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A beautiful Brad Pitt, in town on a private visit, joked with friends that his wife — that’s Jennifer Aniston for those reading this on another planet — trusted him to behave himself better on the streets of New York than on the set of his soon-to-be-released blockbuster, “Troy,” in which he plays Achilles. Brad said Jennifer thought he was running around naked in one too many scenes. So he explained to her, “The Greeks were naked all the time — eating naked, playing naked — they liked to be naked. I just didn’t realize I was the only one doing it in the movie. I thought everyone else was, too.” Oh, honey, what a whopper.

Brad had just flown in from Chicago where he, George Clooney and Matt Damon were filming “Ocean’s Twelve” at the Arthur Heurtley House, built in 1902 by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Oak Park section of the city, much to the delight of the local residents. Many of the children in the neighborhood got to be extras with the dubious bonus of pickpocket lessons from Matt Damon’s character in the backyard of the architectural masterpiece. Matt brought his latest girlfriend, interior designer Luciana Barroso, to Chicago with him to keep him grounded, if that’s the word. They went to baseball games, walked on Michigan Avenue and hugged and kissed when they bid each other farewell outside the city’s Peninsula Hotel — just like in the movies. When Luciana got in the car, Matt screamed out, “Bye, baby! Have a good trip.” Who wrote his lines?

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Karen LeFrak led the charge of the hat brigade into Central Park for the 22nd annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards luncheon. Karen is the new president of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy and she looked every petite inch the presidentessa in a rose-colored hat, a pink-checked skirt and a matching coat by Rena Lange that she bought in London just for the occasion. Karen had a buoyant Mayor Bloomberg at her table, looking dapper in a smart, blue blazer and a red tie, along with Jamee Gregory, wearing a blush tweed suit by Chanel and a pink hat; Jessie Araskog; Marcia Mishaan; Cynthia Lufkin and Julia Koch. Stopping by the table, which was covered in an Hermès cloth and centered with a poodle topiary, were such as Katie Couric, Allison Rockefeller, Patricia Hearst, Susan Burke, Evelyn Lauder, Serena Boardman and 1,200 others of that ilk of ribbon and silk. The Mayor congratulated the ladies and financier Stephen Schwarzman, the corporate chairman, on raising $2.2 million to help maintain the park and said he hoped to see everyone back at the same spot in February when artist Christo will wrap up the shebang in his signature fabric. Instead of straw hats, they’ll probably be wearing sable, the sweet things.
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