Scoopy-doopy-doo!! Princess Di is following the sun, not the sons. While the boys, Wills and Harry, stayed behind in England for the hols, mums took a plane to Antigua where she and her secretary (female) slipped into another plane (little) and landed on the island (little) of Barbuda Thursday morn. At the moment, she is ensconced in a luxe bungalow at the K Club, which belongs to Mariuccia Mandelli and Aldo Pinto of Krizia fame. She may not be an ambassador yet, but Di’s still roving.
Never mind the Golden Globe nominations she copped — six — for her acclaimed “Sense and Sensibility,” Emma Thompson is about to become the highest earning British movie actress of all time. Sensible Emma, as both screenwriter and star of the acclaimed movie, took only a small fee for her work and now stands to make a fortune for her percentage deal. She just had a feeling, as in sensibility.
Geena Davis, whose bodices cry out to be ripped in “Cutthroat Island,” will swap her sexy, double-breasted (and how!) pirate’s gear in that flick to play an amnesiac secret agent in “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” This newie will be directed by her husband, Renny Harlin, whose job it also was to see that she was up front and center portraying the busty buccaneer. That’s what directing husbands are for.
Meanwhile, Polly Walker, beguilingly beautiful to behold in “Restoration,” will next be seen in “Talk of Angels,” co-starring with Euro heartthrob Vincent Perez, constantly described as “devilishly handsome,” whether he is or not.
And Julia Roberts has been photographed strolling the streets of Paris hand-in-hand with former bodyguard Lorenzo Slavan. He’ll probably last as long — and mean as much — as that presumed fling with a Venetian gondolier. Niente.
Brad Pitt, who needed several stitches in his arm after falling through a car windshield — a stunt — in “Seven,” downplayed the incident. “I didn’t really have any of those really serious injuries quoted in the press,” says Brad. “It’s not like I lost an arm. It was fun, physical stuff. It’s what gets me up in the morning.” So that to all of you who thought it was Gwyneth Paltrow.
Before it’s time to celebrate its 126th anniversary, and before its vaunted dinosaur fossils get another year older, Suzy had better get around to telling you about the American Museum of Natural History and the ball celebrating its 125th. Gail Hilson was the chairman of the gala dinner dance, the honorary chairmen were Ambassador and Mrs. Alan Blinken, along with Carroll Petrie and Connie and Stephen, and Bob Hardwick played for the dancing. Of course, you know already that the Museum is experiencing a renaissance under the leadership of Ellen Futter and Anne Sidamon-Eristoff, president and chairman respectively of the board of trustees. That’s one of the reasons there were more than 700 guests at the party, enjoying the soft lighting and the elegant tables. There were violinists in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, and Gail Hilson and Philip Baloun worked together to create a setting opulent enough for the herd of marching elephants — and the guests too — to feel right at home. A lot of damask and gold leaf, antique silver and apricot-colored roses.
Gail Hilson wore a brown satin ballgown by Vera Wang and a pearl choker; Melinda Blinken wore gray satin by Scaasi; Carroll Petrie (she funded the polar bear diorama in the Museum’s Hall of Ocean Life) wore a white Christian Dior and Susan Burke wore gold leaf with a train, yet. Everyone noticed Karen LeFrak, as she climbed the marble stairs in her pink Oscar de la Renta trimmed with black bows. l
It will soon be voting time for those fashion world denizens who decide each year who makes the International Best Dressed List. The recommendations for 1995/96 sound fine, save for the odd exception or two, but all those taking part in the poll must remember that several fine feathered birds who have been mentioned frequently in the past have now ascended to fashion’s Valhalla via the Hall of Fame. So don’t bother voting this year for such Hall of Famers as Anne Bass, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Mrs. Angier Biddle Duke and Mrs. Bryan Ferry. On the list last year (for whom you may vote this year; they are not yet Hall of Famers) are such as Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones (she is Princess Margaret’s daughter); Italian Countess Nally Bellatti; Isabel Canovas, the fashion designer; Ines de la Fressange; Mrs. Randolph (Veronica) Hearst; Carolina Herrera Jr.; Mrs. Barry (Cece) Kieselstein-Cord; Harumi Klossowski de Rola of France and England; Viscountess Linley (she is Princess Margaret’s daughter-in-law); Laura Montalban; Joan Rivers; Princess Rosario of Bulgaria; Danielle Steel; Pia Getty; Crown Princess Marie Chantal of Greece; Antonia Frering of Brazil; Natasha Fraser, and Adrienne Vittadini. May the best fine feathered birds win.
If the Gay Men’s Health Crisis board of directors could canonize any one person it would probably be Judy Peabody, the wonderful New York philanthropist who for the past 10 years has devoted her precious time and energy as an activist, volunteer and inspirational leader in the fight against AIDS. Judy would be the first one to laugh to hear herself called St. Judy, but that’s how she’s referred to — albeit behind her back — by the many she has helped when they needed it the most.
To commemorate Judy’s good deeds, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera, Jessye Norman, Gil Shiva and the GMHC’s board of directors gave a huge lunch in her honor in the Pegasus Suite of the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center, the proceeds from which will be used to establish The Judith Peabody Fund at GMHC. It seemed the entire city turned up. Everywhere you looked in the Standing Room Only crowd you saw such as Countess (Consuelo) Crespi, Cecile Zilkha, Anne Slater, Jean Harvey Vanderbilt, Bianca Jagger, Blaine Trump, Donna Acquavella, Isabel Eberstadt, Barbara de Kwiatkowski, Jean Bach, Pat Buckley, Grace Mirabella, Anne Bass, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mary McFadden, Jane and Peter Marino, Robert Woolley, Marguerite Littman of the London Littmans, Larry Lovett, Bootsie and Evan Galbraith, Nan Kempner, Reinaldo Herrera, Marilyn Horne, Deeda and William McCormick Blair of the Washington Blairs, Libet Johnson, Duane and Mark Hampton, Jamee Gregory, Nina Griscom, Marina Palma, Joan Tisch, Lee Thaw, Gloria Steinem, Alexandra Shiva, Ellin Saltzman, Sandy Pittman, Patricia Patterson, Judy’s husband Sam Peabody and their daughter Elizabeth, and what seemed like hundreds more just like them. Nobody doesn’t like, admire and respect Judy Peabody.