Super-publicist Caroline Graham’s holiday party in Santa Monica last night was akin to the 405 freeway bumper-to-bumper. Navigating the human traffic-jam conjured Blake Edwards’s party scene in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” It took a full forty minutes to cross Caroline’s cozy living room to greet a friend. It took just as long in the other direction to reach the bar. Charles Windisch-Graetz, Caroline’s partner at C4 Global Communications, watched in wonder.
L.A. creatives in attendance bustled with year-end news. They included:
- Jacqueline Bisset, actress, fresh off a London flight, having just finished work on writer/director Stephen Poliakoff’s latest drama for the BBC, “Dancing on the Edge.”
- Norman Pfeiffer, architect, a purveyor of award-winning theaters, chatting about his new performing arts center he’s designed for Chapman University in Orange County.
- Rona Sebastian, executive director of the Herb Alpert Foundation, describing how the arts-loving Alperts have increased their contribution, by $1.13 million, for a total of $2.37 million in scholarship aid at California State Summer School for the Arts.
- Hunter-Drohojowska-Philp, author, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Arts Scene and the 1960s rushing her hubby, the musician, David Philp, lead singer for the Automatics, off to a Burbank band gig.
- Also clustered and carousing in Caroline’s cottage-like home were Martin Summers, art dealer, his wife, Ann Summers and daughter, the television star Tara Summers of “Boston Legal” and “Ringer”; Jean Moore, widow of Irish author Brian Moore; John Walsh, ex-director of the Getty Museum and his wife, Jill Walsh; Lindsey Kozberg communications director of the RAND Corporation, and RAND Africa expert, Ed O’Connell.
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I have never seen any city so full of people so full of themselves. I hope all this is all ironic, but it surely is LA ridiculous to me.
Now reading THIS definitely puts me in the holiday mood of good cheer. I’m visualizing it completely! Cheers to you and Caroline and all the great women who are so inspiring on the pages of cyber space, the printed page and painted face of Audrey Hepburn and beyond!