A night of dancing with the stars at the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

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June 09, 2008|By TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

The other night, at the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, one of the best Texans of modern times, the talented Tommy Tune, was given the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award at Manhattan Center on 34th Street. The irony was we enjoyed a show about dancing where the stage was littered in front with sound boxes so big that you couldn't see anyone's feet.

The best thing about this evening was the emcee, Lee Roy Reams, ubiquitous actor/star from La Cage aux Folles. Lee Roy opened "big" with a number of hugely presented songs about dancing. I love this guy; he can do no wrong.

Lee Roy rushed to the mike, saying that he and I both had big life secrets together, which he was reluctant to reveal. Then he screamed: "We are both dachshund lovers!"

I guess you had to be there

Oh yes, the night benefited The Auditory Oral School of New York, which helps young hearing- and speech-impaired kids get a better start. I want to thank them for showing a rare film clip of Fred Astaire that I'd never seen before.

Fred Astaire will always be my favorite movie star!

Party at MOMA

Here's one of the more exclusive parties of the year, and it's happening on the advent of summer. Talk about a hot ticket! The Museum of Modern Art will honor philanthropist Donald Marron and famous director Mike Nichols at its 40th Annual Party in the Garden tomorrow.

Elitists of every stripe and just plain ordinary souls with money will get to hear singer-visual artist M.I.A. at the after-dinner dance. Proceeds go to MOMA's educational program and care of its collection.

Don't you want to rub elbows with Diane Sawyer, Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis, Agnes Gund, Carole and Ronald Lauder, Joan Ganz Cooney, Princess Firyal, Barbara Walters, Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller?

Keep 'em guessing

One of those too, too divine women on the New York Post's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York City is enjoying her newfound status. She might not enjoy the rumor that her hubby is playing around with ladies of the evening. You have 49 guesses to figure out who this is, because it can't be me. I haven't had a husband in quite some time.

Is this a blind item? I guess so; I never said I was perfect.

Rosie's 'View'

Oh, my, my! There was Rosie O'Donnell onstage at Radio City Musical Hall for the Cyndi Lauper tour. She entertained the audience with her past life on The View, saying, "It started out as a tea party and wound up like a women's prison movie. There were shivs out on the table."

The future of 'Interview'

If you wonder what is about to happen to the Interview magazine that was originated by Andy Warhol, I guess you have to wait until the Bergdorf Goodman magazine comes out June 9. Therein, Glenn O'Brien gives his plans for future shock!

Endquote

Asked: "Which of the characters you've played in movies most closely resembles the real Adam Sandler?" Sandler answered: "Evita."

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