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Legends of a Filmmaker

Originally Posted: January 06, 2006

Elyse Trevors, Albert Maysles, and Keisha Bolden.
Photo courtesy of John Wegorzewski.

Legendary documentary filmmaker who has chronicled the famous and infamous moments in contemporary culture had two reason to celebrate at his annual holiday bash - the 50th anniversary of his landmark career and the 30th anniversary of his critically acclaimed look at another side of Hamptons life Grey Gardens.

Some 500 of his friends, fans and acolytes packed his penthouse studio for the party which is tops on everyone's must hit list. For years, Maysles hosted the holiday fete at his triplex in The Dakota, the home to such celebrities as Lauren Bacall, Rex Reed, Yoko Ono and Roberta Flack. After long delays for approval to see by his co-op board (they turned down Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith), Albert was finally able to sell and immediately purchased three adjoining buildings in Harlem to house his children and new studio.

Against the backdrop of posters from his classics "Gimmie Shelter" "Monterey Pop" "Meet Marlon Brando" and some fifty more, Maysles always with a crowd around him - greeted old friends, dispenses advice to novices, congratulated colleagues - indeed acted like the revered grand seigneur he is in the industry.

Don Billings, Frances Hayward, Joel Vig, and Rose Billings.
Photo courtesy of John Wegorzewski.

Spotted in the eclectic crowd were veteran producer Lucy Jarvis, hair stylist to the stars Colin Lively, Polo model Carlos Molina, Television Producer, Scott McArthur, Pr whiz Tony Vargas, concert pianist Andrew Wargo and current Grey Gardens lady of the house in incomparable Frances Hayward just back From Hollywood.

Frances was honored in LA by a star studded gala for her humane efforts on behalf of animals especially the work of her Friends of Amigo Foundation (we reported on all that in last weeks' column) which among other great works provided buses to bring rescued animal companion victims of Hurricane Katrina to safety and care at ARF.

The absolute head turner of the evening was the statuesque and gorgeous Keisha Bolden whose curly locks have made her the fave rave with the folks at Pantene who've booked her for an unprecedented three TV campaigns back to back.

The crowd ebbed and flowed till the wee hours despite the looming transit strike, which ultimately left late revelers no option, but to take the shoe leather express.

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