Princess Michael of Kent, the glam-glam British royal, is arriving in New York any minute now and whilst here will be presenting a lecture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 19 entitled “The Sun King: Louis the XIV.” It sold out, but maybe if you know somebody…
Before she gets around to Louis, Princess Michael, a pip on the podium, will lend her presence to The Versailles Foundation’s Benefit Luncheon on April 21 at L’Orangerie at Le Cirque, where she will chat on the humorous adventures of what it’s like to be “A Royal Author in the United States.” That is exactly what she is. She also has a new book, which will be published in the fall by Simon & Schuster. Its title: “The Serpent and the Moon.” Oh, oh.
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Florence Van der Kemp and her daughter, Barbara de Portago, the heads of the Versailles Foundation, are the hosts of the lunch, and expected to be on hand are such foundation supporters as Anne Cox Chambers, Lynn Wyatt, Pierre Durand and John Loring. Maybe the following folk won’t be there in person, but they always send money, the darlings: Lawrence Rockefeller, Lily Safra, Betsy Bloomingdale, Jackie and Paul Desmarais and others too famous to mention.
The indefatigable princess continues to work up a head of royal steam. She will be in Prague at the end of the summer to join The Venetian Heritage Foundation for an extraordinary tour in “The Land of the Winter Queen.” She knows Prague well, loves it dearly and will welcome the group on private visits to the most important sites of this beautiful city and introduce them to some of the most important figures in the life of the Czech Republic.
If you’re wondering how she does it, the princess simply rolls with the punches and keeps a stiff upper lip as she carries on in London. Her checkbook was swiped after she paid the caterers for one of the parties, and a few days later a man turned up at a London bank and tried to cash one of her checks, with a forged signature, for $40,000. The bobbies appeared almost immediately and apprehended the crook, who was hauled into court. I mean, nothing stops her. Recently she had minor surgery for two itty-bitty skin cancers removed from her forehead. Hours later, she headed over to Annabel’s for her handsome son’s, Lord Frederick Windsor’s, 25th birthday party. You should know the princess has been quoted as saying, “I have lived with skin cancer for five years now, but this is the first time it has got onto this part of my face. I will probably have a scar for a couple of weeks, and then it will be gone. In the meantime, I will cover it with makeup.” To cope with her health issues, she has drastically changed her lifestyle: “I am now a vegetarian and have been teetotal since the New Year before last.” She looked lovely in big straw hats and, with the summer upon us, so will you.
Move over, Goldie and Kate. Eva Amurri, the real-life daughter of Susan Sarandon and director Franco Amurri and Tim Robbins’ stepdaughter, played her mother’s daughter on TV when they guest-starred together in a “Friends” episode and on screen in “The Banger Sisters.” Now, in the soon-due movie, “Saved!” — a sweetly subversive comedy about life in a Christian high school — she gets to show her stuff without mommy. Eva says she loves the script because it’s so funny. “In ‘Saved!’ my character, Cassandra, the only Jewish girl at this American Eagle Christian High School, is an outsider in a lot of ways and very misunderstood by her peers. She smokes, she drives a purple Javelin and is pretty intense, so spunky and really cool. She’s also the rebel, which is such fun to do.
“I think ‘Saved!’ is a coming-of-age story about finding your voice, being a good person and making a decision to do that whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim or whatever. Growing up, I’ve always been allowed to make my own decisions.” What else in that no-holds-barred family, which never has an unspoken thought.
Speaking of being a good person, Lauren Bush, President Bush’s 19-year-old niece, will slip off to Central America on Friday for a fact-finding mission on behalf of the U.N.’s World Food Program, the organization that fed over 100 million of the world’s poorest people last year. Her mother, Sharon Bush, and her 14-year-old sister, Ashley, will go with her. Lauren says, “More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, and over 25,000 people die of hunger-related illnesses every day.” Lauren will spend three days in the field witnessing the problems families face every day trying to feed their children. Then, on April 20, the Princeton sophomore and Elite model will hold a press conference at the U.N. to help launch the program’s Web site, WarOnHunger.org, directed at high school and college students. At the conference, Lauren will say the following: “For 19 cents a day, you can feed a child in school. For $34, which is the cost of two CDs, you can change a child’s life for an entire school year.” There’s a good girl for you.
Here’s a bad boy for you. Colin Farrell is the reigning Hollywood rascal these days. He’s living in a beach house in Malibu with his hand and foot still in bandages after he broke them during a particularly late night out in Bangkok that you probably read all about. Colin’s older sister, Claudine, helps out as his personal assistant, but evidently his mother, Rita, doesn’t think that’s quite good enough. So she has sold her home in Ireland and is moving to Los Angeles to take care of her little boy and try to keep him from getting into more mischief. Good luck.
You do remember that Colin and his pal, model Kim Bordenave, live apart, though they have a baby, James, who just had his seven-month birthday. Kim says Colin is a model daddy, but still, in all, mom will have her hands full.
Calvin Klein is giving a party and they’re all coming. For the second year in a row, the flagship store on Madison Avenue will host the kickoff party for Safe Horizon’s Champion Awards. Cornelia Guest, Stephanie March, Tinsley Mortimer, Malaak Compton-Rock and Eva Dillon are among the night’s hostesses. Senator Hillary Clinton is the main event’s honorary chair, and Phillips-Van Heusen’s Bruce Klatsky is a co-chair. The honorees are Mark Giresi of Limited Brands and Lesley Jane Seymour, the editor in chief of Marie Claire. Liz Claiborne will present the Survivor Award for its commitment to the organization’s work, which helps over 350,000 New Yorkers a year. By the way, the main event will be held on May 6 at the 69th Street Regiment Armory. The junior chairs are Amanda Hearst and Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord.
And that’s enough about good girls and bad boys.