The official word among London fashionistas is that Kate Moss and Jefferson Hack, the magazine publisher who is the father of her 16-month-old daughter, Lila Grace, are history. After weeks of speculation, friends confirmed that Jefferson has moved out and is now living a few blocks away. The breakup is said to be amicable but Hack is reportedly unhappy about the situation. He was ready to settle down and get married but Kate was not. Their daughter comes first in their lives, so they’re trying hard not to go down the bitter road of breakups and custody battles. Their romance started in 2001 and lasted almost three years. In their world, that’s eons.
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Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova are in Australia together, looking more and more like a young, married couple. He is on tour and she is constantly at his side, wearing a large, canary diamond ring on her engagement finger. No official announcement, yet. But on the other hand, they’re not denying the rampant rumors circulating Down Under. Enrique once said that when he is with Anna, “it’s the best time of my life; she’s beautiful inside and out, fun, adventurous, energetic and crazy.” Crazy, like a fox.
Ben Affleck’s younger brother, Casey Affleck, and his girlfriend, Summer Phoenix, are expecting a child in May. They have been going out together for about three years and even though Summer is wearing a platinum and diamond ring that Casey designed, big brother Ben tells his friends that he won’t be playing Casey’s best man because no wedding is being planned. And that’s OK with him. “They’re not going to get married. My parents weren’t married when I was born,” he says. Doesn’t that come under the heading of TMI? Too much information.
Celine Dion went to Palm Beach and before she could even sing do-re-mi in the shower, she invited 30 friends for an intimate dinner on the terrace of the Brazilian Court at Café Boulud. Lately everyone has been checking into the Brazilian Court including Tommy Hilfiger, with his girlfriend, Lizzie Somerby, and two sets of children: his two girls and her two boys. They took three suites so everyone had space to do their own thing. Let’s see, six people divided into three suites. You figure it out.
Beginning in May, Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, also known as The Nordic Center in America, will celebrate the film legend Ingrid Bergman, Sweden’s gift to the world, with an exhibition and a series of her films made during her long, illustrious career. The exhibition, called “Here’s Looking at You, Kid,” commemorates the immortal toast Humphrey Bogart raised to Bergman in the classic film “Casablanca.” The words have resonated through all the years. Somehow the way Bogart said it was better than saying “I love you” three times.
The celebration, which will also deal with the radiant star’s turbulent personal life — turbulent for those times anyhow, scarcely worth an eyebrow lift today — was organized in collaboration with Bergman’s three beautiful daughters: Isabella Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini and Pia Lindstrom. It will include home movies of Bergman as a child, stunning costumes from her movies and portraits of the star by such renowned photographers as Cecil Beaton and Lord Snowdon and her three Oscar statuettes. Edward Gallagher, the president of the American Scandinavian Foundation, considers the exhibition “a wonderful opportunity to get to know this wonderful actress who continues to fascinate audiences 20 years after her death.”
Sophie Dahl, the 27-year-old model and writer, is busy filming her first movie, a comedy called “The King of Bollywood,” in which she stars. Dahl was offered the role of Ursula Andress in “The Life & Death of Peter Sellers” this year but was said to have turned it down due to the shabby way Sellers treated her mother, Tessa Dahl, when they had an affair many years ago. Do you believe this stuff? Besides, Sophie Dahl doesn’t look a thing like Ursula Andress.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s 20-year-old sister, Clover Dahl,who used to be a baby-sitter, has decided to keep glamour in the family and become an actress as well. Clover has moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the New York Film Academy to study the finer points of acting. It’s a lot harder than the finer points of baby-sitting.
Betty Scripps Harvey, the newspaper heiress, asked President George W. Bush and Laura Bush to be the honorary patrons of the Washington National Opera Ball, and they said yes. There is a nugget of news here as the Washington Opera has just been designated by an act of Congress as the National Opera of the U.S. Betty is the chairman of the ball on June 5 at the beautiful residence of British ambassador Sir David Manning and Lady Manning. The theme of the ball is “The Celebration of the Rose” and the magnificent rose gardens at the residence will be at their very most magnificent. Philip Baloun will come from New York with thousands of pink, coral, white and yellow roses and he’ll need every one of them. The ball has already raised $2 million. On May 19, Betty is giving a reception at the Sulgrave Club in Washington to honor the Mannings and the 25 ambassadors who have agreed to give exclusive dinners before the ball.
That old bucket Kalizma, now almost 100 years old, is for sale again. It can be yours for $5.5 million, that’s all. You do remember the Kalizma. It’s the famous 165-foot Edwardian yacht on which Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton played love in the Sixties. The stars named it after their three daughters, Kate, Liza and Maria. While cruising the Mediterranean on the boat, Richard gave Elizabeth the 69.4-carat Cartier Diamond now called the Taylor-Burton Diamond. Many times the couple chose to live aboard while visiting and working in London rather than part from their beloved dogs who couldn’t pass the animal quarantine laws that have now finally been relaxed. (Those dogs were frightfully misbehaved, beloved or not.)
Shirley MacLaine is turning 70 on April 24 and still showing no signs of slowing down. She’s in the middle of filming “In Her Shoes,” in which she plays the grandmother of sisters Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette who have absolutely nothing in common with their family. Shirley’s chums are planning a big surprise birthday party at a secret location. It’s somewhere on planet Earth, you’ll be happy to know. With Shirley, you can never be too sure.
Shirley’s also planning to star with Nicole Kidman in the part of the supernatural mother Endora, a role Agnes Moorehead played on the Sixties TV sitcom “Bewitched.” Will Ferrell and Michael Caine are also in the movie.
Crown Princess Catherine of Yugoslavia, the wife of Crown Prince Alexander, has arrived in Palm Beach for a series of entertainments recognizing her and her work, Lifeline, the organization she founded to help provide children, refugees and the elderly with medicine, food and the other necessities of life in Serbia and Montenegro, which was once part of Yugoslavia. On Monday there will be a musical performance at Andrea and John Stark’s house where Yugoslavian pianist Marina Arsenijevic’s seven-foot Plexiglas Schimmel concert grand piano will be placed on the terrace overlooking the sea. Marina, who made her Carnegie Hall debut last year, will play gems by Mozart, Gershwin and Chopin. Among those Princess Catherine has invited to the musical evening: Pauline Pitt, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Luce Churchill, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Julia and David Koch and others too musical to mention.