Hollywood on the Potomac
Christopher Kennedy-Lawford bears an uncanny resemblance to his late father Peter Lawford – just ask Wyatt Dickerson.
“We met when I was 18 years old,” said Dickerson. “Peter was almost a year older than I. We became friends when I was at school at UCLA on my way to the Navy. After I went on active duty in San Diego, I would spend time when on leave at the home of General Sir Sydney and Lady Lawford’s house which they shared with Peter. This continued until I was out of the navy and I came back to California to spend several weeks with Peter and his family.”
“The relationship lasted several more years that I actually was at the Lawfords house. I then left and went back to the East (New York). That was basically the end of the friendship although we saw each other periodically over the years.”
The first time that Dickerson had ever met Christopher was at The Q & A Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown at a luncheon hosted by Carol Joynt.
We can probably say with the upmost certainly that every year is a good year for Italian culture, but 2013 has been chosen as “The Year of Italian Culture” in The United States.
“We really believe that culture related to a nation has to do also with food and wine and fashion and design. It’s a much wider lifestyle that belongs to the notion of culture,” said Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero during an interview with Hollywood on the Potomac at his residence – Villa Firenze.
The Tudor mansion that sits on 22 acres of rolling gardens was purchased in 1976 from Peggy Guggenheim Logan of the great art collecting family by then Ambassador Roberto Gaja. It has since become the ultimate destination for the most elegant soirées in Washington. You are instantly transported to another time and place from the second the iron gates open and welcome you to Villa Firenze.
“I would put it this way,” said Marc Adelman at the Sunday brunch hosted by Elena & Robert Allbritton & POLITICO at their Georgetown Manse culminating the WHCA weekend. “The Oscars is a night, New Year’s Eve is one night, the Oscars is one night – The White House Correspondents’ weekend – it goes on for days and it’s fabulous.
And you don’t know where to look because everybody looks smarter and better and better and smarter and it’s just a really fun insurgency of real life and a little bit of Hollywood magic that comes to these things. The highlight for me was falling in love with Eric and Diana Cantor and telling them we should all go on a vacation together.”
The highlights for Chris Matthews was meeting Jessica Pare who plays Megan on Mad Men and finally meeting Emily Mortimer who works with his son on Elysium. “He was always telling me about her and we got together last night at the French Embassy. Who else, let’s see: Emily Mortimer and Jessica and of course Kevin Spacey, I’ve known him forever. I watched every episode of House of Cards. Rob Reiner did it all in one sitting. Rob Reiner binged. We (with wife Kathleen) usually have a show to watch when we come home from work so usually it was either that or Good Wife, On Demand, or Mad Men.
I wish I had more energy. I went to about five of those parties and I tell you, I was beat. Last night I thought, we left at like 3:00 o’clock or something, time was flying. I just took my son to the airport, and then Gabby’s in Mexico for one of these spa things and I’ve got to get back to working on my book and go to church – then maybe we’re all going to Romania. I don’t think I’m going to go though. I don’t know if I can. It’s a wonderful deal they’re offering. The offer is great except it coincides with my wife’s 60th birthday night.”