Attendees of the launch party for “The Bridesmaid’s Daughter: From Grace Kelly’s Wedding to a Women’s Shelter,” by Pound Ridge resident Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton, could be forgiven for feeling as if they slipped through a portal in time. The scene was the Barbizon 63, the former Barbizon Hotel for Women in Manhattan, where Giles’ mother, the onetime Eileen Ford model Carolyn Scott, befriended fledgling actress and fellow resident Grace Kelly. And while the hotel is now an apartment building – with a few holdovers from the past, a doorman says – the mood at The Club Salon was definitely nostalgic. Photographs of screen goddesses like Katharine Hepburn graced the walls. The soundtrack included Irving Berlin’s “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” a song that conjured Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen’s brilliant song-and-dance routine in “White Christmas.”
The celebration of “Bridesmaid,” a compelling memoir of love and madness, was an opportunity to connect names with faces. We were delighted to meet Lynda Shenkman, whose party pics have graced many a WAG Watch section. And to make the acquaintance of Diana Lynn Barnes, a psychotherapist with The Center for Postpartum Health in Sherman Oaks, California, and a former Greenwich resident.
Proving that you meet people from WAG country wherever you go.
– Georgette Gouveia