On the eve of a major performance at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club, Vivienne Carala receives shocking news during a doctor’s visit that turns her world upside down. She struggles to deal with the devastation during rehearsals with her band and her manager and attempts to avoid her overbearing mother. Finally, as she contemplates sharing the news with her ex and her teen daughter, Vivienne finds solace in the streets of New York City, where she reflects on her past and her future.
as Judy Garland
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.
Renee became an advocate for the fight against ALS after her friend and publicist Nanci Ryder was diagnosed with the illness. The illness is a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disease that is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Renee was with Nanci when she was diagnosed and she has stood behind her friend every step of the way. Renee and other celebrities have put on Team Nanci t-shirts and gone out and raised funds to help in the fight against this horrible disease. Nanci has spoken out about Renee’s support and friendship, “We bonded right away. I had 10 great years of being her friend and publicist. Then I got breast cancer, [and] she was beyond supportive. Then I got ALS, [and] she was beyond supportive. She cried with me and laughed with me. She is intelligent, with a wicked sense of humor and a great friend. I love her.” Renee even did the ice bucket challenge to help raise awareness.
Stand Up 2 Cancer
Yesterday Renee attended the Academy Award Nominee Luncheon for this year’s class of nominees … a fun day to get together and celebrate … Charlize Theron went around wearing Renee’s nametag! LOL!