Saying goodbye, saying hello, seeing stars raise charity dollars

CELEBRITY NEWS

November 05, 2007|By LIZ SMITH | LIZ SMITH,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

IF EVER I should leave you, it wouldn't be in autumn," the really nice guy Robert Goulet used to sing. But he did.

We're going to miss him.

Baby boomlet

Juju Chang of ABC News and Neal Shapiro, prexy of New York's PBS, welcomed a third son Nov. 1 at New York Presbyterian. He is named Mason Blake and weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

So maybe you already heard that the horseback riding, book-writing beauty Kelly Klein, once wed to designer Calvin Klein, is the new mom of a baby born to a surrogate mother last Thursday. She gave him her maiden name. He is Lucas Rector.

And down at the Strand Book Store they're celebrating the next generation of booksellers. Co-owner Nancy Bass Wyden welcomed twins, William Peter and Ava Rose, on Oct. 26.

Moneymaking events

Walking to the Metropolitan Club on Halloween in midday, strolling in front of me on 60th Street were Shrek and his princess, Mrs. Shrek. Everybody photographed them. I don't think they were fugitives from DreamWorks; just two Shreks dressed up for the coming night. ... Cancer research benefited from the nerves of Denise Rich, who waited for her daughters and grandkids to arrive to go onstage with her at their G&P Foundation Angel Ball! The girls arrived in time, but mama almost had a nervous breakdown. LL Cool J and I had to give her a glass of water! It raised $5 million for a great cause. ... The Landmarks Conservancy was a bit less profit-making on Oct. 30, but raked in more than $750,000 at Cipriani 42 Street with people like Jessye Norman, Gerald Schoenfeld, Peter Duchin, Patti LuPone singing to the VIPs who included Lauren Bacall, her son Steve Bogart, Pidie and Sidney Lumet, Alexandra Schlesinger, Mary and Mike Wallace, Robert Osborne, Casey Ribicoff, John Whitehead, Mica Ertegun, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley in the audience, or being celebrated.

Hit of hits was actor Nathan Lane, who killed the people while saluting Miss Bacall, of whom he said he was deathly afraid. The only person missing that night was Bacall's dog Sophie. Her barks were heard on film however.

Go back to Nov. 1 and call up newyork socialdiary.com to see pics of this party and a video of Patti LuPone. Wonderful!

Fistsful of dollars

Hulaween, as Bette Midler calls it, was the occasion for people like the distinguished Ellen Levine of Hearst to dress up like a Crayola crayon and hit the Waldorf. Such a gang and Bette worked the room like the pro she is, going table to table, calling people unprintable Politically Incorrect names, forcing them to ante up for the N.Y. Restoration Project. The divine one received a white lei from Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He congratulated her for plans to plant cherry trees along the Henry Hudson Parkway. They raised $2.5 million, taking advantage of Halloween.

You can still get in on this through Nov. 8 by logging onto charitybuzz.com. Bid on seeing Hugh Jackman in Australia, VIP tickets to Bette's Caesars Palace gig in Vegas, walk the red carpet with Nicole Kidman for her next premiere, stuff like that!

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