Just two nights after the Oscars, Hollywood had already moved on to the next Hillary — First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, that is, who was the recipient of the fourth annual “Woman of Courage” award given by Saks Fifth Avenue and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Hollywood power brokers like Jeffrey Katzenberg, Marvin and Barbara Davis, Michael Milken, Joel Silver, Steve and Jamie Tisch, Terry and Jane Semel, and Ron and Kelly Meyer crowded into the Regent Beverly Wilshire with Robin Williams, Candace Bergen and Elton John. They all lined up to pay their respects to the woman of the hour and to their hosts for the evening — Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg and Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks.
“Steven is a man so powerful,” Robin Williams announced, “that he had final cut at his own circumcision.”
“That was a good joke about me,” Spielberg shot back.
“Well, I’d like to apologize now,” Williams answered, “because someday I’d like to work again.”
Hanks walked in looking like a shipwrecked sailor who’d stumbled upon a tuxedo buried in the sand. His sun-parched, frizzy hair and full beard are the required get-up for his new film, “Castaway.”
The evening ended when Elton John took over the piano for an hour-long set of classics, the crowd rising to a standing ovation between every song.
The night before in Paris, Stella McCartney dropped by Man Ray, the restaurant where Thierry Klemeniuk was throwing a private party for Mick Hucknall of Simply Red following his concert at the Olympia.
Oliver Stone popped his head in, as did actresses Mathilda May and Emma de Caunes. But it was McCartney who drew the most stares by palling around with Hucknall all night.