Look out, ol’ Bobby Darin’s back in town…Travels with King Constantine and family…Orchids aplenty.

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Marie-Chantal of Greece

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Kevin Spacey, Dream Lover * Kings and Castles * Petal Pushers

Kevin Spacey can’t stop singing. After his recent duet with Elton John at a benefit for the Old Vic in London, he told friends that this summer, he will realize his dream of playing the legendary crooner Bobby Darin in a movie to be titled "Beyond the Sea," which he will also produce and direct.

Darin, you may or may not remember, was a huge recording, nightclub and movie star in the late Fifties and Sixties who married America’s sweetheart at the time, the doll-like Sandra Dee. His doctors warned Darin that his life would be short because of his chronic heart disease, a fact that drove him to find stardom by the time he was 25. In 1973, when he was 37, he died while having open heart surgery in Los Angeles. At 44, Spacey is not worried about his voice — he will sing "Mack the Knife," "Dream Lover," and maybe even "Splish Splash" — but he fears that he may be a little long in the tooth. Not to worry, they are doing amazing things these days with lighting, makeup and computer imaging. No word yet as to whom is going to play the dewy-faced Dee. Certainly not Madonna — maybe Renée Zellweger? But lighting and imaging aside, even if he sings like a bird, I still don’t see Spacey as Bobby Darin. Do you?

King Constantine of Greece made a sentimental journey home last week to beautiful Tatoi Palace, just north of Athens, where he spent his youth when it was the royal family’s summer residence. Sad but true, the estate was officially taken from him by the European Court of Human Rights last year along with two other family properties he was trying to reclaim. In their stead, he was given a mere $10 million, even though the land and buildings are reckoned to be worth well over $400 million. How do you say "that’s life" in Greek?

The King spent several hours at Tatoi with his wife Queen Anne-Marie; his son Crown Prince Pavlos and his wife, Marie-Chantal; his son Prince Nicholas, and his daughter, Princess Alexis, praying before the tombs of his parents, King Paul and Queen Frederika of Greece. He traveled from his home in England on a Danish passport, as the current Greek government refuses to give him one from his homeland. His great-grandfather George I, the founder of the Greek dynasty, was from the Danish Royal Family and Queen Anne-Marie was a Danish princess before their marriage. Constantine, a member of the International Olympic Committee, plans to return for the Summer 2004 Olympics in Athens if he doesn’t make it before. As for Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal, when they left New York to live in Europe, they left behind a hole in what is commonly referred to as high society. A lot of people can’t wait for them to come back.
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