Lynn Wyatt has been doing her famous birthday bashes in the south of France so well and for so long that even the car rental agent in the Nice airport has heard about them. This year, Joan Collins, Roger Moore, Bobby Short and Prince Albert of Monaco were among the 80-odd guests who gathered last week at Wyatt’s villa high above the port town of Beaulieu.
The theme of the party was Havana, and Wyatt greeted her guests in full cha-cha fettle courtesy of the couture.
“Gaul-ti-er,” she announced, giving his name the Texas treatment. “The dress, the earrings, everything. “
Dinner was on the lawn under a full moon, and at the table of honor, Collins, Moore, Quincy Jones and Martha Stewart joined the birthday girl.
“There’s supposed to be a lunar eclipse tonight, too,” Wyatt said. “Very unusual.”
“That’s good,” replied Collins. “Strange things should always happen to you on your birthday. “
On Saturday, Prince Albert crossed the pond and headed to Bridgehampton for the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge, which benefited the Princess Grace Foundation.
While the Prince watched the horses, Kate Capshaw and Star Jones held court in the royal tent (not far from former “90210” star Luke Perry, who, with a mustache and full beard, looked more like Grizzly Adams).
Capshaw had just returned from the couture and was still reeling.
“We loved Versace,” she said, “but Steven [Spielberg] was particularly moved at Dior. He’s working on a new film, so everything’s inspiration.”
Jones, meanwhile, was reeling from her tete-a-tete with the guest of honor.
“Albert’s considered to be the most eligible bachelor in the world, you know,” she said. But Jones hadn’t come a-courting.
“One must not be so obvious,” she whispered with a grin. “Of course, Her Serene Highness Star Jones does sound good, doesn’t it?”