The on dit goes that Barbra Streisand had hoped to join the world's three greatest tenors, Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras, in song in Los Angeles at the closing ceremonies of World...

After dinner, masses of the best-dressed, best-looking young people crowded in, something you don't see very often these New York nights, now that the stay-up-laters have gotten so slobby. In the crowd were such as Agnes Gund, the head of MoMA, in pink with a multicolored pastel jacket; Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder (in a beautiful black lace Geoffrey Beene); Patty and Gustavo Cisneros; Carroll Petrie; Emelia and Pepe Fanjul; Jeanne Thayer; Evelyn and Leonard Lauder; Hilary and Joe Califano; Brooke Astor; Kimberly and Stephen Rockefeller; Jerry Zipkin; Anne Cox Chambers with Bill Banks; Libet and Christopher Kennan, and many more just like them, including Eleanor McCollum in from Houston for a few days. Eleanor is spearheading the July 7 launch in Houston of the new ORBIS International DC-10, the flying eye hospital originated by her late husband, the oilman McCollum. ORBIS has saved the sight of 18,000 patients in 65 developing countries and trained 28,000 doctors and nurses in those countries. There was some talk that the Duchess of York had been invited to christen the new plane on July 7, but nobody knows for sure yet if that will happen.

Brooke Astor swept into Tatou and turned heads the other night in her little black sheath and gold jacket. The evening, of which Brooke was the honorary chairman, was a benefit for the Academy of American Poets. In the crowd were the Folger coffee heiress Lyn Chase (Chevy's stepmother), Arthur Schlesinger, Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. and master of ceremonies George Plimpton. Everyone laughed and giggled over Calvin Trillin's bipartisan poetry which skewered Bill and Hillary and George Bush. Andrea Marcovici sang Irving Berlin tunes and then Brooke led off the dancing that didn't end until midnight. Stavros Niarchos and Henry Luce III couldn't make it but sent fat checks. If you can't make it in the flesh, it's the only way really.
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