Karen Duffy -- Duff to the fans who adore her on MTV -- and Dwight Yoakum, of the country music Yoakums, are making country music together. She spent both the Christmas and New Year holidays with the sweet singer. You...

When The Citizens Committee for New York City has its Valentine's Day Gala at the Waldorf on Feb. 14, four distinguished couples will receive the New Yorker for New York Awards because they are "couples who care." They are Kenneth and Kathryn Cassell Chenault, Andrew and Marian Sulzberger Heiskell, John and Frances Lehman Loeb and Laurance and Mary French Rockefeller, all philanthropists committed to improve the city's quality of life. On that evening, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark will receive the Marietta Tree Award for Public Service. Charlayne Hunter-Gault of the MacNeil-Lehrer Report will be the mistress of ceremonies, Brooke Astor is the honorary chairman and Henry Kravis is the dinner chairman. Congratulations to all!

Okay. So the Palm Beach Red Cross Ball tomorrow night, as I mentioned, will sport 19 ambassadors and maybe even that wild card, the Sultan of Brunei. But there are other divertissements in the resort that deserve attention. You should know that recently, England's premier duke, the Duke of Norfolk, and his Duchess popped quietly into Palm Beach to be guests of honor at the annual Hospice Evening at The Breakers. Whilst in PB, the Norfolks were the guests of the Hospice event's chairman, Evelyn Harrison, one of the Duchess's friends from teenage days when Evelyn lived in London with her father, the Norwegian ambassador to the Court of St. James's, and both girls were presented at court at the same time.

The Norfolks may be premier, but they are also low key. Still, they went to a few private parties, including a dinner given by Kit and Bill Pannill of Roaring Gap, N.C., and Richmond, Va. Bill is the daffodil king, so they are not about to run out of money -- and certainly not daffodils. Then Celia Farris, a fellow Brit, gave them an English tea in her Palm Beach house which once belonged to another duchess, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough. Incidentally, one of the Norfolks' daughters, Lady Carina, is married to David Frost, the famous TV interviewer. Pardon me. SIR David Frost. Anyhow, the most fascinating part of the Norfolks' vist is that in that hotbed of social frenzy, so few people even knew they were in town, and so few people met them. This in spite of the fact that in Britain's pecking order, they are number one.
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