Inqlings: Suzanne Roberts a WIN-ner

Posted: January 18, 2011

Suzanne Roberts, the actress, TV host, and Comcast matriarch, is in Santa Monica, Calif., to pick up a lifetime-achievement award Tuesday from the Los Angeles-based Women's Image Network (WIN).

Roberts, 89, will share a stage with Elizabeth Taylor, who also will get an award. Presenters include a gaggle of red-carpet-walkers, including Diane Lane, Jennifer Aniston, Maggie Smith, Jane Lynch, Susan Sarandon, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carl Reiner, and Mickey Rooney.

Not a bad comeback for Roberts, who broke her neck last summer in a freak accident at home and underwent emergency surgery. She is the award's first recipient from Pennsylvania and is the oldest recipient, to boot.

The WIN Awards honor people who promote and present positive images of women and girls in film and the media.

Tops in Chinese food

Michael Wei's Bryn Mawr institution Yangming was named the top U.S. Chinese restaurant last week in San Francisco at the Top 100 Chinese Restaurant Awards, given out by the trade pub Chinese Restaurant News. Other locals on the overall list: Concerto Fusion Cuisine (2 S. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville, at No. 5), Joy Tsin Lau (1026 Race St., at No. 16), Wok (1613 Walnut St., at No. 28), and HK Golden Phoenix (911 Race St., at No. 79.) Wei and Susanna Foo were also cited as celebrity restaurateurs.

Method acting

With Amadeus opening Tuesday at the Walnut Street Theatre, director Malcolm Black, assistant director Ashley Kerns, and actors Rob McClure and Dan Olmstead went to the Kimmel Center to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform Mozart's Requiem. This was an eye-opener - rather, an ear-opener - for McClure, who plays Mozart. He called it "the closest to being inside of Mozart's mind that I'll ever be." The upshot: A Walnut rep says Black noticed a new intensity in McClure's portrayal.


CBS Radio's Philly management - Marc Rayfield, Jim Loftus, Andy Bloom, and Steve Butler - got a surprise last week during corporate meetings in San Diego. Network brass awarded them the inaugural CBS Market of the Year, over the company's 130 markets.

Some Southeastern Pennsylvania companies are contributing to Tuesday's inauguration of Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley. Based on information provided by the inauguration committee, Cafe Excellence of Audubon will provide coffee; Select Event Rentals of King of Prussia will handle tables, chairs, dance floor, and some catering supplies; Phillips Mushrooms of Kennett Square will send mushrooms; Asher's Chocolates of Souderton will send candy; and Chadds Ford Winery is donating red, white, and blush wines.

Hot time

Fire trucks visited Bradley Cooper's parents' house on Rydal Road in Rydal late Sunday. The news site TMZ reported that a small fire had spread from the fireplace. The actor, his mother, and his girlfriend Renée Zellweger were reportedly uninjured. Cooper and Zellweger are in town while he finishes work on Limitless.

Briefly noted

Monday brought the retinkered lineup on talk station WPHT (1210), which now has Michael Smerconish on his new 3-to-7 p.m. shift and is missing Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Neither has a local radio outlet yet, though Hannity can be heard on New York's WABC (770).

Gospel hero Marvin Sapp will perform after the Sixers-Suns game Jan. 24 at the Wells Fargo Center.

That was actor David Morse (Hack, The Green Mile) joining the burger nostalgists in line last week at the revived Gino's Burgers on Route 202 in King

of Prussia.

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