In case you missed my scoop Tuesday, let me remind you today that billionaire philanthropist David Koch, now of United Nations Plaza, will soon be David Koch, the billionaire philanthropist of Fifth Avenue. Koch, who gives extraordinary parties at his houses in Southampton and Aspen, bought Jackie Kennedy Onassis' Fifth Avenue flat for $9.5 million, half a million more than the asking price. Koch did not wish to be outbid, hence the extra half mil. Of course, this is a tremendous price to pay for a desirable but certainly not grand place. But it's the provenance that counts, the fact that the beloved Jackie spent many happy years in New York there. The apartment needs a certain amount of work, so David Koch will probably have to spend a couple of million refurbishing it to the specifications of one of the richest men in the country.

Because she's had so much press in London and elsewhere, a curious throng took avid note of Laura Bailey's arrival at the "Interview With the Vampire" premiere in London the other night. What a sight. Not only was she not coiffed and wearing stunning clothes but, as was reported (without the least unkindness), "she looked like she'd been dragged through a hedge backwards, tonsorially and sartorially." I guess you could say she's the casual type. But never mind all that. What really caught the crowd's eye was watching her tool up a in stretch limo driven by the personal chauffeur of her dashing lover, Richard Gere.

Supermodel turned actress Tyra Banks, complimented on her role as a college track star in her main man John Singleton's "Higher Learning" says that as a model she thinks she's more on the sexy side. "I have hips and breasts, so for my part in the movie I worked out four hours a day for five weeks. I was able to lose my hips, make my thighs bigger, my stomach harder--but, luckily, my bosom remained the same." And how very nice for John Singleton.

The rumors from Rome have Marisa Berenson and financier Costanzo Mutti ready to marry in the spring, and not a moment too soon. They've already been together for eight years.

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