By some reports, San Francisco is a sleepy town. But those who spent the last fortnight celebrating Denise Hale’s perennial “39th” birthday — at a lavish dinner at Bill and Vanessa Getty’s, a luncheon at Urannia and Brunno Ristow’s and champagne at John Traina’s — might beg to differ.
The festivities culminated with the dinner Hale gave for 40 of her closest friends last Saturday at Farallon. The guests, including Sharon Stone, soprano Renee Fleming, Ann Getty, Maria Manetti Farrow, Pam Kramlich and Tatianna Sorokko, were on strict orders to dress to the nines.
Vanessa Getty, who is seven months pregnant, squeezed herself into a custom-made maternity number from Pamela Dennis. It turns out she’s expecting a boy.
“I saw him on the ultrasound,” she said. “He has his father’s nose.”
Prince Pierre d’Arenberg and his wife, Sylvia, flew in from Paris on their way to a family vacation in Careyes.
“My mother and Denise were longtime great friends,” said the prince. “Denise always reminds me that I was conceived at the Beverly Hills Hotel when my parents came to town — to visit her.”
In Los Angeles, the co-stars of “Josie and the Pussycats,” the film version of the girl-band comic strip, admitted to harboring secret rock-star fantasies at the film’s premiere on Monday.
“All those years doing air guitar in my living room paid off,” Rosario Dawson said with a laugh.
“I always wanted to be Joan Jett,” admitted Rachael Leigh Cook.
The next day, Kate Hudson, Lara Flynn Boyle and Sandra Bullock came out for the Blockbuster Awards, and the British perfumer Jo Malone hosted a luncheon in the Beverly Hills Hotel to celebrate her new Neiman Marcus boutique. As Jackie Coppola Getty and Paris Hilton sniffed the scents that Malone had placed in their seats, Shiva Rose McDermott quietly pocketed hers.
“My daughter doesn’t like toys,” McDermott explained. “She’d rather play with my perfume bottles.”