Barry Manilow has gone from being the love of my life to being a friend for life.
A career is all very well, but no one lives by work alone.
The one thing I never questioned about my mother was whether she loved me.
To me, being grown-up meant smoking cigarettes, drinking cocktails, and dressing up in high heels and glamourous outfits.
I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, being charmed from either side. It was pure Hollywood magic.
My mother was electric onstage, and I vividly recall the extraordinary power she had over her audiences.