Anne Bass -- a combination of good looks, wealth and dimples to die for -- and Julian Lethbridge -- an abstract painter described by those who know him as "interesting" and "charming" -- are the newest romance to stir...

This is who was at the dinner: Princess Margaret's old friends Lord Glenconner and Lady Anne Glenconner (she is the Princess's lady-in-waiting); pretty Peggy Noonan, the Reagan and Bush presidential speechwriter, who has just finished her second book, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness"; Sara Giles; Dominick Dunne; Barry Diller;, Ron Perelman with Patricia Medavoy -- or Patricia Medavoy with Ron Perelman; Hamilton South, and Gil Shiva. You just know Princess Margaret had a good time, because she didn't even think of going home until almost 12:30.

The wedding of the year in Caracas will take place on March 17 when Carlos Alejandro Beracasa marries Maria Fernanda Vaamonde at "La Barraca," the home of Carlos's late grandfather, now the residence of Carlos's father, Alfredo Beracasa, on Avenida Alegria Bercasa in Los Chorros. Following the wedding, the reception will also take place in the historic house. Both the bride-to-be and the groom-to-be studied in the United States and both have B.S. degrees in economics.

Carlos Beracasa is the son of Mrs. Randolph (Veronica) Hearst of New York and California, and both she and Randolph Hearst, head of the Hearst empire, will be in Caracas for the wedding and will host a dinner there for family and friends.

The bride's gown was designed by Bill Blass, Veronica Hearst's dress is by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and the maid of honor, Carlos's sister Fabiola, will also wear something by Lagerfeld. But more of all this after the wedding.

Victor Skrebneski, the world-famous Chicago-based photographer, who makes ugly people look beautiful and beautiful people look divine, has just composed a wonderful new book of photographs, magnificent portraits of the great opera stars of today, male and female. Placido Domingo, who is, of course, in the book, calls it "perhaps the most beautiful book on opera ever created." "Bravi," a coffee-table book composed in honor of the Chicago Lyric Opera's 40th anniversary, should become a collector's item for people who love opera -- even people who hate opera. They're all in there -- June Anderson, Kiri Te Kanawa, Alfredo Kraus, Catherine Malfitano, Eva Marton, Samuel Ramey, James Morris, Frederica von Stade, Tatiana Troyanos and more. The Chicago Tribune says, "Skrebneski's lens beholds beauty and perfection wherever it turns." Amen and how.
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