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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Meanwhile, her brother Prince Albert seems to be faring a bit better in the romance department. His three-year-old off-and-on-again romance with Olympic pole vaulter — pole vaulter? — Alicia Warlick from Texas has heated up. The two have been frolicking together in New York, Paris and aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean. Friends are whispering about a wedding next March, just in time for the Prince’s 45th birthday. Sure.

In Washington, for the Symphony Ball, the huge room of the National Building Museum was flanked on each end by two enormous stages, one to accommodate the entire National Symphony Orchestra, the other to accommodate the hot New York band Soul Solution. It was a hot time in the old town that night because it marked the first time the actual National Symphony Orchestra has ever played for the Symphony Ball. Maestro Leonard Slatkin and Marvin Hamlisch, who also entertained, kept the room enthralled. Twenty-one ambassadors from the diplomatic corps, many of them in white tie, sashes and medals were represented at the party, including Italian Ambassador Salleo and his wife, Ann Marie, seated at chairman Jim Johnson’s table; the Ambassador of Colombia Luis Moreno seated with Jim Kimsey and Queen Noor of Jordan (certainly not the first time Noor and AOL tycoon Kimsey have been together); Lynn Wyatt of Houston seated with Ambassador and Lady Meyer of Great Britain, and the Brazilian Ambassador Rubens Barbosa and his wife, Maria-Ignez, were seated with the Carlos Bulgheronis. The ambassador of Argentina, Diego Ramiro Guelar, was at Ambassador Lucky Roosevelt’s table. Also on hand were Mr. and Mrs. Karl Rove of the Bush administration Roves, and, listen to this, Sandra Day O’Connor and her husband, John, who along with Justice Ruth Ginsburg, practically burned up the dance floor. So what have we here? The Dancing Supremes?

At chairmen Mary and Mandy Ourisman’s table were Michael Kaiser, the president of Kennedy Center, and Dame Vivian Duffield. Dame Vivian is on the newly formed international committee of the Kennedy Center, as is Lady Sainsbury of London, who was also at the party. Mary Ourisman’s black velvet and white satin dress was designed by London couturier Bruce Oldfield.
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