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A National Dinner to honor former first lady Nancy Reagan is planned in Washington on the early evening of May 11. The historic tribute, to be held at the Ronald Reagan Building, will mark Nancy’s first visit to D.C. since President Reagan’s funeral and she will be surrounded by friends, supporters and admirers. All proceeds from the big night — and big it will be — will benefit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

As for Nancy, she is looking quite wonderful these days. At Betsy Bloomingdale’s elegant dinner in Beverly Hills, she was being heartily kissed and complimented on her perfectly fitting little Galanos suit. She has always loved that brilliant designer and from the looks of it, always will.

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Reports from São Paulo say that wedding bells are set to ring there in December for the richest girl in the world, Athina Roussel, the daughter of Christina Onassis and granddaughter of shipping legend Aristotle Onassis. Athina turned 23 in January and her 32-year-old fiancé, equestrian show-jumper Alvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto, affectionately known as Doda, says he asked Athina’s father, Thierry Roussel, for his daughter’s hand last August and got his blessing. The lovely couple has not decided who will be on the guest list or on the exact location of the wedding, other than that it will take place in São Paulo.

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When Prince Charles gave Camilla Parker Bowles her engagement ring last month, both agreed to remove the rings of their exes that they had been wearing up until that time. The prince had kept on his wedding band from his marriage to Diana, which he took off after the divorce but put back on the little finger of his left hand beneath his signet ring after her death in 1997. Camilla removed the band she received from her husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, when she divorced him in 1995. I knew you’d want to know.

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This story first appeared in the March 9, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Various profound utterances voiced by the beautiful and famous in interviews from all over: Keira Knightley loved her role in “The Jacket” because she’s tired of making the effort to look beautiful. “Actresses shouldn’t be like supermodels, they should be like normal women. When you do the Hollywood vibe on a big film, you’re shot from the perfect angle and you do tests to make sure so they don’t shoot you from this or that bad angle. With ‘The Jacket,’ I don’t look very good and that’s great. I didn’t have to look perfect. It’s all about finding the truth in any situation and the situation in this wasn’t a pretty one.” Oh, gawd.

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And here’s Kate Winslet on being a mom: “I’m a very good wife and a very good mother. My baby, Joe, wakes up at 5 and I often leave the house at 7 for work. So between 5 and 7 I shower, get myself ready, get Joe fed and make him pureed chicken and butternut squash for the next two days. It’s so amazing being a mom and I love the sense that I can do it all.” Oh, gawd.

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Keira Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s 22-year-old great-granddaughter, will take the lead in a yet-to-be-titled modern-day version of the story of Lady Godiva, the legendary 11th-century beauty who rode buck-nekkid through the streets in Coventry to protest high taxes. “Yes, I’m going to ride naked in the movie, but because it’s a family film, you won’t see anything too graphic. They’re going to give me hair extensions, as Godiva used her hair to cover her body and mine is not really long enough.” Oh, gawd.

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Julia Roberts says that being the mother of twins has taken a toll on her figure and that finding the right dress to wear on the red carpet was more grueling than usual. The slinky black number she finally chose, says Julia, was “the only dress brave enough to hold in my breast line.” If you say so, Julia.

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Believe this at your own risk. Leonardo DiCaprio says he almost didn’t make the Oscars. He was having lunch a few hours before the ceremony with his mother when he started to choke on a raw carrot. Luckily, Leo’s mom was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver and get her son ready for his stroll down the red carpet with Gisele Bündchen. Isn’t that what moms are for? Leo and Gisele are taking samba lessons together. They enrolled in Rio de Janeiro’s top samba school to learn the Brazilian national dance a few months ago and they have become very good. One hears they danced for over an hour without stopping while a 50-piece samba band played and the other students jumped up and down for joy.

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Kate Moss is disappointed that her long-held dream of breaking into movies has hit a snag. She was ready for her close-up along with her fellow supermodel, Jodie Kidd, in a television version of the best-selling book “Polo” by Jilly Cooper. But sadly, Moss’ long-awaited leap onto the screen will not be in “Polo,” as Sir David Frost’s production company couldn’t find a buyer for the film even though Kate offered to give up her $50,000-a-day salary to work for scale, which is roughly $200 a day. Still no takers, so it’s back to the catalogue for now, darling.

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Teri Hatcher, who plays the man-hungry single mother Susan Mayer on “Desperate Housewives,” will be a little less desperate next season — at least financially. Her salary has just been raised from $38,000 per episode to $275,000. Not bad for an actress who got her break 28 years ago as a dancing mermaid in the TV series “The Love Boat.” The other housewives received significantly smaller raises, but lest they get envious, remember brave Teri broke two ribs when she stumbled into a wedding cake and still insisted that the show must go on. Oh yes, each actress received a Mini car as a bonus, so there’s no real point in their turning green. Along those lines, Joan Collins has remarked that she’d be a perfect addition to the “Desperate Housewives” cast. “I could play Teri Hatcher’s mother,“ she smiled. Whether this was before or after she heard about the pay raises is not known.

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Sir Elton John is thrilled to record that his Oscar party raised more than $1 million for his AIDS foundation. Since 1992, the foundation has raised more than $51 million. Over 1,000 people attended the party. Among them: Brooke Shields, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cornelia Guest, who wore a black Badgley Mischka column with a black lace overlay and burgundy appliqués along with her Chopard diamond spiral earrings. After dinner, two red Yamaha pianos signed by Elton sold for $150,000 each. Darling, darling Elton.

<p>Kate Winslet</p>

Photo By: WWD Staff

<p>Nancy Reagan</p>

Photo By: Patrick McMullan

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