Byline: Aileen Mehle

News from across the pond and the Channel: Claudia Schiffer’s Mutter, Grudin Schiffer, is telling everyone in Germany who will listen that her daughter and her boyfriend, Matthew Vaughn, are engaged and will marry before the end of the year. Does this dispel rumors that there is trouble between the lovers? Do we care desperately?
Claudia’s well known for her trips on the rocky road to love. She and the magician David Copperfield very publicly clung to each other for years, talked of marriage and then pfffftt! Next came handsome British playboy Tim Jeffries who specializes in supermodels. And even Prince Albert of Monaco and she were linked, but everyone knew that was just a crock of kraut. If Claudia marries Vaughn, she will be a first-time bride. A movie producer, he is 31, exactly her age. Maybe Mutter knows best.

Roger Moore, seven-times “James Bond,” is telling everyone in London who will listen that his son, Geoffrey, should follow Pierce Brosnan as the next 007. Geoffrey, who owns the posh London restaurant Hush, has never acted before, but he’s good-looking, and they say he mixes a good martini. Maybe Vater knows best.

Nancy Reagan is going to Washington on May 15 for the greatest of gala evenings. That’s when she and former president Ronald Reagan will be presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at the Ronald Reagan Building with every big name in the nation’s capital showing up in black tie. This tribute to the former first lady and president is strictly bipartisan with an honorary leadership committee featuring such as Sens. Thomas Daschle and Trent Lott and Reps. Dennis Hastert and Richard Gephardt. The honorary congressional committee includes all those honorables you know and love, really far too many to mention. The celebration benefits the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the Reagans follow such hallowed former recipients of the medal as George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant (playwright John Guare is writing a play about him and the cross-eyed Mrs. Grant) Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Robert F. Kennedy, Harry Truman and George and Ira Gershwin. Former great ladies who have received the honor commissioned by Congress are Mother Teresa and Lady Bird Johnson. Congratulations, Nancy. And congratulations to our wonderful president Reagan.

Still another great lady, Agnes Gund, will be honored at the Museum of Modern Art’s Party in the Garden on May 29. There will be cocktails first at the Altman Building and a festive dinner afterward at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located side-by-side on West 18th Street, the Museum itself being still under construction. Aggie, as she is known, has been a major creative force at MoMA and has contributed mightily to art and education in New York and across the country. She follows in the tradition of such extraordinary women at MoMA as Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Eliza Parkinson Cobb and Blanchetter Rockefeller, all collectors and donors. Oh, and following dinner, the guests will join the after-party crowd and “dance the night away.” I’m sure that’s just fine with Aggie. David Rockefeller, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder and Dorothy and Lewis Cullman are the chairs of the evening.

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush — that’s the way they bill themselves — are the honorary chairs of American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala on May 13 at the Metropolitan Opera House. Caroline Kennedy — that’s the way she bills herself — and Blaine Trump are co-chairs. After the performance including excerpts from ABT’s premiere’s of “The Dream” and “La Fille Mal Gardee,” there will be a festive dinner under the Tent in Lincoln Center. ABT Friends — that’s the way they bill themselves — co-chairs are Peter Bacanovic, Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Tory Burch and Susan Fales-Hill. They’ll all be at the gala, of course, because that’s what friends are for.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, he is Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, will be in New York on April 23 for the 2002 New York Gala of he London Symphony Orchestra hosted by the Advisory Council of the American London Symphony Orchestra Foundation — that is the way it bills itself. The big black-tie night for 300 at the Metropolitan Club, a special evening of music and friends, will also celebrate the 75th birthday of the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, whose 75th was celebrated earlier this year at a grand to-do at Buckingham Palace.

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