Being prepared for a special Oscar delivery…going to Hell (and Heaven) with the Young Lions…Prince Charles’ royal pain.

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The other night, Lee Thaw gave a little dinner for Marina in the back room at Swifty’s, and they all came. Backed against the banquettes were such as the Dowager Viscountess Rothermere, the Japanese beauty and widow of press lord Vere Rothermere; Cécile and Ezra Zilkha; Juan Pablo and Pilar Molyneux; Pierre Durand; Kenneth Jay Lane; Alexander Hitz; John Loring; Victor Barcimento; Carolina Herrera; Kartica Soekarno, and Alexandra Brown.

Marina and Michael are great supporters of Larry Lovett’s Venetian Heritage, whose mission is to preserve and restore the beautiful city. The guests in Lee’s little grupetto were all Venice lovers — or almost all.

Angels, devils, saints and sinners of all sorts will dance the night away at the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Benefit on April 24 in the Bartos Forum. Taking its theme from "The Divine Comedy," Dante’s 14th-century poetic journey into the afterlife, the benefit’s Young Lions will wear halos or horns and costumes both heavenly and hellish. This year’s party co-chairmen are Eliza Bolen, Belle Burden Davis, Hannah Griswold, Punch Hutton, Jacqueline Sackler and Stacey Bendet Weiner. For the evening, the library will be transformed into visions of celestial and infernal fun. The diabolical DJ Johnny Dynell will spin and entertainment will be staged by Chi Chi Valenti. The music will be light as a cloud and there will be heavenly libations from the bar. Who wrote this script?

The delightful Alannah Weston is delighted to invite her guests to Windsor on the weekend of April 4-7 for the exhibition of photographs at the Gallery at Windsor, located at the resort owned by her parents, the Galen Westons of Canadian billions. To be curated by Barnaby Drabble, the show’s focus is on such post-Sixties photographers as Nan Goldin, Thomas Struth, Diane Arbus, David Hockney and Philip-Lorca DiCorcia. Guests also will dine at the Windsor House, lunch on the beach, dine at the Clubhouse, lunch at the Equestrian Centre and dine at the Beach Club. And then there are those photographs.

Prince Charles has had to cancel his plans to go skiing in Switzerland over Easter. Drat! It seems he was planting a hedge at Highgrove, his country estate, doing much of the labor himself, mayhap a little too vigorously, because he gave himself a hernia. He will have to have it surgically repaired in a couple of weeks and the doctors are saying it will take him some weeks to recover, which is a royal pain —ha, ha — because he really loves to ski. Mayhap he can recuperate at Highgrove with Camilla Parker Bowles at his side, where he fancies her.
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