What’s it like to be in Hollywood during Oscars weekend? Playwright/producer/ screenwriter Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, a Women’s Voices board member, is our Beverly Hills correspondent: She has promised to tell her diary, and us, what’s happening out there during her working—but definitely glamorous—weekend.


Dear Diary,

Sitting on the roof of the Peninsula Hotel in the cabana next to Harvey Weinstein’s. My old movie friend is (always) on the phone. I took a three-mile walk around Beverly Hills and bought cotton pants and a new glam beach top. Now cold—but it’s whole lot better than in NYC.

Here I am at breakfast; my film partner, Catherine Tambini, is taking my picture in the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Couldn’t be better, except if we were nominees. Catherine’s had the experience before (her  film Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse was nominated for an Academy Award), so she knows the difference.


                                                              Morning at the Peninsula Hotel.  

Last night we went to the Pre-Oscars Women in Film party with Ellen Goosenberg, a nominee this year for Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, for which Catherine’s husband, Peter Miller, is the sound recordist. Also schmoozed with Patti LuPone, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Hudson, Rory Kennedy, and a passel of fabulous women. And plenty of gorgeous young men. Great hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and woman DJ.  Yesterday afternoon we had lunch at the pool with Vin Roberti. Now we’re going out to fast-walk through Beverly Hills. Then hair and makeup for the next event.  STAY TUNED.


IMG_2548- cobbwet 1Waiting with Sean Connery and the girls backstage at the Women in Film and Television party on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood! 


IMG_2521 STREE[                                 Catherine Tambini with Meryl Streep at the Women in Film and Television party.  


2513                                                    Ellen Goosenberg and Catherine Tambini.      


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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen February 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Your friends on the board of Women’s Voices for Change have been so pleased to watch your continued reinvention and evolution from playwright to documentary film maker. We love having our very own correspondent in the fun trenches at the festivities of this Oscar weekend. Have fun and send us more photos.

    Your fan,