SOCIAL DIARY 2004

12.31.04 - New Year's Eve, 2004: This year we received a lot of holiday cards which we thought we'd share with you. The message is the same.

12.30.04 - A typical week between Christmas-and-New Year’s in New York so we made a quick trip to The Frick Collection.


12.27.04 - A cold Christmas weekend in New York with a light snow falling; Sunday evening window shopping.


12.24.04 - Big Yellow Taxi Story. In the spirit of Christmas.

12.22.04 - Doubles' Christmas luncheons have become an annual tradition.


12.21.04 - Opening night of the first revival of Jerry Herman’s La Cage Aux Folles.


12.20.04 - The Business of the Blacks; Christmas in Connecticut with Doug Cramer and Hugh Bush; Jack Valenti put his handprints and footprints in cement.


12.17.04 - Yesterday we went over to MoMA for a first time look at the new building.

12.16.04 - Connie and Randy Jones gave a dinner party last night; And the winner of the Great American Mutt Contest of 2004 is ...


12.15.04 - The season in full swing; A visit with Nazee Moinian for some holiday shopping.


12.14.04 - A chat with Leo DiCaprio last night at Osteria del Circo.


12.13.04 - A damp and grey weekend after a week of rain. The local community obsession ...


12.10.04 - For those of you who can’t think of what to buy as a holiday gift for the man, woman or child who has everything, think books.


12.9.04 - Last night in New York: Bringing the Uptown Downtown.


12.8.04 - The Week luncheon at "21"; Alice Mason's annual Holiday dinner.

12.7.04 - A sampling of the luxe life exemplified in Jamee Gregory's new book, New York Apartments: Private Views.

12.6.04 - The Museum of the Moving Image honored John Travolta last night at the Waldorf.

12.2.04 - John Rosselli and Bunny Williams' annual Christmas party; Opening night party for “Nina Griscom.”


12.1.04 - Last night in New York: Something for everyone.


11.30.04 - One of the most fashionable obsessions of the very rich ...


11.29.04 - Long, quiet holiday weekend in New York; A Sunday night run-in with Dame Edna.


11.26.04 - Thanksgiving Day in New York.

11.24.04 - Over at Lincoln Center to take in the opening night benefit for the New York City Ballet; Plus lots more on today's Social Diary.

11.23.04 - Sunday night at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Guild hosted “Hart to Hart,” honoring Kitty Carlisle Hart.


11.22.04 - Citymeals-On-Wheels held its 18th annual Power Lunch for Women.


11.18.04 - All kinds of things going on all over town starting with the American Museum of Natural History's annual Museum Ball.

11.17.04 - These are busy days in New York, as you Diary readers may have noticed.

11.16.04 - A busy New York day and night.


11.15.04 - A visit with Kitty Carlisle Hart; and a glamorous wedding reception.


11.15.04 - SAN FRANCISCO SOCIAL DIARY: Much of the summer social season is in Napa Valley and Sonoma and we have lots to review; plus a book party that Ann Getty gave for Diane Dorrans Saeks.

11.12.04 - Actors and Authors and Writers and Such.

11.11.04 - Last night the Asian Cultural Council celebrated it's 40th anniversary, honoring Elizabeth J. McCormack.


11.10.04 - Last night Michael’s celebrated their fifteenth anniversary; And Diahn and Tom McGrath gave a dinner party for their longtime friend Nancy Holmes.

11.9.04 - Last night at The Pierre they held the 3rd annual Stella by Starlight gala “to celebrate the legacy of Stella Adler and to benefit the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.”

11.8.04 - A Marathon Weekend; Last night, Swifty’s was jumping.

11.4.04 - Last night at the Plaza Hotel, the New York Landmarks Conservancy celebrated its 11th annual “Living Landmarks.”


11.3.04 - The thrill was not on first-nighting but frankly on the Presidential election.


11.2.04 - Election Day 2004.


11.1.04 - The autumn weekend in New York; More photos of the cocktail party DPC gave a week ago Friday at Doubles.


