Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I movie and best friends

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Pippi, you're the best.     
Hello 'Pussy' it's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Pippi Longstocking: 

During the summer of 2013, you mused about whether President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would meet you at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that fall. “If so, will he become my new best friend?” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter.
Mr. Putin did not make it, but the beauty competition in Moscow brought your family into partnership with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russia, and his father, Aras — a duo that develops major real estate projects in Russia and appears friendly with the Kremlin.


Should I remain in bed, leave my country or fight against the dragon?

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' Betty MacDonald: Nothing more to say ' )
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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to share very interesting info on ' Betty MacDonald and the movie The Egg and I '.

Betty MacDonald fan club exhibition will be fascinating with the international book editions and letters by Betty MacDonald.

A Betty MacDonald fan club fan told me that Betty MacDonald wasn't crazy about the movie The Egg and I.

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Is this true and what do you think of the The Egg and I movie and the Ma and Pa Kettle sequels?

That's a great photo. You can see Betty MacDonald - and our Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck!



Betty MacDonald fan club fans are especially fond of egg cookbooks and of celebrity recipes.  The Favorite Egg Recipes of Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray was published in a booklet form by the National Egg Board as an advertising compliment to their movie, "The Egg and I." 

In 1947, Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray stared in "The Egg and I." The movie was based on Betty MacDonald's book of the same name. It was a wildly popular account of her life as a young bride on a chicken farm. When I say The Egg and I was a popular book, I mean that in less than a year it sold a million copies! The film rights were quickly sold and in 1947 the book became a movie with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray.

In addition to Colbert and MacMurray, the film co-stared Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as Ma and Pa Kettle. (The co-stars have nothing to do with egg recipes, but I am a huge fan of Ma and Pa Kettle) Main was nominated for an Academy Award for best Supporting Actress but she lost to Celeste Holm in "Gentleman's Agreement." (It is so hard to win for comedy!) After all the publicity, practically everyone involved with the book was sued.  According to the folks down on the farm, old Mrs. MacDonald portrayed them negatively and they wanted monetary gains for being made to look foolish! And they did indeed get paid, but enough about them.

The Favorite Egg Recipes of Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray features introductions by the two stars, a recipe from each bearing their names, and a handful of additional egg recipes. What do they say about the egg?

According to Colbert: "The egg is really one of the greatest boons to womankind, ranking with the sewing machine, the electric washer, the permanent wave and the right to vote."
According to MacMurray:
"The egg, for my money, is the best friend of any man ever trapped in the kitchen."
I love eggs as much as the next person, but I am not sure I would equate them with voting rights.  What a difference seventy years makes. Well we are still eating eggs, still voting, and still drinking. Of course, today we are drinking alcohol. In 1947 such drinking, especially endorsed by the family friendly National Egg Board, was frowned upon. Here is an eggy julep for you, in the truest sense of a sweet, flavored drink, as opposed to the kind that most often feature a good shot of bourbon.
Egg and I Julep
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups orange juice, strained
1/3 cup lemon juice, strained
Crushed ice, club soda

Blend eggs, sugar and salt. Add fruit juices. Shake or beat until sugar is dissolved. pour over finely cracked ice to fill tall glasses 1/2 full. Add club soda slowly. Stir. 
Serve promptly.

Feel free to add a big ol' glug of bourbon

I can't wait to see the new Betty MacDonald documentary.

Take care, 



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How a Pageant Led to a Trump Son’s Meeting With a Russian Lawyer

Gabriela Isler of Venezuela with Emin Agalarov, left, and Donald J. Trump after she was crowned Miss Universe in November 2013. Credit Dmitriy Lekay/Kommersant Photo, via Getty Images

During the summer of 2013, Donald J. Trump mused about whether President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia would meet him at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that fall. “If so, will he become my new best friend?” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter.
Mr. Putin did not make it, but the beauty competition in Moscow brought the Trump family into partnership with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russia, and his father, Aras — a duo that develops major real estate projects in Russia and appears friendly with the Kremlin.
Since then, Emin Agalarov has repeatedly boasted of maintaining a warm relationship with Mr. Trump. And a publicist for the younger Agalarov said on Monday that it was his client who requested that Donald Trump Jr. speak with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the presidential campaign, a meeting first reported by The New York Times.
Donald Trump Jr. — who followed through with that meeting last June, along with Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul J. Manafort, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner — said the lawyer promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton but failed to deliver, and quickly switched to a contentious issue involving United States-Russia relations.

The publicist, Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and the president of a marketing company called Oui 2 Entertainment, has worked with Emin Agalarov, and was involved with the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Mr. Goldstone said he helped to arrange and attended the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Rob Goldstone, a former British tabloid journalist and the president of a marketing company called Oui 2 Entertainment who has worked with the Miss Universe pageant, requested that Donald J. Trump Jr. meet with the lawyer connected to the Kremlin.

