Paul Williams Comes Clean in ‘Gratitude & Trust’

“We met in Robert Mitchum’s bedroom in 1981 or 1982.” That’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Paul Williams, describing his first — and disastrous — encounter with comedy writer Tracey Jackson, the co-author of his new book, Gratitude & Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. “I was drunk,” admits Williams, “and Tracey walked into the bedroom where Mitchum and I were getting high. (I’m 24 years sober now, but in those days I would never pass up a little …

Paul Williams “Alive” and Kicking at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

There are two types of famous people: There are the Snookies and the Kardashians, whose fame is, perversely, the result of being famous. Then there are the Billy Crystals and the Paul Williamses, whose fame comes layered with affection, because of the ways they’ve touched our lives. Billy I wrote about last night; today Paul came to New Orleans for a screening of his new film, Paul Williams Still Alive, the final event in this year’s Movies for Grownups Film …

Paul Williams: More Alive Than Ever

“I’m a pretty run-of-the mill alcoholic,” says Oscar winner Paul Williams. “I never came out of a blackout with a Russian arms dealer, or with Norman Mailer and a couple of hookers in a Paris hotel.” The 5-foot-2, bespectacled songwriter smiles. “I’d come out of a blackout in the boys department at Sears, trying on sweaters.” Paul Williams ought to be one of Hollywood’s great cautionary tales: Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe (and a nominee …