Through her father, Gershon also developed a love for the smell of a fine cigar. Her father and his brother, Jack, smoked cigars, they loved Punches and Montecristo No. 2s in particular. For a time, the family had a beach house in Manhattan Beach and in the evening Gershon’s father would sit on the porch with her, smoking a cigar and watching the sun set.
Today, Gershon from time to time will light up a fine cigar. “When I smell cigars, I’m always very happy,” she told Cigar Afficionado’s Chutkow. She prefers to smoke with other people, and like her father, she likes Cohibas, Punches and Montecristo No. 2s. Walking on the beach or being outdoors at a party are some of her favorite moments to light up. One of her best memories was being in Havana a few years back on New Year’s Eve. She and a group of friends smoked big Cohibas on a hotel rooftop and stayed around to watch the sunrise.