Les Dames de Champagne has come of age. Members will be celebrating 21 Twelfth Night Bal Masques on Jan. 6 at the revamped Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in a flashback to the first Academy Awards in 1929.
Mrs. Glen Wills of Pasadena is pulling out stops for a "colossal, stupendous, gigantic" black-tie dinner dance. Buddy Rogers, who won an early statuette for "Wings," will be honorary chairman, and some of Hollywood's greats, including Jean Louis, Ralph Edwards, Howard W. Koch, Cesar Romero, Art Linkletter, Mervyn LeRoy, Ken Murray and the Homer Tobermans, Mrs. Bob Cobb and Sybil Brand will add venerable class.
The party's in the Blossom Room. Flashy '20s dress--or black-tie, masque, the Academy Award gamut of style--will not be inappropriate. Of course, it's the big night when Les Dames announces the Founder's Award, given to recipients who project hospitality in international good will. They've included Peter Ueberroth, former Secretary of State Harold Brown and Mrs. Brown, Tom Lasorda and Aaron and Candy Spelling.
Les Dames president Mrs. Del Webb heads the arrangements with Kathy Wills. Assisting, too, Mmes. Wanda Henderson Holzhauser, Robert Sully, Charles Luckman, Thurmond Clarke, Frank Field, Happy Franklin, Robert Humphreys, Howard W. Koch, David Koontz, James Famechon, Harry Lewis, Art Linkletter, John Maroney, Christian Posner, Francis Ravel, Bob Ray Offenhauser, Charles Snodgrass, Charles Skouras and Alex Villicana.
Mary Ann Dunn says to "get ready to do the Bronto Boogie." It's her way of announcing the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Dinosaur Ball on April 12. Bill Mingst is ball chairman, with a big assist from Patti Herbert and Shelton Ellis. They delivered collector buttons in gold Gump's boxes to remind everyone to save the date. But, the occasion is in demand, and some of those boxes went astray.
Speaking of the museum, this is a nice time for romantic news: The beautiful Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, N.M., will be the setting Jan. 4 when Natural History Museum Director Craig C. Black marries Mary Elizabeth King, director of Santa Fe's Laboratory of Anthropology/Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. They'll make their home in the Southland, where she'll do consulting and write a book. They plan a delayed honeymoon to northern Kenya.
Black's daughter Lorna will be maid of honor. Christopher Black will be his father's best man.
Prominent Southlanders planning to attend are the museum foundation's trustees president Robert Attiyeh and his wife, Linda, the Orient Express' Lew and Louise Mitchell and John Sedlar and Steve Garcia of Manhattan Beach's St. Estephe restaurant (both former Santa Fe residents). They're all included in the penthouse reception Jim and Sudye Kirkpatrick will host at the Inn at Loretto.
Black recently was named to the National Science Board by President Reagan.
What a cue for the USC Friends of Fine Arts. Sue and Steven Antebi have agreed to give their Mediterranean-style home (the former Vincent Price estate) for the membership party Jan. 16. It's a "dressy attire" event with proceeds benefiting the USC School of Fine Arts.
Happy Franklin, Friends president, says the event will focus on the Antebis' collection of contemporary artists, including Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Ron Davis, Willem de Kooning, Jud Fine, Sam Francis, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Paul Wonner and Tom Wudl, plus their Oriental ceramics.
What a year the Friends have planned. Program chairman Mrs. J. Blair Pence II has booked tours of the homes and art collections of Douglas Cramer, Maurice and Marjorie Katz, Faith and James Porter, Mattie and Eric Staniek, a bus tour of Venice studios and galleries, special tours of exhibitions in the USC Fisher Gallery and lectures by internationally known artist Robert Irwin.
Claremont Graduate School has a slick new publication out called "Connections," with interesting articles by management expert Peter F. Drucker, actress Barbara Babcock, President John David Maguire and corporate art collector Robert B. Egelston, chairman of the Capital Group.
older, attended the Exceptional Children's Foundation 14th annual Snowflake Ball in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
Corsages, boutonnieres, dancing to the music of the Carry On band and crowning of the Snowflake Ball king and queen were part of the semiformal evening.
Myron D. Karlin, president of the Motion Picture Export Assn. of America, will be honored Jan. 11 at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center's Jerusalem Award Dinner in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Robert Wagner emcees the star-studded gala.
Jack Valenti is honorary dinner chairman.
A trio of powerhouses will serve as dinner co-chairmen: Guy McElwaine, chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pictures; Frank G. Wells, president and chief operating officer of Walt Disney Productions, and Robert A. Daly, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Warner Brothers.