Thursday, October 13, 2011

Writer Kristen O'Brien Remembers Her Evening with Madonna

On this last visit to Friar Park we met first to view footage from the film Shanghai Surprise. I joined Dad to watch the dailies with Harrison and the principal actors in the film, Madonna and Sean Penn. After the screening, we went back to Friar Park for dinner. However, before dinner was served, we gathered in the TV room so that Madonna could get Harrison’s feedback on her latest as-yet-unreleased video. It was "Live to Tell," and she shyly played it for all of us, looking earnestly to George for his approval. After the video we watched The Muppet Show, and I remember thinking it was funny, but yet perfectly natural, to be sitting here with Madonna laughing over Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.


  1. cute story! madonna Shyly at 27? Really?

  2. I find these kind of stories completely fascinating.

    I remember how the LIVE TO TELL video was such a revelation for the world. It was really the official unveiling of "the new Madonna".

    Reading this - about how George Harrison got to watch it **before anyone else**, and how Madonna was so interested in what he might think of it... that gives me goosebumps.

    I just cannot imagine he didn't love the song.

  3. jamesy, he totally had to love the song. they all did. their faces crack'd. and she knew it before she hit play. xo

  4. I can totally see Madonna being shy about a situation like this.

    Like James, I love hearing unique little stories like this. Gives us an insight into the person Madonna was, and is...the woman behind the image.