Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles have decided not to televise their marriage, as you probably know.  The wedding will be completely private, unlike Charles’ first wedding to Lady Diana that was watched by 750 million people around the world. Queen Elizabeth II has asked that Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles be invited to the ceremony. Andrew has always remained on excellent terms with the royal family, who are terribly grateful that he has never spoken about his personal affairs to the press. Before he married Camilla he actually dated the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, and was a particular favorite of the late Queen Mother’s.  Is this the news you’ve been waiting for?

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The American Theatre Wing will honor the CBS network and Leslie Moonves at its annual dinner on April 11. Unless you were on that little trip to Saturn, you know that Moonves is the chairman of CBS and the co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom. 

The network and Leslie are being lauded for their support of live theater through years of ardent commitment to the Tony Awards telecast. Sumner Redstone and Sir Howard Stringer are the honorary chairmen of the evening and Jon Wilner is the benefit chairman. Mr. Redstone and Sir Howard, the new head of Sony, will be ringside, praise be.

You may like to know that Moonves is a native New Yorker who began an acting career with New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse before he decided that being a producer was better than all that and went on to many top positions in entertainment corporations.

Lucie Arnaz, Christine Baranski, Gary Beach, Jerry Herman, Swoosie Kurtz, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Leslie Uggams are some of the Broadway stars lined up to entertain the guests at the dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street.

This evening is a benefit for the American Theatre Wing’s programs in support of theatrical education and excellence. Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla is the Wing’s new chairman of the board and Doug Leeds the Wing’s new president. Can you the name the first Tony Award winners?  Of course you can’t. That was 58 years ago and, although they were incredibly famous in their days, some may by this time be forgotten. However, it was Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, after dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria when actors José Ferrer (“Cyrano de Bergerac”), Fredric March (“Years Ago”), Ingrid Bergman (“Joan of Lorraine”), Helen Hayes (“Happy Birthday”), Patricia Neal (“Another Part of the Forest”) and David Wayne (“Finian’s Rainbow”), along with the director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller, both for “All My Sons,” received the first Tony Awards. At midnight these honors were announced over WOR radio and the Mutual Network. You’ve come a long way American Theatre Wing, baby.

This story first appeared in the March 16, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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Penélope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey — rumored to tie the knot in Madrid in July, never mind that it’s muy caliente then — will make their next movie near Matthew’s home in Texas as they have signed to star in “The Loop,” a love story about a Texas highway patrol officer, a rebellious loner who falls for the town librarian. I can wait if you can. 

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Queen Noor of Jordan will be the guest of honor at the Versailles Foundation’s dinner at the Carlyle on April 6.  There will be a receiving line, of course, and a seated dinner and, promptly at 8, Noor will speak for 15 minutes.  That’s 15 minutes. The evening is a benefit for the foundation, which oversees Monet’s famous home in Giverny, 45 minutes from Paris. The late Gerald Van der Kemp was asked to take over the restoration of Giverny when he retired as curator of Versailles, which was restored with American money. Gerard died three years ago and the Academie des Beaux Arts asked his widow, Florence Van der Kemp, now the president of the Versailles Foundation, to take his place. Florence says, “The employees here with us since 1980 are delighted to have me! Because the devil you know is better than the one you might get!” Dear Florence. 

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Sienna Miller, who just made the 2004 International Best-Dressed List, has this to say on the subject of fashion: “When I was 14, I had horrible style. I went through this tomboyish stage where I wore lumberjack shirts and green jeans and then pink shirts and ripped jeans. I had pink and white streaks in my hair at one stage. And braces. A hideous contradiction.” Apparently there’s hope for everyone. 

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Johnny Depp and the beautiful French actress Vanessa Paradis say they do not need a marriage certificate to legitimize their relationship. Haven’t we all heard that old cliché millions of times before? The lovely couple and their two children — Jack, 2, and Lily-Rose, 6 — are completely content the way things are, including their Parisian lifestyle. Vanessa says that if she “lived in America, I would miss my friends, the cafes and the walking, because people don’t walk much in America.” So what are all those creatures bustling up and down Fifth and Park Avenues? They look a lot like people to me.

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American Ballet Theatre will celebrate the opening of its 65th season on May 23 with its annual Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House. As in past years, the gala celebration will feature a special preview of ABT’s season with a black-tie dinner and dancing afterward. Directly after the performance the dinner will take place under the Tent at Lincoln Center.

ABT is a national treasure and the list of its dancers are among the world’s most talented. The company performs for more than 600,000 people each year here and abroad. Caroline Kennedy, whose mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis loved and supported ABT, is now the honorary chairman of its Board of Trustees. The co-chairs include Blaine Trump, Susan Fales-Hill and Aileen (Suzy) Mehle. We’ll all be there.

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House kicked off its spring gala, Moments in Style, at Guy Regal’s antiques shop.  This year’s ball chairmen include such hot designers as Bunny Williams and John Rosselli. Albert Hadley, Tony Ingrao, Lisa Jackson, Richard Mischaan and Juan Montoya are among the other dazzling designers who will create sumptuous table settings for the dinner, sponsored by Rolex, following the preview of the New York International Show by Wendy at the Park Avenue Armory on April 14.

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