Eliot Spitzer, a Party for Angela Cummings and the Story Behind the New Bernie Madoff Documentary

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In keeping with the usual head-spinning weekly scene that is Wednesdays at Michael’s, the joint was jumping today. It was SRO in the front dining room and at the bar where producer Beverly Camhe was holding court with fellow producer Marc Altshuler and writer/directors Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek in celebration of their upcoming documentary In God We Trust Who Pays for His Crime on the Bernie Madoff scandal. The film will debut in the highly coveted Friday night slot at the Tribeca Film Festival next week.

Bev tells me the tickets for the highly anticipated film sold out in ten minutes when they went on sale at with American Express last night, and they are currently looking for a theater to handle the overflow. For those of you who missed the boat entirely, there’s always pay per view. Bev says anyone who sees the film should prepare to be shocked. “Don’t believe what you’ve heard. You’ll be surprised to know who knew what and when they knew it.” For the record, Bev believes that both Madoff sons, the late Mark Madoff and Andrew Madoff, didn’t know anything. I would have loved to have explored that very topic myself when I spotted Mark at Michael’s last spring, but he bolted before I could ask him anything about their father’s massive Ponzi scheme. “Bernie was a bi-polar sociopath, so it’s entirely possible he was able to keep it from them,” says Bev.  I asked Marc if they’d heard from any of the Madoffs or insiders since they began production, and he told me, “They’ve been oddly quiet. I’m surprised they even stayed in New York.” Some people have no shame.

Mickey Ateyeh and Angela Cummings
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Not all the action was in the main dining room. I was invited to the swanky lunch held in the Garden Room for Angela Cummings today celebrating the launch of her new collection with Assael. Mickey Ateyeh, Angela’s long time BFF and business partner gathered 24 New York power gals — the ladies who never eat lunch who actually lunched today — for an intimate gathering.  The first to arrive was Liz Smith followed by a veritable who’s who in New York social and business circles, including Paula Zahn, Linda Fairstein, Jackie Leo,  Barbara Taylor Bradford, Christy Ferer, who is in hot pursuit for her company’s next CEO (Anyone?), Fern Mallis, DuJour‘s Cindy Lewis and Judy Licht

I was seated at a lively table hosted by Jaqui Lividini with Nancy Hodin (Judy Licht’s partner in firstcomesfashion.com), journalist Betsy Perry and editor-turned-artist Alexandra Penney. The conversation between courses covered all the bases from jewelry to botox (We’ll never tell), the changing fortunes of journalists and why no one at this table will ever write for free again (Are you listening Arianna Huffington?) to stories of mutual old boyfriends (sorry, but that’s OTR). The celebration will continue tomorrow night at a chic soiree at the Grill Room at the Four Seasons. If you’re on the invite list, I’d suggest leaving your costume jewelry at home.

Paula Zahn, Linda Fairstein and Diane Clehane
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Last month, I was thrilled to break the news in this very column that Angela was returning to the jewelry world with her collaboration with Assael. Angela’s storied career is the stuff of industry legend. Starting as a design assistant at Tiffany & Co. in 1968 (where she met Mickey), she became one of the company’s key designers before striking out on her own in 1984. Having sold her original designs at the country’s most luxe retail emporiums, including Bergdorf Goodman, Angela closed her eponymous company at the height of her success in 2003 and moved to Park City, Utah where she has enjoyed a more laid back life of painting and hiking.