Star anchor & her pier group
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been on a cruise before," the 47-year-old "Today" anchor told me as she
got ready for tomorrow night's "Hollywood Hits Broadway" gala aboard
the Queen Mary 2.
"In the ninth grade, I won a cruise for a modern dance performance I
was involved in. We danced to 'Feelin' Groovy,' if you have to know. I
was with another dancer friend whose mother was a travel agent, and the
cruise was from Miami to the Bahamas.
"I was 14, and I do remember that a 30-year-old tried to dance with
I really couldn't understand what was happening - I certainly didn't
know quite what to do. And my friend's father yanked me away."
And if a 30-year-old tries to dance with Couric this time?
"That will depend on the 30-year-old."
Tomorrow's celeb-studded concert is expected to raise $5 million for
the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance and the Jay Monahan
Center for Gastrointestinal Health, named for Couric's husband, who
died of colon cancer in 1998.
The show will feature the likes of Antonio Banderas,
Dakota Fanning, Glenn Close and Beyoncé
Knowles singing the classics of Richard Rodgers.
"I made a lot of personal calls securing all the incredible
performers," Couric said. "That took a lot of personal pleas and lots
of flat-out begging. ... Beyoncé was very hard to catch because
so red-hot right now."
But the biggest star will be Cunard's $800 million passenger liner -
the world's largest boat. "Don't call it a 'boat,'" Couric corrected.
"At Cunard, 'boat' is a four-letter word."
She continued: "It's an incredible vessel to walk around, and people
going to the event will not only be able spend some time enjoying the
show, they'll also be able to spend the night."
And will Couric be spending the night?
"None of your beeswax," she parried. "Actually, my parents will be
there, so I'll be spending it with them."