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Originally Posted: October 24, 2007

Jennifer Tuesday

I admire a guy with a great sense of responsibility like Charles Ferri. Charles, I told you last week, jetted off to the UK to be with his best lady Heather Graham last week. But, that didn't cause him to shirk his host duties at Star Room this weekend. After a wild week in London capped by the all night long Swarovski's Fashion Rocks Gala to benefit the Prince's Trust, where he and Heather partied with the likes of Donatella Versace, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Ford, Princess Marie Chantal of Greece, Princess Rosario of Bulgaria, and other assorted royals, Charles was back at the front door to welcome scads of film scenesters to his big blowout for the Hamptons Film Festival. Love his stamina!

Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Seinfeld
Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

Where do these folks get their energy? Jessica Seinfeld - yes, that Seinfeld, as in Jerry Seinfeld - the one who is raising three little quipsters, heads up the extraordinary Baby Buggy organization that hooks poor families up with baby clothes, prams, and car seats, and who just penned a wonderful new book, "Deceptively Delicious", is crisscrossing the country on a huge publicity juggernaut for the book. Her creative tips on how to get veggies and other good stuff into our kids have helped rocket this mommy guide to the top of Amazon.com's list.

With the help of a nutritionist and a professional chef, Seinfeld developed a month's worth of meals for kids of all ages that include, for example, pureed cauliflower in mac and cheese, hiding sweet potatoes in pancakes, and secreting kale in spaghetti and meatballs. She also provides funny personal anecdotes about feeding Jerry and the kids. There are also tear-out shopping guides to help parents zoom through the supermarket and tips on how to deal with the kid that "must have" the latest sugar bomb cereal. Her book is amazing, practical, easy-to-read, and a godsend for parents who want their kids to be healthy for a long time to come.

Speaking of books, "Inside the Actor's Studio" host James Lipton's smash hit memoir, "Inside Inside", went back for a second printing even before it arrived in bookstores. Anyone who has ever caught his celeb chats knows he gets the stars to dish the dirt, cuss, and spill the most outrageous stories of their own shortcomings.

Major style icon alert! A collection of gorgeous dresses worn by the late Princess Grace of Monaco will be auctioned off in New York to mark the 25th anniversary of her death. The Sotheby's sale on Oct. 26 features gowns the Princess - who tragically died in a car crash in 1982 - wore for some of the most important occasions of her life, including her first meeting with Prince Rainier in 1955, whom she married a year later.

Maguy Maccario-Doyle, the Consul General of Monaco, said that among the items to be auctioned is the little green suit that Princess Grace wore when she came to the U.S. for a state dinner at the White House with President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. Another is the floral dress the Hollywood beauty (then simply Grace Kelly) wore when she met Prince Rainier for the first time.

The satin gown the Princess sported to accept her Best Actress Oscar for "The Country Girl" in 1955, and a grey dress she donned in "High Society", her last big Hollywood movie in 1956, will also go under the hammer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Princess Grace Foundation - USA, which identifies and assists emerging talent in theatre, dance, and film.

The auction is part of a series of events to be held in New York to mark the anniversary of Grace's death, including the upcoming Princess Grace Awards Gala my BFF Gail Parenteau is planning. If I can score one of her gowns I'll wear it to the gala - but not before stopping by Nat Sherman Tobacconist to the World for a pack or two of the wonderfully colored Fantasia cigarettes that Grace had shipped regularly to her at the Palace in Monte Carlo. Maybe I'll see if I can pick up a tiara from Harry Winston too - on loan of course.

Now that we're talking jewelry - one of my favorite topics, second only to shoes - Catherine Zeta Jones just signed to be the face, neck, arms, and fingers of Italian diamond design czar Di Modolo - as if Michael Douglas doesn't keep her sparkling enough with baubles. But a girl likes to get her own...it's more fun that way.

Charlize Theron is another to jump on the big jeweled band wagon as the savvy guys and gals who create these precious gems have finally woken up to what old Harry Winston knew years ago: big stars sell big rocks! The Academy Award winner will be the new "it" girl for Italian luxury brand Breil Milano. Images of the actress, glamorous in black cocktail dress and cascading blonde curls, have already appeared as part of the brand's fall ad campaign. It will also be running in the United States, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland and the United Kingdom. Theron was chosen not only for her natural beauty, but for her "modern woman personality," a company rep told me.

Under the terms of the multi-year contract, Theron is to star in all of Breil Milano advertisements - a $20 million campaign. It's not the first jewelry industry modeling stint for the South African actress; she was previously featured in ads for Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil, but the brand sued Theron earlier this year for breach of contract after she allegedly reneged on the terms of an endorsement deal by being photographed wearing a competing watch brand. Oops! Don't think she'll make that goof again!!

Cheers to Mitchell Kriegman and Michael Wudyka who tossed one elegant party for The Creative Coalition and officially christened their new acquisition, LTV Studios. Kudos to Christopher Robbins and the whole Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs team for one of the most delicious dinners in a long while. In between bites of my truly delicious filet of beef, I chatted with the amazingly talented triple threat actor/writer/director Gian Carlo Esposito who was thrilled about the upcoming release of his new film "Gospel Hill".

Gian Carlo wrote and directed the film which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, and film diva Angela Bassett. Whoa! The film is about haunted men, the former sheriff of the southern town dealing with past sins, and the former civil rights worker withdrawn since the martyrdom of his brother thirty years before. Their final confrontation comes when a corporation descends on the town, echoing a struggle thirty years old.

Congratulations to master builder and my good friend Richard Laskowski of Vanguard Construction who finally popped the question to the beauteous Angela Infante - and surprise she said yes - only kidding Richard. It will be a June wedding for the deliriously happy and well-suited pair.

Last week I told you about Kelsey and Camille Grammer putting their Bridgehampton estate on the market for twice what they paid just last year! Turns out they were just "testing the waters" to see what it was worth.

I generally just go to the nearest ATM to find that out.




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