ROMAN CANDLES: Sid and Mercedes Bass will be chairing the American Academy in Rome’s annual benefit on Monday night at Cipriani. The honorees include: Hon. Corinne Boggs, J. Carter Brown and Lord Jacob Rothschild, who will be receiving the Academy’s Centennial Medal. Rothschild also will be in town to publicize his book, “Waddesdon Manor,” about his art- and antiques-filled English estate in Buckinghamshire. The baron has been doing the p.r. rounds lately — he even spent a morning signing copies at Hatchard’s in London’s Piccadilly.

JUST CALL HER K.RO: If you haven’t heard the name Karen Robinovitz, don’t worry, you will — at least if Marie Claire has anything to say about it. Robinovitz, a freelance writer, kicked off her “How to Become a Celebrity in Two Weeks” assignment for the magazine on Wednesday night with a 30th birthday bash at Bungalow 8 attended by the likes of Calvin Klein, Tara Reid, Ben Chaplin, Estella Warren and Damon Dash. Her Elisa Jiminez-clad presence even warranted a film crew and two bodyguards, thanks to the $2 million worth of Harry Winston jewels she borrowed. “I’m exhausted already,” she said. Her star-in-the-making schedule included an appearance at yesterday’s launch of Burberry Baby Touch, an interview with “Good Morning America” and the premiere of the new Cameron Diaz flick, “The Sweetest Thing.” Hey, didn’t Harper’s Bazaar do this last year?

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