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Jude Law’s estranged wife, Sadie Frost (remember when he called her his “sexy Sadie?”) is saying she is petrified at the idea of not being able to reconcile with her husband and at the thought of being a single mother. Is she really that worried that Nicole Kidman, as the rumors run, has that much to do with it? Anyhow, Sadie and Jude have four children, including a four-month-old baby. Tomorrow night, Sadie goes on the BBC in England to say, “I come from a family where my own parents split up three times, so all I’ve ever wanted is to be normal — to be a good parent in an environment that is loving and nurturing.” If you’re in showbiz, that’s not so easy. If wishes were horses, maybe even actors could ride.
Meanwhile, Kidman’s ex-husband, Tom Cruise, has been joined by Penélope Cruz in New Zealand, where he’s filming “The Last Samurai.” They are ensconced in a luxurious mansion on New Zealand’s North Island along with Tom and Nicole’s children. When not on the set, they are touring volcanoes, waterfalls and beautiful vistas. No word yet on a wedding.
Sad but true: It’s all over between Kate Beckinsale and her lover Michael Sheen. They have been together for nine years and have a four-year-old daughter. Kate has been in Prague filming the vampire movie, “Van Helsing,” with Hugh Jackman, while Michael is in London preparing to star in the title role of “Caligula” by Albert Camus. The split is supposed to be mutual. At least, they’ve left Nicole Kidman out of it.
Tomorrow night, the London Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the 75th birthday of Sir Colin Davis at its New York gala at the Metropolitan Club. It’s a grand tribute to Sir Colin, who has been conducting the LSO for more than 35 years. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a recital at a seated black tie dinner, all in the presence of HRH, the Duke of Gloucester, who will be representing the LSO’s Royal patron, Her Majesty, the Queen.
And don’t you forget it.
Gloucester is not only accomplished but ever so affable, so everyone is looking forward to seeing him. Sir Colin, in addition to his post as the principal conductor of the LSO, is also adored in New York as the principal guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic. The recital will feature such artists as Ben Heppner, tenor; Petra Lang, mezzo-soprano; Alastair Miles, the bass, and Sara Mingardo, contralto, all of whom are performing with the LSO in its festival series this week at Lincoln Center. The chairmen of the evening are Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Gow, Mrs. Ridgely Harrison and Gail Hilson.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is holding its annual awards dinner, “A Celebration of Leadership in Combatting Substance Abuse” on April 2 in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf. Jeb and Columba Bush, the Governor and First Lady of Florida, will receive CASA’s Special Achievement Award for their outstanding work fighting substance abuse in their state. CASA’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Jim Cantalupo, the chairman and ceo of McDonald’s, for the company’s long-standing support and commitment to children.
Larry King and Jamie Lee Curtis will serve as masters of ceremonies. President and Mrs. George Bush and all living former presidents and former first ladies are serving as honorary chairmen. Barbara Bush, herself, is expected to attend this dinner in honor of her son and daughter-in-law. And, of course, Joseph Califano, the chairman and president of CASA, will be there with his wife, Hilary.
The ladies will sport their designer stripes and Tiffany Deco-inspired diamonds at a ladies’ lunch at Tiffany’s tomorrow to benefit the Wildlife Conservation Society. Jamee Gregory, the chairman of the hot meal, will wear Valentino leopard spots and a lot of Deco diamonds. The reason for all this is to kick off the Wildlife Conservation Society’s “Tiger Time” spring gala on May 29. They, meaning Carroll Petrie, Norma Dana, Fernanda Kellogg, Karen LeFrak, Kimberly Rockefeller and Allison Stern, will all eat together in a room reminiscent of the Siberian Tiger’s Northern Asia terrain, complete with tiger prints, jungle-like bamboo and moss, while being bathed in scarlet lighting. Did you ever?
The wild dessert will include Tiger Tiffany blue icing tiger stripes served on top of a signature Tiffany blue box made of gelato. And you thought breakfast at Tiffany’s was the cat’s meow.
Francis Hayward packed her Valentinos and flew over to Palm Beach from the Bahamas to give a cocktail party and dinner at Club Colette, where the elite meet to eat. The reason for it all was to celebrate the American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust — and they all came, 120 for cocktails and 28 for dinner. In the crowd: Betsy Kaiser in Palm Beach staying with Julia and David Koch (she now lives in Santa Barbara), John Drexel in from Newport, Anna and Bill Mann, Jean Tailer, Leticia Gates, etc.
Dinner was served at a long table laden with pink roses and a plethora of candles. Dinner was pumpkin soup, rack of lamb and harlequin soufflé, a combination of chocolate and Grand Marnier — but who doesn’t know that?