10.29.04 - The Central Park Conservancy’s 9th annual Halloween Party; And an evening with Joan Rivers.


10.27.04 - A busy black tie night in New York: Museum of Arts and Design's autumn fundraising gala, Visionaries 2004; French-American Foundation's annual gala dinner and honoring Maurice Lévy.


10.26.04 - Last night in NY: The American Friends of the Israel Museum held a black tie gala and raised $2.2 million; Donna Karan celebrated the 20th anniversary of her own business.

10.25.04 - Thursday and night: Patricia Patterson and Muffy Miller threw a luncheon for Princess Michael of Kent; Annual Preview Party of the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show to benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


10.21.04 - Last night The American Ballet Theatre opened its autumn season at City Center with a fund raising gala.


10.20.04 - Last night's opening exhibition for Rosita, the Duchess of Marlborough.


10.19.04 - There were birthday celebrations all over town, a book signing, and the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home in the Time Warner Building.

10.18.04 - A visit with Ellen Graham and a look at her new book, The Bad and The Beautiful.


10.14.04 - Yesterday was the annual Breast Cancer Research Foundation luncheon at the Waldorf in the Grand Ballroom.

10.13.04 - Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross get hitched; Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala celebrated its 20th anniversary; ABT's "A Magical Evening" aboard The Highlander; Kickoff lunch for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 17th Annual Holiday Bazaar.


10.12.04 - A cool and breezy autumn weekend; Running down last week.


10.6.04 - Big doin’s in the Big Town. Last night was the annual Municipal Art Society’s Gala.

10.5.04 - Last night's Fete de Swifty; Saturday night's birthday soiree for Daisy Soros; Memories of Lillian and the death of her Jenny.

10.4.04 - Dwelling in the Place of Possibility.


9.29.04 - The trials and tribulations of Conrad Black.


9.28.04 - Lunch with Zandra Rhodes; A rundown of (a very busy) last Thursday night in New York.

9.27.04 - The Animal Medical Center's Top Dog Gala.


9.23.04 - Last night's Animal Medical Center’s annual Top Dog Gala and Museum of the City of New York's "New York After Dark."

9.22.04 - Last night in NY: A launch party for a new magazine called New York Dog; Down to the Marlborough gallery on West 18th Street for the opening of Hunt Slonem’s new show.

9.20.04 - The Age of Being Important.


9.16.04 - San Francisco summer: NYSD correspondent Jeanne Lawrence reports on the Beach Blanket Babylon and the Shansby’s Hoe Down in Sonoma.


9.15.04 - The kick-off party for the first annual Fete De Swifty; Booksigning party for Princess Michael of Kent and her new book, The Serpent and the Moon.


9.14.04 - Bobby Short celebrated his 80th birthday; Down to the Tents at Bryant Park for the Oscar de la Renta show.


9.13.04 - A lot going on around town: Tory Burch's premiere at Bergdorf’s; Tiffany's “Make A Noise For the New York Public Library"; Brendan Fraser's exhibition of photographs; A party for Amy Fine Collins and her new book, The God of Driving.

9.10.04 - Down to the Tents at Bryant Park for Michael Vollbracht’s Bill Blass Show.

9.9.04 - Yesterday's panel lunch sponsored by The Week; Last night's New York City Opera's season opening; A report from Palm Beach after the hurricane.


9.8.04 - Back into the swing of things starting with last night.


9.7.04 - A look at Peter Evans' Nemesis: The True Story; Aristotle Onassis, Jackie O, and the Love Triangle that Brought Down the Kennedys.


9.3.04 - NYSD is all over the map: Uptown, downtown, out east, midwest, way west.

9.2.04 - From Monte-Carlo for the Monaco Red Cross Ball to East Hampton for Safe Horizon's 2nd Annual Sunset Celebration to Southampton for a screening of Finding Neverland.


9.1.04- It rained yesterday morning on Old Cape Cod; so, raindrops fallin’ on our heads ...


8.31.04 - Monday morning in New York was very quiet. We headed for Cape Cod.


