Oh, it's heigh-ho and off they go! Queen Elizabeth flew from London to the beautiful little island of Anguilla today to begin an extended tour of the British Caribbean Commonwealths. It was a direct flight, and she landed right at the...

The newest residents of Klosters, the Swiss ski resort frequented by snow bunnies, male and female, who don't care about showing off in St. Moritz or Gstaad, are former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol, the travel writer, and her love, Marco Grass. They were living together in London, but now Carol's bought a place in Klosters and their friends think they hear the tinkle of little bells -- as in wedding.

Isabel Allende, the author of "The House of the Spirits," the bestseller that is now a movie by the same name, wrote the entire book in her kitchen between doing cooking chores. Most writers work by the clock, but Allende works by the candle. When she sits down to write, she lights a candle. After about eight hours, the candle burns out -- and so does she. Burning up and burning out in the movie are such superstars and Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Vanessa Redgrave, Winona Ryder and Jeremy Irons.

Lee (Mrs. Vincente) Minnelli tripped over some earthquake debris in Beverly Hills and was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital by Dr. Rex Kennamer, the longtime physician (and sometimes boyfriend) to the stars. Lee, Liza Minnelli's stepmother, is now at home resting quietly with 14 stitches in her head. She's all black and blue and yellow and ready for Halloween, but anyone sturdy enough to survive the London blitz......

Brushing off the icicles and mushing through the snow, a hardy little band of wayfarers struggled into Cafe Mortimer's the other night, reaching desperately for the mulled wine and clawing at the (mounds of) caviar. They were all guests at a little dinner Brooke Hayward, also known as Mrs. Peter Duchin, and Gene Hovis, the writer and food expert, were giving for Rose Tarlow, the decorative and distinguished interior designer. Got all that?

Everyone was dressed zero degrees-chic, but Bobby Short stole the show in a black and orange knitted cap pulled over his ears that made him look like some kind of a giant bumblebee. He was supposed to be off in Florida in his shorts, but his flight was canceled, so Brooke and Gene let him in. Peter Duchin was supposed to be off in San Francisco leading his orchestra at some grand affair, but his flight was canceled, so Brooke and Gene took him in too. So what's a grape or two more or less added to the mulled wine?
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