Gwyneth Paltrow glows on the red carpet in Chicago
By Bill Zwecker
June 16, 2013 10:11PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:05AM
G wyneth Paltrow, recently named People magazine’s 2013 Most Beautiful Woman, certainly lived up to her title Saturday night. As the star hit the red carpet to be honored by the Gene Siskel Film Center with the Renaissance Award for career achievement at its “Summer Soiree,” the film critic’s widow, Marlene Iglitzen — herself a stunning beauty — quipped, “One thing for sure. None of us wants to stand next to her!”
On a more poignant note, Iglitzen said she and son Will Siskel had gone back to read Gene’s reviews of Paltrow over the years. “One of Gene’s last reviews, written in December 1998, was for ‘Shakepeare in Love.’ He loved the film and he loved Gwyneth in it,” said Iglitzen. For that performance, of course, Paltrow went on to win the best actress Oscar on March 21, 1999 — a month and a day after Gene Siskel’s death.
† Paltrow is a frequent Chicago visitor both to make films (“Proof,” “Contagion”) and to visit her high school best pal Julia Van Nice — and in fact lunched at RL before the gala with Van Nice and her daughter, who is Paltrow’s goddaughter.
The actress joked about being “always happy to visit this great city when it’s not freezing!”
† Informed on Saturday’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel red carpet about Kim Kardashian’s baby daughter with Kanye West, Paltrow diplomatically declined to give parenting advice to the new mom and dad. “They are very smart people. They will figure it out.”But on the eve of Father’s Day, she did tell this column the best advice her late father, director
Bruce Paltrow, gave her. “He told me that parenting will change as your children grow up. It will evolve more into becoming a friend to your children. … Now that I see my own kids getting older, I can see how that is true.”
† After dinner, Paltrow participated in a Q&A with longtime friend and veteran interviewer Amanda De Cadenet (“The Conversation”), during which she revealed that when asked to appear on “Glee” she was living in England and unaware of the Fox show’s popularity. She had agreed to appear simply because show creator Ryan Murphy was a good pal. Though she loved the script for her “Glee” episode, she said the grueling, 14-hour days were tough — especially when Murphy would spontaneously suggest she play the guitar to accompany a number, in the midst of complicated dance rehearsals.
THAT KIMYE KID: By now, you know Kim Kardashian delivered her and Kanye West’s baby daughter five weeks early on Saturday, but I’ve learned who she called after going into labor Friday night. It went like this: No. 1 was Kanye, her E! network reality show producers were second — and mom Kris Jenner was third!
† Reports have the little girl, who weighed in healthy but under five pounds, looking a lot like Kardashian. While no name has yet been announced, E! News reports, “It will start with a K.”
LITTLE HAWKS: Some “onesies” being sold at Vanessa Rodriguez’s BabyDoll’s boutique, 3727 N. Southport, are flying out of the Lake View store faster than the slapshots in the Blackhawks-Bruins’ Stanley Cup games.A bunch of Hawks spouses, including
Patrick Sharp’s wife Abby, have scooped up the tiny outfits from Rodriguez’s “Pink and Blue” line — emblazoned with “Forget The Sippy Cup, I Want a Stanley Cup,” or the somewhat edgier “What The Puck, We Want The Stanley Cup.”
ON HIS TOES: Fans of former “Dancing With the Stars” pro Louis Van Amstel will want to know the dancer and choreographer leads a ballroom dance-inspired fitness class, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Midtown Athletic Club on Waukegan Road in Bannockburn.
AUTISM AWARE: Henry Winkler — who, no matter his age, will always be “The Fonz” for many — will be calling in to Park Ridge residents Sandy and Robert Waters ’ “The Candy Store” autism awareness podcast on BTR Radio at 10 a.m. Tuesday — adding some celebrity star power to help bring attention to autism awareness and compassion.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: Shortly after Tish Cyrus filed for divorce from hubby Billy Ray Cyrus, she hit town to join daughter Miley Cyrus, who headlined B96’s “Summer Bash.” The superstar singer then dined (and tweeted about it) at Paris Club, while the Dallas Mavericks’ owner, jillionaire Mark Cuban, was spied jamming to DJ Jessie Marco upstairs at Studio paris. … RL was the eatery of choice for Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham. … Ditto for David Schwimmer, taking a break from directing rehearsals of “Big Lake Big City” at Lookingglass Theatre. … Here for the TBS “Just for Laughs” shows, Tim Meadows and David Cross were spotted dining together at Hub 51 — as was “Saturday Night Live’s” Seth Meyers. … The Pump Room hosted an eclectic crowd over the past few days, including Eva Longoria , the Packers’ Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk, and Oscar and Grammy winning songwriter Richard Sherman. … Del Frisco’s continues to be a magnet for sports stars including the Bulls’ Taj Gibson, the Rangers’ defenseman and Chicago native Conor Allen, and the Hawks’ Ray Emery and Corey Crawford. … The one-and-only Fabio had heads turning at Joe’s Stone Crab last week. No question the model’s appetite is just fine. He downed four full orders of Joe’s select stone crabs. … While Sting was here for his Ravinia gigs, he kept his always-trim self in shape with a workout with instructor Geri Bleier at Yogaview’s Lincoln Park studio. … In town for his Clinton Global Initiative events, President Bill Clinton dined at Mastro’s. … Recent Sunda sightings have included Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, plus separately the Bruins’ Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Carl Soderberg, Chris Bourque, Kaspars Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Tyler Seguin, Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton. … Lauren Conrad slurped some sushi at RA Sushi’s Lombard location. … Ex-Bull (current Charlotte Bobcat) Ben Gordon made the scene at Carnivale.
POL PATTER: Gov. Pat Quinn will be toasted by his supporters from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at O’Brien’s Restaurant & Bar in Old Town.