Backstage at the Emmys

Everyone clapped when Jaclyn Smith came backstage looking like a billion bucks. It’s as if she is untouched by time. She talked about how great it was to be back on stage with Farrah and Kate and they all do keep in touch. The three women were so eloquent on stage during the Aaron Spelling tribute that you kinda forgot about all the sniping between Tori and Candy. Smith, the only one of the three Angels to come backstage and talk to the press was about as gracious and classy as they come…Something that could NOT be said of Joan Collins.

Alexis Carrington herself floated in after Smith stepped down and before anyone could ask a question, she immediately started plugging her new play, “Legends” which she’s going to tour with Linda Evans. She went on, ad nauseum, and mentioned that she had just flown in for the Spelling tribute and was taking the red-eye out after the show. What a trouper! To her self-absorbed credit, Collins did also say: “Aaron was a great friend and a great producer and somebody I cared about very much and really admired.” Then she found a way to get back to the bloody play: “Of course I remember the fight scenes (on “Dynasty”) very much with Linda and we are resurrecting that in the play. I hope I don’t get too black and blue.”

Much more humble was Blythe Danner, who won her second best supporting actress Emmy in a row fior the now-cancelled Showtime series “Huff.”
“I’m absolutely floored, I didn’t expect it. I thought Jean Smart or Candice (Bergen). It’s not going to happen, we’re cancelled! It’s a nice way to say goodbye, it’s bittersweet.”
Danner says of daughter Gwyneth Paltrow: “She’s an incredible mother, she’s handling it so well…she’s very sweet and she’s very strong with them abnd she’s consistent. I wasn’t always very consistent.” She grew emotional when asked about her late husband, producer-director Bruce Paltrow: ‘This belongs to you,” she said as she hoisted her Emmy up. “He’s very missed and this does belong to him.”

Tony Shaloub, who won best actor in a comedy series said backstage: “Last year i was shocked, this year i was semi-comotose. i just couldn’t process it. I’d like to feel good but I feel too numb. I was just convinced that it was going in another direction. (He thought it was going to Steve Carell). He says “I’m much bigger worrier than my character is.”

Barry Manilow had a busy night between singing during a Dick Clark tribute to beating out a list of heavy hitters to win the best individual performance in a musical or variety program. “It’s the biggest shock I’ve ever had,” the singer said backstage. “The critics have put me down…but I like “Weekend in New England!” He cried and hugged Clark on stage during the tribute and later said of Clark’s condition after a stroke: “When one of those things hits, they stop you. He’s a real trooper.”

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