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Jack has been an Aspenite practically since the Silver Rush and has at least one grand Victorian house in the town to show for it. Yet, when Lara, his off-and-now-quite-possibly-on girlfriend, arrived to spend the holidays with him, Jack checked her into the Hotel Jerome. Nice, but not Jack’s.
Whether this was done out of propriety — what’s that? — for the sake of Jack’s two young children by Rebecca Broussard, Raymond, 10, and Lorraine, 12, who were in town visiting their daddy for Christmas, is anybody’s guess. Jack did ring in the New Year with Lara on his lap at a party given by Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Those there said they were very cozy all night long. Love, your magic spell is everywhere. Lara, who left the next day by commercial airline, was heard to say that she wanted her agents to find her work and pronto!
Real estate giant Lester and Renee Crown, who own the Aspen Ski Corp., among numerous other picturesque ski properties, gave their annual holiday party at the Aspen Mountain Club that sits on the very tippy top of Aspen Mountain. Among those sipping champagne were Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas; Mercedes and Sid Bass; Bill Koch and his girlfriend, Bridget Rooney; Janie and Jimmy Buffet; tycoon Teddy Forstmann; Disney’s Michael Eisner, and assorted big shots equally big.
Nipping into the club on separate occasions were those such as Saudi Arabian Ambassador Prince Bandar, Natalie Cole, Liv and Damon Mezzacappa with their dachshunds Marco and Polo, as well as newly minted Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman. The club, which has a membership ceiling of nearly 350, has a precious few openings left at $80,000 a head. But don’t despair — that and $3,000 a year gets you two season ski tickets, a heated locker for your skis and reciprocal membership in Switzerland’s exclusive clubs, The Corviglia in Saint Moritz and The Eagle in Gstaad. Think of it as a bargain.