oysher - as well as from Michaels' own career. Michaels' son, professional pianist Mark Wilk, will perform at the gala.

Michaels says her interest in art started because of an elementary school art teacher's encouragement.

"When I was 9 when the teacher asked us to do a design in chalk and I did it in blue and brown," says Michaels. "The teacher was really impressed with the color combination and she said 'this child has talent.' "

After receiving that praise, Michaels began experimenting with art, mastering sketches of all of the Disney characters by the time she was 14. But singing was also a passion of Michaels and when she began attending Fiorello LaGuardia High School, a prestigious arts school in New York, she chose her major as music. However, she soon realized that her visual art talents were her ticket to getting to the top of her class.

Written by,
Laura Martin
Asbury Park Press

As singer and artist, a fan of impressionism

Marilyn Michaels is best known for being something — or make that somebody — she isn't. As a singer and mimic, she's known for spot-on impressions of Dinah Shore, Diana Ross, Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Connie Francis, Eartha Kitt, and, perhaps most famously, Barbra Streisand.

But Michaels is also an award-winning entertainer whose own voice has a personality all its own. A quick check of YouTube turns up videos of her appearances alongside hosts as diverse as Ed Sullivan and Howard Stern, not to mention on TV shows like The Kopykats, The Love Boat, Regis and Kathie Lee, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and Hollywood Squares.

But in the privacy of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she considers herself a painter.

"Much of my work is influenced by impressionistic and expressionistic painting. I worship Monet and I worship the impressionists and post-impressionists, but I also worship the Dutch school and Rembrandt," she told NJ Jewish News in an April 7 phone interview.

A portion of that work will be on display in "Marilyn Michaels: Paintings and Memories," a multimedia exhibit at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County.

The artist herself will mingle and meet with guests at a gala reception opening the exhibit on Saturday evening, May 7, at the museum in Freehold, where Michaels owns a home with her husband, lifelong town resident Steven Portnoff.

Among the works on exhibit will be some of Michaels' celebrity portraits, including a debut.

"I was completely fascinated all of my life with Elizabeth Taylor," Michaels said of the Hollywood icon who died March 23. "Her looks. The way those features were planted on that face. What was she fed that we weren't fed? For the past week I have been doing an Elizabeth Taylor for this event. This is so major."

Also on display will be other oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, and sketches, from still-life to abstract art, as well as memorabilia from her life in show biz and her highly musical Jewish family.

Her uncle was famed Cantor Moishe Oysher, who doubled as a leading actor in Yiddish theater.

Michaels grew up on the Lower East Side and began drawing at the age of eight. A year earlier she began singing on stage at the Yiddish theater at the side of her mother, Fraydele Oysher. In her 2004 obituary, The New York Times remembered her as "one of the first women to sing cantorial music onstage."

"She didn't officiate in a synagogue because she was a woman," said Michaels. "They wouldn't let her do it. But she was a pioneer because she did it on stage."

Together, mother and daughter performed in Yiddish "on holidays, including Pesach, Easter, Christmas, and Hanukka. We would be let out of school, so my mother would take me to perform. They wanted me to have a normal childhood — but I'm still not normal."

At 15 Michaels soloed in a choir led by her father, Harold Sternberg, who was also trained as a cantor. He sang bass and performed at the Metropolitan Opera and appeared in three Broadway shows composed by George Gershwin.

Despite the rich Jewish heritage on both sides of her family, Michaels said, "we weren't religious. Here's why: We were in show business, and in show business, when do you make your money? On Shabbos. That Saturday matinee is packed.

"But Mama kept a kosher house. She would argue with the butcher that the lamb chops were no good and he would say, 'What can I do, lady? Creep into the meat?'"

Logically enough, Michaels attended the High School of Music and Art in New York, starting out in its music department. "But in my sophomore year we had to do math with musical theory," she said. So she combined her lack of mathematical skills with a portfolio she had drawn of Disney cartoon characters and convinced her teachers to let her become an art major.

Ask her if there is a Jewish influence on her work, and Michaels has an unexpected answer. "Jazz. The blacks and the Jews have got to be cousins," she said. "That is a strong influence on me. The whole jazz thing. Harold Arlen and George Gershwin and all the other Jewish guys wrote most of the stuff I perform."

