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Will the Beverly Hills Hotel Be New Home for Norton Simons?

September 28, 1988|MARYLOUISE OATES

In what has to be a return to the glamour days of Hollywood, Jennifer Jones Simon and her industrialist/art collector husband Norton are reportedly readying a move into a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow. No, not for a visit. Sources say they want to live at the pink Art Deco hotel.

Current hotel rates would translate that domicile desire into a $2,000-a-day tab. That is, of course, if the Simons get what close sources say they want--a large bungalow with several bedrooms. The couple currently reside in Beverly Hills and keep a home and private art gallery at the beach.

The Simons would not be the first "permanent" tenants at the landmark hotel on Sunset Boulevard. Aristotle Onassis lived at the hotel during the 1940s. Howard Hughes always kept a bungalow there. Hotel living has always been a sought-after-luxury, providing the services of a massive staff with none of those cumbersome problems of running a large estate. (There is always someone to take out the dry cleaning.)

Some of Simon's massive art collection, valued at more than $750 million, would be hung at the bungalow, to make it a little more homey.

And, of course, just like for all the other guests, there would be 24-hour room service.

THE ENVELOPE PLEASE--Friends of the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild are getting their invitations this week to what could be the group's biggest premiere ever.

"Scrooged," starring Bill Murray, will debut Nov. 17--but the guild (knowing just what a pull its parties are) is setting an Oct. 17 deadline for the $350-a-ticket black-tie bash. That's right, the guild is expecting to sell "well over 1,000 tickets." (Of course, in one of the great annual in-jokes of all time, the invite does point out that for $300 a person, a giver can go to the movie only, and skip the post party.)

The guild, since its inception in 1957, has raised more than $7.5 million through premieres--and, in the past several years, the evenings each net close to $500,000.

Marcia Ziffren, the guild's president and happy newlywed, along with premiere chairpersons Anne Douglas and Carolyn Blywise and their co-chair Raffaella De Laurentiis, are putting together the details.

Taking care of all the super details of Along Came Mary's supper-in-a-tent set up beside Mann's Chinese Theater are Joanne Carson, Jackie Foster and Mimi Meltzer. The tent itself, being done by Regal Rents, will encore the 100-by-120-foot tent constructed for the "Yentl" premiere in 1983 and will reflect a New York skyline along with other scenes from the Paramount film.

Other committee brand names (and, of course, that's how tickets are sold): Nancy Zarif, Carol Goldsmith, Loraine Sloan, Cookie Kates, Marilynn Gersten, Sara Edwards, Nancy Rosenbloom and Ruth Fox.

As Tiny Tim would say, "God bless them, every one."

WEDDING MARCH--Guests at the select post-nuptial dinner party at Jackie Kennedy's remarkably un-air-conditioned Fifth Avenue apartment Friday night got a chance to greet the happy couple--Lee Radziwill and director Herb Ross. And also to have salmon en croute, pink Perrier Jouet, lots of caviar, tea sandwiches passed in baskets and wedding cake.

Guests also reported that they got to hear toasts from the now nationally acclaimed John Kennedy Jr., who warmly welcomed Ross to the family. Producer Ray Stark, with his "Steel Magnolias" star Daryl Hannah listening, said that but for a twist of fate he might be the one being welcomed. As Stark related it, he was the extra man invited to Douglas Cramer's dinner early last spring where the newlyweds met. But he couldn't go, so Cramer invited Ross. Now, of course, that was a joking toast, since Ray is married to Fran, of course. . . .

CUTE BOYS--Danny Sullivan, off a Sunday victory at the Pennsylvania International Raceway, hits L.A. on Thursday for the Hugo Boss fashion collection at Neiman-Marcus, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Not so public will be Sullivan's filming Saturday of an NBC prime-time special set for Oct. 23 that combines sports, comedy and animation. But don't the Clippers provide that combination already? Actor Robert Desiderio, who picked up kudos for "Heart of the City," will play a public-relations maven on "Knots Landing" this season. How better to prepare than to study the science as it's practiced at Rogers & Cowan, where he has been patrolling the halls?

OLYMPICS ECHO--Yes, it is four years since Los Angeles hosted the Games. But, back from Seoul, City Council President John Ferraro brought his traveling partner, Mayor Tom Bradley, to Saturday's L.A. sporting event.

You got it, the USC-Oklahoma game. Arco hosted a "tailgate brunch" at the Museum of Science and Industry and, in addition to Ferraro and Bradley, state Sen. Bill Campbell (R-Industry)--yes, brunching again--and his wife Margene were there, as was the mayor of Auckland, New Zealand, Catherine Tizard. It's not the Olympics, but hey. . . .

MORE, MORE, MORE--The Diamond Circle for the City of Hope hosts "The Best of Everything" dinner/auction Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. That's the same group that hosts the annual "The Last Great Hollywood Party" with Diamond Circle president David Z. Marmel. . . .

The Betty Clooney Foundation has added six new members to its board of directors--Barry Manilow, Rosemary Tomich, Maria Ferrer and Gabriel Ferrer (Rosemary Clooney's kids), and Lorie and David Neste. . . .

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