GRISHAM’S NEW GIG: As unlikely as it sounds, John Grisham has invested a serious chunk of change in the little-known Little Rock, Ark.-based label Normandy & Monroe. Apparently, the criminal defense lawyer turned best-selling author was so pleased with the brand’s windbreaker he scored at Christmas that he checked out the company’s Web site, inquired about becoming a backer and sealed a deal. Aside from his entertainment contacts, the fact that Grisham hails from Arkansas won over Normandy & Monroe executives, said president Jamie Davidson. As for that Southern charm, he said, “People are pulling for you. When they realize you are trying to do something that’s not typical of what people do here, they do their best to go out of their way for you.”

DAD’S NIGHT OUT: Andy Spade may be a new proud papa, but last Wednesday night he was all about the party. “If you all want to drink and talk, like I do, go in the back room,” he told the crowd gathered at the National Arts Club to screen two short films. The group drank, but did so as they watched the two movies directed by Talmage Cooley, a longtime friend of Spade’s. The first, “Pol Pot’s Birthday,” depicts a darkly funny surprise birthday party for the infamous Cambodian dictator thrown by his office staff. “Dimmer,” a documentary, is a glimpse into the life of a blind teenager in Buffalo, N.Y., as he negotiates his relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Spade has produced films through his company, Jack Spade Films, for four years. The most recent was 2001’s “Paperboys,” directed by Mike Mills.

JERSEY BOY: Rudy Giuliani greeted guests at the black-tie dinner for the Junior League with his best New Jersey accent. “It was nice of youse to invite me here tonight.” Once the gag was up, the former mayor of New York explained the voice was from “listening to 4,000 hours of men talking like that.” But Giuliani was quick to note his son goes to high school in the Garden State and some of his closest friends live there.Giuliani, who served as emcee, was happy to play second fiddle to his wife, Judith, who was honored for decades of service to the Junior League. “Tonight, I only got this job because of Judith.”

Judith Giuliani looked demure in a black Oscar de la Renta gown and a Fred Leighton diamond necklace, and her daughter Whitney, a Skidmore College swimmer, went with coral BCBG head-to-toe. Barbara Walters had to bow out of honoring Giuliani in person, but explained in a video message that she was off to India to interview the Dalai Lama.

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