Lunch: Jane Fonda & Jerry Seinfeld — That’s Entertainment!


It’s always those random celebrity sightings at Michael’s that make my weekly Wednesday visits much more fun. Today certainly didn’t disappoint. When a little birdie told me Jerry Seinfeld would be holding court on table one today, I knew I was in for it. When he strolled in sporting a baseball cap and jeans, it seemed he was trying to keep a low profile, but as soon as he opened his mouth, every head in the vicinity swiveled in his direction. He pretended not to notice and took a quick look around the dining room before settling in at table one with Trident Media’s Dan Strone. I’m thinking Jerry’s got another book in the offing. If not, he might have gotten an idea for one by the time lunch was over — every time I glanced his way, I got the distinct impression he was gathering material. He looked more than a little amused at the scene as the rest of the crowd strained to check him out on the sly. Across the room, Jane Fonda (who made her second appearance of the week) also opted for a low profile, hiding behind her shades for much of her lunch with Pat Mitchell — then the gals ducked out early. But not before my pal Beverly Camhe got a chance to chat with Jane about a possible appearance at the Center for Peace in Berlin. Then, the tireless Bev joined me at the bar and gave me the scoop on the hit of the Hamptons Film Festival (she’s on the advisory board) — the new documentary from two Australian filmmakers on Dominick Dunne. Bev reports that Dominick flew in just for the premiere and was “very moved” by the film. “He was thrilled,” says Bev. “He was nervous beforehand because it was an act of faith since he didn’t know these guys. It turned out great and everyone loved it.” We’re thrilled for Nick. Congrats!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jerry Seinfeld and Trident Media’s Dan Strone

2. Peter Brown, Frank Bowling and pals

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Sotheby’s Jamie Niven

4. Arnold Scaasi (who felt compelled to prune the bountiful fall arrangement behind his table before sitting down), Parker Ladd and a gal named Judy, so we’re told …

5. Herb Siegel and Jason Flom

6. Irving Azoff (he reps Seal and Christina Aguilera in case you were wondering) with a table full of gents

7. Former Gov. George Pataki, the Financial Times‘ Chrystia Freeland and two distinguished looking guests

8. New York Social Diary‘s David Patrick Columbia doing a double shift. He first sat down with a young fellow named Kip and after he left, was joined by two ladies named Sara and Sassy, so we’re told…

9. Cosmo editrix Kate White (who looked killer in a ferocious leopard print dress and black patent booties) with the gorgeous Aussie songstress Delta Goodrem. Great to meet you! Delta is in town to make some television appearances to launch her stateside singing career. She sang for her supper on David Letterman. “I just sang, I didn’t get to talk to him,” she told me. “Next time!” For sure.

11. Jay Kriegel

12. The Imber Gang: Dr. Gerry Imber, Jerry Della Femina (Get well soon, Judy!), Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman, and Michael Kramer

14. Showtime’s Matt Blank with another bespectacled gent

15. Michael J. Wolf

16. Esquire‘s Kevin O’Malley

17. Judy Price

18. Jane Fonda and Pat Mitchell

19. John Rosen with another captain of industry who dabbles in yachts — or so we’re told …

20. We would have liked to have been a fly on the wall for this one: Steven Pleshette Murphy and Christie Hefner

21. My good pals Diane Dimond and Victor Neufeld looking dashing all in black …

23. John Josephson

24. Martin Puris

25. Jim Abernathy

26. David Corvo

27. Elliott Kastner with his family (what an adorable grandson!) and friends

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