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Mandela Day at the Four Seasons
Morgan Freeman, host of the luncheon. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

July 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Julie Henderson -- girlfriend of financier Alejandro Santo Domingo -- attended the premiere of “Friends with Benefits” last night along with the Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Joyce DeWitt of “Three’s Company” fame and snowboarder Shaun White.

The film stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis as an art director and headhunter, respectively, who decide to have sex without getting into a relationship.

“It sounds simple, but it gets complicated,” said Henderson. She wore a copper mini dress and stood on the quiet end of the black carpet outside the Ziegfeld Theatre. “Emotions get involved, and it all goes downhill from there.”

Money also complicates relationships, added the freckled blonde from Katy, Texas, who said she has appeared in five Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.

“Here in the city, you have such a high level of wealthy people and the people making minimum wage,” said Henderson, who shares a home in Southampton, New York, with her boyfriend. “It doesn’t mean they can’t be friends, but I can understand the difficulty.”

Henderson likes to be generous. “I definitely treat friends who are less fortunate than I am,” she said. “That’s what I work hard for, to be able to share my benefits with everybody that I love.”

Morgan Freeman

Lunch in the Pool Room of the Four Seasons restaurant yesterday was on Coca-Cola Co.

The company picked up the tab for about 100 guests, including Morgan Freeman, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Tory Burch, to celebrate Mandela Day, which is organized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The international event on the former South African leader’s birthday encourages people to perform 67 minutes of public service to honor his legacy of as many years serving the nation.

Freeman, who played Mandela in the Clint Eastwood film “Invictus,” hosted the event.

“How did the guy who played Vincent the Vegetable Vampire on ‘Electric Company’ come to play Nelson Mandela?” he asked at the lectern. He then explained that Mandela, when asked at a press conference who he would like to play him in a movie, had answered “Morgan Freeman.”

“And so I was anointed,” he said.

The actor is currently filming “Summer at Dog Dave’s” with director Rob Reiner in Greenwood Lake, New York.

Anthony Mackie, an actor in “The Hurt Locker” and “The Adjustment Bureau,” circulated around the room, talking of his summer fishing expeditions and his new bar in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. No Bar has a “rustic French” look, he said, and he built most of it himself.

He recommended the vodka-based Raspberry Beret, or “if that’s too sweet for you,” the bourbon-based No Bar.

Nikki M. James, who won a Tony for her role in “The Book of Mormon,” said Oprah Winfrey had come to see the show over the weekend.

Weatherman Al Roker told newscaster Ann Curry he’d made gluten-free cupcakes (with tapioca flour and rice flour) for his son Nicholas’s 9th birthday, which he shares with Mandela.

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

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter at @amandagordon.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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