Regulars on the charity circuit took a break this week, making room for a host of parties on both coasts attended by entertainment industry types. Monday night, the Naked Angels theater group hosted a roast in honor of Fisher Stevens at the Puck Ballroom. Although he is not even 5 feet 8 inches tall, has a hairline that could only be fairly described as receding and is most often remembered for playing the Pakistani scientist Ben Jahrvi in the 1988 film “Short Circuit II,” Stevens is clearly quite the lothario. This point was made with varying degrees of cruelty several times throughout the evening. “This room is filled with people who love Fisher, some of them physically,” said troupe member Michael McKean, as he kicked off the evening. “Ladies, what’s the deal? I’ve seen sexier guys made out of Legos.”
Mariska Hargitay of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” seemed to agree with McKean. She took to the stage in a Duro Olowu dress and Jimmy Choo boots and listed the reasons she’s never succumbed to Fisher’s charms. “Cheap. Smelly. Cheap. A poor man’s Jon Lovitz. A poor man’s Jon Cryer. A poor man’s Matthew Broderick. A poor man’s Fred Savage.” Then the zinger: “A poor man’s David Kelley,” she said, in an apparent reference to Stevens’ former girlfriend, Michelle Pfeiffer, who is now married to Kelley.
Actress Kristen Johnston also spoke of shunning Fisher. “I escaped unscathed,” she remarked. Ditto for the actresses Claire Danes and Julia Stiles. But Karen Duffy, apparently, wasn’t so lucky. “Right after we broke up, he went out with my best friend.”
The guest of honor professed to have no idea how he does it. “I don’t know, man, really. I guess I’ve just been lucky.”
The following evening, a high-profile bunch gathered at Louis Vuitton’s SoHo store. Spike Lee, Jay-Z, the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Terry Richardson and Maggie Rizer were part of the crush celebrating Vuitton’s new sunglasses designed by Pharrell Williams and honoring Interview magazine’s June cover boy, Bathing Ape’s Nigo. Perhaps it was the poor weather that had everyone looking a little sodden, though perpetual party fixture Anne Hathaway managed to keep her white Vuitton blouse spic-and-span. Looking out at the soggy night, Tara Subkoff said she wasn’t sure what her summer plans were yet, but “I hope I’m anywhere but New York.”
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As usual, the Los Angeles set was blessed with better weather. Tuesday night on the West Coast, Peggy Lipton launched her memoir, “Breathing Out,” at The Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica. The actress proved to be a bombshell years after her “Mod Squad” heyday, and guests — including her ex-husband, Quincy Jones, and her “Twin Peaks” co-stars, Kelly Lynch and Lara Flynn Boyle — agreed. But rather than draw attention to herself, Lipton chose a dark Prada dress so she could be “a little hidden, a little mysterious,” she said. Possibly, this was her way of countering all the openness in the book, which includes her sexual escapades with music legends Elvis and Paul McCartney. Though Lipton’s daughters confessed they haven’t read the book, Rashida did admit, “I love hearing stuff about her old boyfriends.”