31 Aug

Twelve Questions with David Hartnell

David Hartnell

Reality shows are like an ice block, says David Hartnell. ‘Once the colour has been sucked out you are left with a block of ice.’ Photo / Paul Estcourt

The boy with the state-house upbringing who became a makeup artist and gossip columnist to the stars has worked for 40 years in the entertainment industry and has no plans to retire. ‘People who retire don’t like their work. I love my work.’ He lives in Auckland with his partner of 20 years

What place has gossip in our media and society? Is it like expensive vices – best consumed rarely and only in small doses?

I’ve always believed gossip is like raw fish – it becomes less valuable with age. I’m happy to say that the public has a voracious appetite for celebrity gossip. But I truly believe that gossip, whether celebrity or not, is the oil of all human society. Read More

10 Aug

Dame Edna arrives in Auckland for farewell tour

Dame Edna arrives in Auckland for farewell tour

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse and Dame Edna’s long-time friend, gossip columnist David Hartnell, accompany the Dame to the Auckland Town Hall reception.

Purple-rinsed Australian “giga-star” Dame Edna Everage touched down in Auckland today for the start of her farewell New Zealand tour.

A glittering and bejeweled Dame Edna, the alter ego of Barry Humphries, enthusiastically greeted city representatives and media at the Town Hall, saying she was delighted to be back in the country.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse and Dame Edna’s long-time friend, gossip columnist David Hartnell, were among the gathered group.

The famous housewife will perform six shows at Auckland’s Civic Theatre as part of her show Eat Pray Laugh! – her final show before retiring from touring.

Removing a purple jacket to reveal a “faux Chanel” hot pink top, matched with black skirt and high heels, Dame Edna said she had a special connection to New Zealand, which she described as beautiful and special.

When asked by deputy mayor Penny Hulse if she had any advice about how to improve Auckland, she said it should embrace its individuality.
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08 Aug

Could They Somehow be Related?

Derek Jacobi And David Hartnell

Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE is an English actor and film director.
David Hartnell, MNZM is NZ’s No.1 Hollywood gossip columnist.
Both theatrical, both gay, both awarded for their services…
Both with the same hairdresser?
Or is Derek another of David’s long-lost half-brothers?

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