8.30.04 - Hot and muggy in the city over the weekend; A benefit at Soho House for Anthony Shriver’s Best Buddies organization.


8.25.04- Love in the afternoon, they say; sex at the seashore; The local sotto voce topic of discussion in one of those communities.


8.24.04 - NYSD grand style for the perfectly grand New Yorkers.


8.23.04 - A weekend with Balzac; Formidable women: Gloria Emerson and Susan Mary.


8.19.04 - Last night went over to the American Folk Art Museum to see the exhibition put together by the National Jewelry Institute.


8.18.04 - Last night in NY: A screening of Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things; A visit to David Copperfield's for the launch of Fete Accompli! The Ultimate Guide to Creative Entertaining.

8.17.04 - Photo-Relationships: Reviewing some of our early layouts of the Hilton sisters over the past few years, including Todd Meister.

8.16.04 - Antony Todd and Nina Griscom held a reception for Bettina Zilkha and her book Ultimate Style.



8.13.04 - Neighborhood History Lesson; Marisa Berenson and Bill Kapfer held a private evening of shopping and cocktails at the Donna Karan store.

8.11.04 - Diplomatic Impunity; Love and War on the Same Page.

8.10.04 - Gloria Vanderbilt's new memoir is to be published; They raised more than $1.4 million at the Southampton Hospital’s 46th annual Summer Party, “The Enchanted Garden.”

8.9.04 - Weekend in the City; Meanwhile, out Hamptons way ...

8.3.04 - While this writer was lazing along, guest of friends cruising Corsica, Sardinia and Capri, farther north on the blue blue Mediterranean ...

8.2.04 - Cab ride in the Naked City.


7.30.04 - When in Rome; last day ...


7.28.04 - Last night and day on the Big Eagle.


7.27.04 - More from the Big Eagle ... Life as a cruise.


7.26.04 - On the blue blue Mediterranean: Pulled up anchor and went around the bend to Port Cervo to tie up for the night.

7.22.04 - Cruising on the Big Eagle down the coast of Corsica, across to Sardinia toward Cala di Volpe.


7.21.04 - The beginning of DPC's fourth trip on the Big Eagle in the Mediterranean.


7.14.04 - Last night Elton John and his band gave a concert at Radio City Music Hall to benefit The Juilliard School and The Royal Academy of Music, followed by a gala dinner.

7.13.04 - The summer social scene for New Yorkers.

7.12.04 - Charlie Scheips sent us a little "letter" about his trip to Art 35 Basel, 2004.

7.8.04 - Hot July daze. Love in the Late Afternoon.

7.7.04 - The Season in London.

7.6.04 - A warm beautiful, long Fourth of July weekend in Manhattan.

7.2.04 - A re-print from The New York Observer: WASP's on the Web! New York society loves the way it looks in David Patrick Columbia's computer-screen glow. GEORGE GURLEY meets the man behind the mouse.

6.30.04 - Lists and more Lists.

6.29.04 - The Partnership for Public Service held a big do over at the Waldorf; While Denise Rich held a cocktail party honoring the sponsors of her upcoming “A Glittering Night Under the Stars” to benefit her G&P Foundation.

6.28.04 - Robert Littell's The Men We Became; My Friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr.

6.25.04 - Summing up Tuesday and Wednesday night on the town; A Versailles visitor's scrapbook.

6.22.04 - Sumer is a cumin’ in and they’re already planning for autumn.

6.21.04 - Dedication to the Trois Fontaines Bosquet’s craftsmen and artisans and a Dejeuner sur l’Herbe in the garden of the Petit Trianon.


6.18.04 - A Fete Champetre in the French countryside at the residence of M. et Mme. Jean de Yturbe, the Chateau d’Anet.


6.17.04 - A visit with Liz Fondaras in her Paris penthouse apartment; A visit with Stanislas de Quercize, the President of Cartier; A run-in with three more guests of the American Friends.

