PLAY BALL

Who needs the World Series? All the heavy-hitters turned out for Barbara and Marvin Davis's 11th biennial Carousel Ball in Beverly Hills Friday night. And, boy, does Barbara Davis--all done up in pink Vera Wang--know how to play ball. Who else in Hollywood could recruit a team of power players that included Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Duchess of York, Quincy Jones and Nastassja Kinski, Patty Hearst Shaw, O.J. lawyer Robert Shapiro, Wayne Gretzky, Magic and Cookie Johnson, and Danielle Steel? Shirley MacLaine even brought Gore Vidal, who kept trying to pass himself off as Norman Mailer. One unexpected guest was Marjoe Gortner's puppy: It trotted through the hallways oblivious to the glittery crowd that was forced to step gingerly around the pup's equally unexpected deposits.
Unlike many Hollywood events, the fashion actually lived up to the guest list. Standouts were Mary Tyler Moore in a red chiffon one-shoulder pleated gown by Arnold Scaasi ("He's a dear friend, but that didn't stop him from sending the bill!"), Kate Capshaw in a short beaded black Mizrahi ("It's great, except I have to go safety pin my cleavage"), Rita Wilson in Kamali, Evie Quaid in a brand new Galliano kimono and corset number and Goldie Hawn in a bias-cut champagne satin Calvin Klein slip-- "without underwear," she admitted. Fergie donned a full-skirted, black sleeveless Rochas with a high white collar.
Some of the best moments took place in the Beverly Hilton's ladies' room, where Goldie, Rita, and Kate were begging everyone for a cigarette while Faye Dunaway repowdered, and visiting New Yorker Cari Modine danced like Salome for all of them in her Mizrahi pink hiphugger ballgown skirt.
The best moments on stage were provided by Phil Collins and Placido Domingo, although Domingo enlisted the aid of a large teleprompter at the back of the room. Tom Hanks presented the First Lady with the Carousel Ball's Brass Ring Award by saying "Hillary, I don't know how Bubba does it." When Clinton got to the stage, she said,la Forrest Gump, "Tom, Bubba is as Bubba does."
The event raised in the ballpark of $4 million for research into juvenile diabetes; the Davises kicked in $2.5 mil on their own, and everybody left happy--including Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff, who hit their own home run: Lazaroff gave birth the next night.

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