Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.
That afternoon, Julia Child mastered French cooking, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams mastered Julia Child, the ill could walk, the young could dream, all could laugh and Nora Ephron, in her inimitable way, had orchestrated the whole thing.
Not many people can claim to have won an Oscar, seven Emmys, written five bestsellers, travelled the world, been to the brink of collapse and reinvented themselves and, most famously, spent years photographing the enigma that was Marilyn Monroe.
We stayed at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel just as they were getting ready for the Oscars. In order to get out of the hotel, we had to wheel Thomas down the red carpet. The situation was completely bizarre, and -- I now realize -- very L.A.
It would be easy to paint a very grim picture of gender equality in Tinseltown. Statistics don't lie, but the numbers alone do not tell the whole story. We now have women being recognized in almost every category of the Oscars.