Her mother, Blythe Danner, is a fine actress, and perhaps it's in the like-mother-like-daughter genes, because Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe's daughter, is said to show high comedy flair in the Dorothy Parker movie, "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle." Paltrow plays a sultry, husky-voiced actress with an insatiable sexual appetite, a character based on the late Tallulah Bankhead, an early Mouth of the South, who never met a man, woman or you name it she didn't want to hit on. And the thing about Tallulah was she didn't give a southern-fried fig who knew it.
Such women who know how to get things done as Oatsie Charles, Ann Nitze and Lucky Roosevelt of Washington, and Alyne Massey of Nashville and Palm Beach, are planning a "special event" in Washington for Nov. 6 to benefit Blair House, the guest house of Presidents of the United States. It's called "A Sunday in Washington," and it begins with lunch at Blair House and a leisurely tour of the entire house. Yes, all 110 rooms. Bring low heels. The fab four have asked President and Mrs. Clinton to give a reception at the White House which will be followed by a seated dinner in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department. "A Sunday in Washington" will be limited to a mere 250 guests, and, to be sure, you have to be invited; no walking in right off the street.
On the other hand, if you've bought tickets, you can walk right in off the street to Fete de Famille IX, the neighborhood street fair, casino night and giant raffle on Oct. 4 at Mortimer's and in an immediately adjacent tent on 75th Street. The co-chairmen of this big extravaganza are Nancy Kissinger, Casey Ribicoff, Linda Wachner, Catie and Donald Marron, Ann and Herb Siegel, Glenn Bernbaum, Bill Blass and Ronald Perelman, and the setting will be an old-fashioned fairgrounds. Carnival characters will abound, and the one and only Bobby Short will be in charge of the entertainment, which will feature music by Peter Duchin, Michael Hill's Blues Band and samba specialist Ron de Francesca. Oh, play it, boys! There will be sideshows galore and for $250 the opportunity to be "captured" by Joe Eula, the fabled artist, whose ravishing sketches are prized by ladies of fashion and society--whoever they may be. Star photographer Hiro will take instant photos and the astonishing clairvoyant Judy Turner will glimpse your future for you. Priscilla Palmer will amaze with her unbelievable handwriting analysis and Siegfried Snapper (love that name) will persuade fete-goers to combine their own photos with that of a fantasy figure. Catch me, I'm falling! For gamblers, there will be roulette, blackjack, craps, etc., and the big prize at the giant raffle will be an Alfa Romeo convertible valued at $28,500 and donated by Fiat USA. The beneficiary of all this excitement will be the AIDS Care Center at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. The least you can do is come--and stare at everybody you know and even a few you don't.
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