The idea of the gathering was to introduce the Giulianis to some of Brooke's friends, primarily a cross section of people who get things done in New York -- just what the mayor wants to do. Laurance and Mary Rockefeller were there and so was Nancy Kissinger, Linda and Archibald Gillies, investment banker Alan Greenberg and his wife Kathy, Veronica and Randolph Hearst, Amanda Burden with Charlie Rose, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Eric Breindel, Adele Chatfield-Taylor and John Guare, Betsy and Victor Gotbaum, Glenn Bernbaum, Barry Diller, Nancy and John Whitehead, Elizabeth and Alton Peters, George Trescher, John Sargent, Jill and Marshall Rose, Nancy and John Pierrepont, Freddie Melhado, Brooke's son Anthony Marshall and his wife Charlene, Wendy and Bill Luers, Lee and Jay Iselin, Louise and Henry Grunwald, Barbara Goldsmith, Bill Blass, Connie and Henry Christensen, Anthony Kiser, Emily Rafferty, Patricia Sullivan, etc. And if that isn't a cross section of the local movers and shakers, it will have to do until Brooke gives her next party.
Prince Philip, a.k.a. The Duke of Edinburgh, who will be remembered as the Queen of England's husband, came to New York to receive the Variety Children's Lifetime Award at the Waldorf last night. Today he's scheduled, pronounced shed-deweled, to attend an intimate lunch for 40 at the Benihana Restaurant celebrating that chain's 30th anniversary. Benihana founder Rocky Aoki will introduce the Prince to collectors of the Japanese artist, Ogen Hamanaka, whose works Philip admired at the Royal Academy of Art in London. The carrot? Proceeds from the sale of Hamanakamania will benefit The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation. Hail Britannia? Those entrusted with guarding the gates at Benihana have been instructed to keep out one Kitty Kelley, who is writing that very unauthorized and very unwelcome biography of His Royal Highness.