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WHO’S THAT GIRL?: Why, it’s Samantha Boardman — doctor, social butterfly extraordinaire and now, one of the new faces of Chanel’s fragrance Allure. But don’t expect to see the ad in U.S. magazines. That’s because the image, bowing in March issues, will be featured strictly in European titles. Of course, the power of Boardman’s allure has never been questioned in the States. Her last big break came in 1999 when her photograph was featured on Pierce Brosnan’s dresser in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
TO DIAL FOR: James Bond may have carried the Sony Ericsson T68i in “Die Another Day,” but since the debut of its P800 model last week, 007’s hardware is already outdated. “The Matrix”-esque Sony Ericsson P800 not only snaps digital photos but surfs the Internet; plays MP3s and videos, and offers Outlook capacity as well as a calendar and an organizer. Think of it as a cell phone, Palm Pilot and laptop rolled into one. At $650, can you say gadget alert?
KICKER GO HERE: “I miss her,” said First Lady Laura Bush. Bush had hoped Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, American Ballet Theatre’s honorary chair, would be joining her in the President’s Box at the opening night performance Tuesday of ABT’s five-day Kennedy Center run of “Romeo and Juliet,” along with Kevin McKenzie, who is celebrating a decade as artistic director of the company. “She called to say her plane could not take off from LaGuardia,” said Bush, in a gold Scaasi suit, as she greeted guests including Pepe and Emilia Fanjul, Chris and Grace Meigher and Lewis Ranieri. “I wanted to congratulate her on what she’s doing with the New York City schools.” Schlossberg invited the First Lady to the performance in early January, just days before announcing her fund-raising coup: a $1 million grant from the History Channel to the New York City schools.
Bush went backstage during the first intermission to greet the dancers. But she missed Julio Bocca and Alessandra Ferri’s tragic death scene, slipping out after the second intermission. “The Bushes go to bed at 9 p.m. and it’s already 10,” said an ABT organizer.