Crown Princess Victoria, the oldest child of King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden, has joined the army. Next week, she will be stationed at the country’s Armed Forces, where they say she will be treated just like any other recruit, living in barracks, learning to handle weapons and practicing survival skills. Victoria looks va-va-voom sexy alright, but will she be ready to whip off a kick in the face to the bad guys when she finishes her three-week tour of duty?
After that, she will head to Washington to study, get this, conflict resolution. That’s Washington, D.C., people.
Guess who won the raffle at the Drama League’s benefit at the Pierre, where the prizes included everything from a weekend escape to Hilton Head to a jar of Patsy’s spaghetti sauce? None other than Evelyn Lauder the cosmetics queen, who was jumping for joy at the show when she learned that she had won a guest appearance on "Law & Order." She introduced herself to such as Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston and Jesse Martin and kept asking what kind of role they’ll create for her. New career? TV star?
Clarissa and Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Vio Laine and John Bernbach will give the kickoff party at Asprey for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s dinner dance to be held at the Plaza on April 3. This year’s honorees are Keith Reinhard and Laura Landro. Expected at both Asprey’s and the Plaza are Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Susan and John Hess, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Jackie Weld Drake and others of that ilk and stripe. The junior chairwomen of the Asprey party are Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord and Lydia Hearst Shaw, who are junior enough for just about anybody.
The American Cancer Society and Charles Gargano, the gala chairman, are planning their spring gala 2003 for April 28 at the Pierre. Gov. George Pataki will be the honorary chairman and First Lady Libby Pataki will receive the Society’s Humanitarian Award. Honors will also be given to Marvin Hamlisch for artistic achievement and, posthumously, the Spirit of Courage Award to Roone Arledge.