Hollywood's own religious holiday
Late night scene at Nicolas Berggruen's annual party at Chateau Marmont.
The Academy Awards Night, Hollywood's own religious holiday has been an event of national, even international interest for many many years, although in the past decade or more, it has flourished and blossomed into a national tourist destination - for people who either are in the entertainment business, or would like to be in the entertainment business, or even wannabe a wannabe, who descend on Los Angeles for, if nothing else, a ride down Sunset with the top down, and the ultimate Hollywood Party.
One such party is given annually by Nicolas Berggruen, a familiar figure in New York, London, Paris, etc. Mr. Berggruen, who has his own billion dollar business called Berggruen Holdings, is a son of the late Heinz Berggruen, one of the most successful international art dealers of the 20th century.
Chateau Marmont The elder Mr. Berggruen passed away about this time last year at the age of 93. His life was the kind of movie Hollywood would love to make - a German Jew who fled Hitler's Germany in the mid-1930s, came to San Francisco where he met and married the very wealthy Lillian Zellerbach and embarked on his career as an art dealer.
Among his artists was a woman named Frida Kahlo, with whom he had an affair. After the war back in Paris, he was introduced to Pablo Picasso by Tristan Tzara, the Rumanian writer, one of the founders of the Dada movment. This introduction led to a very profitable association for both artist and dealer. At one point Mr. Berggruen owned 130 Picassos. In 2000 he sold his collection to Berlin's State Museums for $120 million - actually a bargain price. Twelve years before he donated 90 works by Paul Klee to the Met here in New York.
Nicolas is one of two sons of his father's second wife Bettina Moissi. His business takes him all over the world but, at this particular time of year, like so many others, he wants to be in Hollywood.
For the party, Berggruen took over the Chateau Marmont, and invited about 500. His guest list is considered one of the great mixes for Hollywood - pretty people, stars, goodlooking girls, power players. It "wasn't very industry," in the words of one guest, "but more of a social list; not being so uptight." It started at 9 pm and went until about two - very late for L.A.
Bob Shaye and Nicolas Berggruen
Nicolas Berggruen, Jen McCurdy, and Martin Franklin
Paris and Nicky Hilton
Bobby Farrelly and Woody Harrelson
Ingrid Casares and Sofia Vergara
Nadine Coyle, Nicolas Berggruen, Lady Victoria Hervey, and Julia Verdin
Tom Bugbee, Monique Lhuillier, Shell Cardon, and Craig Cardon
Caroline Roman and Michael Baruch
Russell Simmons and Porschla Coleman
Amber Feld and Tarajia Morrell
Walton Ford, Daphne Guinness, and Carlos Souza
Rebecca De Mornay and Larry Gagosian
Alina Puscau and Brett Ratner
Caroline Roman and Christoph Hargreaves-Allen
Amanda Braun, Blake Leibel, and Gina Clarke
Alexis Tziena, Christian Lamb, and Lizette Pena
Julia Clancey, Julia Verdin, Nadine Coyle, and Lady Victoria Hervey
Browne Andrews and Michael Baruch
Bobette Cohn and Kimberly Bini
Cornelia Gibrand and Aurelia Scheppers
Michael Beaumont, Daryl Hannah, Beth McLaughlin, and Farhad Farman-Farmaian
Todd Meister, Jamie Tisch, and Tom Arnold
Marilou Bartoli, Fanny Gaillard, Chloe Bartoli, and Marjolaine Bui
Elizabeth and Colleen Murzyn
Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir
Max von Gumppenberg, Nicolas Berggruen, Lavinia Currier, and Paul Stephaich
Magda Berliner and George Kotsiopoulos
DJ Frankie Inglese
Jim Coleman, Martin Franklin, and Richard Franklin
Dori Cooperman and Casey Johnson
Elizabeth and Colin Callender
Emilia Menocal and Kamil
Johan Lindeberg and Jonas Akerlund
Zeta Graff, Fawaz Gruosi, and Ujjwala Raut
Jason Binn and Ben Silverman
Jeff Stein and Angela Janklow
Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton
Andy Hewitt and soon-to-be-mother, Lara Shriftman
Monique Nguyen and Alexis Roche
Aleim Johnson, Stephanie Ittleson, and Farhad Farman-Farmaian
Karl Castillo and Oswald Boateng
Leven Rambin and Cameron Richardson
Matt Donnelly, Caroline Roman, and Christoph Hargreaves-Allen
Martina Borgamanero Basabe, Fabian Basabe, and Paoletta Borgamanero
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