It’s Amanda Scheer Demme’s indomitable spirit and sense of self that keeps her going after the sudden, tragic closing in March of her two breathlessly but briefly chic nightspots, Tropicana and Teddy’s, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. Interviewed in the Sunday New York Times, Demme referred to Teddy’s as “the No. 1 destination spot in the United States,” and the Tropicana as “a masterpiece.” She’s hurt by her abrupt dismissal, but “I have a lawyer who will deal with my hurt,” she said.
“I’m definitely an artist-businesswoman, in the sense that I love to find things I’m passionate about, and make them known to the rest of the world,” she said. “I’m a brander, a marketer. I’m an idol maker.” […] Her biography, provided by a publicist, pronounces her “one of the very rare few that can be called an artist, entrepreneur, trendsetter, tastemaker, star maker and connoisseur without any trace of irony or hype.” (Perhaps that should read “intended irony.”) It observes that she is “an eerily well-rounded person” and “the hub of a wheel of activity that few could possibly appreciate.”