Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Bebe Neuwirth had advice for freezing New Yorkers.
“Hot flashes. Seriously. Other than that, a good cheap warm hat and a long down coat. I throw vanity out the window,” said the star of “The Addams Family” as she attended the Manhattan Theatre Club’s winter benefit at the Plaza Hotel.
Guests included Cheyenne Jackson (“30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who said he learned to dress warmly in his native Idaho. “I have a huge giant winter crazy parka that covers up my face, like on “South Park,’” he said, thus opening a bragging-rights contest over who had the biggest jacket.
“I have a huge winter jacket that needs its own seat on an airplane,” claimed Steven Pasquale, who stars in the television series “Rescue Me.”
David C. Hodgson, MTC’s chairman and a managing director at private equity firm General Atlantic LLC, said his wife makes him wear a hat, a wool cap she bought.
He was corrected. “It’s cashmere and it’s from Hermes,” said Laurie Hodgson. “I like it because it has ‘H’ on it.”
In the ballroom, Pasquale belted Sondheim’s “Being Alive” before introducing his wife, Laura Benanti.
“She is the prettiest lady in any room and kind of an all-around great human being,” he said.
“Good job,” Benanti said at the microphone. “Now we’re working on you finding where the dishwasher is and how it works.”
The event, of which Bloomberg LP was a sponsor, grossed $675,000 for the theater company. Frances McDormand will star in “Good People” starting Feb. 7.
Keeping warm was also the theme at a private party for artist Will Ryman who has been outside a lot planting a few tons of fiberglass and steel pink roses as high as 25 feet on the medians of Park Avenue.
To keep him company, Ryman’s dealer, Paul Kasmin, bought himself a mink hat at Worth & Worth.
“It’s a made-to-order store, but I needed the hat now,” said Kasmin. “I convinced them to sell me the sample.”
Ryman wore construction overalls to stay warm. He said he is single, perhaps because he doesn’t give women roses.
“I don’t do that kind of thing. It’s too cliched.”
Guests included his dad, painter Robert Ryman, Molly Ringwald, real estate heiress Liz Swig, and Warhol’s Baby Jane Holzer.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur the sun shone on some 200 guests during a luncheon in honor of the models -- an ethnically diverse mix -- who represented America in a 1973 fashion show at Versailles.
The Versailles show pitted American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows, Anne Klein and Bill Blass against French designers including Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent.
“And we won!” recalled Burrows.
“I didn’t know that I had opened a door to a billion-dollar industry where these designers could go over and be accepted in Europe,” said Versailles model Amina Warsuma, who has recently written a mystery novel, “Amber Stone, Agent Zero the Ultimate Spy!”
Donna Karan went to Versailles as an assistant for Anne Klein. “It was the launch of my whole life as a designer,” said Karan.
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