Leave it to James Bond to heat up what has been an otherwise tepid social season in the Hamptons. On Sunday night Barbara Walters, Rudy and Judith Giuliani, Katie Couric, Tory Burch and Marie-Josée Kravitz joined former 007 Pierce Brosnan for a screening of “Mamma Mia!” in Southampton, co-hosted by Evelyn and Leonard Lauder and honoring the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Brosnan figures into the film as Meryl Streep’s former paramour, one of several her character dated during her free-spirited youth. Not that the Irish actor could exactly relate. “I have no deep dark secrets from my past,” declared Brosnan. “I’m a good Catholic boy; I go to confession every Friday, fast on Saturday, Holy Communion on Sunday.” After the credits rolled, guests headed down the street to the Parrish Art Museum for a buffet dinner of Greek delicacies and boogied to ABBA hits (including, yes, “Mamma Mia”).
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At least a few revelers must have had a case of déjà vu, because less than 24 hours earlier the Parrish Art Museum hosted its annual Midsummer Party. Tom Wolfe, Heather Mnuchin, Anh Duong, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, and Robert Wilson turned out to honor museum chairman Alvin Chereskin. “Alvin is what is known as a mensch,” said Dorothy Lichtenstein, widow of artist Roy.
The attention seemed a bit too much for Chereskin, who at the night’s end said, “I wasn’t nervous at all. But I’m just glad it’s over.”
Meanwhile, just a few streets away, another cluster of Hamptonites gathered poolside at Joanne de Guardiola’s to honor Carroll Petrie and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s organization’s Preview Party for the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show. Though the show won’t be held until October, de Guardiola had some antiques on hand to hold guests over until then, namely a pair of stone statues commissioned by Napoleon himself.
A more modern-minded crowd had flooded Steven Klein’s palatial Bridgehampton backyard that same night for ACRIA’s Cocktails at Sunset benefit. But this year’s event, sponsored by another Klein (Calvin) and Vanity Fair drew Hamptons regulars Karolina Kurkova, Lucy Sykes Rellie and Kelly Killoren Bensimon along with Astrid Muñoz, Daphne Guinness and Lipstick Jungle’s Robert Buckley. “This is my first time ever in the Hamptons,” said the actor, who is still getting accustomed to his newfound fame. “When people do a double take at me, I still think that maybe I have something on my face.”
With a tepee and a blazing bonfire as the backdrop, Bruce Weber and Donna Karan gabbed about summer plans. Karan revealed that she was headed to Africa in the morning. Francisco Costa’s upcoming getaway was just a tad closer. “I will go to New Mexico for a few days,” said the designer, who rented out his house in Bellport for the summer. “I needed the money,” he laughed.