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Mary Wells Lawrence, an unparalleled legend in the advertising world — she set Madison Avenue on its ear when she entered the fray in the Fifties and eventually went on to start her own wildly successful and uniquely innovative agency, Wells Rich...

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Mary Wells Lawrence, an unparalleled legend in the advertising world — she set Madison Avenue on its ear when she entered the fray in the Fifties and eventually went on to start her own wildly successful and uniquely innovative agency, Wells Rich Greene — is seeing John Calley, the high-powered chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and it looks like a fine romance.

In a wonderful storybook way, this "is" what a fine romance is all about. Mary and John had known each other long ago, but listen to this, hadn’t spoken or seen each other in 35 years. Suddenly, reentry and sparks. In the interim, they had both married, John to the actress Meg Tilly, from whom he is divorced, and Mary to the late Harding Lawrence, the multimillionaire businessman. And after years of grueling work, even if she loved it, in 1990, Mary sold her agency and its huge accounts to a French company and settled into luxury in her three spectacular houses — La Fiorentina in the South of France, Mustique, and now London, where she’ll move into the magnificent apartment she bought from Lord Evelyn de Rothschild. In the meantime, Mary wrote a book, an account of her remarkable life appropriately called "A Big Life (In Advertising)" published by Knopf earlier this year. It reads like a novel with a fabulous heroine who never gives up. The last line reads, "Well, I’m not afraid of love and I have always lived my life full tilt to the wind." Prophetic.



Shhh. Don’t breathe a word. It’s really top secret, maybe even classified info. But the President’s pretty twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, are planning to celebrate their big 21st birthdays Texas-style at the most famous ranch in the world maybe, the Bush family spread in Crawford, Tex. The party will be a real wingding, lasting a weekend, a hoedown with a rodeo to boot, all on Nov. 25.

Jenna and Barbara have asked a group of their closest friends to bring sleeping bags, because, well, the ranch isn’t exactly Buckingham Palace. Or even the White House. The theme of the party is Cowboys and Indians, and everyone is expected to go all out with the furs and feathers and stuff. Barbara, a budding designer, is designing her own outfit and helping Jenna with hers. Hi ho, girls!
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