Oscar flash will be a tad more subdued than usual, due to the possibility of war…Richard Gere’s next gig…The Met’s big dance-a-thon.

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They and 596 others more or less like them, surrounded by the magnificent scenery from the Met’s new production, "Les Troyens," sat down to a fine dinner, purveyed by Glorious Food, of lobster with Louis sauce, beef tournedos and warm chocolate soufflé with fresh raspberries, pistachio ice cream and orange sorbet. The tables, covered in shades of mango, lemon and orange, were draped with mango-colored organza overlays and centered with tiered glass bowls holding floating rose petals and candles, all the work of Bill Tansey. During diner, the famous American bass Samuel Ramey sang "Ole Man River" and merely brought down the house. The Michael Carney Orchestra provided the evening’s music.

Everywhere you looked in the crowd, you saw the King and Queen of Spain’s daughter, HRH the Infanta Elena and her husband, the Duke of Lugo; the British Ambassador to the U.N. Jeremy Greenstock and Lady Greenstock; Mary and Mike Wallace; Beverly Sills; Catherine and David Hamilton from Chicago; Judy and Ed Ney; the diva, Anna Moffo; Karen and Peter John Goulandris; Carol and George McFadden; Dwane Croft and Ainhoa Arteta; Luella and Frank Bennack of the Hearst Bennacks; Mrs. Samuel (Lindsay) Ramey — the Rameys are expecting a child next month — Susan Braddock (she is the Met Guild president); Wendy and Bill Luers; Mrs. William R. (Ann) Harrison Jr.; Georgette Mosbacher; the Raymond Gilmartins of Merck; Shirley and Abe Rosenthal and last but never least, the Met’s dynamic vice chairman, Cécile Zilkha, there with her proud husband, Ezra. Does everyone know that Cécile, the benefit chairman of the evening, organizes all the Met’s dazzling benefit programs and raises millions for the opera company? Well, just about everyone. She is the Met’s wonder woman.

The actor William H. Macy is the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City’s chairman of its 48th annual awards dinner on April 23 at the Marriott Marquis. Henry Kissinger and Rupert Murdoch are on the executive committee and Meredith Viera will be the mistress of ceremonies. Two weeks later, Hearst’s Cathleen Black will serve as the honorary chairman of UCP’s next big to-do at the Regent Wall Street on May 8 honoring Marlo Thomas, Helen Gurley Brown, Marie Wilson and Madeline Boyd. Among the special guests Cathleen promises to produce are Diane Sawyer and Catherine Crier.
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