Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Except for Oscar night in Hollywood,
then all is Vanity Fair.

Last night in New York up in the Rainbow Room overlooking the metropolis, Bay Street Theatre of Sag Harbor celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a benefit black tie gala hosted by Julie Andrews and Alec Baldwin. The Bay Street Theatre is a lovely, intimate theater out on the North Fork of the Hamptons which has had the support of Ms. Andrews (her daughter and son-in-law have been its driving force) since its inception. It draws some of the biggest theatrical talent in the country.

Another charter member/supporter is Sybil Burton Christopher, the first wife of the late actor Richard Burton and mother of his daughters. Kate Burton was one of the participants in the entertainment last night at the Rainbow Room, along with Charles Busch, Christine Ebersol, John Glover, Julie Halston, Edward Hibbert, Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Roberts and B. D. Wong.

For the last fifteen years Bay Street has presented a string of unforgettable stagings of new plays, cabaret and classical music concerts. Used as a try-out venue for playwrights like Horton Foote, Paula Vogel and Terrence McNally, and attracts stars such as Richard Dreyfuss, Alec Baldwin, Cherry Jones, Diane Wiest, Kate Burtonunder top-flight directors such as Joe Mantello, Sidney Lumet, Jack Hofsiss.

Ginny and Henry Mancini

Also last night, at another venue high above the town (and with a different but also fabulous view), at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola, the jazz club of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ginny Mancini and Tony Danza hosted a private 10 Anniversary Celebration Concert for the Henry Mancini Institute. The organization was founded to foster and assist growing musicians by Jack Eliot in 1997 as a tribute to his late great friend.

The Henry Mancini Institute provides unique, broad-based and eclectic musical training to both underserved school children and emerging professional musicians. Each year the Institute produces its highly anticipated Free Summer Music Festival, including 9 free concerts in a variety of venues through the L.A. area. Further information can be found at

Henry Mancini had a long and spectacular career as a composer/conductor/arranger and was one of the most versatile in the business. His film scores including Victor/Victoria, The Glass Menagerie, The Pink Panther, 10, Darling Lili, Arabesque, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (“Moon River”). He also composed several famous television themes including “Peter Gunn,” “Mr. Lucky,” NBC News Election Night Coverage,” “Newhart,” “Remington Steele” and “Hotel” and was a much in demand concert performer conducting more than 50 engagements a year. He was also one of the nicest gentlemen who ever lived in Hollywood or anywhere else.

Lucia Hwong Gordon, DPC, and Nikki Haskell at Michael's

Hank, as he was known to his myriad friends, and Ginny (whom he met when she was a singer with the Glenn Miller/Tex Beneke Orchestra when he joined it in 1946) were a very popular couple in the movie colony frequently entertaining at their rambling Holmby Hills house. Since her husband’s untimely death in 1994, Ginny Mancini has devoted herself to musical projects assisting singers (both developing and in retirement) and budding musicians.

Yesterday lunch I had a double date (unexpectedly – I forgot and double booked) at Michael’s with Nikki Haskell, the Star Caps (and now Star Cruncher – see banner ad) entrepreneur and Lucia Hwong-Gordon. The two women had never met each other but soon learned they had something in common – they both grew up in Los Angeles and have lived a good part of their lives there.

Michael's Steve Millington at Michael's
Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter at Mortons

Nikki, who maintains apartments both here and in Beverly Hills, is on her way to Florida to have a reunion with a man with whom she had her first teenage romance when she was kid back in Chicago.They hadn’t seen each other since but a friend of Nikki’s was introduced to him in Miami not long ago and when he learned the woman lived in Los Angeles, he asked if she knew Nikki Haskell. “He’s handsomer than he was at 14,” Nikki reported, “weighs the same as he did at 21, has all his hair and is divorced!”

Lucia, who is married and mother of twin girls, lives here in New York. She is very active in philanthropic activities and is currently working on a series of international dinners for the benefit of the Asia Society.

