Byline: Aileen Mehle

Flash! Nancy Kissinger won the Alfa Romeo in the Fete de Famille raffle held at Mortimer's last week. Incidentally, her Mercedes was just stolen from her New York garage, so now she has a little something to take up the slack.

Mon Dieu! Wednesday night in Paris the Avenue Montaigne was literally flooded with people! Vous savez--or vous should savez--that the Avenue Montaigne faces the great Theatre des Champs Elysee where la belle Anouk Aimee is currently appearing in "Love Letters." Alors, in the middle of the performance there was a bomb scare in the theater, and Anouk and 1,300 people in the audience were forced to the streets. Quelle horreur! How do you say--en francais--the world's cities have become a scourge? At least, la belle Anouk was not appearing in her lingerie.

Meanwhile, down the road at the chichi restaurant Stresa, near the Plaza Athenee, if you care, the Princess Soraya was seen hobbling about on crutches. Which seems to be the key thing to do when one is recovering from a broken leg. You all remember Soraya. She was the second wife of the Shah of Iran, who divorced her when she was unable to produce an heir. Suzy Says: They don't make crutches for a broken heart.

Saturday night in Paris, one could dance the Charleston or watch the flamenco dancers at the big party Giles Hennessy gave for his daughter Angelique's 18th birthday. It happened in a brownstone rented for the occasion and 450 of the best-looking young things, male and female, filled the rooms in celebration. Among the older (much) guests was Robert Mitterrand, French President Mitterrand's brother, who will be coming to New York at the end of the month with his three grandsons. I can wait if you can.

Paige Rense of the Architectural Digest Renses and her husband Kenneth Noland, the noted artist, were the starry-eyed guests of honor at Alice Mason's latest dinner. They were married in the summer in Vermont, and from the looks of things, are still on their honeymoon, sigh, sigh. Still another pair of newlyweds at the party were Helen Frankenthaler--another celebrated artist--and Stephen DuBrul. Love, your magic spell is everywhere.
So this is who was there: Duane and Mark Hampton; Gigi and Roone Arledge; Dominick Dunne; the ever-stunning Marina Palma; the ever-stunning Carolyne Roehm in "the" dress of the evening, a black silk Galanos coat-dress with a burst of ostrich feathers at the way above-the-knees hemline; Pauline and Dixon Boardman; Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown; Jo Davis and Paul Hallingby; Linda and Arthur Carter; Reinaldo Herrera; Sibilla Clark; the renowned architect Michael Graves; Kitty D'Alessio; Marilyn Evins in a gold lace Galanos; Mario Buatta; the model Carmen; Judy Green; Sue Railey; Dana and Jamie Hammond; Kenneth Jay Lane; Johnny Galliher; John Loring; Nina Rosenwald; Regine Traulsen and Bill Diamond; Victor Shafferman; movie star-handsome Drew Schiff; Alice's daughter, Dominique, in a Jacques Fath, her husband, Luke John Yang and their baby Christian. All in the family.
Alice wore a black crepe Galanos and her famous beads and carried her infinitesimal white dog Fluffy under her arm, as ever. Fluffy, whose paws have never touched the pavements of New York, has her little heart set on making the best-dressed dogs list. The other night she was wearing her new gold collar by Chanel and a string of pearls and looking very pleased with herself. Catch me, I'm falling.Betsy Bloomingdale sold about 3,000 copies of her new book, "Entertaining With Betsy Bloomingdale," in about 20 minutes on QVC, and that's pretty thrilling right there. Betsy will be back again on QVC soon, maybe next week, so watch for her. Not everyone can reach Betsy's height as a hostess, but obviously many are trying.
Randy Jones of the Worth Magazine Joneses decided that what with several parties for her in New York and Washington, Betsy had probably seen enough of her old friends and might like to meet some new ones. So he pulled together a dinner at his far-flung apartment for a brand new lot who had never met the world class Mrs. B., among them Jackie and Nicky Drexel; Sherri Rollins; Joyce and Thomas Maier; Nancy Holmes and Galina and John Mariani. Mrs. Randy Jones, Connie for short, served up buttermilk biscuits, quail and "Malgamation Cake," all from recipes in Betsy's book via Connie Jones' mother. Is that what new friends are for?

Lee Minnelli's little Beverly Hills dinner party was given for the British press tycoon Lord Rothermere who popped into Los Angeles for about a minute and a half minus his attractive new-ish wife (and long-time friend) Maiko. But just because Maiko stayed behind in Europe doesn't give you leave to read something into it. She happens to have a take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward California--mostly leave it. Anyhow, right after dinner, Lord Rothermere flew off to London to pick up his bride and together they graced British Prime Minister John Major's fete at "Checkers," the country residence of England's prime ministers, in honor of Boris Yeltsin. One hears a drop or two of vodka was sipped during the evening, mymymy.
Much admired at Lee's dinner was Yvette Mimieux, once of the flicks, now the wife of millionaire Howard Ruby. Yvette wore a short silk flowered print by Valentino and everyone said mymymy. Also admired were the wonderful sketches by Lee's late husband, the noted director, that Lee had framed and hanging on the wall. Vincente--did you know?--started out as an artist and planned to live and paint in Paris. Somehow he got sidetracked and went on to direct many of Hollywood's greatest musicals like "Gigi" and "An American in Paris." As for those sketches, the Metropolitan Museum owns 300 of them.At the Russian Tea Room discussing plans for their 10th anniversary celebration: Statuesquely sublime--that means she's tall--Sigourney Weaver and her director husband, Jim Simpson. Sigourney has other reasons to be happy. She recently won the prize plum Gotham Award of the Independent Feature Project in New York for her body of work, and her new movie, "Death and the Maiden" (directed by Roman Polanski), is being released in a major way at Christmas to qualify for the Oscars.

Khalil Rizk of The New York Porcelain Company Rizks opened his new emporium on Park Avenue and 59th Street Wednesday night, and hordes of porcelain and fine arts lovers crowded in to see the exquisite wares. It's a measure of his treasures and his personal popularity to see how many of Khalil's friends and fans, many of them jaded New Yorkers who have done everything at least twice, wedged themselves in for the opening. But more of all this, plus Khalil's party at the Knickerbocker Club after last night's Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory, in next week's column.

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