Once again, the Naked Angels theater company held its annual winter benefit on Valentine’s Day, and once again, benefit co-chair John Kennedy Jr. was the most sought-after Valentine
in the room.
While 500 glittering guests, including Marisa Tomei, Eric Bogosian, Nancy Travis, Fisher Stevens, Jon Stewart and Madeline Kahn, filled Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom for dinner and dancing, most eyes were on Kennedy.
Some of the revelers subtly checked out the future magazine publisher, but others just plain gawked. Regardless, Kennedy’s eyes — and hands — were planted firmly on Caroline Bessette. Following the post-dinner performance, starring Fisher Stevens as a Fifties TV comedy king, Kennedy peeled off his dinner jacket and escaped to a bar in the back of the room with Bessette, and later, around midnight — as maintenance workers were breaking down the tables — the two joined the remaining 30 or so guests on the dance floor.
Also out there was Tomei, who despite the warm reception she gave to ex-Valentine Frank Pugliese, said she had a new man.
“I do have a Valentine,” she said, declining to give his name. “I don’t know how serious it is yet,” said Tomei, who came to the benefit with her parents and grandmother.
Even though they didn’t dance, some members of the Colbert Foundation convened over lunch a few days earlier, and they do take their French food seriously. That’s why, according to Lucile Peyrelongue, they’ve been spending a lot of time at Manhattan’s Daniel.
Not only did the crew of 40 people, including Susan Gutfreund, Barbara de Portago, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Anne de Fayet, Alix and Philip Shearer, lunch there
Monday, but the foundation will have its annual gala there June 7.
“It is, without question, the best French restaurant in the city,” said Lucile Peyrelongue, co-chair of the benefit.
Also on hand was the foundation’s new chairman, Dominique Hériard Dubreuil, the first female to hold the prestigious post in the history of the organization.