Apart from Frank Sinatra, the singers who have inspired her — Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday — are African-American.

Michaels has a jazz-inflected CD now in development called Let There Be Night. Her latest release, Wonderful at Last, includes four tunes she wrote with her son, pianist and composer Mark Wilk, who will perform at the opening reception at the museum.

Michaels insists there is no competition between her painting and her performing. "Art is something you do by yourself. It is something you do alone. It is you and the canvas. You go into a zone.

"But when you are a performer you can't do it without your audience."

by Robert Wiener
NJJN Staff Writer
New Jersey Jewish News

Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents Marilyn Michaels paintings and memories

Marilyn Michaels Itinerary

October 16, 2011
Broadway Originals
June 8, 2011
NYC life Channel 25
May 15, 2011
Temple Or Elohim (Gala)
Jericho, NY
May 7, 2011
Jewish Museum of Monmouth County Gala Spring Event
(Multimedia Event, featuring Marilyn Michaels celebrity Art)
Jewish Museum of Monmouth County
April 27, 2011
Taping: PROFILES WNYCTV Questmedia
18 million homes New York and boroughs
April 12, 2011
Marilyn Michaels on All Night With Joey Reynolds
March 2011
Concert, South Florida
Wynmore Village Concert


Funny Lady Marilyn Michaels and her many characters guest hosting, Playing Favorites on Siriusly Sinatra - SIRIUS|XM Radio channel 75.

Queensborough Event

Vows on NY Times

"FOR Marilyn Michaels — comedian, impressionist, actress and latter-day vaudevillian — the prospect of marrying again at 65 seemed like the set-up for a Catskills gag about old age...."
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Marilyn Michaels with Cheri Oteri

Marilyn Michaels with Cheri Oteri from Saturday Night Live.



New York Post
Posted: 3:21 am
September 25, 2008
NY Post Article Author: Liz Smith

"... COMIC Marilyn Michaels weds Steven Portnoff on Oct. 5 here in New York, and the invite reads: "With Marilyn's intense dislike of travel, the palm tree on the upper left corner is the closest we will ever get to a honeymoon." It also specifies guest-wear: "Nothing from 'Project Runway.' "

When Hollywood Met Broadway: Great Songs From Stage and Screen, the 22nd Annual Gala Benefit Concert for The Drama League, was held on Monday, February 5 at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. Joanna Gleason and Jim Dale were hosts of the event, which was written by Stephen Cole, directed by Matt August with musical direction by Matthew Ward and choreography by Dan Knechtges.

Photo: Carolyn Contino/Talkin' Broadway

Marilyn Michaels
Marilyn Michaels

Marvelous Marilyn Michaels in 'From Broadway to Boca'

by Beau Higgins


Fresh from New York, Marilyn Michaels to Star in “From Broadway to Boca: An evening of comedy and music.”   

This will be a social Fundraiser to benefit Temple Beth Shira. 
  “The New Voice in West Boca”  Marilyn Michaels, the star of the award-winning Broadway hit, “Catskills on Broadway,” will be performing “From Broadway to Boca”, an evening of comedy and music Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the West Boca High School Theater, 12811 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33498.
  The one-night-only performance benefit stars one of the world's most beloved impressionists.

  Ms.  Michaels, fresh from the New York stand-up show “Comedy, Courage and Clonipin” brings her impressions, songs and humor, in a new program.  Marilyn Michaels "does"  Barbara Streisand, Joan Rivers, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, and about  fifty other characters in between.   Marilyn deals with issues of love, loss and reinventing herself as a single woman and performer.
  Recognized worldwide for her professional savvy, dimension and magnificent voice, Ms. Michaels is a multi-talented actor and comedienne who has received rave reviews nationwide.  She is the winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award. Considered by critics to be “ America’s premier woman of a thousand faces and voices,” Michaels has performed on stage in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, in concert at Town Hall in New York, and with national symphonies in Philadelphia and Long Island.  

