Henry Kissinger puts himself on the line, but not for Valentine kisses. He's agreed to be roasted (good-naturedly, he hopes) March 9 at the USC School of Public Administration fifth annual Ides of March Dinner in the Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire.
Prominent attorney John Argue is dinner chairman; former President Gerald Ford is honorary chairman. Johnny Grant will monitor the barbs. Among dinner co-chairmen are Pamela Anderson, John Attwood, Margaret Brock, Robert Dockson, Carl and Mrs. Franklin, William Keck II, Fred Wasserman and Lodwrick Cook.
Steering committee members include Dennis Alfieri, Gerald Giaquinta, Walter Hoefflin, Thomas E. Smith, John Stathatos and Earl Webster.
The tab: $250 per seat. And a $10,000 donation will entitle patrons to receive an invitation to a private reception for the former secretary of state.
Last year's fund-raiser was a salute to Sen. Robert Dole and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole.
ON TRACK: At least 40 members of the Strub family will be in the Directors Room at Santa Anita Park Sunday for one of the most important races of Santa Anita's 50th year of racing--the $500,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes. Of course, the race is named for the late Dr. Strub, track founder. His son, Robert P. Strub, president and CEO, and his wife, Betty, will host the prestigious luncheon. Among sons and daughters attending will be Marianne and Gerald Cline of Thousand Oaks, Katherine and John Reed of La Jolla, Sarah and Michael Frawley of West Los Angeles and Camie and Robert Strub of Pasadena. Dr. Strub's daughter, Mary Louise Strub Crowe, will attend with her husband, Arthur Lee Crowe (he's a Santa Anita director) and their offspring--Susan, Larry and Charles. Another daughter of the late founder, Virginia Strub Kelly, will come from Glen Cove, N.Y., with her husband, Francis E. Kelly Jr. And their children--Virginia, Ted, Andrew, Charles, and Linda and Daniel Mennis of Pasadena--also will be there. More family includes Peter Strub's (Robert's brother) widow, Adele, and her son Charles H. Strub II.
HINT, HINT: It seems timely that just before Valentine's Day, the House of Harry Winston should acquire the world's largest natural fresh-water pearl, valued at $300,000. Tie it with a red bow, give it with a red rose: it weighs 601.24 grains (150.31 carats), and it is about 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Winston designers are figuring out how to set it. We haven't seen it, but the other day we lunched with Count Enrico Carimati di Carimate. The count, who directs Winston's Southwestern sales, is addicted to tuna fish sandwiches. He has one a day, usually at the Polo Lounge, with a chopped-up jalapeno. It took the tuna to bring us down from heaven after looking at the wonders in the new Harry Winston salon in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
For instance, the Italian count (his family dates back to the 10th Century, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rome and spent years in the family heavy-machinery business before pursuing an avocational interest in fine jewels) allowed us to touch a heart-shaped yellow sapphire and a green emerald cabochon heart of the most magnificent portions, while he was negotiating the sale of a $1-million necklace by phone. The rubies (most valuable and rarest of stones currently) were nice, too--Rock of Gibraltar-size pendants, the heart earrings, even the ruby-encrusted whistles to ward off too-amorous types.
FOREIGN BENT: As part of its membership drive for the International Film Society, the AFI Associates of the American Film Institute are sponsoring three major invitational Los Angeles premieres of foreign motion pictures. Each will be followed by a buffet supper hosted by the counsel general of the country featured.
Ava Dexter Ostern, Associates president, and Pola Miller and Jacqueline Monash, co-chairmen of the International Film Society, are collaborating.
Particularly timely, with the America's Cup fanfare Down Under, the Australian entry, D. H. Lawrence's "Kangaroo," starring Oscar nominee Judy Davis, will be screened Sunday. A buffet supper follows, hosted by Consul General of Australia Basil J. and Mrs. Teasey at their residence.
France's entry, "The Scene of the Crime," starring Catherine Deneuve and Danielle Darrieux, is scheduled for screening March 8. Afterward France Consul General Bernard and Mrs. Miyet will be hosts at their home.
Then, March 29, "My Life as a Dog," Sweden's entry, is combined with Swedish Consul Gen. Margareta Hegardt's party at the Swedish residence. All screenings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the AFI/Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 N. Western Ave.
The committee for the innovative events include Connie Austin, Barbara Berg, Molly Dolle, Rose Freeman, Dolly Gillin, Aileen Iannucci, Nel Jaffe, Mary Lansbury, Susan Leider, Kay Rehme, Rosalind Rogers, Marcia Ross, Jean Schaffner and Helene Tobias.
Invitations are fun: Satin ribbons, the color of each country's flag, are lined up against details on each event.