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The Kirk Douglases had pulled strings to get him into the retirement community for members of the entertainment industry.
“If it was caviar, it had to be wonderful things, always with Gracie behind the scenes, making sure it was the way Janet wanted it.”“Janet was an absolute perfectionist,” says Joanna Carson, the third wife (1972–83) of Johnny Carson. If an ice bucket on the bar was one centimeter out of place, she would veer over, pass by, touch it back into place, and say something to Gracie or one of the other girls who worked there—I think there were always three girls, Gracie and two under her.” Anne Douglas, the wife of Kirk Douglas, recalls, “The dinners at that house were things of beauty.
Janet did not slave in the kitchen, but she made sure everything was either brought in from Chasen’s or was the caviar pasta from Le Dome—her favorite because it had lots of vodka and lots of caviar.” Producer and director George Schlatter ( time,” Joanna Carson recalls. ’ I knew it wasn’t going to happen—Johnny loved that show too much—but she always went behind Fred’s back to me to try to make sure it wasn’t going to end when it didn’t need to.”“The de Cordovas’ raison d’être,” said Dominick Dunne, “was to live an A-list life.
“He thought it was the chic-est thing to go there,” recalled Janet, who remained at Carla Ridge, despite Freddie’s desire that they sell the house and play out their nearly 40-year marriage together at the home.
There was another thing Janet did not know: for several years her husband had been in dire financial straits.
Janet could be a very demanding and difficult lady, but there was something special about her bond with Gracie.”“Attached at the hip” is how Nancy Reagan, another of Janet’s friends, characterizes it.
on May 22, 1992, an era also ended for the de Cordovas. Although he stayed on for a brief period as a consultant to Jay Leno, Carson’s successor, his importance in the Hollywood hierarchy—chief gatekeeper to the most revered man in the entertainment industry and executive producer of NBC’s most profitable late-night hour—was over. “Leno paid Freddie a pittance, maybe 0 a week,” Janet told me in 2009, shortly before her death, with bitterness in her voice.
That was July 1991, so what happened next was Johnny exploded in the after-show meeting in his office.
He took Freddie off the floor, and he was never allowed back on.
(An informed source says the network paid him more than three times that amount.) “Freddie started to dress in the worst way,” she continued, “ordering clothes from these horrible catalogues, wearing white shoes and black socks, even though he had closets full of Carroll & Co. He was worrying about me—letting me spend on my clothes, and he would dress cheaply.
It was getting pathetic.”Carla Ridge, as they called their pavilion-like modern house, had been a glittering hub of L.
A.’s social scene, and the thought of giving all that up was hard to take.