Byline: Aileen Mehle
Phil Collins’s soon-to-be-ex-wife, Jill, will get the $10 million Tinseltown mansion in the divorce settlement, as we all know by now, or should, considering the publicity. The house once housed such as Rudolph Valentino, Debbie Reynolds and Cole Porter. Jill, as we may not know but should (you never can tell when you can use the information), will also get a $40 million hunk of the rock star’s fortune. As all show biz and millions of civilians know and should, Phil already has his next one picked out, so obviously, he hasn’t been picked clean. Yet. All the fine gentlemen on the East Coast who cross the t’s and dot the i’s in a lawyer’s office before they dream of marriage must wonder why the news of premarital settlements hasn’t reached the West Coast. Maybe they don’t hold up out there where the law says when the split comes, everything is divvied right down the middle.
March 18 will be a great day for the Spanish. That’s the date set for the marriage of Princess Elena, the daughter of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, to Jaime de Marichalar. It’s Spain’s first royal wedding in 89 years and will take place in Sevilla, with crowned heads from all over appearing in full array. Will the Prince of Wales attend? Will he bring a date? It’s all so dumb and exciting!
Vincent Perez, the new male sex rage as a result of sizzling scenes in “Queen Margot” opposite Isabelle Adjani, is swooned over by women wherever he goes in Paris. Very conscious of his image as a torrid lover (how could he help it?), he’s crazy about the whole idea and doesn’t even mind the bold requests he is besieged by. “French fans are extremely forthright,” he says. They come right up to you and ask for a kiss — and sometimes much more. But I don’t mind. I love my fans.” Sweet.
As for Adjani, when Perez was asked if she was nervous and anxious during the shooting of the scorching scene where she picks up our boy Vincent and seduces him in a Paris alleyway, he has this to say: “No, because we’re good friends. We trust one another. Such a scene done over and over may seem exciting when seen on the screen, but it’s all in a day’s work. And after such a day, when you go home and recount the scene to whomever you’re with [in her case, it would have to be Daniel Day-Lewis, the papa of her little one due in April], there’s always that quizzical reaction, as if that person doesn’t believe it was work instead of pleasure. Sometimes it causes a problem, and often there are fights after the day’s shooting.” You bet. Wouldn’t you love to hear how he recounted the day’s work to supermodel Carla Bruni and beauty Jacqueline Bisset. (“It’s like digging ditches, honey.”) Carla and Jackie aren’t around much, anymore.
The Red Ball on Feb. 13 at the Plaza will honor Diandra and Michael Douglas and Sale and Woody Johnson. Producer Marty Richards is the chairman, and Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr. are the honorary chairmen of the gala benefiting the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Institute at New York University. Helping to pull the ball together are such as Diana Douglas Darrid (she is Michael Douglas’s mother and the late Mary Lea Johnson Richards’s cousin), Diana and Bert Firestone, Jennifer and Joseph Duke, Elaine and Keith Wold (Diana, Jennifer and Elaine are Mary Lea’s sisters), Seward Johnson Jr., Clive Davis, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Véronique and Gregory Peck, Judy and Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Jonathan Tisch, Pauline Trigère, Gwen Verdon, that star, Governor Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and about 500 others all celebrating an early Valentine’s Day and dancing to the music of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. l
Philippe Junot, infamous for being the straying first husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, could possibly be straying again, this time from his current wife, Nina. Junot was photographed at a Paris nightspot looking cuddly with Countess Hermine de Clermont Tonnere. Oui. But maybe they’re just cuddly friends.
The former London flat of call girl Christine Keeler, a star player in the Profumo scandal of yesteryear (long before the Brits had the latest generation of the Royal Family to kick around) is for sale for $250,000. That includes the ceiling mirror in the master bedroom. You never know when you’ll need one.
Aline, Countess of Romanones, a secret agent with the O.S.S. in the Forties, Fifties and Sixties and a writer of chilling tales of international espionage, will be at Macy’s Herald Square on Jan. 25 to autograph copies of her latest novel, “The Well-Mannered Assassin.” Aline’s first novel, “The Spy Wore Red,” was a bestseller, a real-life story about her spy adventures in Europe before she married a Spanish grandee. “The Well-Mannered Assassin” is all about the master spy Carlos, whom she first met in Spain when he came to call. This was before she knew him for what he really was, you understand. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have got his pie in the puerta. l
Don’t miss the fabulous mural hanging in Glenn Bernbaum’s replica of his Cafe Mortimer at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. Called “The Ladies Who Lunch,” it’s a black and white illustration by the famous artist Joe Eula depicting all those chic and stunning ladies who lunch regularly at Mortimer’s and do their best to dazzle the crowd. In various stages of stylishness, they are left to right: Glenn Bernbaum (the only gent in the picture), Lynn Wyatt, Betsy Bloomingdale, Nancy Reagan, Carolina Herrera, Nan Kempner, Pat Buckley, Anne Slater, C.Z. Guest, Brooke Astor, Grace Dudley, Brooke Hayward Duchin, Mica Ertegun, Aileen Mehle (Suzy) and Chessy Rayner. Nancy Reagan is wearing one of her smart little suits, Nan Kempner is in riding boots, C.Z. Guest is wearing her signature sweater tied over her shoulders with her signature dog at her side, Anne Slater is lying on the ground, seductive as you please, Brooke Astor is as elegant as ever and Mica and Chessy are a picture of throwaway glamour sitting on a park bench. As for Pat Buckley, some think her illustration is the most telling of all. Joe let us have a little peak at his masterpiece before he put on the finishing touches and whisked it off to the armory — that’s what you see on this page. But you really must get up to the Winter Antiques Show to see the finished product with Glenn, Lynn and Betsy, otherwise you’ll have to wait until after the antiques show is over, when the mural will hang on a wall at Mortimer’s for all to view and critique over the crab cakes.