ARLENE DAHL HAS BEEN A BELOVED figure in the motion picture industry since the 1950s, and since she married the packaging designer Marc Rosen 31 years ago, the two have splashed continuously in the crème de la crème.
Rosen has now published a book of memoirs, really quick impressions of memorable moments, called Rubbing Shoulders. He sketches his interactions with what used to be called The Beautiful People, such as Grace Kelly (pictured above with Prince Rainier III on her first-ever visit to the Grimaldi palace in Monaco.) The book is a charming excursion into the past, full of dish and full of gossip.
THE MOST WIDELY COVERED MURDER TRIALS in the 1980s were both in Rhode Island, and the defendant in both was Claus von Bulow, charged with attempting to off his wealthy wife Sunny at their Gilded Age mansion in Newport.
The Danish patrician’s conviction at the first trial was reversed on appeal— and by the second trial, he had hooked up with an Hungarian adventuress named Andrea Reynolds, who co-starred with him in the nonstop press and TV coverage, as well as in a movie about the case called “Reversal of Fortune”. She was a force to be reckoned with.
ORBMAGAZINE can reveal exclusively that Andrea Reynolds Plunket died in anonymity last week in the Catskill Mountains, where she and her 4th husband, an English nobleman named Shaun Plunket had once run a bed & breakfast facility. Here for the first time anywhere is the haunting story of Andrea’s personal reversal of fortune.
WHEN ASKED ABOUT the 147 FBI agents probing her possibly criminal behavior while Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton goes into her Scarlett O’Hara impersonation: “Fiddle dee dee, ah’m not a bit worried about that silly ole investigation.” But the opposite is true—she’s terrified about what to say when she is called in for interrogation under oath. It could ruin everything.
Some of her closest advisers are telling her that while no course of action is palatable, obtaining a preemptive pardon from President Obama right away might do the least damage to her in the long run. It would stop FBI Director James Comey (above) in his tracks.
Will Obama grant it? Will Hillary accept it? If she does, can she still compete for and win the nomination? The stakes are high.
JITTERY STAFFERS at Hillary Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters have gone into full panic mode, in the wake of five straight landslide losses to Bernie Sanders and the candidate’s plummeting numbers in three national polls.
“This was the worst week so far in the campaign,” said a Democratic party insider, “and everybody is blaming everybody else for the setbacks. Bill Clinton called (campaign chairman) John Podesta (once his White House Chief of Staff) and screamed, ‘Those snotty-nosed kids over there are blowing this thing because nobody is listening to me.’”….
AFTER MONTHS OF ACRIMONY–basically a clash of egos—between Four Seasons Restaurant owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder and their current landlord Aby Rosen, the gastronomic mecca will be leaving the Seagram Building on July 31st, after 57 years, and there is a surprise in store for Rosen (shown above, between Niccolini and von Bidder).
Orbmagazine can reveal that the Four Seasons will reopen for business the following day—Monday, August 1st—at 280 Park Avenue, three blocks away, and its cosseted clientele will be ordering from the long-accustomed menu before Rosen can begin sweeping out the old space….
LET’S START WITH THE GOOD NEWS: Rupert Murdoch is madly in love with his bride Jerry Hall, and as of today, Forbes.com says he has a real time net worth of $12.1 billion.
Now the bad news: The charming circa-1853 townhouse in the West Village that the media emperor purchased a year ago and restored to a style worthy of Versailles has gone back on the market. It is magnificently beautiful and all that, but it has to go. Its major asset has now become a liability.
As any husband knows, with a new wife comes new priorities…….
CERTAIN PLACES THAT WERE ONCE DIVINE have now become ruined (have you been to Montauk lately?), while others retain their mystique. For a number of reasons—only 13% of the land is buildable, the zoning is stringent, it is inaccessible to day trippers—Aspen has kept its charm.
During spring break, semana santa as we say in The Bronx, a contingent of ORBanites that you know and love aviated into the Rocky Mountain High city, and ORB will tell you who they are. Reading this will be almost as good as having been there. Well, almost……..
SHE’S BAAACK—WITH A VENGEANCE. Wendi Deng kept her head down for a while after Vanity Affair wrote about her extramarital fling with Tony Blair, but now, they say, she has her eye on a different head of government. It seems her buddy David Geffen and his pal Roman Abramovich introduced her to Russian Tsar Vladimir Putin, and sparks are flying.
THE NEW YORK DESIGNER most famous for her wedding dresses, Reem Acra, has ever-so-quietly tied the knot at Manhattan’s wedding bureau—wearing civilian clothes. Her clients, which include Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, will be thrilled to learn she has married Nicolas Tabbal, a prominent plastic surgeon based on Park Avenue.
Both the bride and bridegroom are Lebanese-Americans, so break out the hummus and the baba ghanoush….