6.16.04 - Le Grand Bal du Bosquet “Un Reve Magique,” the opening of the magnificent Trois Fountaine Bosquet.


6.15.04 - Day 2 in Paris with the American Friends of Versailles: Lunch at the palace of a Queen of France; Cocktails at the palace of the President of France; A reception at the American Ambassador's.


6.14.04 - We came to Paris, arriving last Thursday morning for the dedication of the Bosquet des Trois Fontaines at Versailles.


6.11.04 - A recap of our first day in Paris with the American Friends of Versailles.


6.9.04 - In the Having It All (and Keeping It Going) Department: Two cocktail parties in New York last night.

6.8.04 - Last night we were up at the fabled Apollo theater on 125th Street where Jazz at Lincoln Center was holding its third annual gala concert and dinner, “Teach Me Tonight.”

6.4.04 - Over at the New-York Historical Society they held their annual Strawberry Festival luncheon.

6.3.04 - Yesterday's National Audubon Society’s first Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Award Luncheon; World Wildlife Fund's Young Partners in Conservation's fundraiser, Jungle Boogie; Happy Handbag Anya Hindmarch.

6.1.04 - A beautiful holiday weekend in New York. Sunny, cool-ish. A very quiet New York.

5.28.04 - The Wildlife Conservation Society's annual “Safari!” Spring Gala; Dennis Basso staged his fur collection extravaganza in the afternoon at Cipriani 42nd Street.


5.27.04 - The last 48 hours in New York: Book parties, fashion shows, product launches, and big benefits.


5.25.04 - Last night the Doris Duke Collection of furniture, jewels and wines opened at Christie's.


5.24.04 - Can’t Take it With You; the Art of Making and Giving Money, by Lewis B. Cullman.


5.21.04 - A Spring Literary Luncheon called “Authors In Kind” to benefit God’s Love We Deliver; The Children’s Expressions Project's 3rd annual Children’s Day “Artrageous.”


5.20.04 - A hot, humid, wet day in the city.

5.19.04 - Last night there was a private screening of De-Lovely at the MGM screening room.

5.18.04 - More from last week's Dramatist Guild gala; Last night HBO held the premiere of “Elaine Stritch At Liberty”; A book party for Tina Flaherty's What Jackie Taught Us; Susan Shin's birthday celebration.


5.17.04 - Thursday night last was a beauty.


5.14.04 - Musings on the Quest 400.


5.12.04 - More from Monday night; Two for Tuesday.


5.11.04 - Night on the town; something for everyone (if you’re in the going out mood that is).


5.10.04 - Last week’s calendar in Manhattan was jammed for all the Going-Outs, Mister, Missus and Miz.

5.6.04 - Yesterday in NY: Central Park Conservancy’s 22nd annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon; New York City Ballet's annual Spring Gala “Balanchine 100.”

5.5.04 - Arts & entertainers; An obit of a man named Tom Corbally, from the London Independent.


5.4.04 - Last night, Literacy Partners held its 20th annual Evening of Readings.


5.3.04 - The merry month of May.


4.30.04 - Yesterday, the American Museum of Natural History held its 14th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon.


4.28.04 - Paying respects to the family of Estee Lauder; Last night City Harvest held its annual fundraising gala, “The Practical Magic Ball.”


4.27.04 - The Breast Cancer Research Foundation's 10th anniversary gala on a rainy Monday night.


4.26.04 - A rundown of a very busy Thursday night past.


4.23.04 - Starstruck at Michael's; The launch of Millennium Modern at the Nohra Haime Gallery; “South Beach Serenade,” down in Miami.


4.22.04 - Barbara de Portago and the Versailles/Giverny Foundation gave a luncheon for Princess Michael of Kent at Le Cirque; The ASPCA's 7th annual Bergh Ball at the Plaza; More from Tuesday night's Horticultural Society of New York's Flowers & Design.


4.21.04 - PEN Literary Gala at The Pierre as well as The Horticultural Society of New York's Flowers & Design; Last week, Bergdorf Goodman and Assouline celebrated the launch of Diane Von Furstenberg: The Wrap.


