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Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Rita Hayworth’s daughter, is flying in from Utah to oversee the finishing details on her new house in Southampton. Not only is she getting the house ready, but she’s working on next October’s Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Gala, the “Magic of Mardi Gras.” It takes place on Oct. 7 at the Waldorf, and as ever Princess Yasmin is general chairman. This year’s honoree is Donna Dixon Aykroyd, and Deborah Norville will once again show her stuff as the mistress of ceremonies. Rolex Watch USA, the corporate underwriter, will present one of Rolex’s timepieces during the evening to the winner of the “Best Mardi Gras Mask” contest. What fun.
The gala, inspired by a Rita Hayworth film, “Old Louisiana,” will feature entertainment by the one and only Dan Aykroyd in his persona as Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers Band. The Waldorf will be turned into the Big Easy for the night and the cuisine will be à la New Orleans. Pass the gumbo, s’il vous plait.
Gwyneth Paltrow will see America this summer with her boyfriend, Chris Martin, and his band Coldplay from the window of a bus. It doesn’t sound terribly glamorous, but the band is doing an American tour and Gwyneth wants to stay close to her man whenever she can, so she is choosing to become the band’s number-one groupie. Of course, she’s not just another “Penny Lane,” and who knows how it will all turn out. Rumors of an imminent engagement are flying fast. Some of Martin’s biggest fans are a little jealous and don’t like his catering to her and serenading her from the stage, while others are hoping that she joins him at the mic. You do remember Gwyneth’s karaoke singing in the movie “Duets” and her recording of “Bette Davis Eyes.” Stop that. It made the pop charts in Australia. Lots of luck on the road, dearie.