With spring here at last, can the blossoming of ladies' luncheons be far behind? What a silly question. So hear this: Robin Chandler (Mrs. Angier Biddle) Duke is already planning her acceptance speech on May 12 at the Spirit of Achievement luncheon when the blonde dynamo is honored by the Women's Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine for her tireless achievements at home and abroad. It all happens in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria, and Robin will share the stage with such luminaries as best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark, television star Katie Couric, Lauren Hutton and super prosecutor Linda Fairstein, all women to reckon with -- if you think you have the stuff to take them on.
What do Hillary Rodham Clinton, Beverly Sills, Pat Buckley, the late Mamie Eisenhower, Barbara Davis and Nancy Reagan have in common? Well, "The Bag Lady from Budapest," of course, also known as Judith Leiber. These women and many others are all collectors of the beautiful jeweled bags Leiber creates in faux metals and jewels as well as in the real stuff. Obsession comes in many shapes and sizes, and so do the 55 dazzling Leiber bags to be sold at Sotheby's Arcade Jewelry sale on April 12. Also on sale will be 200 lots of jewelry from the bankruptcy estate of Mary Teresa Ramirez Rodrigues of Houston, also know as "The Toad Queen" because of her affinity for jeweled toads and frogs of every kind, particularly the kind David Webb creates. You all remember Mary Teresa. Hobnobbing in Texas society and promoting deals, she swindled the social credulous out of $30 million before they called the cops.