Just from the title, you can’t help but be intrigued what kind of person wrote and lived — “Ethel Merman, Mother Teresa. . . and Me.” But when you hear the author’s last name, your mind wanders to world-class liqueurs.
Enough of the teasing.
The author is Tony Cointreau, the heir to the French liqueur family, and, boy, has he lived a life worth reading and hearing about.
His life adventures and relationships have included Pierre Cardin, Helen Gurley Brown, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and the Lehman family.
He’ll be in town this week and you can catch up with him Saturday night. At Al’s? The Mansion?
In addition to a “special reception,” the author, singer and humanitarian will read excerpts from his book and “speak about his new memoir, which focuses on his enduring relationships with Broadway icon Ethel Merman and Mother Teresa,” with whom he worked for 12 years.
What a way to spend a Saturday night! Ah, but there’s a slight, itty-bitty catch. No, you don’t have to be able to speak French. You just have to register, so they can get a headcount.
BTW, if you’ve never visited the Dallas Institute on Routh Street, here is your chance to check out this wonderful building that was original built as a home in 1907—and be charming with charming Tony.
* Photo provided by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture