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Posts Tagged ‘David Nasaw’

Tory Burch’s Ex Dines With Ron Perelman; Kelly Bensimon Goes Back to School

1003_mockup.gifAs much as we’d like to, we can’t deliver dish from Oscar winners (Shirley MacLaine) and supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova) every week. After a head-spinning cycle of chats with A-listers, the celebrity quotient at Michael’s was of the low-wattage variety today with reality television refugee Kelly Killoren Bensimon and comedian Robert Wuhl representing the famous (infamous?) contingent. We suspect after the Academy Awards and most schools’ winter breaks are over next week, things will be back to the usual Fellini-esque circus at 55th and Fifth.

I was joined today by SELF vice president and publisher Laura McEwen and the magazine’s director of public relations, Lauren Theodore. It was a fortuitously timed lunch (isn’t it always?), because the newly reinvigorated title is on a roll. Even before our lunch, the colorful cover of the March issue featuring starlet of the moment Julianne Hough caught my eye. It turns out, the issue debuted a new, more “extroverted” all-black logo which seems to capture the forward motion of the Conde Nast title perfectly. Since its launch in 1979, the magazine has been the bible for young fitness-focused women. Now, says Laura, the title has stepped up its mission and embraced a more encompassing philosophy of “Body/Looks/Life.”  ”They are all inseparable today,” explains Laura. “When it first launched, SELF started a movement but now it’s a way of life that has gone mainstream.”

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San Simeon Plays Host to William Randolph Hearst Time Warp

Over the weekend, a most unusual photo opp was staged at the Hearst Castle. Nineteen passengers, many dressed in period garb, climbed aboard a 1943 C-47 “Gooney bird” plane and touched down on the 4,400-foot landing strip at Hearst Ranch.

While a planned circling of the Hearst Castle for the attending media’s benefit had to be scrapped because of dense Saturday fog, the perfect landing was still a time warp of epic proportions, all part of the 12th annual Friends of the Hearst Castle fundraiser. One of the reporters in attendance was Kathy Tanner of the San Luis Obispo Tribune, who noted the historic connotations:

It had been almost 65 years earlier that a flight presumed to have been in a sister plane departed from that same Paso Robles field, carrying “the chief” away for the last time from the San Simeon “ranch” he loved so much.

Author David Nasaw wrote in his nearly 700-page book about Hearst, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, that on May 2, 1947, as Hearst and his mistress, Marion Davies, “were driven down the winding, five-mile roadway from San Simeon’s hilltop to the landing strip below for their flight to Los Angeles” and her house in Beverly Hills, “Marion noticed that tears were streaming down the Chief’s face.”

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