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New York is a city rife with Julie Christie fans.

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Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis

Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis

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New York is a city rife with Julie Christie fans. “I’ve been wanting to meet you forever,” gushed Debbie Harry to the “Away From Her” star at the film’s premiere Wednesday night.

So had Candice Bergen, Debra Messing, Kim Cattrall, Griffin Dunne, Sandra Bernhard and Ricki Lake, who all showed up to support the iconic actress in her latest role as a sufferer of Alzheimer’s.

Olympia Dukakis co-stars in the movie, written and directed by Sarah Polley. “It’s an interesting topic for the fashion crowd,” Rachel Roy said, “getting older.”

Christie herself, dressed in a green frock from her closet, was having a hard time adjusting to socializing among the style-obsessed at the after-party at the Soho Grand. “Everyone’s asking me what’s your dress, who are you wearing,” she said, struggling with the terminology. “I want to say, ‘My dress is...my dog or something.’”

“Ugly Betty”’s Eric Mabius was more comfortable, thanks to his role as editor-in-chief of Mode magazine. “I’m less fashion illiterate than I once was,” he said, throwing back a Corona and showing off pictures of his son Maxfield on his BlackBerry.