Who got lost in the shuffle at the Academy Awards even if she was a presenter? Julia Roberts. Except for having her picture taken with all the past Oscar winners, it seemed no one paid much attention to this big star and she lacked her usual radiance.
With the amitié between the U.S. and France suffering staggering blows, it’s news to know that on May 12, the American Friends of Blerancourt are planning a dinner in New Orleans during the celebrations for the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase. Anyone who has attended the Blerancourt dinners in New York over the past three years knows that this celebration is a glamorous event, and no site could be more feudable this year than this chief city of a territory whose purchase in 1803 doubled — with one stroke of a pen — the size of the United States.
The French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte along with Mrs. Harold Stream, the grande dame of New Orleans, will be honorary chairmen of the dinner and Her Imperial Highness Princess Louis Napoleon will be the honored guest. A gala weekend is planned prior to the dinner, with Mrs. Stream hosting a luncheon on Saturday at her plantation "Evergreen,"and Sybil and Blair Favrot giving another one at their home on St. Charles Avenue with co-hostesses Lynne McMillan and Titine Pottharst. One of my very most favorite names. There also will be a private visit to the exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art of "Jefferson’s America & Napoleon’s France." With art objects, paintings and documents assembled from museums all over the country and France, including Blerancourt, which was once the 17th-century chateau of Ann Morgan, J.P. Morgan’s daughter, who gave it to the French government in 1931 before it became a French national museum.
The dinner will take place in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, a New Orleans landmark located in the Botanical Gardens, a short distance from the New Orleans Museum of Art and a hundred-acre tract of land that is today New Orleans City Park. Once a swampy, oak-filled forest, it was home to Indians and later a romantic spot for its long favor with Creole gentlemen as a place to conduct their dueling, which was not outlawed in the park until 1890.