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We all know that behind every successful man there's an even cleverer woman, give or take a few airheads. So how nice to hear that Liam Neeson, an Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List," gives credit to his former love, the great...

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Anne was the chairman of the National Center for Learning Disabilities "Gift of Love" gala at the Marriott Marquis the other night honoring Harold Poling, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Ford Motor Co., and a planeload of Ford people flew in from Detroit for the party. Tell me you're surprised.

Guests couldn't wait to bid on the Ford Mustang convertible, and on the doll houses designed and built by six famous architects, namely Michael Graves, Graham Gund, Charles Gwathmey, Helmut Jahn, Jacquelin Robertson (whose doll house was based on Dolley Madison's house at Montpelier) and Robert Stern. Anne bought the Robertson doll house, and her sister Charlotte placed the highest bid for Graham Gund's ivy-covered offering featuring a tower and a hidden staircase. Mayor Giuliani was there in the thick of things, and so were the Hon. Clifton Wharton, former New York Governor Hugh Carey (once the chairman's beau), Louis Marx, Marina and Francesco Galesi, Sam Reed and Phyllis Cerf Wagner.

Palm Beach's Preservation Foundation gets hisses and kisses -- it depends on whom you listen to last -- but the beautiful, manicured island remains largely architecturally correct because of the Foundation. This year's dinner-dance to benefit the Foundation is headed by Jean Tailer, who is going all-out with the decor -- all-out meaning terribly pre-war French Morocco, never mind how many times you've seen "Casablanca." This night will be a movie-set carpet-ride with an original Moroccan tent with a gold ceiling, kilim rugs hanging on the walls, beaded lamps from old Algiers set on tables covered with brocade cloths, cases of iced Taittinger champagne and all manner of baubles and bangles. The tent goes up March 4 on the lakefront at the Flagler Museum. Bring on the belly dancers.

Since you can't put French charm in a bottle, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, scion of the champagne family, is flying over in person, a guest of honor at the Casbah. Also breezing about the bazaar will be Estee Lauder, Pauline and Dixon Boardman, Hillie and David Mahoney, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Betsy and Michael Kaiser; the hot new couple Chan Mashek and Jamie Kabler; Chan's ex-husband John Mashek with Ann Prevost, John Loring, etc., etc. etc.
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