The Agalarovs, who did not respond to an email seeking comment, are originally from Azerbaijan, but now run the Crocus Group, a large real estate development company in Russia. Shortly before the Miss Universe pageant in November 2013, Mr. Putin presented Aras Agalarov with the Order of Honor, one of Russia’s highest civilian awards. Several years earlier, the Crocus Group was selected to build the Far Eastern Federal University near Vladivostok.

Mr. Trump, an owner of the Miss Universe pageant at the time, chose the Agalarovs to host the beauty competition in 2013 in Moscow, and discussed collaborating with them on a tower in Moscow. He also appeared in one of Emin Agalarov’s music videos, which featured pageant contestants.
The pageant took place at a Crocus Group complex, and it put Mr. Trump in contact with influential people in Russia, as he explained in a September 2015 interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

“I called it my weekend in Moscow,” said Mr. Trump, who had announced his candidacy for president a few months earlier. He added: “I was with the top-level people, both oligarchs and generals, and top-of-the-government people. I can’t go further than that, but I will tell you that I met the top people, and the relationship was extraordinary.”
Aras Agalarov told The Washington Post last year that Mr. Putin was planning to meet with Mr. Trump during his visit to Moscow, but had to cancel at the last minute because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, he said, the Agalarovs passed along a friendly note from Mr. Putin and a traditional Russian box as a gift.

Shortly before the Miss Universe pageant, President Vladmir V. Putin of Russia presented Aras Agalarov, a developer, with the Order of Honor, one of the country’s highest civilian awards. Credit Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Emin Agalarov, who is known for being accompanied by beautiful women, and was once married to the daughter of the president of Azerbaijan, has said his relationship with Mr. Trump began when he requested that Olivia Culpo, the 2012 Miss Universe, star in a music video he was making for a song called “Amor.”
In January 2013, the Agalarovs traveled to Las Vegas to meet with Mr. Trump. The Miss USA pageant was being held there, and at the end of the competition, Mr. Trump announced that the Agalarovs would host the Miss Universe competition in Moscow later that year.
While in Russia, some of the contestants were required to film scenes for the “Amor” video, among them Erin Brady, that year’s Miss USA winner. During an interview earlier this year, Ms. Brady said that the women weren’t paid for the work and that it was seen as a requirement.
The pop star made an impression.
“If you think of a traditional Russian person, they’re like serious,” Ms. Brady said. “He was laughing and much more outgoing. He made everyone feel very welcome.”

She added: “He was excited that all of these women from all over the world were part of his production.”
During his time in Moscow, Mr. Trump also found time to film a scene for the video.
There also was discussion of development deals — and introductions to other well-connected Russians.
During the visit, the Agalarovs and Herman Gref — a former Russian economy minister who serves as the chief executive of the state-controlled Sberbank PJSC — hosted a dinner for Mr. Trump on the night of the pageant, according to Bloomberg News.

Phil Ruffin, Mr. Trump’s partner at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, who flew to Moscow for the competition, said he and Mr. Trump had lunch with the Agalarovs at the Ritz-Carlton.
Hope for a deal with the Agalarovs came after many failed attempts by the Trumps to break into the real estate market in Russia dating back to the late 1980s.
Donald Trump Jr., speaking at a Manhattan real estate conference in 2008, told the audience he had been to Russia a half-dozen times over an 18-month period. “I really prefer Moscow over all cities in the world,” he said, according to eTurboNews. But he acknowledged that the Russian market was challenging, with “an issue of ‘Will I ever see my money back out of that deal or can I actually trust the person I am doing the deal with?’ ”
But after the Miss Universe weekend, his father sounded optimistic and grateful to the Agalarovs.
“I had a great weekend with you and your family,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!”
Emin Agalarov told Forbes in March that plans for the joint project came to an end when Mr. Trump ran for office, but that the president has maintained contact with the family. He added that President Trump sent the Agalarovs a handwritten note after his election win.

“Now that he ran and was elected, he does not forget his friends,” he told the magazine.
Emin Agalarov also said he exchanged messages with Donald Trump Jr. as recently as January.
After Mr. Trump’s victory in November, Emin Agalarov posted a photo of himself, his father, and Mr. Trump on Instagram with the message, “The sky is the limit! Congratulations Mr. President.”
The Miss Universe pageant has been the subject of particular intrigue for months, given the federal investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential election, and the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials — a claim that the president and his associates have denied.
Donald Trump Jr. said in a statement on Sunday that Ms. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, did not provide any information of value about Mrs. Clinton, his father’s opponent in last year’s election, during the June 2016 meeting. He said the conversation soon turned to the adoption of Russian children, and an American law called the Magnitsky Act, which blacklists those suspected of human rights abuses in Russia.
“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent... went nowhere but had to listen,” he said Monday on Twitter.