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Denise Hale, the San Francisco flash, is in town for her annual visit, dazzling the populace in her jeweled exotica. When Denise and her late husband, the department store titan Prentis Cobb Hale, used to arrive in Manhattan together in years gone by,...

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Denise Hale, the San Francisco flash, is in town for her annual visit, dazzling the populace in her jeweled exotica. When Denise and her late husband, the department store titan Prentis Cobb Hale, used to arrive in Manhattan together in years gone by, their sojourn was known to the glitterati as Hell Week. No one really wants to hurt Denise’s feelings but it must be stated that a feeling of relief washes over a goodly part of the social swim when she beats it out of town. Though Prentis is gone now, Denise carries on the "tradition" in spades, arriving in a flurry of Gianfranco Ferré couture and wearing a diamond octopus almost as big as a fist pinned to her shoulder. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. It was her motto long before it became anyone else’s.

As ever, Denise gave her annual luncheon at Le Cirque, inviting a cross section of the local doers and shakers that are her element. More about this in another column when the earth settles. Meanwhile, Denise’s most recent acquisition (along with that leggy creature of the deep) is a marvelous maharajah-style coat almost totally covered in heavy silver embroidery and a showstopper of the first water. If Gianfranco hadn’t given it to her for Christmas, he said he would have given it to a museum. She wore it to the premiere of "La Bohème," where it was duly noted, along with her Imperial jade ring from Hong Kong, the color of a little green apple and just about as big.

But more Hale mania later.



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According to Pointe de Vue, the French magazine that follows European royals and nobility, Princess Stephanie of Monaco has ended her five-month romance with Richard Lucas, who is married, has three children and worked, conveniently — or inconveniently — depending on how you look at it, as her father Prince Rainier’s major domo. The Princess had returned home with her three children after the breakup of her somewhat longer affair with married Swiss circus owner Frank Knie only to get involved in the even stickier wicket with Lucas. Will she ever learn?
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