Herewith a sample of who was there — Lady Thatcher, the former prime minister of Great Britain; former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulroney and Mila Mulroney; Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor; Diane Sawyer; Lauren and John Veronis; Nancy Kissinger; Donna and Bill Acquavella; Princess Firyal of Jordan and Lionel Pincus; Muffie and Sherrell Aston; Mica and Ahmet Ertegun; Blaine and Robert Trump; Blaine’s mother, Jean Beard; Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera; Lynn and Oscar Wyatt, who flew in from Texas; Carroll Petrie; Liz and Damon Mezzacappa; Suzanne and Bill McDonough; Cécile and Ezra Zilka; Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner; Kimberly Rockefeller; Cari and Matthew Modine; Peggy Noonan; Joan Rivers; Terre and Marvin Hamlisch; Evelyn and Leonard Lauder; Patricia Patterson; Robert Higdon; Linda Wachner; Patty and Bernard Shaw; Mortimer Zuckerman, and on and on into the sweet-smelling night.
Speaking of Mila Mulroney, the stunning wife of the former Canadian prime minister, she has a birthday coming up, so her dear friend Hillie Mahoney gave her an early party at Doubles. Much of the social swim swam in because that’s what the social swim does best. Marvin Hamlisch sat down at the piano and wished Mila a happy birthday in the style of Bach, Beethoven and Marvin Hamlisch, of course.
All those names you know and love and read about every five minutes arrived dressed in their best, which is pretty good indeed. It wasn’t just one of those ladies’ lunches. Such tycoons as Lord Black (that’s Conrad Black, the media tycoon); Paul Desmarais, the billionaire Canadian industrialist; Jorge Pereira, the Portuguese mogul; financiers Lionel Pincus and Gerald Tsai, and of course Brian Mulroney couldn’t wait to show up. Neither could Ira Harris, Karl Wellner, Tom Quick, Frank Gifford and Robert Higdon, the Prince of Wales’ man in the U.S.A.