As for Maria, who recently figured as a character in the Dick Tracy comic strip -- dear old Dick came to her rescue after a car accident in a blizzard -- her dress and jewel collections were on display at a cocktail reception at the Ritz in Paris the other evening and they all came. Chattering in several tongues were such as Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Prince Jean Poniatowski, Nina and Philippe Junot, the Duke and Duchess de Gramont, Giancarlo Giametti, Georgina Brandolini, Princess Olga of Greece, Carole Rochas (still another jewelry designer), Princess Diane de Beauvau Craon and, God bless America, Kimberly DuRoss, Mrs. Henry Ford II's darling daughter.
(P.S. As fans of the strip know only too well, sweet old Dick Tracy and Tess Truehart, his love of 47 years, are in the midst of a divorce. Nice old Dick is all broken up about it. However, there is no truth to the story that the comic-strip Maria Snyder had something to do with the rift. I hate it when those rumors start, don't you?)
When Elizabeth Taylor steps onto the stage of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Feb. 29, it will be to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jackson Family Honors -- that is, if the Jackson Family can pull itself together long enough to be honored. Elizabeth's prize will be a 32-inch-high Boehm sculpture, a globe with the seven continents handpainted in gold, encircled by 18 children, of all races, holding hands. On top of the whole thing are two graceful doves perched on a diamond-studded star. And, listen, there will be a big diamond embedded in the area marking Los Angeles, Elizabeth's hometown. Boehm her up, Scotty!