7. Girls talk: Patricia Cornwell, Cat Cora and Jodie Foster open up
It’s not quite the same as doing a big coming-out interview (though AfterEllen.com is ready and willing if either of them are interested), but this year both best-selling mystery writer Patricia Cornwell and Iron Chef Cat Cora spoke at length to the press about their respective lesbian partners.
Cornwell gave a candid interview to The Daily Telegraph, talking about not only her new book but also her relationship with her partner, Dr. Staci Gruber, and why she’s passionate about marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
Not to be outdone, Cat Cora was the poster girl for domestic (partner) bliss in a recent issue of People magazine. In it, she shared with readers her grandmother’s Special Mustard recipe and a glimpse of her Thanksgiving holiday spread. The recipe for that? One part statuesque blonde (Jennifer), two parts adorable sons and a pinch of Donna Reed for good measure.
(In addition to our naughty and nice lists, we also have an AfterEllen.com wish list, and on it are interviews with both Cornwell and Cora. Hopefully we’ll be quoting their candid and thoughtful interviews with us in our 2008 year-end reveiw.)
Finally, lesbian favorite Jodie Foster made several interesting comments about her personal life this year in interviews promoting her film The Brave One. In response to a More magazine reporter’s question about a ring she was wearing, Foster referred to it as "an enternity ring" that she never takes off. And in an inteview with The Denver Post, Foster said of her work as an actor, “I need to have something that doesn’t belong to my mom, doesn’t belong to my kids, doesn’t belong to my partner.”
That "partner" has been long assumed to be Cydney Bernard, and Foster mentioned her by name when she was recently honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at the 16th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast. In her acceptance speech, Foster thanked "my beautiful Cydney who sticks with me through all the rotten and the bliss."
Perhaps Foster has taken some inspiration from Germany’s celebrity journalist Anne Will and her partner Miriam Meckel, who last month finally acknowledged their much-rumored five-year relationship by saying simply, “yes, we are a couple” — and subsequently saw their popularity with the German public actually increase.
But maybe all of this talk about partners is a public relations technique that Cornwell, Cora and Foster have taken from a popular T-shirt slogan: "I’m not gay but my girlfriend is."
We’re hoping that those who made the “naughty” list this year will be inspired by their “nice” colleagues to clean up their acts in 2008. If not, we might just be inspired to replace the lump of coal with a Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action BB gun with a compass in the stock. They might just shoot their eyes out.