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November 25, 2001|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

His name is Lazenby. George Lazenby. Some 007 fans say the one film in which he played James Bond, 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," was the best pic of the Bond bunch. It was also the only film in which Bond marries; Diana Rigg was the lucky woman.

In real life, a very happy Pam Shriver will claim that privilege.

B-more's tennis star says she first met the Australian actor at Wimbledon a year and a half ago.

"One of the big ironies," Pam says, "is that the man who introduced us, Peter Smiley, is also the man who introduced me to my late husband."

Pam's husband, Joe Shapiro, died of cancer two years ago -- a loss she was still grieving when she met George.

"I had George's number for five months before I picked up the phone," she continues. "I called George for dinner, but he was out of town working. He called me back Valentine's Day this year."

They've been seeing each other ever since. Seven weeks ago, George proposed. And this week, Pam and George celebrated Thanksgiving in their new house in Pacific Palisades, California.

As for the actual wedding: "Sometime next year," Pam hints. "Whatever we do will be very, very private and very, very small. Just our immediate families."

Meantime, Pam says, George will accompany her back home to Charm City for her annual Tennis Challenge -- this year set for Dec. 12.

So how did this one-time secret agent infiltrate our tennis champ's heart?

"He's this really interesting combination," Pam explains. "George is a real man's man, very handsome. But he also has this extraordinary sensitive side. Then he also has this playful side that I find really gorgeous. We sort of tapped into each other's sense of humors and we have a really good time together."

Yep, Pam says, there is a big age difference. She's 40. He's 62.

"That was one reason I didn't immediately call him," she admits. "But [eventually I realized] age doesn't really matter. I'm very happy. Very happy with how I've managed the process of the last five years, which had so much change and a lot of pain. I still consider Baltimore my true home. But I feel L.A. is where I found love."

Clarisse Mechanic found a whole room full of love recently at the Advertising & Professional Club of Baltimore's annual luncheon, held this year at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. Clarisse, Baltimore's grande dame, chaired the event in which friends like John Paterakis, Lou Grasmick, and Ad Club president Col. Arthur Nattans gathered at her invitation. This year's guest speaker was J. Willard (better known as Bill) Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott Hotels & Resorts International.

Marriott charmed the group with tales of his career, including the story of how, as a young man trying to find his niche, he flunked every professional aptitude test he took. Doctor, lawyer, engineer -- he fit none of the criteria. So he asked the career counselor what he should do.

"Go into advertising," came back the answer.

Social Calendar

Nov. 29: "ReMembering: 60th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting." Benefits Citizens Planning and Housing Association. Beer, wine, champagne, heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert buffet, live jazz, dancing, performance by Ethel Ennis. Former Stewart's Department Store, 230 W. Lexington. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets, $20 CPHA members, $25 nonmembers. Call 410-539-1369.

Nov. 29: "Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's Blue Magic Holiday Cabaret." Benefits March of Dimes & Sigmas Against Teen Age Pregnancy. BYOB, soda, hors d'oeuvres, DJ, dancing. Overlea Caterers, 6809 Belair Rd. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets $16 in advance or at the door. Call 410-532-2311 or 410-521-3439.

Nov. 30: "Partners in Hope Gala." Benefits orphaned children of Sept. 11 tragedies and Hands Across the Americas Inc. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live music, dancing, Peruvian dance performance. Belvedere Hotel, 1 E. Chase St. 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $125. Call 410-561-8054.

Dec. 2: "A Beethoven Spectacular and 15th Anniversary Reception." Benefits Concert Artists of Baltimore Inc. Concert featuring pianist Leon Fleisher, wine, champagne, hors d'oeuvres. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Tickets $60-$90, $40 reception only. Call 410-625-3525.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520. Or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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