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Gisele and Leo’s Model Wedding * Minnie’s New Mickey * Christmas Plans ’Round the World

Gisele Bündchen is said to be secretly making plans to marry her movie star, Leonardo DiCaprio, this spring in her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, where she was discovered in a shopping center almost 10 years ago when she was 14 years old. Leo proposed over the summer and presented her with a diamond ring supposedly worth $200,000. This is not the first time they’ve talked about marriage, but Gisele feels that Leo, who turns 30 next year, is finally ready. She watched the whole Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck thing and is choosing South America for the ceremony, hoping that will tone down the press circus from three rings to one or two. Good luck, dearie.

This story first appeared in the December 24, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

By the same token, she doesn’t want to run off alone à la Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, because she has a large and loving family she wants to include, especially her five good-looking sisters, Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Patricia and Rafaela, who will be her bridesmaids.

Do you care that Sharon Stone has been acting like a big sister to Halle Berry? Dispensing advice on the pitfalls of being a sexy movie star and still having a man in your life. Some do, some don’t. They both broke up their marriages last year and are now making the movie “Catwoman” together, where they have heart-to-heart talks on the set. Halle says, “We are going through the same thing and talk a lot, and it’s been cathartic for both of us. I know the perfect guy doesn’t exist but I also realize I deserve a certain kind of person, and that I do have a right to be really choosy.” One thing she has decided is “to take time to learn to love myself a bit more.” Oh, please.

Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond, his wife, Keely, and their little sons, Dylan and Paris, have rented the late Richard Harris’ wonderful villa in the Bahamas, called Kilkee, at a sweet $24,000 a week. The swimming pool was designed to resemble the one featured in “Dr. No,” the Bond film that started the craze that made millions and millions and millions, some of which have landed right in Pierce’s lap — not the worst place to land, when all is said and done.

It should be a Merry Christmas for Minnie Driver after all, even though she broke up with her boyfriend, tennis star Robby Ginepri, last month. Not to mention her past breakups with Matt Damon, Harrison Ford and Josh Brolin. The dear girl has now bounced back and is dating Rob Walker, a millionaire record company executive. When they met at a recent concert in London, it was supposedly love at first sight. She is taking it slowly, but she’s excited and they are looking forward to spending the holidays together. What a couple: a Walker and a Driver. Don’t you love it?

As the world knows, the marriage of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York has been over for years. So their Christmas card shows only a photo of their pretty young daughters, Princess Beatrice, 15, and Eugenie, 13, taken by their mum herself last summer. Andrew and the girls will be with the royal family at the Sandringham estate but Sarah will not be present, staying instead 2 miles away at Wood Farm. She is not allowed to join the family, but by being close by, she will be able to spend a few hours with her daughters on Christmas morning. And please don’t forget her many friends who will pop in and pop out and nip in and nip out.

Cornelia Guest is just back from Rome — “It’s so breathtakingly beautiful at this time of year” — and Venice, where she went to the opening of the beautiful little La Fenice Theater, all restored and glowing. Cornelia, carrying on a family tradition, will entertain a few close friends tonight at Templeton, her country house on Long Island. The guests will wear black tie and Cornelia’s nine dogs will be done up in red ribbons. It’s the only way, really.

What were Donna and Bill Acquavella, Barbara Walters, Jamie Niven, Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr., Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Judy and Alfred Taubman, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Carol and George McFadden, Carroll Petrie, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, Georgette Mosbacher, Nancy and Henry Silverman, Paige Rense and Kenneth Noland, etc. etc. etc., all doing, all together, all dressed up, under a lot of holly and more ivy the other night? Why, celebrating the holidays, of course, at Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola’s beautiful East Side town house, where more than 50 guests in fancy, fancier and fanciest dress listened to carols, drank to each other’s health, happiness and prosperity (a lot of prosperity was on view that evening), and dined at round tables in a room lyrically and festively decorated by Bill Tansey in an absolute burst of holiday spirit. Six-foot-high topiaries of holly bright with red winter berries towered over the table, rising from beds of ivy. Blond and lithesome, Joanne, a top interior designer, was poured into clinging, beige lace pajamas. The darling Guardiola twins, Mercedes and Roberto, were dressed in Christmas plaid and Daddy Roberto wore one of his black ties. When a party is going to be a big success, you can tell it coming in the door. You could tell this one was before the butler even opened the door.

Reese Witherspoon and her production company Type A Films is said to be interested in duPont twins Richard and Robert’s screenplay, “Double Exposure.” Reese’s husband, Ryan Phillippe, may be seen split-screened as these bon vivants. If it doesn’t happen with Type A Films, the twins would love for Hayden Christensen to portray them. And who will play Martha Stewart, for whom the twins worked as her assistants in her catering company when they were teenagers living in Southport, Conn.? Then there is the part of Andy Warhol, who discovered the boys on the dance floor of Studio 54, cavorting with Bianca Jagger in 1977. Warhol, they said, became their “Professor Higgins.” They’d love to see Jack Nicholson play their good friend Salvador Dali, who put them up in a suite at the St. Regis when they stayed in New York so they could entertain his wife, Gala, when she needed to be entertained. Dali would arrange Richard and Robert as bookends on either side of his bejeweled wife, at their famous Sunday night dinners. He also painted them for free. Who will play the role of Gala, a one-woman shredding machine who, with one scary look, could slice you to shavings?

Oh, and who will be cast as no less than the King of Sweden and the late blond and bountiful Countess Christina “Ti Ti” Wachtmeister? The King, Titi, Robert and Richard were visiting Andy Warhol at the Factory after hours of Christmas shopping when a snowstorm hit New York. “We couldn’t get a car or a taxi,” says Robert. “So we walked for 20 blocks until the King said ‘Let’s jump on a truck.’” It was a New York Post truck and off they rode up Park Avenue to 59th Street, where they jumped off. The King fell right on his face, but got up and started a snowball fight. “It’s one of the best scenes in the script,” says Richard. How very hilarious.

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