Harvey Weinstein: Why I’m Happy to Finally Have a Son

04/23/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Harvey Weinstein Happy to Have Son
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As the father of four daughters, Harvey Weinstein has been well-schooled in the phrase “shop ’til you drop.”

“I am so tired of going to Forever 21 and Abercrombie. Sundays I wake up and I go, ‘The game’s on!’ and [my daughters Emma, Lily and Ruth say], ‘At the mall, you’re driving us,'” the Oscar-winning producer, 61, joked Tuesday on CBS This Morning.

“Then they say, ‘Dad, park three miles [away], we don’t want to be seen with you. Meet us at the pizza store four miles over here because we’re embarrassed of you and you’re annoying.'”

But Weinstein’s days of skipping Sunday games may be coming to an end. He and his wife, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman — who are already parents to 2-year-old India Pearlwelcomed their first son April 11.

“If it was the major leagues, I’d be batting 200, one for five,” he jokes of finally adding a baby boy to his brood.

Fortunately, despite years spent perfecting the art of being a dad to daughters, Weinstein proved he was prepared for a son, quickly settling on the name Dashiell as an ode to Chapman.

“On the first date that I took my wife out … she walks into the restaurant and she trips and falls right on her butt,” he recalls. “I go, first there is a God because that evened the playing field right away and secondly I said to her, ‘That was the opening scene when Myrna Loy walked into William Powell in The Thin Man.'”

He continues, “I said, ‘Georgina, meet [author] Dashiell Hammett‘ and she read The Thin Man and … we had a boy.”


– Anya Leon

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sky on

Does he think it will be any different with his son? I am sure he will be embarrassed too!

michelle moyer on

yeah wait till his sons friends think hes the grandpa lol

Torgster on

Seriously? Boys will turn into obnoxious spoiled little brats too if they are allowed to act the way the three older daughters obviously do.

Alisa on

Cue all the negative comments because someone dared to say they are excited to have a SON after four daughters…

Marky on

Maybe his son will be embarrassed some day, but not for a long time, and not the same way. He will be able to take the younger ones lots of places for quite awhile before they pull the “I don’t want to be seen with you” routine. I know from experience.

Anonymous on

sky- Not neccesarily. Kids tend to be more willing to confide in their same-gender parent, for one thing. And for another, he probably won’t have to worry about taking his son to the mall. ;)

Anyway, this is the guy that is supposedly known for being a jerk in Hollywood? He sounds like a sweetheart to me! :)

Charli on

Congrats to them!

Anonymous on

I think he was referring to the shop till you drop and the stores. Congrats to him and his wife.

Manalto on

Repugnant.

D on

Having a son is no guarantee he will want to watch the game with you. He may not even like sports.

Connie on

I don’t mean to be mean or nasty but having a child at 61 years of age – that just doesn’t make sense to me. I hope you live a long and healthy life, I really do, but when the kid is ten and wants you to coach his little league team are you really going to have that in you at 71?! I know my grandpa didn’t when I was 10. Sorry mean I know but just my opinion.

Kat on

I embarrassed for his children too!

lola on

He made a reference to Myrna Loy & William Powell? He is too old to have a newborn.

Ani on

Wonderful news!! Congrats to the family!

Lisa on

He sounds like a funny dad! I remember doing this with my mom, she’s my best friend now! Congrats on your baby boy!

Momof2in1year on

I think his point is that his son may not want to go shopping every weekend, but might be into the “Sunday games”. He could be in for a rude awakening– as much as my 14 year-old son is an athlete and a sports fan, he is my label-conscious shopping maven, too!

omega on

i dont see how they are together…. but hey, congrats

TM on

Looks aren’t everything, folks. He is probably funny, compassionate, and super romantic. These things mean so much more in a relationship than physical attributes. Geeze.

laura on

His daughters sound like obnoxious,disrespectful brats!

Anonymous on

What an ass. I have 3 daughters and they know all about and love football. What makes him think his son will give a rip about sports? And to say he is 1 for 5 is just rude and demeaning to his daughters. No respect anymore for this person.

BB on

Hope none of Weinstein’s kids look like him! Shows you money can’t buy you looks! … LOL!!

AQ on

God people he’s excited to have a son and he’s making jokes. People on this site make a mountain out of a molehill.

K on

I see a few comments that he is too old to have a newborn. Yes, he’s older, but it may not mean anything. My parents were madly in love, despite a 17 year age difference. My dad was nearly 50 when my younger brother was born, and people told my mom she was crazy to have kids with an older man. Today, my father is a healthy and active 71 year old man; my mother passed away 2 years ago at age 52.

Age just doesn’t mean quite as much as it used to. Some people are living independently until they’re 90, and others are dying of cancer in their 30s.

Susan on

His wife is so gorgeous. He must have an amazing personality because I don’t see them together.

