"I have the fortune not to be seen as 'the little Deneuve' and actually that's not bad. Because if I did look like my mother, my life would be an inferno." So sayeth Chiara, outspoken sprig of the comely Catherine and her one-time lover Marcello Mastroianni. Chiara, hoping for a screen career, wouldn't want anyone to think for a minute that she's also bidding to be Daughter Dearest. She means it all in the nicest possible way.
The late Greta Garbo, as the world knows, shunned any kind of personal recognition or attention during her eight decades. But now she may suddenly become a major name, more alive maybe in death than in life. Get ready for a line of chic clothes named for GG as well as fine gems -- and even a sensual fragrance. All this is now under consideration by her family and estate, namely her niece, Gray Reisfield, who inherited almost all of Garbo's fortune. She will work in conjunction with Curtis Management, a company that represents deceased entertainment and sports figures.
American Ballet Theatre's giant gala in the Metropolitan Opera House honoring the late Oliver Smith, the great scenic artist who was the heart of the dance company for so many years, was its biggest party ever. The house was sold out, and at least 900 guests swept into the enormous tent in adjoining Damrosch Park for dinner (served by Restaurant Associates) and dancing after the company's stunning performance. Robert Isabell had turned the tent into an enchanted forest with about as much greenery as there is in Central Park and almost as many flowers as there are in the Botanical Gardens. Sleeping Beauty would have loved it.