DEE-LIGHTFUL GLAMOUR: Though Ruby Dee has earned a Screen Actors Guild award and an Academy Award nomination, she never was given a private dinner where New York's fashion set gathered around to fete her — until Monday. Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley, eBay style director Constance White, designer Kevan Hall, IMG's Fern Mallis, Gayle King, Lynn Whitfield, the Washington Post's Robin Givhan and Harriette Cole, Ebony's creative director, were among those who gathered at Melba's in Harlem to honor Dee, who this year was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "American Gangster," and sparkled on the red carpet in a gown designed by Hall. "This is the first time I've ever had such an occasion where people like you have come to honor me," Dee told the group. "It's like the great hand of God is reaching through the sky and patting me on the back and saying, 'Atta girl!'"
Before dessert, eBay's White presented Dee with framed images of herself on the red carpet in Hall's red dress (Dee, who said one thing that bothered her about the Oscars is fretting over what to wear, credited her daughter for both discovering Hall and "that someone makes a dress for you when you get nominated for an Oscar"). She also received a studio shot from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer printed as early as the late Fifties, a playbill from "Raisin in the Sun," both found on eBay, and other classic photos from her films. Dee received a $10,000 pair of earrings from Mikimoto as well.