EVER SINCE Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made a not-so-secret appearance at the opening night of the new off-Broadway show, Jump, tickets have been selling with a bounce. The couple, now living in New York, took their children to see the martial arts comedy-spectacle from Korea. They sat quietly in the back two rows with a group of kids who were laughing through the entire performance.
When they tried to make a discreet exit from the Union Square Theater, the customary swarm of cameras caught them. They escaped and immediately called from their car to offer thanks and send their congratulations to the talented Korean cast. This, of course, made headlines all over South Korea.
Not since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stopped theater traffic twice during their tempestuous marriages have we seen a true power couple like this.
(Everything stopped in Times Square when Burton did Hamlet in 1964 and Miz Liz picked him up after every show, and then when he and Elizabeth did Private Lives in 1983.)
Athletes' good side
Fallen Olympics champ Marion Jones has put athletes in the spotlight's rude glare but tomorrow night, many big names fly in for the 29th annual "Salute to Women in Sports" gala at the Waldorf. We'll see the highly responsible profiles of the one and only Billie Jean King who adds so much to New York City. Plus, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Laila Ali. A few film stars like Geena Davis and Holly Hunter will join in. Hot ticket!
Rosie on Rosie
Let's get on the record here. I like Rosie O'Donnell and admire her many charities, her theater enthusiasm and her candor. But her new book Celebrity Detox: The Fame Game is a cri de coeur of what seems to be "unrequited love" for a mother figure. She has made my friend Barbara Walters that figure.
If you are dying to know exactly how Rosie felt during the recent smash-up just before she left The View - well, Rosie seems to have been disillusioned from the start. She didn't like being told what to do on The View after she'd had complete charge on her own show. So why did she take The View job? Because she worshiped Barbara and had been invited by her. Then things didn't pan out.
This book offers candid self-examination. Although it's not a big book, it meanders from her mother's death to her lovable children to the hero worship of Barbra Streisand. It needed an editor, or a foot on the brake. There's much of psychoanalytic interest in it and lots of sincere confusion and heartbreak.
Friends in finance
Titans of finance turned out for Alan Greenspan's party at the Four Seasons Grill to toast his No. 1 bestseller The Age of Turbulence. None other than Pete Peterson and Bill Clinton introduced him. He accepted applause from the likes of Bob Rubin, Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Sid and Mercedes Bass and the rest of the Wall Street Journal crowd. His charming wife, Andrea Mitchell, stood by him at his insistence and put her head on his shoulder. The 42nd president said in his brief praise of Greenspan that he was "the greatest," adding that at solving problems, America is also the greatest.