And now news from some of this rich, all-American family's heirs. Maybe you've seen the following couple tooling around Los Angeles in their Rolls-Royce convertible. He looks like a Botticelli angel. She's a middle-aged hippie who comes from one of the richest families in America and she is "crazee" about her young bridegroom. He's 27; she's 46.
The international set has been whispering about their secret wedding in L.A. last November. He is Bartolomeo Ruspoli, son of an aristocratic Italian line. She is the grandchild of the quoted above late Jean Paul Getty, America's first oil billionaire, and the daughter of the late J. Paul Getty Jr. and Gail Harris. Her name is Aileen.
During a civil wedlock in November, Aileen was hard-pressed to state her occupation. Finally, her attorney advised her to put down "investor," but Bartolomeo left his "occupation" blank.
At the festival, I rubbed shoulders with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Ken Auletta of the New Yorker, Maureen Orth of Vanity Fair, Jack Welch of Boston, Peter Bart of Variety and Arianna Huffington of all points. The highlight for me was to find, at one of my talks to an SRO crowd, the fabulous Eva Marie Saint sitting in the front row, applauding and cheering me on!
Elsewhere in L.A., Dennis Quaid was dining in the smoking area of the Koi restaurant. He ran out of cigarettes, so he went outside and asked the valet parkers to get him a pack. He offered a $100 bill and didn't ask for change.
At Barney's in Beverly Hills, a guy who looked an awful lot like David Arquette was shopping. He declined to use any of the dressing rooms, simply peeling his clothes off whenever and wherever he found something he liked.
Also shopping in Beverly Hills - the sultry beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mrs. Michael Douglas was asked by a female fan if she'd get on a cell phone and wish the fan's boyfriend a happy birthday? Not only did Catherine agree, she sang "Happy Birthday" to the stunned fellow.
And then there is Paris Hilton. On Sunday, Madame Tussaud's on 42nd Street will unveil a wax dummy of Paris to coincide with the release of the movie House of Wax in which Miss Hilton has a role. I'm told the dummy is quite realistic. You won't be able to tell the difference.
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