OSCAR GOES TO: When Deborah Norville got a call about last Wednesday’s Women of Distinction awards luncheon, she presumed organizers wanted an emcee. Once her invitation arrived, she realized she was being honored for her work in broadcasting, Norville told the crowd at the Waldorf-Astoria.
While perusing the Gucci handbag, Fred Leighton watch and other silent auction items earlier, she said she was eager for the airing of her interview with Anne Hjelle who was attacked by a mountain lion last year in Southern California. “The mountain lion dragged her into the brush and her friend grabbed her by the ankles. Anne told me she said, ‘Let me go. Let me die,’” but her friend held fast. “I don’t think I have a friend that good.”
When one of Norville’s old pals Allison Davis buzzed by to say hello, Norville said, “We used to work together years ago on the ‘Today’ show, when we were young and slim.”
“And sweet,” Davis offered. “Now we’re old and jaded.”
“And crotchety,” Norville laughed.
Other guests were in a tailspin about a red Birkin bag raffle. The somewhat weary looking woman selling the $100 tickets said, “They think it’s such a status symbol. I think it looks like Coach.”
Oscar de la Renta and Bergdorf Goodman’s James Gold had ringside seats for the fashion show they put together for the event, which benefited the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
Crohn’s disease is something Cynthia McFadden is all too familiar with. Before lunch, the ABC News’ senior legal correspondent and honoree for journalism, graphically said, “I never go anywhere without knowing where the bathroom is. Finding the closest bathroom could be a book someday.”
Later, when asked who made her pale green suit, McFadden replied, “Tahari,” and then said to no one in particular. “I wish it was Oscar.”