Peggy Siegal Served Hollywood for Decades, But There’s No Spinning Jeffrey Epstein

IndieWire | 7/22/2019 | Staff
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In a 2016 New York Times profile of A-list event wrangler Peggy Siegal, Alex Williams wrote, “On her way to meet an old friend, John Travolta, at her party for his new FX mini-series, ‘The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,’ at Monkey Bar, it seemed clear that Ms. Siegal is in no hurry to leave the social pinnacle she spent a lifetime clawing to reach.” Now, after three decades, her association with accused sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein has pushed the 72-year-old social hostess off that peak: Variety reports that Annapurna, Netflix, and FX have pulled their accounts.

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I’ve known Siegal since the late ’70s in New York. We worked together (briefly) at PMK in New York before I joined the staff of Film Comment. She was envious of me at that moment, as I was of her when she went to work (briefly) for Steven Spielberg in Los Angeles.

About five years ago, we sat next to each other waiting for the annual DGA symposium to begin, and I told her I was thinking about launching my new book, “The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System,” with a New York party. Of course I was soliciting some smart advice, but I watched the cogs turn, and in a moment she turned to me and said she might have a way to throw my book party. I was gobsmacked.

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And so she did, and it was fascinating to watch her process. She put me together with documentary producer Katharina Otto-Bernstein (“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”), who graciously offered up her well-appointed, art-decked, East Side townhouse. Siegal’s magic involved mixing my list of New York friends and influencers with...
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