Everyone loves a Hollywood couple, and when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston arrived at Tuesday night’s premiere of “Erin Brockovich” in Los Angeles, it seemed that the spotlight had struck its bullseye.
Until Julia Roberts, the star of the film, walked in on the arm of Benjamin Bratt, that is. The ensuing explosion of flashbulbs confirmed their status as the town’s current reigning couple. Pitt and Aniston showed no hard feelings, though, as the couples greeted each other with hugs all around.
“Julia is light,” said Catherine Keener, an Oscar nominee for “Being John Malkovich.” “She just lights up the screen. If I knew Julia’s secret, my life would be completely different.”
“Erin Brockovich” is based on the true story of a legal filing clerk who accidentally discovers that a major corporation is poisoning her town’s water.
The real-life Brockovich, whose preference for mini-dresses and cleavage-bearing halters is said to have shocked even Roberts, also provided inspiration for the after-party’s biker theme — little Harleys decorated each table, and the food stands were announced with signs such as “Hog Heaven” and “Born to be Wild.”
A few nights earlier, Lucky Roosevelt chaired a gala at the Washington Opera to honor its head honcho, Placido Domingo.
Wearing an aquamarine peau de soie Bill Blass gown, Roosevelt presided over a stage surrounded by four huge urns filled with the thousand peach long-stem roses she had had flown in from Colombia.
She insisted it would be her last gala.
“I’ve done them for the Opera, the Folger, and the Blair House, and this is really it.”