Scene in D.C.: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Sebelius, Podesta

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Close

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Actress Anna Chlumsky. Close

Actress Anna Chlumsky.

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Mary Fahrenkopf, Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, and Tammy Haddad, president of Haddad Media. Close

Mary Fahrenkopf, Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, and Tammy Haddad, president of Haddad Media.

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Brad Dayspring, senior advisor for YG Action Fund, and Lauren Pratapas, director of new media for Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California. Close

Brad Dayspring, senior advisor for YG Action Fund, and Lauren Pratapas, director of new media for Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Judy Bowles and Dr. Tom Bowles, the mother and stepfather of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Close

Judy Bowles and Dr. Tom Bowles, the mother and stepfather of Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Anne Shields, board member of American Rivers. Close

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Anne Shields, board member of American Rivers.

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Kelly Baker, the president of Washington Analytical Group, and Dr. Tom Bowles. Close

Kelly Baker, the president of Washington Analytical Group, and Dr. Tom Bowles.

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Guests gather in the light-filled hall of the U.S. Institute of Peace. Close

Guests gather in the light-filled hall of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey and Patricia DiZebba of Sibley Hospital. Close

AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey and Patricia DiZebba of Sibley Hospital.

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Susie Westmacott, wife of the British ambassador, and Tony Podesta, the co-founder of the Podesta Group. Close

Susie Westmacott, wife of the British ambassador, and Tony Podesta, the co-founder of the Podesta Group.

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Susan Pillsbury and Ann Nitze, co-chairs of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's gala later this year. Close

Susan Pillsbury and Ann Nitze, co-chairs of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's gala later this year.

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British ambassador Peter Westmacott and John Negroponte, vice-chairman of McLarty Associates. Close

British ambassador Peter Westmacott and John Negroponte, vice-chairman of McLarty Associates.

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Jeffrey Cunard of Debevoise & Plimpton, Julian Raby, the director of the gallery, and journalist Roland Flamini. Close

Jeffrey Cunard of Debevoise & Plimpton, Julian Raby, the director of the gallery, and journalist Roland Flamini.

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Waiter serving the traditional fish and chips. Close

Waiter serving the traditional fish and chips.

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Guests mingle in the ambassador's grand parlor. Close

Guests mingle in the ambassador's grand parlor.

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a harried vice-president in the new HBO series “VEEP,” had a penchant for comedy early in life.

“We were always trying to out-funny each other,” said her Holton-Arms School classmate Kelly Baker, the president of Washington Analytical Group, at a screening of “VEEP” last night.

“We were kind of nerds,” she added. “We were not the cool girls.”

Meanwhile, Louis-Dreyfus worked the red carpet at the U.S. Institute of Peace in lacy curve-hugging black. Her co-star Anna Chlumsky, who portrays her resilient chief of staff, wore pink.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, also in pink, chatted with Anne Shields, a board member of American Rivers, while CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer stayed close to the buffet tables featuring bite-sized duck hors d’oeuvres.

Fish and chips was the appetizer across town at the home of Peter Westmacott, British ambassador to the U.S., who was hosting a reception for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary.

Westmacott’s wife, Susie, has a personal connection to the gallery -- she worked as a curatorial assistant there when it opened in 1987.

Anniversary Gala

The Westmacotts were joined by Tony Podesta, the founder of the Podesta Group, and AOL co-founder Jim Kimsey, as well as art dealer Ann Nitze and arts patron Susan Pillsbury, who will serve as co-chairs of the gallery’s gala on Nov. 29.

Julian Raby, the director of the gallery, posed under the house’s famous Warhol portrait of the Queen with the nattily- attired journalist Roland Flamini and Jeffrey Cunard from the firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Although the ambassador was in high spirits for his guests, he and his wife recently laid to rest their beloved cat. He explained they are thinking about getting a small dog, perhaps a Westie, “but we don’t like to talk about it, because we’re still in mourning.”

(Stephanie Green is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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