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Mary Louise Kelly Does Tudor Place

September 21, 2015

Georgetown authors Elaine Crockett and Mary Louise Kelly (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Georgetown authors Elaine Crockett and Mary Louise Kelly

"How autobiographical is the protagonist?" That's a question Mary Louise Kelly gets a lot about Caroline Cashion.

At Tudor Place Monday talking about her latest thriller, The Bullet, Kelly smiled, explaining with the easy answer that they're both addicted to Patisserie Poupon. Pastries from the local French bakery have made their way onto this political reporter turned fiction writer's pages and magically appear at book events everywhere.

Retiring Executive Director Leslie Buhler introduced Tudor Place's new curator Grant Quertermous before welcoming the Georgetown author to Landmark Society members and Georgetown friends. Kelly's impressive work history and stellar credentials prompted one guest to exclaim, "But she's not that old!" No, indeed she's not. 

Tudor Place's new curator Grant Quertermous (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tudor Place's new curator Grant Quertermous

The genesis of The Bullet, largely set in Georgetown, is a true story. About three years ago at her son's little league game, Kelly met a mom on the bleachers who'd just had 'a helluva week.' Having come from a doctor's appointment where she was being treated for long-standing carpel tunnel syndrome, the technician asked her, "So how long have you had that bullet in your neck?" With no recollection of ever being shot and no scars, it was a total mystery (to this day). 

Leslie Buhler, Jennifer Altemus and Colleen Girouard (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Leslie Buhler, Jennifer Altemus and Colleen Girouard

Kelly went home to ponder the question of whether it was possible to be shot and not even know it.

She played around with different scenarios and The Bullet was born. In the novel, 37-year old Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown Iniversity (and yes, Kelly too taught at Georgetown) discovers a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. No entrance wound or scar so she confronts her parents and learns that, in fact, she had been shot, and her biological parents murdered when whe was three. She sets out on a quest to what happened and the killer.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

After spending two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC, often in war zones, the mother of two found herself at a crossroads. It was flying with the Secretary of Defense in a helicopter over Baghdad when she received a cell call from home about her four-year old being very sick. The Harvard and Cambridge University-educated journalist knew it was time for a career change.

If you've seen her in pre-Nike Barnes & Noble sitting for hours with one latte, it was probably Kelly working on her first novel, also a thriller, Anonymous Sources.

No third book yet. Look for Kelly at neighborhood coffee shops and you may be her next inspiration.


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Dr. T Hosts Dior Fashion Benefit for The Sturge-Weber Foundation

September 17, 2015

Dr. T and Ada Polla with Nicole Smms (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. T and Ada Polla with Nicole Smms

Pretty in Dior Pink, Dr. Tina Alster (Dr. T) invited over a hundred of her chicest friends to the Dior boutique in Chevy Chase Wednesday evening for a wonderful cause and fabulous fall fashion.

Dr. Lina Naga, Dr. T and Dr. Mona Sagdepour (Photo by: skinlaser.com) Dr. Lina Naga, Dr. T and Dr. Mona Sagdepour

Treating patients gratis for many years, the "queen of lasers," has helped improve the lives of people with port-wine stain birthmarks and Sturge-Weber syndrome. A portion of the evening's Dior sales (and throughout the week) is being donated to the Sturge-Weber Foundation.

Dr. Alster introducing Dr. Rebecca Kazin (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Alster introducing Dr. Rebecca Kazin

Champagne flowed freely as guests enjoyed a preview of Dior's Fall-Winter Dior collection. The iconic tribal earrings were the hit of the evening with Tina's friends and colleagues modeling all versions of the jewel-embellished double pearls.

With W Chevy Chase, the newest office of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic and Laser Surgery open just around the corner, Dr.T took the opportunity to introduce its director, Dr. Rebecca Kazin.

Dr. Kazin expressed gratitude to her mentor and encouraged guests to visit the state-of-art-facility offering the same services as K Street – from Voluma (facial volumizing) and CoolSculpting (eliminating body fat without surgery) to Ultherapy (ultrasound tightening) and hair restoration.

After thanking her Dior hosts including boutique manager Trina Sams-Manning, Dr. T engaged her friends in a little retail therapy.

Georgina Eva, Barbara Crocker and Andrea Rodgers (Photo by: skinlaser.com) Georgina Eva, Barbara Crocker and Andrea Rodgers

Dr. Lina Naga, Andrea Rodgers, Dr. Rebecca Kazin, Dr. T, Dr. Mona Sagdepour, Georgina Eva, Kristen Coffield, Nicole Simms and Marcie Howard (Photo by: skinlaser.com) Dr. Lina Naga, Andrea Rodgers, Dr. Rebecca Kazin, Dr. T, Dr. Mona Sagdepour, Georgina Eva, Kristen Coffield, Nicole Simms and Marcie Howard

Dr. Lina Naga and Dr. Mona Sagdepour (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Lina Naga and Dr. Mona Sagdepour

Barbara Crocker and Dr. T (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Barbara Crocker and Dr. T

Sara Mokhtari in Dior necklace with Trina Sams-Manning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari in Dior necklace with Trina Sams-Manning

Ada Polla and Andrea Rodgers (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ada Polla and Andrea Rodgers

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Happy 100th Birthday, Frida!

September 16, 2015

Frida Burling turns 100 today! When The Georgetown Dish last caught up with the Grande Dame of Georgetown two years ago, she was sharing a sofa with hosts of the Georgetown House Tour Patrons Party Marc Schappell and Tom Anderson of Washington Fine Properties.

Charming and vibrant as ever, Frida Burling has graced Georgetown with her presence for over 50 years.

A grateful community wishes her a wondeful day, and many more years with us!


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