“If the coast is toast, then I like my toast with raspberry jam and real butter,” said Ellen DeGeneres at the Hollywood premiere of “Volcano.”
DeGeneres was there in support of her new friend and the film’s co-star, Anne Heche, who wore a long Ozbek.
“This was probably one the most difficult films to have ever been produced,” said producer Lauren Schuler Donner, wearing a satin Dolce & Gabbana suit.
“The toughest thing, though, was squeezing all shopping into one day a month for four months,” said Donner, citing her full schedule during the shoot. “I call it vacuum shopping.”
After the screening, the limos rolled down Fairfax Avenue to a party held at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard, the precise location where the problems begin to erupt in the film.
A few nights earlier and a couple of blocks away, Wolfgang Puck was pacing at his new Spago Beverly Hills.
“I get so nervous always that no one’s going to show up,” he said.
He needn’t have worried. As if Spago wasn’t enough of a draw, the evening was also a benefit to kick off Nancy Davis’s 1997 Race to Erase MS. Quincy Jones, Angela Bassett, Dan Aykroyd, Jonathan Silverman, and Rose Tarlow and Richard Meier were there to congratulate Puck and his wife, Barbara Lazaroff, who is also Spago’s interior designer.
Tommy Hilfiger, who has dressed Spago’s waiters for the past 10 years, flew in on his way to Japan. The designer is underwriting Davis’s annual fund-raiser this November, which will also serve as formal opening of his Rodeo Drive store. While in town, Hilfiger was keeping a keen eye out for L.A. style.
“That brown sport coat, that’s got to go,” he told Don Rickles. “You’re so dated.”

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