Oct. 5, 2000, 6:53PM
Houstonian wins in Star Search By MAXINE MESINGER
Big City Beat
Have tongue, will tattle: Ed McMahon's next big star is
Houstonian Saidas Ranade. Ranade won Star Search
in the Stand-Up Comedian category last month at Universal
Studios, picking up $10,000 in cash and prizes. McMahon flew Ranade
to Los Angeles for an interview live on KTLA's morning program last
month and got him booked in L.A.'s hot comedy club, The Improv,
where he got raves. McMahon is busy at the moment selling his
Star Search television show to stations around the country.
If you remember, he and Dick Clark had the Star Search
show some years ago, and one of the big winners back then was
songbird Linda Eder. She went on to become a Broadway star in
Jekyll & Hyde, in which she premiered here at the Alley
Theatre. Later, Eder married composer Frank Wildhorn, who
wrote the music for J&H, Civil War and other shows. Back
to McMahon for a minute -- he will revive Star Search in the
form of four specials a year. I'll have the full info on that in a
few days, and I'll pass it right along to you. ...
As I reported earlier, former TV news anchor David Brinkley
and wife Susan are making a permanent move to Houston.
They bought a home here several months ago; however, they spent the
summer at their cool hacienda in Jackson Hole, Wyo. They aren't used
to our heat yet. They'll arrive in Houston next week and will bunk
with close friends Sallie Ann and Bob Hart until the
finishing touches are done on their home here and the moving vans
are unloaded. The couple had homes in Washington and Florida, as
well as the one in Jackson Hole. The latter is the only one they've
kept; they sold the other two. The couple have a daughter and
son-in-law, Alexis and Jeremiah Collins, living in
Houston, no doubt one of the reasons they chose to move here.
Brinkley retired from the rigors of daily television about a year
ago, but it turns out he's not too happy about it. One of the things
he's considering is writing another book, and I think he's already
giving it heavy thought. ...
Romance department: Susan Ward, St. Regis Hotel's director of
sales and marketing, is telling pals she'll tie the knot Dec. 23 at
the St. Regis. The groom-to-be is Michael Freeman, who is
based in London and is a staffer for the royal family of Dubai.
Incidentally, the St. Regis staff is all smiles because Travel and
Leisure magazine has named the St. Regis one of the top 100 hotels
in the continental United States and Canada. ... Another romance:
Sheryl Mann and Winston Crump will blend Oct. 21 in
Austin. Crump is the son of prominent Houston architect M.T.
and Jane Crump. Mann's parents are the Gary Manns of
Austin. Lamar High School teacher Kay Haymond hosted a bridal
shower for Mann last month at the Junior League. GLITZ owner
Camille Jesse gave Haymond a hand with the celebration by
doing the decorations for the shower-brunch. ...
Katherine Rauch is into a new field. She's designing
cigar-box purses. That's what I said -- she's making good-looking
purses out of cigar boxes. It's been a trend among retail store
designers for a while now, and the purses have caught on like crazy.
Saks Fifth Ave. recently added Rauch's purses to their stock. She's
tagged them "Rauches Pouches." She showed them off for the first
time at the recent party Saks hosted honoring Nellie Connally
and her fight against breast cancer. ... Former model and
songbird Kay Emberg has joined the entertainment staff of
Hessni's Restaurant & Piano Bar. That's the old Renata's on
Lexington at South Shepherd. Les Lobo is accompanying her on the
piano, and they perform Friday and Saturday nights, 7:30 to 10:30.
For reservations, call 713-523-2428. FYI: Hessni Malla, owner
and executive chef, was the exec chef at La Tour D'Argent for the
past 14 years. ... The stork market: It's a boy for Karen and
Greg Barfield, board chairman and CEO of MedBusiness.net.
They named him Trey Harper, and he makes Mrs.
Harper Smith and the Jack Barfields grandparents. ...