Ex-OK ! Editor Lisa Byrne On Why She Swapped Celebsville For York



By Maxine Gordon in The Press.


Organising the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest in New York was one of the highlights of a glamorous career at OK! magazine for Lisa Byrne.

Lisa, from Acomb, York, was editor-in-chief of the weekly celebrity glossy in its heyday, when circulation wars were rife between OK! and Hello! to secure the biggest cover stars.

“We had all the old-style celebrities from Hollywood, and significant British celebrities – now everybody is a celebrity. It is totally different to what it used to be like. I wouldn’t want to be editing a celebrity magazine now,” says Lisa, 47, who left OK! in 2012 and returned north, settling into a village just outside York with her husband, David, and daughter Brontë, aged 10. She now runs her own PR business (lisabyrnepr.com).

The stories she can tell about the golden years at OK! are worthy of a book themselves. Under her editorship, OK! covered many celebrity weddings, including those of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones; Peter Andre and Katie Price (aka Jordan), and Cheryl Tweedy and Ashley Cole, but none were as memorable nor as star-studded as Liza and David’s, which Lisa and the OK! team helped to organise.

Lisa says: “I am really, really proud of organising the wedding of David Gest and Liza Minnelli in New York. With some weddings, you have a pre-meeting with their agent then just turn up. With others, you are more like a wedding planner and have to organise everything from the flowers to where the wedding photos will be taken.


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