Marilyn Michaels


The day has gotten away from me, but I didn’t want to leave before jotting you a quick not to say how much we enjoyed having you here. It was clear that the audience was with you and enjoyed you every bit of the way. Your material and the way you worked with Eddy was just perfect for this format— part “show”, part schmooze, part nostalgia, loads of laughs and a nosh.   Doing lunch with Marilyn Michaels?? —what’s not to like??! Come back soon ‘dahling.’

Fondly and with great appreciation,

 Wendy Sabin-Lasker
Director of Daytime Programming 
The Makor / Steinhardt Center
of the 92nd Street Y
35 West 67th Street
New York, New York 10023

Marilyn Michaels

Keeper Of The Flame

The Jewish Week
May 6, 2005

Marilyn Michaels can barely remember a time she wasn’t performing in public.

“In the past five years — in therapy — I realized I was one of those little prodigy-type persons,” she says with a warm laugh. “I was performing when I was 4 years old.”

Perhaps that was to be expected. Michaels, who is giving a Mothers’ Day concert on Sunday, is the daughter of Fraydele Oysher, a star of the Yiddish theater, and Harold Steinberg, a basso in the Metropolitan Opera choir, the niece of Moishe Oysher, a mega-star of the Yiddish theater and a famed cantor, and the grand-daughter of cantors on both sides of the family.

“It’s a strange and marvelous provenance,” the singer, comedian and impressionist says of her yichus. And it has led her to strange and wonderful places.

Like the New York public schools.

“My parents wanted me to be normal,” she says. “When I turned 7, my mother would tour and she’d leave me with my father and my bubbe. I would work with her Passover and Chanukah. She didn’t want me to interrupt my school.”

What Fraydele didn’t know was that show business was already interrupting Marilyn’s school quietly. “I was always fantasizing about being in a movie or a Broadway show,” she confesses.

How could she not be? She had only to look out the window to see where she wanted to be.

“I grew up on Second Avenue,” she says. “We lived on [East] Fourth Street and my bedroom faced the side of a theater.”

She remembers the Yiddish Great White Way fondly. “It was a very rich time, the tail end of the golden era,” Michaels says. “The Yiddish theater was all along Second Avenue and these were not little houses, they were 1,500-2,000 seat houses.”

Despite the cantorial riches in her family tree, Michaels admits, she wasn’t raised in an observant atmosphere exactly. “Here’s the thing about show people,” she explains: “My uncle’s a great cantor, but being show business we couldn’t be observant. We kept kosher, but you couldn’t afford to lose business on Friday and Saturday.”

The memory of those appreciative audiences must have been in the back of her mind when she began work on one of her latest projects, “The Oysher Heritage,” a CD featuring recordings of her famous uncle, her mother and her.

“When my uncle passed away [in 1958], my mother suddenly became obsessed with documenting and perpetuating Moishe,” she says. “Now I’m like the keeper of the flame and all I can think of is, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to perpetuate this incredible music, this heritage.”

She is passing it along, too. As you would expect from a mom whose idea of a proper Mothers’ Day is to give a concert, she has recorded a CD with her son Mark Wilk.

These days, with the Yiddish theater regrettably a distant memory (except for the Folksbiene and few other isolated survivors), Michaels is more likely to be playing a nightclub or turning up on television, although she also realized her childhood ambition, many times over, of playing on Broadway.

“There’s nothing like being on a Broadway stage, when the house is packed, it’s opening night and they go crazy,” she says. “It’s like a drug, it’s a thrill. You’re on Broadway! The downside is you have to do eight times a week.”

And it’s the same for every one of those performances. “That’s one of the reasons I love playing nightclubs,” Michaels says. “I’m very improvisational, I don’t like being hemmed in. I can just go off on a tangent. And you never know who’s going to be in the audience.”

With Michaels, you never know who’s going to be on the stage either. Her dead-on impressions run the gamut from Streisand (not surprising, since she starred in the national company of “Funny Girl”) to Jackie Mason, from Donna Summer to Bert Lahr.

She doesn’t even mind when an audience member requests someone she doesn’t do. “It all makes for comedy,” she says.

Northwood University Tribute To Marvin Hamlisch

Dear Marilyn,
Just a quick line to say THANK YOU! You were the proverbial "smash"! The Revue and your solo could not have been more wonderful....Thanks for bringing your special touch of humor, good nature and downright brilliance to the evening. You were great!