4.20.04 - New York Academy of Art's “Tribeca Ball 2004”; The Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee held a kick-off party at Hermes for their annual Frederick Law Olmstead Awards luncheon.


4.19.04 - Another beautiful Spring weekend in New York.

4.16.04 - A book party at Elaine’s for Linda Bruckheimer; Celine was hosting the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's kick-off cocktail party for the International Fine Art Fair.

4.15.04 - Raining cats and dogs for the past two days in New York; Meanwhile, on the Great White Way ...

4.14.03 - HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia was honored at a luncheon in Palm Beach; March of Dimes held its 29th annual Million Dollar Beauty Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria.

4.13.04 - A run-in with the mystery man from yesterday's lunch at Michael's for Joel Grey's 72nd birthday and later on that night; Larisa Bond held a birthday bash of her own.


4.12.04 - Personal Easter Weekend.


4.8.04 - Tuesday night, the Academy of American Poets presented its 2nd annual “Poetry & The Creative Mind.


4.7.04 - Nudging spring along. Sunny and brisk, the weatherman said about yesterday in New York.

4.6.04 - Tartan Week in New York and last night, one of the highlights was held at Sotheby's — “Dressed to Kilt.”

4.5.04 - Last Thursday at the Mandarin Oriental, the Friends of New Yorkers for Children held their Spring Dinner Dance.

4.2.04 - The List for the Diary Week That Was.


4.1.04 - It was a cold and rainy one last night in New York, and a busy one too.


3.31.04 - Last night's Tribute dinner to Design and Decorative Arts given by the American Academy in Rome at Cipriani 42nd Street.

3.30.04 - A sunny chilly new Spring Monday; Last night over at the Rainbow Room high above Rockefeller Center ...


3.29.04 - Signs of Spring; Forgetting to mention a goodie bag brings back a memory of Dr. Erno Laszlo.

3.26.04 - Dear DPC: See Ya Later Alligator; More from Bergdorfs - a party for Slim Aarons' Once Upon A Time; The opening of the Elizabeth Charles boutique.

3.25.04 - The opening of the Joseph Abboud in the Time Warner Center; Dom Perignon celebrated its “vintage 1996 at one of the unsold multi-million dollar condominiums around the corner; And on to Bergdorfs for a book party for Hollywood Life.

3.24.04 - Life Among the (Fashion) Savages; Winter Night 2004 Gala Benefit for Lighthouse International; Asia Society's launch party at Celine for the 2004 International Asian Art Fair; Sidney Sheldon Writing Scholarship Awarded to Student Marcelo Mitnik.


3.23.04 - Meanwhile in Palm Beach, they held the “Around the World In 80 Days Ball”; Back in New York, United Way of New York City kicked off its Gridiron Gala.


3.19.04 - A look back at St. Patrick's Day in New York; The loss of a devoted friend and supporter.

3.17.04 - Last night, Literacy Partners held its kick off party at Le Cirque for its annual gala, and Ambassador Anne Cox Chambers hosted an evening for the Festival D’Aix En Provence 2004.

3.16.04 - Last night at Ralph Lauren, they held a book party for India Hicks and David Flint Wood's Island Life; Inspirational Interiors.


3.15.04 - A nippy Sunday in New York; The Young Friends of Save Venice staged a “Casanova’s Court Masquerade Ball” at the Metropolitan Club; Boston's French Library/Alliance Française “Bal des Etoiles.”

3.12.04 - Benefit for the Venetian Heritage; Pics from Palm Beach, Miami Beach, and right here in 'Ole New York.

3.11.04 - 2004 International Best Dressed List; Kim Ahktar, Queen of Clean The Closet Queen; Bergdorf Goodman's preview of the J. Mendel Spring 2004 Collection to benefit Safe Horizon.


3.10.04 - The Associates committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held its annual Bunny Hop while The Writing Center of Marymount College held its 9th Anniversary Dinner.

3.9.04 - A very busy Monday in Manhattan.

