SOCIAL DIARY Reader's thoughts on the Astor case, as well as Someone Else's thoughts, and more of DPC's thoughts; plus Hugo Vickers' "Behind Closed Doors" about the Windsors and their tragic endings.
PARTY PICTURES The Municipal Art Society's annual benefit gala; The Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala; Kickoff party for the 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
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San Francisco Social Diary. Jeanne Lawrence goes to a book signing at Gump's (and then at the Walt Disney Family Museum) for Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher of Fisher Weisman, "Artful Decoration" ... and then more book parties from SF to LA to NYC.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Michael Grunwald Assures Us: Despite The News, the News isn't all Bad — Really! Uma Thurman as Anita Bryant? Yes! (See, I Told You The News Isn't all Bad.) Wait for It — Delia Ephron's Brilliant "Sister Mother Husband Dog" ... Emily Blunt Goes "Into The Woods" With Meryl Streep ... David Bowie at Victoria & Albert.
SOCIAL DIARY The final chapter of the Astor saga and the future of Brooke Astor's nonagenarian son who may be jailed this week.
HOUSE "Big Old Houses" goes to Lenox, Mass, the "Newport of the Hills," and John Foreman explores a lucky house called Belvoir Terrace.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Will We Be Spending Our Late Nights with Neil Patrick Harris Soon? ... Powerful Web Site Gossips Battle ... Melissa McCarthy Brushes Off Negative Reviews ... Linus Roache Brings "Law and Order" to Those Wild and Crazy "Vikings."
Beautiful weekend in New York. Last Thursday's auction at the Boesky Gallery for the Humane Society with an appearance by Ali MacGraw, Plus the Municipal Art Society honored the Rockefeller Foundation at Grand Central; and remembering Paul Soros who died this past Saturday night.
PARTY PICTURES The 30th Annual Calvary Hospital Awards Gala; The Culture Project Commemorative gala; YWCA USA Women of Distinction Awards Gala in Washington, DC; "Where There is Help, There is Hope", benefitting the Mental Health Association of New York City; "I Have A Dream" Foundation's annual "Spirit of the Dream" Spring Gala; Weeksville Heritage Center's "Save The Memories of Self" Awards Benefit.
LIZ SMITH: "Freud's Mistress" — She Put Up With a Lot. Surprised? Brooke Shields — From Child Icon to Living Landmark.
SOCIAL DIARY Beautiful, overcast sometimes rainy day in New York. JH and DPC visited Joel Kaye in the apartment of Leo Lerman and Gray Foy where they frequently held their legendary entertainments playing host to New York's glitterati, literati and friends and acquaintances for almost a half century.
PARTY PICTURES The New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala benefit; A summer evening to support The Battery Conservancy; American Museum of Natural History's 21st Annual Corporate Dinner; Einstein Emerging Leaders' second annual Gala.
Charlie Scheips writes about The Jugglers, a nine-minute, 18-screen video installation by David Hockney who explores the use of multiple perspectives and "moving focus."
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "The Devil Wears Prada" — Again!
Lauren Weisberger Pens A Sequel To The Novel/Manifesto Of Fashion. Could There Be Another Movie In The Works?
Beautiful day in New York; the Michael's lunch, and remembering Morton Downey Jr.
PARTY PICTURES The American Institute for Stuttering's annual gala; Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center's Sixth Annual Greening Our Children Benefit Luncheon; The Fresh Air Fund 's annual "Salute to American Heroes"; The Children's Storefront's Black and White Extravaganza; Publicolor's Top Coat cocktail party at 4Food; Hunter College's reception to celebrate the launch of its new art exhibit.
LIZ SMITH: Channing Tatum — From "Big" to "Huge?" The Box-Office Will Tell ... Vanity Fair Publishes "The Secret Conversations" of Fabulous Ava Gardner ... Get In on the Great Lighthouse Gala in NYC ... Tim Gunn on Leggings for Men — He Does NOT approve.
SOCIAL DIARY Theatre, arts and fashion celebrated in the galas around town this week in New York.
PARTY PICTURES Wildlife Conservation Society's annual gala, "Wonders of Southeast Asia"; The Museum at Eldridge Street's annual Spring Gala & Celebration; "Women in Leadership" series honoring noteworthy Canadian women.
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Washington Social Diary. Carol Joynt covers May and June in our nation's capital with "bipartisan" baseball, fetes at Tudor Place and Marjorie Meriweather Post's Hillwood estate, and the Ford's Theatre gala.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: "Love, Marilyn" — Everybody Did and They Still Do.
HBO Presents a Touching Documentary on This Most Fragile Legend.
SOCIAL DIARY Rainy days couldn't keep away the clamoring crowds for last night's galas in New York; plus lunch with Bonnie Strauss and her plight and projections for a cure for Dystonia, a terrible disease that affects both adults and children.
John Foreman meets a man he wishes were still alive, when "Big Old Houses" makes a safari to the famous Austin House in Hartford, CT.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Cyndi Lauper — Broadway's "Kinky" Broadway Star ... Richard Pryor's Triumphs and Torments ... Channing Tatum — Hot Stuff who Can Act (Matthew McConaughey, Too) ... HBO and Showtime Face Fan Fury.
SOCIAL DIARY Big doin's last week as we near the end of the Spring social season in New York, including the Conservatory Ball at the Botanical Garden and the Gordon Parks Foundation gala at the Plaza; plus a book signing for Barbara and Renee Stoeltie at the Gerald Bland Gallery.
The Conservatory Ball: An Evening in the Italian Renaissance Garden of Padua benefitting the New York Botanical Garden; The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: Esther Williams — Wet a Star, Dry and Dishy! ... Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West Channel Liz n' Dick (Listen, Anything's Better than Lindsay!) ... Le Penguin in Greenwich — Hurry, It's Lovely Up There.
PARTY PICTURES NYPL's Spring Dinner for Education; New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund's Kick Off to Summer Benefit; Doubles Club's Associate Party; Southampton Fresh Air Home Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala, and the kickoff party at Gracious Home.
HOUSE Revisiting Sian and Leslie's visit with innovative and influential textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen in his Murray Hill apartment, photographed by Jeff Hirsch.
The Art Set: The Glass of Art Architecture and Nature. Charlie Scheips visits Philip Johnson's Glass House and his great art collection in New Canaan, Connecticut.
GUEST DIARY LIZ SMITH: A Cheery Letter From The Lone Star State.