The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children honored Barbara Bush the other night for her hard work on its behalf. More than 500 guests came to praise her at the dinner dance at Chelsea Piers. The always charming and often provocative Barbara had the crowd howling when she told them, "I have had a wonderful life — two presidents in the family, five children, 15 grandchildren and only two dress sizes. My husband, the first George, was and is the greatest man of all." Barbara was then escorted to the dance floor by her old friend from Hobe Sound and Greenwich days, Nelson Doubleday. They whirled around the dance floor to applause and to the strains of Bob Hardwick playing "The Man I Love."
Doubleday was the publisher of Mrs. Bush’s three books, including her bestseller about her dog Millie. She said she is now working on her memoirs. This should be the best seller of all.
Tim Forbes of the Forbes dynasty gave a book party at Elaine’s for Christopher Buckley. That’s the clever, charming, witty, funny, sexy Christopher Buckley — and his new book "No Way to Treat a First Lady," which has drawn rave reviews. Mummy and Daddy were there to congratulate Christo, as they call him, Mummy and Daddy being Mr. and Mrs. William F. Buckley Jr. Mummy Pat wore black pants and a yellow tunic.
"I hate yellow," she said. But she wore it anyway. In the crowd were Jean and David Halberstam, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Charlie Rose, Virginia and Freddy Melhado and other friends and avid fans too numerous to mention.
Tony Ingrao opened his new East Side gallery this week and the crème de la crème of the design world, Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, Carolyne Roehm, Joanne de Guardiola, Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, Lisa Johnson, Catherine Aaron and Brian MacCarthy all checked out the three floors connected by an elegant stainless steel spiral staircase. The white-on-white space with marble floors and lacquered walls showcases Tony’s collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture. You all remember Tony.