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I’m reading Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up”

Last night I started perusing Born Standing Up, Steve Martin‘s memoir of life as one of the most successful comedians of the 1970s.

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I’ve been wanting this book since it was published in late 2007 so I was excited to find a paperback copy for sale at my local library for just 50 cents. So far, it’s a great read with Steve writing in a decidedly sober tone about his childhood and his strained relationship with his father and how it affected his relationships later in life.

Are you a fan? He’s done so much: stand-up comedy, films, music, books. What’s your favorite Steve Martin moment?

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“Tonight You Belong To Me” (from ‘The Jerk’)

My friend Ben just sent this link to me. It’s that magical scene in The Jerk when Steve Martin (Navin) and Bernadette Peters (Marie) stroll on the beach singing “Tonight You Belong To Me.”

The song is actually an old 1950s hit by a group called Patience and Prudence.

Isn’t The Jerk one of the best movies ever?

Don’t forget: Steve Martin on ’30 Rock’ tonight

Dreamy comedian/actor/screenwriter/playwright/novelist/art collector/musician and -yes!- vegetarian Steve Martin is tonight’s very special guest star on 30 Rock.

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9:30 p.m. NBC.

Celebrities who collect art

After posting earlier about Metallica drummer and art collector Lars Ulrich, I started to think about other celebrities who are avid art collectors. With the art market seemingly immune to the country’s financial woes, a painting by a well-known artist is often a profitable place to store your money.

Here are some more celebrities who collect art and whose art they have purchased. See if the art they like says something about their personalities. (Most of this information gathered from Nicholas Forrest‘s terrific Art Market Blog):

Steve Martin is my hero not only because of his awesome sense of humor, he has an extensive art collection that includes the work of Picasso, William de Kooning, Georgia O’ Keefe, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, and Roy Lichtenstein. (I’m pretty sure in another life Steve and I were married).

Victoria Beckham: Damien Hirst.

Charlton Heston: Andrew Wyeth

Steven Spielberg: Norman Rockwell

Elton John : Damien Hirst, Picasso, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Henri Matisse, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Alfred Stieglitz, Sam Taylor-Wood.

Jack Nicholson: Jack Vettriano.

Madonna: Frida Kahlo, Damien Hirst, Ferdinand Leger, Picasso

Jane Fonda, Robbie Williams and Hugh Grant: Andy Warhol

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Banksy

Elizabeth Taylor: Vincent Van Gogh

David Bowie: Balthus, Graham Sutherland.

Does any of this surprise you? Do you know of others?

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