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Making Like Romans * Agent Angie * Princess Victoria Gets Her Kicks

As high society and the culterati around here will be happy to tell you — or should — a high point of the social season is the American Academy in Rome’s gala dinner dance at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 7. The evening will pay tribute to three great American composers, who were Fellows and Residents of the Academy — Elliott Carter, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland — and selections from their brilliant compositions will be played by the noted American violinist Robert McDuffie together with the pianist Albert Tiu. Mercedes and Sid Bass always run this gala with brio, which translates into cultivated, sweet-smelling, beautiful people in beautiful clothes. Smiling for the cameras. Such a change from the parties packed with people who look like they should have the hose turned on them.

This story first appeared in the February 26, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

If you are one of the privileged ones, you have already received your invitation from Paris to the International Gala des Arts de la Culture et de la Science, a glittering gathering at Versailles on May 26. The evening, a memorial to the late billionaire philanthropist Edmond Safra, will honor his widow, Lily, and what a dazzling night it should be. Zubin Mehta will be there conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel in concertos by Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi and Beethoven. After cocktails in the Galerie de Pierre and the concert, guests will visit the Royal Apartments in the palace and dine in the Galerie des Batailles. The Conseil Pasteur-Weizmann, one of the great scientific and cultural institutes in France will benefit.

If Angie Harmon has an “Emma Peel look” playing CIA agent/mentor to undercover teen operative Frankie Muniz in MGM’s new flick “Agent Cody Banks,” it’s on purpose.

“I watched ‘The Avengers’ and thought Uma Thurman looked fantastic,” says Harmon. “That was what the director, Harald Zwart, and I were going for, a futuristic kind of thing. When my character, Ronica, is in the office, she’s strict and rigid with her hair slicked back but very self-involved. Every time she’s seen, she’s in a different outfit, different hair, different makeup because, you know, whether she has to save the world or not, she has to look good at all times. If that means green eye shadow instead of blue, that’s what we have to do. We wanted her to be va-va-voom sexy and still not be afraid to whip out a swift roundhouse kick to the face and throw the villain to the floor.” Does Jason Sehorn know about this?

Crown Princess Victoria, the oldest child of King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden, has joined the army. Next week, she will be stationed at the country’s Armed Forces, where they say she will be treated just like any other recruit, living in barracks, learning to handle weapons and practicing survival skills. Victoria looks va-va-voom sexy alright, but will she be ready to whip off a kick in the face to the bad guys when she finishes her three-week tour of duty?

After that, she will head to Washington to study, get this, conflict resolution. That’s Washington, D.C., people.

Guess who won the raffle at the Drama League’s benefit at the Pierre, where the prizes included everything from a weekend escape to Hilton Head to a jar of Patsy’s spaghetti sauce? None other than Evelyn Lauder the cosmetics queen, who was jumping for joy at the show when she learned that she had won a guest appearance on “Law & Order.” She introduced herself to such as Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston and Jesse Martin and kept asking what kind of role they’ll create for her. New career? TV star?

Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Vio Laine and John Bernbach will give the kickoff party at Asprey for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s dinner dance to be held at the Plaza on April 3. This year’s honorees are Keith Reinhard and Laura Landro. Expected at both Asprey’s and the Plaza are Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Susan and John Hess, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Jackie Weld Drake and others of that ilk and stripe. The junior chairwomen of the Asprey party are Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord and Lydia Hearst Shaw, who are junior enough for just about anybody.

The American Cancer Society and Charles Gargano, the gala chairman, are planning their spring gala 2003 for April 28 at the Pierre. Gov. George Pataki will be the honorary chairman and First Lady Libby Pataki will receive the Society’s Humanitarian Award. Honors will also be given to Marvin Hamlisch for artistic achievement and, posthumously, the Spirit of Courage Award to Roone Arledge.

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