Cary Grant was one of a kind.
And this fall comes a tribute to the classic and classy actor that will indeed be one of a kind--an Oct. 19 benefit at the Beverly Hilton for the Princess Grace Foundation U.S.A.
Barbara Grant, widow of the actor who died in November, 1986, said that she and his daughter, Jennifer, wanted "only one special tribute to Cary, and due to his close friendship with Princess Grace and her family we decided that the proceeds from the evening should benefit the foundation named in her honor."
Although planning is just getting under way, the committee list for the black-tie gala already reads like a list of Hollywood royalty. First Lady Nancy Reagan and Barbara Grant are honorary co-chairs. Dina Merrill chairs the evening, with co-chairs Merv Griffin, Kirk Kerkorian, Veronique and Gregory Peck, Don and Judy Balaban Quine (who was a member of Princess Grace's wedding party), Barbara and Frank Sinatra, and Lew and Edie Wasserman.
In the audience: Prince Rainier, Prince Albert, Princess Stephanie and, reportedly, if her schedule can be changed, Princess Caroline.
Sources say the party will be the debut of the new International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton.
DEAR MALCOLM--Morton Phillips loves a good read. His wife, Pauline, does a little writing herself, since she's also Dear Abby. So when their friend, Malcolm Forbes (the chair and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine), wrote a book, "What a Way to Go," they decided to give him a party.
It's set for Monday night at Jimmy's, with an eclectic guest list that includes Marvin and Barbara Davis, Vidal and Jeannette Sassoon, Interscope's Ted and Susie Field, Herb and Juli Hutner, Ted and Rhonda Fleming Mann, restaurateurs Sylvia and King Wu, Lili and Richard Zanuck, and Irving and Mary Lazar. That's a lively crowd--and the book is supposedly lively reading, despite its topic: short pieces on the demises of 150 famous and infamous people.
HEARTS AWAY--Tony Bennett might have left his by the Bay, but after all these years, everyone knows where the hearts of Rose Marie and Danny Thomas are.
That's right. The annual benefit for the St. Jude Research Hospital is set for Aug. 20 at the Century Plaza. Other evening elements: Joe Moshay and his orchestra, plus the usual hefty list of brand names who will show up to celebrate with the Thomases.
UPCOMING--Amnesty International's "Human Rights Now!" world tour will hit Los Angeles Sept. 21. The tour, featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and Sting, will kick off Sept. 2 in London. Here the benefit will play at the Coliseum. . . .
One of San Francisco's big bashes, the Opera Guild's opening night ball, is set for Sept. 9. The theme is "Jewels of the World," and it's no understatement. Eight top international jewelry houses--like Tiffany, Bulgari, Fred Joaillier and Cartier--will put their best pieces on top-name models including Ann Getty, Shirley Temple Black and Paloma Picasso. Mark Cross and Manetti-Farrow Inc. are the sponsors of the bash, which will be in a lavish tent beside the War Memorial Opera House. . . .
AIDS Project Los Angeles holds its fourth annual garden party Aug. 6. Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker are the hosts, and the party is set on the grounds of the One Institute. . . .
Weintraub Entertainment's new exec veep and head of the TV division, Barney Rosenzweig, hasn't let his new duties interfere with his charity work. He will chair the Nancy Susan Reynolds Awards at the Four Seasons on Nov. 3. It will benefit the Center for Population Options.
GOP DOINGS--Eyes might be on the Democrats in Atlanta, but here's an interesting bipartisan luncheon set for Saturday at the Bistro Gardens. Georgette Mosbacher, who is chairwoman of the cosmetic firm La Prairie and the wife of Texas oilman Robert Mosbacher, is the guest of honor at a luncheon given by Barbara Davis. The Mosbachers are very close to their fellow Texans, George and Barbara Bush, and, of course, Marvin and Barbara Davis are major Democratic Party donors.
KUDOS--To Margaret-Rose Welch, who served for seven successful years as the president of Immaculate Heart College Center. And welcome to Stephen K. Commins, who took over the job. . . .
To the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. No matter how much the charity belts seem to get tightened, the Rodeo Drive Block Party always manages to raise a lot of money. This year the net will be close to $900,000.