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04.16.2014
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One hears Martin Scorsese used the power of his Golden Globe win to talk fellow winner Nicole Kidman into starring as Ava Gardner in his upcoming film on the life of Howard Hughes, to be called "The Aviator." Leonardo DiCaprio will play the reclusive...

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One hears Martin Scorsese used the power of his Golden Globe win to talk fellow winner Nicole Kidman into starring as Ava Gardner in his upcoming film on the life of Howard Hughes, to be called "The Aviator." Leonardo DiCaprio will play the reclusive billionaire, pilot and film producer, which might have helped Marty in the convincing. Kidman doesn’t look a thing like Ava, but if they can make her up to look like Virginia Woolf, Ava should be a snap. Just don’t forget the eyebrows.

DiCaprio doesn’t look a thing like Howard Hughes, either. Just don’t forget those burnt webbed fingers, a result of the horrible plane accident that almost cost him his life.



There are smiles galore in Monaco this week. Prince Rainier is back in the pink and hosted the opening of the 2003 Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, such a good sign. Prince Albert was there at his side, as was Princess Stephanie, who knows a little thing about circuses, having spent a year or so living (monkeying around?) with Franco Knie and his traveling Swiss caravan.



Palm Beach is hot and I don’t mean the weather, which isn’t at the moment. The place is a whirlwind of nonstop fun things, like parties surrounding the opening of the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair benefiting the Norton Museum of Art on Jan. 30. The gala co-chairmen are Jean Suffern Tailer along with Mrs. Rand Araskog, Mrs. Max Fisher, Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher and Mrs. J. Ira Fisher.

Among those who will be wandering up and down the aisles looking for that special something for that special somebody — probably themselves — are the Leonard Lauders, Kip Forbes, Carroll Petrie, Pauline Pitt, Veronica Hearst, Liz Mezzacappa and probably the world’s most charming ebeniste Viscount David Linley, who will be in Palm Beach to sign his third book called "Design and Detail in the Home," published by Abrams, both at the Antiques Fair and at the Lars Bolander gallery.

This year, 60 international dealers including Bernard Steinitz of Paris, Mallett of London and Wartski, the Fabergé specialist, will set up booths under the 55,000-square-foot white tent to hawk an incredible array of paintings, jewelry, furniture, antiquities, wallpaper, books, carpets and sculptures. It’s amazing how many fine dealers consider Palm Beach the cat’s meow. Of course, it could always be the purring of money.
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