Once conversation turned to life in Los Angeles, it wasn’t long before it morphed into Oscar-talk. And what the women thought of the red carpet fashions.

Meanwhile, our friend, the ubiquitous Patrick McMullan came forth with a fantastic portfolio of guests at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton’s restaurant in West Hollywood this past Sunday night. If there are any images you’d like to purchase for your own collection, visit Patrick’s site:

We weren’t there of course, but how much do you wanna bet the best part of the party was exactly what you see in Patrick McMullan’s photos? That’s the way it is with high profile, hyped up, celebrity parties. And, I should add, that’s the way it’s always been from the Carlos de Bestigui “party of the century” in Venice in the 1950s, to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball in the 1960s to Graydon Carter’sVanity Fair party today. Once the guests arrive, it’s all over but the shoutin’. Some shoutin’, of course ...

Selma Blair and Ahmet Zappa

Cornelia Guest and Anjelica Huston

Si Newhouse, Anna Scott, and Graydon Carter
Post-party photographer bank
Graydon Carter and Chevy Chase

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant

Shawn King

Serena and Venus Williams
L. to r.: Early on at the Vanity Fair party; Adrien Brody and friend.
Andrew Saffir, Bob Colacello, Martin Saar, and Daniel Benedict
Shakira Caine, Michael Caine, Susan Newhouse, and Wendy Goldberg
Tom Ford and Liz Smith
Tamara Mellon, Seal, and Teri Hatcher

L. to r.: Giada Cologrande and Willem Dafoe; Todd Purdum and Louise Grunwald; Zooey Deschanel.

Sarah O' Hare and Lachlan Murdoch

Robert Wohl

Vince Vaughn

Jon Voight

Keanu Reeve

Mickey Rourke

Michael and Ninah Lynne

Patricia Clarkson, Les Moonves, and Julie Chen

Mick Jagger and L'Wren Scott
Katie and George Lucas
Larry David and Anderson Cooper
Lachlan Murdoch and Marjorie Gubelmann Raein
Lady Victoria White, Robert Evans, and Dominick Dunne
Peter Morton and Elizabeth Saltzman
Jamie and Steve Tisch
Padma Lakshmi, Francesco Clemente, and L'Wren Scott
The once and future Perelmans? Ron and Claudia
Ronald Perelman, Si Newhouse, Graydon Carter, and Brad Grey
Ronald Perelman and Seal
Lynn Wyatt, Percy Gibson, and Alana Stewart
Padma Lakshmi with Shakira and Michael Caine

Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons

Joan Collins and Percy Gibson

Laurie and Larry David

Kate Bosworth

Larry and Shawn King

Ahmet Ertegun and Mica Ertegun

Monet Mazur

Naomi Watts

Roger Waters and Laurie Durning
Deborah and Allen Grubman
Heidi Klum
Kirk Douglas and Patrick McMullan
Amy Sacco and Zac Posen
Anna Scott and Denise Hale
Bill Maher, Maureen Dowd, and Aaron Sorkin
Faye Dunaway

Marina Cicogna

Sandra Bullock

Sienna Miller
Uma Thurman

Alba Clemente and Ingrid Sischy

Bill Maher and Arianna Huffington

Barbara Walters and Barry Diller

Cindy Adams

Dolly Parton
Donatella Versace
Jennifer Aniston
Jay Leno
Joan Collins and George Hamilton

Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer

Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Diane von Furstenberg

Elizabeth Saltzman and Dominick Dunne

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

Graydon Carter and Anna Scott

Gina Gershon and Sean McPhearson

Jerry Bruckheimer

James Franco

Gigi Levangie Grazer

Hilary Swank

John Hodges and Alexandra Kotur
Anna Scott, Wendi Deng Murdoch, Elizabeth Wyatt, and Kathy Freston
Brad Grey and Tom Freston

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan


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