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Is Elizabeth Hurley getting married this weekend? Do we care? Of course we do. Liz is reportedly inviting 20 of her closest friends to join her, her mother and her two-and-a-half-year-old son, Damien, for a pair of birthday parties she is giving in India for her boyfriend of 18 months, Arun Nayar, who turns 40 this weekend. Supposedly on Friday there will be an intimate party at an undisclosed location, followed by a birthday extravaganza on Saturday at a palace on India’s Lake Udaipur. This is leading to all kinds of speculation in the European press that one of these parties will in fact be a wedding. We’ll see.

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This story first appeared in the November 3, 2004 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

In New York on Halloween, Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman turned heads when they swept into a restaurant in Chelsea together with their children, Roan and Maya. After a friendly exchange, Roan, who is 2, went off with his daddy, but Maya stayed with her mommy so she could have snacks with Mommy’s beau, Andre Balazs. Missing only was Ethan’s girlfriend, the French actress Julie Delpy. In London, Jude Law and his ex-wife, Sadie Frost, took their four little ones out trick-or-treating in their exclusive Primrose Hill neighborhood. Oh, and the trick was that their current paramours, Sienna Miller and Jackson Scott, came along with them.

Meanwhile, on Fifth Avenue at Doubles, Pamela Gross, Marisa Noel Brown, Debbie Dickinson and Eva Dillon took their children to the club’s annual Ghosties and Goodies Party. And that does it for Halloween. Until next year. I can wait if you can.

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Tom Cruise spent last weekend in Madrid with soccer great David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, cheering on Real Madrid against a local rival. David, the poor thing, was sidelined with an injury to his lovely ribs. To celebrate Real’s victory, Tom asked David to make an appearance in his new movie, “Mission Impossible 3,” which is supposed to kick-start Beckham’s movie career. Tellingly, there was no mention of a role for Victoria, who was once Posh Spice. The soccer player is also about to start shooting a Pepsi commercial with Beyoncé Knowles and Jennifer Lopez as part of his $4 million-a-year deal with the soft drink company.

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Kate Moss has one more chance to buy the life-size portrait of her that Lucien Freud painted when she was seven months pregnant — and so do you. It will go on the block at Christie’s in London next year and is expected to fetch some $7 million. You may remember Kate tried to buy the picture for $2 million, but Freud said, no, no, no, and now you know why. The portrait will go on display at Christie’s New York starting Friday. Freud is an acquired taste, so I can wait if you can.

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That Hugh Grant. This is what he has to say about women, which makes it clear that he didn’t learn anything from Colin Firth’s character in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Says our Hughie, “I think it’s always instructive to read a girl’s diary. If ever I’m with a girl and she leaves the room, it’s the first thing I look for. I think it’s good for men to know just how deep girls’ insecurities go.” What about Hughie’s insecurities? What a sneak.

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Madonna and Guy Ritchie are throwing caution to the wind. Oh lordy, lordy. They’re working on another movie together. They will start filming a gangster picture, of all things, costarring Ray Liotta and called “Revolver,” in London next week. Madge and Guy should receive an Oscar nomination for bravery, considering the disaster they made of “Swept Away” several years ago. Madonna is also in talks with Donatella Versace to do a series of ads for the Spring 2005 collection. If the fast friends and their agents reach the right price, Mario Testino will shoot the sure-to-be-controversial photos.

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Paige Rense of Architectural Digest and Mario Buatta had a party at Daniel to kick off Palm Beach! America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair, and to introduce Lorenzo Rudolph, its creative director. Among the guests were Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Juan Montoya, Lisa Jackson, Ariane Dandois of Paris, and Paige Rense’s husband, the acclaimed artist Kenneth Noland. The show’s connoisseur committee includes Mica Ertegun, Anne Eisenhower-Flottl, Alexa Hampton, Pauline Pitt, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Liz and Damon Mezzacappa and Stephanie Seymour. The fair will open with an exclusive vernissage on Feb. 4 with a display of $150 million worth of art and decorative objects.

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Catching Up With the Parties: One of the greatest philanthropists in South America is Argentina’s Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, who is not only generous to a fault — if there is such a thing — but blonde and vivacious, bejeweled and glamorous at all times. The Americas Society in New York honored Amalita, as her friends call her, with its Gold Medal at a black tie dinner for 70 guests at the society’s Park Avenue quarters.

This was in recognition of her contributions to the society and also of her support for its award-winning magazine, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas.

Amalita’s great friend David Rockefeller, honorary chairman of The Americas Society; William R. Rhodes, the society’s chairman, and Susan Segal, its president and chief executive officer, were the dinner’s hosts. Amalita, in a showstopping red dress, didn’t expect the tango performance — it was the surprise of the evening — but she knew that so many of her American and South American friends would be there to greet her, among them Patti and Gustavo Cisneros of New York and Venezuela; Andre Desmarais of the powerful Canadian dynasty; the New York hostess Lee Thaw; Ambassador Lucky Roosevelt of Washington; Gaetana Enders; Carroll Petrie; Patricia Patterson; Veronica Hearst; the Eugenio Mendozas, and the Glenn Lowrys of the Museum of Modern Art. How do you say “top drawer” in Spanish?

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