Lis on

Oh man! You people crack me up! Lighten up!!! He is obviously joking around! And let me tell you that my dad (who has 3 girls – no boys) is DELIGHTED that I now have two little boys for him to enjoy! It’s OKAY! Goodness sake…everything needs to be so PC these days…

Congrats to the happy family :)

Carol on

Okay you are going to be 79 when this kid turns 18 how much time or engery you think you will have for him…what is with old men having kids so late,,,,marry someone your own age..

Amber on

So apparently I’m the only one who thinks the story about the name Dashiell is cute and sweet :-).

Personally I don’t think I would have a baby with a man who’s 61, but well, to each their own. His daughters act like pretty much any teenage girl: I don’t think any of my girlfriends in high school were excited about hanging out with their parents (that’s wasn’t considered to be ‘cool’ :P). Doesn’t mean the girls are spoilt brats, just saying.

ang on

What a cute a LIGHTHEARTED story! All you naggy henny pennys need to lighten up! Geez! Crabby apples! It’s a real thing! If you had 4 boys, you would be excited to have a girl too! Stop finding reasons to nag and go for a run or something!

Mama5Boys on

As a Mama to five boys I can understand Mr. Weinstein’s excitement, I imagine I would be quite thrilled to experience parenting a daughter. I was raised with four brothers and played hockey, soccer, etc. so I have quite a lot of fun with my sports-loving boys and love watching the pro games on TV with my brood; but I admit it might be fun to be able to braid some long hair, I learned those skills from my Mom and have never been able to use them, lol. Regardless of gender though, the main thing is that my Husband of 17 years and I have been able to have 5 healthy kids – we are very lucky! :-D

Congratulations to Harvey and his wife – I’m sure all of Dashiell’s big sisters are crazy about him as well. :-)

John on

the guy is happy to have a little boy….is it ok to be happy about something people? doesn’t mean he doesn’t adore his girls….I was thrilled when my son was born and I absolutely adore my daughters….they have us both wrapped around their little fingers….females are definitely the stronger gender…..so can you let us guys enjoy our ball games, sons or whatever? sheesh

John on

and all the talk of how Mr.Weinstein looks…..one of my daughters married a guy who was badly burned in Iraq…she didn’t even meet Jerry until after he had been burned….she thinks he is the handsomest guy in the world…..we all do

Tina on

His wife is pretty. He seems like a nice, funny guy. Congrats on the new addition to the family. FYI, when girls grow up, they are truly attentive and caring to those parents who got on their nerves when they were younger. Boys usually just want to be with their girlfriend. ;)

Van on

what a lovely picture of him and one of his daughters. Clearly he loves them too. wait..what… that’s his wife. Well money can buy you the boy you longed for too can’t it.

Jenn on

K, my parents were similar. My mom married my step-dad when I was a toddler. He was 24 years older than her. They had my brother when my mom was 29 and my step-dad was 53. My step-dad is now almost 86 and my mom passed away at the age of 59 three years ago. Who would have thought?

Isabel on

If this was a woman saying how thrilled she was to finally have a daughter, no one would say a word.

GiGi on

Who will inherit dad’s company?

sky on

I cannot imagine Harvey spending “any” time with his kids as his ‘company’ is his real child. I hope he gets what he deserves with his kids, as he treats people so poorly.

sky on

Such naive comments about Harvey being a nice guy. You obviously do not know the truth about this guy.

Keturah on

To think she laid with that !!!!! ….. gives me the heebeejeebies

Marie on

the comment is funny and after all the girl drama he has obviously been through, having a boy is a blessing. Girls are embarrassed by everyone at the preteen and teen years no matter who you are.

Crystal on

@Anonymous-He is one for 5. He has 4 daughters and now son. There was nothing demeaning in this story @ all regarding his daughters. I thought this was a funny, lighthearted article giving us a snippet into his life. Just because he is excited to have a son in no way discredits his love for his daughter.

People are ripping this man apart because he is either too old or doesn’t love his daughters the way he loves his son who has been on this earth all of two weeks. Lay off him.

I think they are a super cute couple. They obviously love each other. Maybe superficial things such as looks don’t matter to them. However, compatibility, love, respect, honor those things make their marriage work.

There are more prominent things to talk about than Mr. Weinstein’s look or age. How about how he raises his children and treats his wife? They seem like a fine couple and I wish them all the best with their new family of 5!!! :)

MommytoanE on

I hate when dad’s are all “Oh I finally have a son, how wonderful” then spoil them rotten so they turn into arrogant little brats. I much prefer the parents who are happy with their children no matter what gender they are.

B.J. (the girl) on

You know, Harvey, not every girl is obsessed with shopping. You raised them to be that way, so why complain? And who’s to say his son won’t be a fashion lover?

My father is 66. If he went and had more kids at his age… Yeah, I’d be really embarrassed, too.

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