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A Preview of 'The World of Casasola'

November 07, 1985|JODY JACOBS

The documentary photographs of Agustin Victor Casasola tell the story of a dynamic and formative period in the history of Mexico. Through a special grant from the Ford Motor Co. we'll have a chance to see them in an exhibition entitled "The World of Casasola: Mexico 1900-1938," which opens at UCLA's Wight Art Gallery on Nov. 19.

Before the exhibition opens to the public, Ford will be hosting a private preview and champagne reception on Nov. 16. On hand for that fiesta will be Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S. Jorge Espinoza de los Reyes who serves as honorary co-chairman for the exhibition during its Los Angeles stay along with Bill Richardson and Matthew Martinez, co-chairmen of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus, Mayor Tom Bradley and UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young. Also on hand to help host the gala opening will be O.B. (Bud) Marx III, president and managing director of Ford de Mexico.

The super-rich Carringtons of "Dynasty" live in a beautiful mansion with just a few drawbacks.

Prince Rainier III of Monaco noticed the missing roof (in its place scaffolding and television lights) when he dropped in for lunch Monday afternoon with his family. He told his friend Frank Cresci, Monaco's consul general in New York, who was admiring the place, "You wouldn't want to live here."

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 14, 1985 Home Edition View Part 5 Page 34 Column 2 View Desk 2 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
The Los Angeles Arts Council sponsored the sixth annual Armand Hammer Awards Luncheon on Oct. 30 at the Century Plaza. The Ahmanson Foundation, which was represented by Robert Ahmanson in a photo with Armand Hammer that appeared in The Times on Nov. 7, was the honoree.

The walls slide out (for easier television camera access) and the location isn't quite prime Bel-Air (the mansion sits smack in the middle of Warner Bros. Hollywood Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard). Still, it's a handsome home with its curving staircase and paneled library copied meticulously from Filoli, the mansion in Woodside, Calif., once the home of the William P. Roth family, where the pilot for "Dynasty" was shot. And with David Jones' pretty bouquets everywhere, and classy touches of Oriental porcelain and silver around, it was an appropriate setting for Monday's luncheon hosted by "Mr. and Mrs. Blake Carrington, Mrs. Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter and their families." The real-life people who footed the bill were producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer. The guests of honor were Prince Rainier and his offspring Prince Albert, Princess Caroline (she showed up in stirrup pants) and Princess Stephanie (she wore a denim pantsuit). Caroline's husband Stefano Casiraghi skipped the event as did Cary Grant and Frank and Barbara Sinatra. And Stephanie was back to chewing on her nails again.

Esther Shapiro, co-creator of "Dynasty" with her husband Richard, stood in the library, her favorite room, sipping champagne and waiting for the arrival of the princely family. "For the first two years," Mrs. Shapiro commented, "I did everything around here but the windows. And I felt it was my home. One day someone left a Styrofoam coffee cup on the floor in this room and I went crazy."

The receiving line standing in front of the grand staircase included John Forsythe (Blake Carrington), Joan Collins (Alexis), Linda Evans (Krystal Carrington), Charlton Heston ("Dynasty II's" patriarch Jason Colby) and Mrs. Cary Grant who had co-chaired Sunday night's gala for the Princess Grace Foundation, USA. Later when Forsythe welcomed the princely family and recalled the love Hollywood felt for the "talented actress (Grace Kelly) who gave up her career to marry a prince (Rainier)" he introduced himself as "the oldest and the meanest of the Carringtons."

"I'm the uncle," Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia explained, referring to his niece, "Dynasty's" Catherine Oxenberg, whom he had just kissed. "I'm the aunt," chimed in his wife, Princess Barbara of Liechtenstein, who was snapping photos of the Hollywood celebrities while admitting, "I love movie stars." Mrs. Aaron Spelling, a cool blonde, wore gold and diamonds with her cream and cafe au lait tunic dress. Mrs. Arpad Plesch, the horse owner, asked to have her picture taken with Forsythe, another horse owner, as did her daughter Countess Bunny Esterhazy. "A lot of people are buying horses," said Cramer who buys modern art. "Dynasty's" set decorator Brock Broughton conducted a few brisk tours through the set.

Chasen's laid out a royal feast--smoked salmon and cold seafood in the Carringtons' dining room. It was followed by a sit-down lunch in the room that serves as both living room and master bedroom. "We move fireplaces about," explained "Dynasty's" Elaine Rich who had a lot to do with planning the lunch party. Everyone tucked into the cold asparagus vinaigrette and the London broil and the strawberries accompanied by hot chocolate fudge sauce. Cramer who was catching a plane to New York later (to attend the Sotheby's sale of contemporary art) and Mrs. Shapiro held back. They've both lost oodles of pounds on Hermien Lee's nutrition program and it definitely does not include fudge sauce.

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