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Rosemarie Stack & Rita Tanos

Years may go by. . . we lose touch with cherished friends we think we’ll see again soon, and in the blink of eye, they are gone.  Into the ethereal realms of the heavens and God space…the eternal oneness.

This is my dear friend Rosemarie Stack whom I shared a beautiful friendship with for more than 25 years.  We were introduced during my years as head of W Magazine for the Western U.S. and became instant friends.  Her husband, Bob Stack was still with her at that time when they lived in a lovely home in Bel Air.  We co-hosted many parties together with friends, and friends of friends when Bob was still in good health and full of life.

Then came the terrible news that Bob had cancer and was undergoing radiation treatment.  It was a difficult time for the Stacks, especially Bob.  He was always so energetic, full of life and laughter and always telling jokes.  He simply loved life so much.  Within a heartbeat his life changed, and so did Rosemarie’s.  They shared a beautiful marriage, and a life long friendship and romance until the end in 2003, when Bob passed through the veils.

Rosemarie knew instantly that she could not stay in the home they shared together for so many years. Too many memories of the Love of her Life. So she decided to sell it and buy a condo on the Wilshire Corridor that once belonged to Lucy Doheny Battson, widow of the oil heir Edward “Ned” Doheny Jr.  Yes, those Doheny’s. 

Soon after a complete renovation of this stunning 5,000 square foot residence with 2,000 square feet of limestone patio and gardens, designed by David Jones, that included serious huge trees, flowers and waterfalls, Rosemarie decided to buy a gorgeous Villa in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  She asked me to come and join her to decorate her master bedroom, and 8 guest rooms.  So I said yes.

But before taking on that opportunity and challenge of a huge Villa in Cuernavaca, Rosemarie choose to have several parties at her new Wilshire address that included extraordinary people. Nancy Reagan, and Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon were among them.  And so many others from the film industry that Bob and Rosemarie shared a friendship with.  It was quite a series of welcoming parties into Rosemarie’s new abode.  

Upon every visit, I was asked in advance to stay overnight in her guest room/den. She always teased me with the flirtation that Steven Spielberg has slept in her den (and he did) and has a plaque on the wall, above the bed that proclaims it.  So I stayed, and spent several overnights while looking up at photographs of the Stacks’ life in Hollywood. There are images of Clark Gable and Carol Lombard, and one of Robert Stack playing polo with Spencer Tracy, and with President and Nancy Reagan, and a Life magazine cover of Rosemarie.

After four years of back and forth trips to Mexico, Rosemarie finally moved into her Villa in Cuernavaca.  It was stunning and peaceful and beautiful.  And we were both delighted with her Master Bedroom and the 8 guest rooms I helped to design.  

Rosemarie pursued her painting (which she was quite good at) and loved full retirement, away from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.  When I last saw Rosemarie, she had recently sold her Doheny Condo on Wilshire and already moved to Cuernavaca full time.  There was a knowing between us that this day would be the last time we would ever see each other.  And so it is and was.  Surrounded by glass tower windows in the Wilshire corridor of L.A., there we stood saying our final goodbyes.

Years may go by. . . so quickly, and in the blink of an eye your cherished friends may be gone.  Life is precious, and every one we share it with is even more precious. Treasure every moment together, and recognize the gift that they are in your life.  Today I am left with the wonderful memories and the laughter we shared together for so many years.  

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Gehry : Legendary Architect & Design Icon

I had the honor of meeting Frank Gehry and Larry Ruvo at the Las Vegas World Market Center this week.  Two extraordinary men with exceptional talent.  Ruvo approached Frank Gehry to design the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, also known as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health that is operated by the Cleveland Clinic.  

Ruvo wanted Gehry to design a building for an Alzheimer’s research center on 61 acres, across from the World Market Center.  Gehry agreed if Ruvo would stretch the research mandate to include Huntington’s disease, which Gehry has long championed. With Gehry signed on, Ruvo who had lost his father, Lou, to Alzheimer’s, tried to enlist a research institution that would occupy and run the building. “I believe that with a great building, people will come.”  Two years after construction started, the Cleveland Clinic signed on.  

 

Frank Gehry: The Cleveland Clinic, Las Vegas – Iconic architectural landmark

 

This 60,000 square-foot complex is composed of two radically different buildings joined by a steel trellis with a clifflike facade of angled glass and cubes with windows.  Avant-garde for an expansive healthcare center that features all the amenities of a modern hospital and research facility.  

The 100 million dollar project features Gehry’s signature style of modern architecture.  Deconstructivism encourages radical freedom of form.  The building is draped in a metal-clad skin, and faced in shingled panels with grids of windows.  The extensive, large scale four story structure serves as a clinic, research center, and Ruvo’s nonprofit ‘Keep Memory Alive’ foundation headquarters. 

Frank Gehry delivered the architectural gravitas that was needed for Larry Ruvo to attract attention to the foundation and the Cleveland Clinic.  

“We wanted a statement that would show we were serious about curing a disease and would let the doctors know we were not underfunded.  I told Frank that I was going to put his celebrity and talent to use to help cure chronic brain diseases.”  – Ruvo  

Gehry understood the need.  How Extraordinary!  How distinctly Gehry!

 

Frank Gehry & Larry Ruvo

An informal and sincere discussion between Frank Gehry and Larry Ruvo at the World Market Center in Las Vegas on January 30, 2018. 

 

Frank Gehry: 2018 Design Icon Award

Frank Gehry accepting the 2018 Design Icon Award at the Las Vegas Winter Market.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a national resource for research, education, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

 

 

Keep Calm, Carry On & Shop for Mom! Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day Love

MOTHER’S DAY = LOVE 

Our Mother’s are often our best friends.  Their love is eternal, unconditional, and forevermore.  They make us laugh at ourselves, smile at our mistakes and learn from them.  

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day with a beautiful gift on her special day.  What will your legacy be to your Mom?  What will you give her that is unforgettable and makes her smile? 

Do you like Giving more than Receiving?  Visit my India Hicks site between Wednesday, April 26th and Sunday, April 30th and 15% of your purchase will be donated to a charity close to my heart – the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Let’s do as much GOOD as we possibly can.


Find a gift for Mom here & GIVE back: http://bit.ly/2pZUoLm 

After April 30th, orders can be placed here:  India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts

 

Fabulous Gifts for Mom:

Beauty:  Perhaps a beautiful GIFT BOX of FINE FRAGRANCE from India Hicks. All Gift Boxes ordered between April 19th and May 12th will come with the limited edition slip-over of a hand painted rose designed by India (while supplies last). 

Jewelry:  LEGACY  LETTERS  –  Inspired by India’s father, the famed Interior Decorator, David Hicks.  Gold Vermeil Necklaces that are simply stunning!

 

Perhaps a fabulous HANDBAG or Tote – so perfect for Mom!

 

 

Or simply a mix of Beautiful ACCESSORIES your Mom will adore!

Honor the Moms in your life with a special Gift this Mother’s Day.  She deserves your attention, your appreciation, and your LOVE.  

To shop the entire INDIA HICKS Collection and order a Gift for Mom, click here:  Personalized Gift Cards are available when you place your order.

India Hicks Mother’s Day Gifts 

To participate in the Fundraiser and send a Gift to Mom, place your order here by April 30th, 2017:   http://bit.ly/2pZUoLm

Happy Shopping!  Your Mother will Thank You for your kindness and never forget that you remembered her with a Special Gift on Mother’s Day!  Make it SPECIAL.  She is your one and only Mom!