"MAKE SOMEBODY happy today. Mind your own business," said Ann Landers.
I suppose, being in the business I'm in, using such a quote at the top is rather contradictory. although naturally I like to hope I haven't been too big a busybody. I thought of Landers' quote as the romance began between 22-year-old country music sensation Taylor Swift and 18-year-old Conor Kennedy of that Kennedy family. The pair looks adorable. They've been paparazzi-ed kissing, swimming (she wore a sweet red two piece that showed just enough). She's taken him to Nashville to meet her family, and has supposedly bought a house near Ethel Kennedy's in Hyannis Port, Mass.
They are both extremely attractive. What gets me are all the Kennedy-haters out there warning Taylor (in print) to "run don't walk" to the nearest exit; that Conor is a Kennedy and Miss Swift will surely end up in some tragic situation, because all Kennedy men are monsters. Given the size of the Kennedy clan, that's quite an overstatement. There are plenty of nice Kennedy men who are not involved in scandals or terrible events such the recent tragic suicide of Conor's mother, Mary. (She was on the rocky road to divorcing Conor's father, Robert Kennedy, Jr.)
If nothing else, young Conor needs some emotional comfort right now, and Miss Swift, with a few years on him, might be providing that, along with a lovely late summer romance. Miss Swift, who is just about the biggest deal in the music industry right now, has been "linked" to Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal. Though I certainly don't know the intimacies of these various relationships, they were all with famous young men and heavily publicized. She's young, but she's not straight out of the egg. I think she can handle Conor Kennedy.
The better question might be, given his age and what he's just been through, can he handle her? After all, it is her fame that's lighting the gossip torch. If Conor was dating some unknown, we'd know little or nothing about it. Let them be, and stop making ugly assumptions about this kid (Conor) because of his family name.
But those who knew Dale well, insisted he would never had taken such a step without his client's full awareness.) Now, here's the interesting thing. Dale Olson actually wrote his autobiography, and it is said to be fascinating. Well, how could it not be? When will it be available for us gossip mavens? Who knows? The book languishes without a publisher. The only reason I can think of is that it is not bitchy enough, not enough dirt. Like the late John Springer, who also repped a horde of legends, Dale didn't tell tales out of school. John never wrote an autobiography and in his rare interviews, he was always laudatory, even of his most flamboyant, difficult clients -- Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, the Burtons at their excessive peak. Still, even if Dale has nothing but good to say, it's Hollywood history and deserves to be put out there.