Sydney 7 March 2011 Maria Venuti A Whole Load of Front photos and story: MiSociety Tweet
Pollies front up for Maria Venuti
Maria Venuti fronted the podium at the Machiavelli Restaurant in Sydney to herald the publication of her book ‘Maria Venuti A Whole Load of Front’ and needless to say carried it off in true ‘Maria’ style – flamboyantly. Alan Jones, in an unusually light hearted mode, launched the diva’s chronicle of her life with tales of how Maria had once contemplated becoming a nun but had found the necessary ‘vow of silence’ rule somewhat of an obstacle.
Maria proclaimed to her audience that she was “not afraid to embrace life’s milestones” and happy to shout to the world the occasion also marked her 70th birthday. She went on to quip about how she had been married for 50 years – to showbiz. Alan Jones added in how, fortunately, Maria had ignored her Mother’s advice to ‘cover up her chest in case she should catch a cold’!
Madam Venuti can certainly still draw a wow of a crowd. Even with an election looming Maria’s magnetism drew in the likes of State Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell along with Federal Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey, who stopped by before dashing off to the ABC’s live Q and A television broadcast on the night.
Showbiz mates Lorrae Desmond and Henri Szeps caught up together with Henri telling MiSociety of his upcoming new shows. The ‘fezzed up’ Glenn A. Baker was in his usual fine form doing the rounds amongst Maria’s daughter Bianca, Mo Awards Chairman, Glenn Ware, ad man Max Markson and a swag of other familiar faces.
Maria blew everyone away including the 70 candles on her ‘AWhole Load of Front’ replicated birthday cake.
This jamboree of a book launch was one of the most interesting, diverse and entertaining Sydney has seen for some time with much thanks being awarded to the publishers of ‘Maria Venuti A Whole Load of Front’, New Holland Publishers Australia.
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