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Now that we've all been treated to a peek at la Patti Davis nude in Playboy, what's all the fuss about? You don't have to be a former U.S. President's daughter to rip off all your clothes for public consumption. Everybody's doing it...

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Maine Chance, the famous Scottsdale, Ariz., spa founded by Elizabeth Arden, where the elite could meet not to eat, closed this weekend just like that, with scarcely a word of warning -- even to clients in residence who were caught in mid-bench press, so to speak. The word was heard on Wednesday that Saturday was sayonara day for the temple of beauty, frequented by such as Happy Rockefeller, the Fords, the Mars candy bars family, the Murchisons and the Hunts from Texas, Barbara Bush, Doris Magowan of the Safeway Magowans and, let's not forget, Mamie Eisenhower and Edna Ferber, who exercised and wrote bits of her novels there.

Until recently, this bastion of privacy and esprit de corps (ha!) was owned by Faberge, then Unilever, and lastly by the behemoth ITT, who decided to drop the bomb. So sic transit gloria mundi -- all over again.

Before irate Egyptologists rise up and smite me with scarabs, let me hasten to write that the sepia photograph on display at Khalil Rizk's Levantine party at Mortimer's of various royals and imperials at play at Abdine Palace in Cairo was not the wedding banquet of King Farouk of Egypt. Rather, it was the celebration of the nuptials of the young Shah of Iran and his first marriage to Princess Fawzia, Farouk's sister. Oh, and Farouk's mom was misidentified. She was Queen Nazli, not Queen Farida, may they both R.I.P.

There's always one big night in the season that everyone hops on as the perfect night for a party. Now it's June 8, when the Colbert Foundation gives its elegant dinner at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, with cocktails in the Great Hall and dinner under a tent in the Museum's beautiful garden; when the Museum of Modern Art gives it annual party in the Sculpture Garden and when Gayfryd Steinberg and Carolyne Roehm co-chair an AmFAR benefit called "Takin' It to the Streets: An Evening of Rhythm and Blues." Gayfryd and Carolyne promise an upbeat, relaxed evening, fabulous American food and a roomful of people who really care and make a difference. This all takes place at the Manhattan Center and the dress is summer block party, so pull out the sheers.
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