Byline: Aileen Mehle
We haven’t seen the pictures yet, but someone who has says the diamonds Princess Margaret’s daughter, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, wore in her hair at her wedding Thursday at St. Stephen’s Walbrook in London were the very ones Sarah’s father, Lord Snowdon, gave Margaret when he married her. If so, they are a beautiful pair of tremblant diamond roses. Antiques, of course. They were Margaret’s surprise wedding gift to her beloved daughter.
The wedding for 200, as you read here this week, was followed by a reception at the Queen Mother’s residence, Clarence House. The guests included most of the royal family, with Queen Elizabeth in the same pink print dress she wore for the D-Day celebrations. Princess Margaret wore pale blue and Princess Anne, the mother of 14-year-old bridesmaid Zara Phillips, was in cream.
Other guests included the Prince of Wales and his estranged wife Diana; and Prince Edward with his girlfriend Sarah Rhys-Jones, who wore a short gray skirt with a tailcoat. The newlyweds are off to India for their honeymoon. It’s not a part of the empire anymore, but it’s still a nice place to visit.
Get ready for this one. Nigel Hamilton, whose revelations of the early President Kennedy in “JFK: Reckless Youth” didn’t sit too well with the Kennedy family, no, no, no, may have another biggie on the way with his newie. The investigative author is said to be delving now into the early life and times of another highly revered and extremely deceased head of state, India’s Jawaharlal Nehru. Will there be rumblings from here to Rishikish? (There is a Rishikish, isn’t there? Of course there is. It’s in northern India, and if you’re ever there, be sure to visit its temples. Not you, Nigel, unless you’re going to be a good boy.)
Do you believe the gossip that Patti Lupone, who’s enjoyed about as much trouble as she can stand in recent showbiz, might appear on Broadway in “Piaf”? Well, not if Elaine Paige has anything to do with it. Elaine controls the rights to the show, and if anyone does it in New York, it’s going to be little Elaine singing like “The Little Sparrow.” She is making that perfectly clear.
The movie-bizzers who do lunch at the Russian Tea Room were buzzing this week about Marlon Brando’s role of a psychiatrist in “Don Juan,” a six-week shoot for which he’ll receive about $3.5 million, thus making himself, at $15,500 per hour, the world’s highest-priced shrink. Dear Marlon is said to have now turned in close to 425 pages of bristling memoirs dealing with his stormy life, not counting approximately 225 never-before-published photographs from his own collection. The book is slated to come out as a hotsy-totsy Christmas number from Random House. Try to remember that when you’re stuffing your stocking.
Ann and Gordon Getty made the London scene before the ravishing, redheaded Mrs. Getty, who is very into digs, went off to Turkey with a bunch of scientists and archaeologists to roil the earth. If they come up with anything, we should know about it before the end of the month when Ann picks up her shovel and goes back home to San Francisco. Both Gettys were at a dinner Aleco Papamarkou gave at Mark’s in London recently, as were the Duke and Duchess of Bedford, who were off to their house in the South of France. The Duchess looked toujours duchessy in a royal purple cloak and a jeweled pin featuring a glittering bird standing on a big pearl. It must have made a statement because several normally well-behaved women in the room wanted to rip it right off her.
This year’s Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala at the Plaza on Dec. 7 will be held in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Infanta Dona Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz and sister to the King of Spain, hear ye, hear ye. To be presented with the coveted Gold Medals for their achievements in improving relations between the United States and Spain will be the world-famous Spanish soprano Montserrat de Caballe, the distinguished diplomat and former Ambassador of Spain to the United States Antonio Garrigues Diaz-Canabate, and Eric M. Javits, for many years the chairman and president of the Spanish Institute.
Salud! The chairmen of the gala are Carroll Petrie, who was honored several years ago by the Spanish Government with the high decoration of Isabel la Catolica, and Angier Biddle Duke, our former ambassador to Spain.
Patricia Kennedy Lawford’s Southampton house on First Neck Lane will be the scene of a big celebrity auction and cocktail party on Saturday, July 23, sponsored by the Special Projects Committee of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. Everyone will be there. The honorary chairmen are Pat Lawford (of course), Hilary and Joe Califano, Mica and Ahmet Ertegun, Anne Ford and Fernanda and Jamie Niven. The chairmen are Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mary Richardson, Jeannie and Christopher Lawford, Perri Peltz Ruttenberg, Charlene Engelhard and Averil Meyer. Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller are expected to nip in and so is Anne Hearst. That should cover it. On the block will be a tennis lesson from Andre Agassi, a private tour with art historian John Richardson of Picasso’s “Weeping Women” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, a walk-on part in “Murphy Brown,” etc. Auctioneer Robert Woolley of Sotheby’s will explain it all to you.
They’re calling Southampton’s Parrish Art Museum’s summer dinner dance “A Night of the 40 Stars,” probably because 40 leading artists have been invited to the party there on Aug. 27 to be honored for “their contribution to the vitality and lore of the East End.” They want us all to know that among these geniuses are David Salle, Ross Bleckner, Larry Rivers, Eric Fischl, April Gornik and Roy Lichtenstein, and that each painter will head a table at the party and that should “make for very interesting conversation.” You bet.
Donna Karan and her daughter Gaby are the chairmen of the evening and everyone has been asked to wear casual white. There will be seasonal food, a dance band, a deejay and John Funt will decorate the tent prettily. Patricia Patterson is a vice chairman and so are Linda Wachner, Ellin Saltzman, Cathy di Montezemolo, Anne Eisenhower Flottl, Linda Silverman (who with her husband Joel is underwriting the cost of the artists and their guests) and more, more, more.