Far from the flashlight: Georgia Tornow’s Platz of choice
The famous “Hollywood Walk of Fame” has a German equivalent: it is called “Boulevard of the Stars” and runs along Potsdamer Platz. Head of the prominent mile is Georgia Tornow. Here, she reveals where to catch her when she is not looking after the stars and their stars on the Boulevard for once.
Loriot’s Sofa You don’t say! Along a corridor at the Museum of Film and Television you’ll find the original sofa that once belonged to Loriot– and one can even sit on it! Luckily, only few people know about it. Thus, there’ll be a free seat more often than not. “For me, it is a place of refuge, inspiration and tranquillity,” Georgia Tornow says, while making herself comfortable. This is her place to unwind, when her mind and her soul are in need of a break. The secret of Loriot’s sofa? “Afterwards, you are ready to face humankind again. Even when it just happened to be mean.”
Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen Potsdamer Straße 2, fourth floor Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm deutsche-kinemathek.de
Boulevard of the Stars From Marlene Dietrich to Til Schweiger, from Ernst Lubitsch to Anke Engelke: The stars on the Boulevard of the Stars are dedicated to celebrities of German film and television. Georgia Tornow observes the Boulevard or the “world’s longest red carpet” from her office that is just next door. “We have an audience all year round”, she recounts, but the highlight is the annual presentation of the new stars in late summer. 81 stars have been presented to date; an independent jury determines who is to receive them. We are also closely connected to Hollywood. “Los Angeles and Berlin are sister cities after all.”
Styling on the go As head of the “Boulevard der Stars”, Georgia Tornow has countless appointments. A good appearance is part of her job. “Although I’m not easily embarrassed,“ the attractive film lobbyist remarks, “a ladder in my tights definitely does.” In case the little mishap does occur, Wolford in the Potsdamer Platz Arcades is guaranteed to come to the rescue. The selection is concise but exquisite; the employees are particularly attentive. A quick styling tip: “Vibrantly coloured tights instantly add a bit of spice to any black dress.”
Wolford Potsdamer Platz Arcades, ground floor Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm www.wolford.com
Coffee with a view Georgia Tornow regularly drops into the Panoramacafé at Potsdamer Platz 1 for a café au lait: “The view from the 24th floor over the old and the new centre of Berlin is fantastic.” This is also a place she frequently takes guests to; she meets sponsors and actors or throws parties, such as “for Tom LaBonge, the mayor of Hollywood.” By the way, visitors take Europe’s fastest lift up to the top: it covers the distance of almost 100 meters in as little as 20 seconds. The most beautiful sunsets in the city included.
Flowers for the celebs When Georgia Tornow needs a flower bouquet, she visits Damerius in the Potsdamer Platz Arcades. The flower shop has been family-owned for more than 100 years; most of their stock is fair trade, i.e. prices and working conditions are adequate in the producing country. She especially loves to give “lush, round bouquets”, “preferably roses” – e.g. to stars such as Senta Berger or Oscar winner Luise Rainer. An English rose variety was named after Tornow, too: it is called “Teasing Georgia” and was a birthday present from her husband Ulrich Meyer, moderator at Sat.1.
Damerius – Blumen, Service & Ideen Potsdamer Platz Arcades, ground floor Monday to Friday 8am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 9pm www.blumen-damerius.de