3.8.04 - Is this the end for Martha Stewart?


3.4.04 - Lunch at Pastis.

3.3.04 - Value. In New York you hear about: Real Estate.

3.2.04 - Steve Cohen's Chamber Magic at the Waldorf Towers; Dennis Basso hosted a preparty for the Young Friends of Save Venice.

3.1.04 - New Yorkers were out this weekend; Last Thursday, we were out too — all over town.

2.27.04 - Yesterday the New York Chapter of the American Cancer Society held its Mother of the Year luncheon at the St. Regis Roof; Rod Stewart at Madison Square Garden.

2.26.04 - An update on the auxiliary road in the East River; A luncheon for the Nature Conservancy of the South Fork.


2.25.04 - Monday and Tuesday night in Manhattan.

2.23.04 - Thoughts on the the ever-intensifying mania for plastic surgery.

2.20.04 - A book reception for Suzanne Somers and moved on to The American Museum of Natural History's annual Juniors Winter Dance 2004; A tribute to Gene Hovis.

2.19.04 - The President’s Day weekend extended into this week following.

2.18.04 - Palm Beach Blind Item.

2.17.04 - Last Thursday night over at The Frick, more than 700 attended The Young Fellows “Men’s Club” evening.


2.13.04 - Jennifer Nicholson closed out Fashion Week with a bang; Yesterday, Miramax Films and Harvey Weinstein gave a lunch for director Denys Arcand.

2.11.04 - A request for an image of a woman whom the emailer identified as her “husband’s biological mother.”


2.10.04 - The annual Drama League gala at The Pierre; The beginning of Fashion Week starting with Oscar de la Renta; A quick trip down to Palm Beach.

2.9.04 - Sunday was a bright and very cold sunny day in New York.

2.5.04 - A busy one (or two or three or four) in Manhattan.

2.4.04 - Mark Gilbertson held his big annual winter cocktail party; Elle Décor held its 7th annual “Dining By Design.”


2.2.04 - Friday night at Crobar; Central Park Conservancy's skating party; A big happy birthday to Liz Smith.

1.29.04 - A look around after the big snow; Genetic Propensities and Dr. Yes; Staying warm in Palm Beach.


1.28.04 - Remembering Jack Paar.

1.27.04 - Last night Evelyn Lauder's Breast Cancer Research Foundation held a dinner at Noche followed by a reading of Wendy Wasserstein’sThe Sisters Rosensweig.

1.26.04 - They celebrated the Chinese New Year, the year of the Monkey last Thursday; And a tribute to Ann Miller.

1.21.04 - Calls from media all over the world looking for anything new on the big three of the moment.

1.20.04 - Francine Weisweiller, who has died aged 87, was the devoted if long-suffering patron of the avant-garde painter, poet, writer and film-maker, Jean Cocteau.

1.19.04 - Bette Midler at MSG; Lots of goodies from the 50th annual Winter Antiques Show, while Richard Johnson celebrated his 50th.

1.16.04 - Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! The cold-front brings the Winter Antiques Show, and the British Memorial Garden Trust thaws out Cipriani.

1.15.04 - Working lunches: Linda Fairstein celebrated the publication of her 6th novel, The Kills; while Harry Evans and Tina Brown held a luncheon for The Week Magazine and its first annual "Opinion Awards."

1.14.04 - A fond recollection of the late Johnny Galliher, a gent of legendary style; A visit to Neiman Marcus in Palm Beach and Houston.

1.12.04 - A cold, quiet weekend in New York.

1.9.04 - Aspen during the holiday season: Prada gave a beautiful party for 250 at its store on South Galena Street.

1.7.04 - New York lost two great talents.

1.6.04 - Last night Louise Grunwald threw a book party for her husband Henry to celebrate the publication of his novel A Saint More or Less.

1.5.04 - Marriage, and Love and Marriage. And Love; JH hits St. Maarten and brings back some color.

1.2.04 - New Year's Eve in New York, L.A., Morocco, and St. Barth.

 

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