Nancy Barker
Northwood University

Mailyn and Burt Reynolds


The art of the deal
Neil Travis' New York

The barter system is cropping up everywhere these days, so why wouldn't Marilyn Michaels and Marvin Hamlisch trade their work rather than exchange checks?

When the composer visited the singer/comedienne's place, Hamlish had no idea that Michaels is an accomplished painter. He admired some of her work hanging on the apartment walls, and said he wanted to buy one of the paintings for his own home.

They haggled a bit, and in the end, she got his song. "A Mother's Voice" (with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman thrown in), and Hamlish has a new painting for his wall.

  by Cindy Adams



Singer Marilyn Michaels, looking to bond with her teenager, recorded Marvin Hamlisch and Alan and Marilyn Bergman's "A Mother's Voice' with her kid as guest artist. He first refused unless his pals were on , too. All 30 schoolkids now sing on this CD. What mums do to please children!?

Proceeds to Mother's Voices, the AIDS charity.


Many super-slim celebs would rather hear their tummies rumble than risk getting food in their teeth while hobnobbing with the likes of Ivanna Trump. "When I'm out with high profile women like her, the big sport is not so much sampling the food, but showing off what you're wearing," says comedienne Marilyn Michaels. "I can't eat in public. My lipstick is perfect and I want to keep it that way, so I'll pick at my food instead. It's afterwards when I get home that I really have to watch it. I'm a night eater-that's left over from my Las Vegas shows. These days I'll settle for rice cakes and once in a while, I'll have one or two cookies."

Michaels has a lot in common with fellow comedienne Joan Rivers, who confesses that she resists food temptations at charity events by eating at home earlier while having her hair done. The trick in passing up the goodies for Rivers is chomping on a pre-dinner half-sandwich and then later "feasting" on party salad.


It's no joke when comedienne Marilyn Michaels' lipstick gets smeared. That's why she makes it a rule never to eat in public.



Marilyn Michaels may be the only star I know who refuses to wear expensive clothing. "It's just not a priority. I hate to spend a lot of money on clothes," She admits, licking a tad of whipped cream from her lips- and suddenly looking like a little girl in her mother's hat. We've been talking about how the roles of wife/mother coexist. "Remember," she says, showing lots of profile in her deep black hat. "I may look like this for tea at the Plaza, but when I get home, the hat comes off, the Ylang Ylang jewelry comes off, the makeup comes off, and Mark's mommy is checking up to see that he's happy with his chicken McNuggets."

I went to see "Catskills on Broadway," en masse. This show at the Lunt Fontanne is phenomenal, and nobody in his/her right mind would want to miss it. You don't have to be Jewish to find it funny.

Love my old friend Marilyn Michaels doing her impressions and performing the entire "Wizard of Oz" in three minutes. (Her Billie Burke is masterful)




"Liz printed it when I got engaged and when I got married, and the second I had the baby, she printed it. She knows more about me than my mother. In fact, when my mother asked me about how my life was going, I said, 'Just call Liz'. We don't have to talk at all.



Julie Andrews once told singer-impressionist Marilyn Michaels, "now that you've done me, I know that I've arrived." But Michaels' dead-on imitation of an overinflecting, Brooklyn-accented Barbra Streisand (of which she does a bit in her Diet 7-Up commercials) was less warmly received by its subject. Reports Marilyn of their meeting: "Barbra said, 'I don't talk like that.' But when she said it she was talking exactly like that."


Marilyn Michaels rewrote the classic "Cinderella" for her Resorts International show. Cinderella is Monica Lewinsky, the wicked stepmother is Linda Tripp, the misguided prince is President Clinton," my only problem was the fairy godmother," Michaels told us, her solution: Dr. Ruth Westheimer.


Metropolitan Diary by Ron Alexander

The scene is the lobby of the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Michael Pollack, attending a performance of "Catskills on Broadway," overhears the following dialogue.

Woman 1: Did you know Marilyn Michaels isn't in the show anymore?

Woman 2: No! What do we do?

Woman 1: We go in. At intermission we'll ask for a refund