How's this for a Mother's Day treat? Lifetime Network's new series "The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet" debuted April 26, with alpha females Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Fonda, Portia de Rossi, Sarah Silverman, and Lady Gaga (to name a few) discussing things women gab about with their closest girlfriends.
Hosted by former British TV presenter and current Los Angeles-based photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and executive-produced by actor Demi Moore, the show explores women's health and well-being, tackling topics like body image, pregnancy, work/family balance, aging, and grief. It celebrates women's penchant for emotional intimacy, underscoring research that links female friendships with longevity and good health.
By Ann Hodgman
One woman's diary
I said to my daughter, "You know what I just can't stand about this
book? The long passages with no dialogue." -
She paused, then said, "Mom, are there any books you like
Now it was my turn to pause. How could she ask that, when everyone knows how
much I love to read? But then again, when had I last complimented a book — even
one I admired? Come to think of it, how often did I say anything without a
negative twist? I don't want my tombstone...
"Creating a community of girlfriends is one of the most important things we can do," says de Cadenet, 40, who wants to inspire honest dialogue through these one-on-one chats with some of the world's most famous women. "My girlfriends have carried me through everything -- the show role-models those conversations."
A mother of three and one-time tabloid fixture, de Cadenet is the ex-wife of Duran Duran's John Taylor and now spouse of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi -- and the first to say she's learned every lesson the hard way.
Her guests are equally frank. In an age of publicist-controlled sound bites, it's unusual to hear Paltrow describe her difficulty connecting with her second baby; Fonda admitting she's only recently begun to feel fulfilled; di Rossi discussing the eating disorder that shrunk her frame to a skeletal 82 pounds; and Lady Gaga insisting she wouldn't dare undo her teenage mistakes.