First Lady Nancy Reagan is in the spotlight Tuesday at the Century Plaza when the officers and the directors of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council host a No. 1, super-attended, no-telephone-reservations, sold-out luncheon. In conjunction, Earle and Marion Jorgensen will be hosting a private reception in honor of the President's wife.
Music by starlight, picnics and the hustle-bustle of friendship are on the horizon as the Hollywood Bowl season approaches. Few groups are as dedicated to the Bowl as the Patroness Committee of the Hollywood Bowl. Members officially launch social aspects of the season next Sunday when the Patronesses, headed by Mrs. Warren Brooks Williamson, plan dinner and dancing at the home of Ragnar and Mollie Qvale in Fremont Place. The evening will honor the eminent British conductor Sir Charles Groves and Lady Hilary.
Connie Frank and John Golisch are co-chairmen of the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California gala premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' newest animated film, "The Great Mouse Detective," next Sunday at Disney Studios in Burbank. The feature introduces a new gallery of Disney characters and original songs and is the story of Basil, the detective who investigates a kidnapping committed by his adversary, Professor Ratigan. Original collector cels from the film will be offered at a silent auction during the reception. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children. Others on the committee are Louis Boish, Cindy Rasmussen, Donna Ehler, Sherry Goldsher Marsh, Anne Cahill, Dwaine Dirks, David Emmert, Mary Kurian, Dorine Channing and Dan Hubbard. Fritzi Rivin is president of the foundation.
Former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans and Jayne Duncan Firman were married at the Church of Bethesda-By-The-Sea in Palm Beach, Fla. The new Mrs. Stans is the president and owner of a Palm Beach real estate firm. She's also active in Planned Parenthood and was a co-founder of the Palm Beach County chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Stans served in the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. He was director of the Bureau of the Budget for three years under Eisenhower.
Frank Dale, new president of the Music Center, made a special appearance at Club 100's Salute to Distinguished Artists Celebration luncheon at the Regency Club this week. When the raised dais on which he and Esther Wachtell stood quivered, he quipped, "I'm developing my standard sales pitch . . . we've got to be more stable than this."
It was a very special occasion for Diane Morton, wearing a bright red Adolfo. She was recognized by president Joyce Rosenblum as the top gift-getter among members who officially brought in $612,731 in pledges this year, representing 800 gifts. That's a 20% increase.
Artists honored and their presenters were Gregory Harrison, Nancy Weakley; Stanley Holden, Donna Kamin; D. Martyn Bookwalter, Patricia Kaplan; Mehli Mehta, Carol Henry; George Schaefer, Cannie Abell; Carmine Marinelli, Esther Kenyon; Robert Routolo, Shirley Levine, and Julie Harris, Diane Morton.
First president Esther Wachtell officially introduced new officers, including Rosenblum, re-elected president; Lee Hausner, Mary Ann Spraic, Nancy Weakley, Olive Varga, Judy Ruderman (in a handsome black and white checked Ungaro), Donna Kamin and Suzanne Janes.
Wilhelmina Diener, Olive Varga and Suzanne Janes arranged the affair. To show just how hard volunteers work, Varga brought her USC daughter, Cindy Varga, along to rub elbows with the gracious Julie Harris. Also in on the fun were Alice Coulombe, Joan Thompson, Suzy Henny, Lee Howard, Peter Hemming, Robert Fryer, Robert Haft, Susan Fine and Diane Downey.
Katrina Hodiak read her mother's poetry. Gregory Peck remembered her with eloquence. Claire Falkenstein and Henri Temianka contributed to the fond tributes to the late Anne Baxter for the Roman Holiday at the J. Paul Getty Museum hosted by The Group. Read Katrina, "You taught me the simple art of appreciation . . . the ability to laugh at oneself, love yourself with all your failings because there is humor in all our failings large and small. . . ."
M. M. Miller put together the tribute book, and Nancy Dowey and Vonnie Flowers co-chaired the cocktail dinner in the Inner Peristyle Garden where Ambrosia catered dinner for a chic crowd including Stuart and Carrie Ketchum, Vance and Betty Lee Stickell (who were off to Washington, D. C. for the White House dinner honoring the president of Uraguay), Jany and Richard Pearson, Missy and Malcolm Stuart, Billie and Roger Converse, Joan and Jack Mackey, Mary and Bradley Jones, Bob Ray and Kathy Offenhauser, Herbert and Babe Eagle, Lee Hogan Cass, Robert and Jeanne Sully, Martha and Robert Norman and Marjorie and Fred Lyte. It was a warm tribute from The Group which supports the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design.