After almost seven years apart, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal have put their hard feelings behind them, rekindled their friendship and, some say, their romance. There have been candlelit dinners at home, long spells of hand-holding and walks on the beach in Malibu. They were together for 17 years after their romance broke up Farrah’s marriage to Lee Majors. Farrah’s and Ryan’s son, Redmond, now 19, is supposedly taking on the role of cupid for his parents. If they do get together, the resulting publicity might just jump-start their flagging careers, but I don’t think they’ve given a thought to that, do you?
Kim Cattrall will co-chair the world’s largest block party, called “Madison Avenue Where Fashion Meets Art” next Thursday. The event will span 29 blocks and include over 100 shops. David Lauren will play host at daddy Ralph Lauren’s place and Calvin Klein will introduce his designer Francisco Costa to guests at his store. Cornelia Guest — whose mother, the late C. Z. Guest, is on the cover of Slim Aarons’ book “Once Upon A Time” — will stop by Kaufmann de Suisse, which will display rare, original photographs by Slim, and while she’s there, tell him about the new pilot she has just completed for NBC called “Revelations,” starring Bill Pullman. Donatella Versace will hang two Basquiat paintings from her private collection in her boutique, while Hunt Slonem will hang his parrot paintings at Givenchy and Swarovski will display a $750,000 piano, shimmering with 9,000 crystals. The event’s after-party will be held at the Whitney and benefit the museum’s family arts program. Among the committee members are Donna Karan, Glenda Bailey, Jane Seymour and Deborah Norville.
Diane Sawyer will present an award to ABC television’s new president, Anne Sweeney, at the United Cerebral Palsy’s Women Who Care gala at Tavern on the Green on Thursday. Donna Hanover will be the emcee. Helen Gurley Brown, Dayle Haddon and the brand-new Miss U.S.A., Shandi Finnessey, will present awards to other honorees. Hearst’s Cathleen Black is the event’s honorary chairman, and one-of-a-kind handbags by Elissa Bloom will be auctioned off, stuffed with goodies from Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Corzine and Gucci.
Minnie Driver, who got her first taste of showbiz playing guitar and singing jazz in London clubs, wants to resurrect her singing career. Last month, she performed at the South By Southwest Music Festival in Los Angeles and she’s asked her agents to try to get her a record deal. Later this month, she will show her stuff in the movie version of Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” Minnie is a little worried about her image as a musician — she doesn’t want people to think she’s an opera singer. She just wants to get a little independent record deal before the movie comes out.
Cate Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, have a powder blue nursery in their Brighton, England, home, all prepared for their brand-new baby boy, Roman, who was born just a few days ago in London. Cate hasn’t much time to get her figure back before she starts making appearances to promote Martin Scorsese’s new film about Howard Hughes, “The Aviator,” in which she stars as Katharine Hepburn, because right after that she begins a new movie, “Little Fish.” So, already, she’s working with a nutritionist, a private chef, a trainer and several designers toward that end. She’s looking at clothes that will showcase her blooming bosom and hide any leftover baby fat. She’s a mummy but she wants to keep yummy.
Can you picture Russell Crowe as one of the Three Stooges? He’s excited about a script by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and is seriously considering starring in the flick as Moe Howard, the leader of the cuckoo trio. The movie is currently being called “Dumb & Dumber & Dumbest” and Peter Farrelly wants Crowe “because he’s got a chip on his shoulder and a block-nosed Moe look. All you have to do is put prosthetic bags under his eyes and give him a wacky haircut.” Sean Penn is at the top of the Farrellys’ wish list to play Larry and they would like to fill out the bill with Mel Gibson as Curly. Smart, Smarter and Smartest.
Johnny Depp’s country hotel in England was recently robbed while Johnny was staying there during the making of his movie “The Libertine” with John Malkovich and Samantha Morton. The hotel’s office was broken into and the crooks zeroed in on the safe, but because it was bolted to the floor they had to settle for the hotel’s collection of digital movies. Luckily for them, the Pirate of the Caribbean was asleep, because everyone knows he’s a tough hombre.
In this new film, Depp plays the notorious 17th-century rake, playwright and poet John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, the greatest scoundrel in the court of King Charles II. Perfect casting again, darling.
The event of events at the recent New York International Art & Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory was the work of designer David Monn, who created a lavish, English, lavender garden for Penhaligon’s president, Joe Cicio, for the launch of his new fragrance, Lavandula, at the show. A passage lined with a lavender carpet and an allée of 15-foot topiaries ran from the entrance of the Armory to a central garden, laid with beds of fresh lavender. The exhibit also featured garden furniture designed by the Prince of Wales for his Highgrove country estate in England, which, by the way, you can buy, right here, in NYC at Janus & Cie.
Among those honored at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture was Lily Safra at a luncheon in the St. Regis. Susan Weber Soros, the founder and director of the center, presented the award for Lily and her late husband Edmond’s extensive philanthropic commitment. Friends of Lily’s there to honor her on this very special day were her daughter Adriana Elia, Mica Ertegun, Linda Wachner and the famous architect, Thierry Despont.
Deeda Blair, the fashion and society icon, formerly of Washington and now an official New Yorker, will host a reception in association with the Harvard AIDS Institute at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday. The evening will showcase a collection of hand-decorated porcelain flowers, created by Vladimir Kanevsky. Some of the pieces from the collection will be sold at a silent auction from Monday through Saturday and will benefit the Harvard AIDS Institute.