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Have you heard about the latest sensation to hit Broadway? I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler chronicles the life of Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers (1932-2011). Sue, played by the Divine Miss M, was a legend in her time and represented the biggest names in show business (Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds, Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Cher, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Nick Nolte, Mike Nichols, Gore Vidal, Bob Fosse).

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I'll Eat You Last

I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler is currently playing on Broadway at the Booth Theatre through June 30th! For more information, visit IllEatYouLast.com.

For more than 20 years, Sue Mengers’s clients were the talk of the town, and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. Now for a limited time (best show availability is on Sunday, May 12th and Sunday, June 2nd), audiences are invited into her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue can tell.

I’m honored that Scott Pask, the set designer for I’ll Eat You Last, is giving a web-exclusive tour to Design Happens of the Broadway set (where we can see Sue’s home decor and tastes really come to life — she loved white flowers, silver and the National Enquirer). Watch the clip now:

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As Scott mentioned, Sue Mengers’s real-life house (pictured below) was designed by a name that may be familiar to some D-Happers — John Elgin Woolf. Woolf (1908-1980) built or renovated homes for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles area residents in the 1950s and 1960s. It was said of him in his obituary that he, “…established a new vocabulary for glamorous movie-star living.”

Sue Mengers's John Elgin Woolf home

Sue Mengers’s John Elgin Woolf home (Photo From The Real Estalker)

Now, on to your chance to win! Design Happens, I’ll Eat You Last and CB2 have partnered to give you items to help with hosting your very own Sue Mengers-inspired dinner party. To win an I’ll Eat You Last tote bag, script, a Wine Bites cookbook, a one-year subscription to HGTV Magazine and a CB2 Party of 4 Starter Set, simply leave a comment on this post. You can answer this question: What do you think is the key to throwing a successful dinner party?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on May 10, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. ET on May 17, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prizes: $148. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.



24 Responses

  1. chrissy says:

    Totally agree but 2 add 2 this would be great conversation and fun !!

  2. Justin says:

    Making sure to invite a mix of friends from varied backgrounds and then getting the alluring introductions going.

  3. Lindsey says:

    The company, it's not what you do it's who you do it with that counts!

  4. Stephen Sweeney says:

    The Key to throwing a perfect Dinner Party as Sue Mengers will tell you is the Guests! I can't wait to see I'll Eat You Last on Broadway (June 10th!).

  5. @jnbwrs says:

    Making the guests feel comfortable and facilitating introductions, conversation, activities.

  6. Robert Hodge says:

    Throw every dinner party as though it were your last! Have the guests you love to spend time with…serve your favorite foods, your best liquor, the most fantastic music…make it formal and live the evening as though there will be no tomorrow!

  7. Harrice says:

    A relaxed hostess and a live Indian music concert, followed by an Indian food buffet. It helps to have the Indian ambassador and his wife as guests.

  8. Roger Gindi says:

    I want that rug!

  9. i think the key is knowing as much as possible about the invitees so you can thrill them with favorites and surprises.

  10. Amaznblu says:

    Bringing together the right mix of people! Sue was a master of that, and her parties were legendary.

Grant DudleyGrant is the editor-in-chief of Design Happens and digital programming manager of HGTV.com. Despite growing up begging his mom not to ever drag him to another antique store, today his...


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