Last Wednesday Gregory Colbert’s art exhibit, “Ashes and Snow” at the Nomadic Museum on Santa Monica Pier brought out Teri Hatcher, Donna Karan, Marisa Tomei, Robert Evans, Ali MacGraw, John Waters, Bianca Jagger, Daryl Hannah and even veteran legend Maureen O’Hara, still a feisty, flame-haired beauty. Artist Colbert’s images of wild animals interacting with humans (staged by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban) was a big hit, underwritten by Rolex. The next night, CHER (she was also at the above exhibit) appeared at social gadfly Nikki Haskell’s party for Rolex CEO Patrick Heiniger. I guess Patrick wants to make his mark in Hollywood! Cher, so often reclusive, spent the evening sitting with George Schlatter, who had produced her “Cher” TV show – this was after divorce ended “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” series.
Schlatter said, “She called me ‘Hammer’ and I called her ‘Nails.’ I was always trying to get her to do more, and she was always getting her nails done. But seriously, I never saw anybody who did more and wore less!” Talk turned to the late Sonny Bono, and everybody agreed he would have loved Cher’s now immortal three-year “farewell tour,” which the Oscar-winning star says was the culmination of her gaudy, girlish dreams of entertainment – sitting astride that giant, glitzy elephant, etc. (This was her homage to Roz Russell in “Auntie Mame,” and we’re asking, when will she do the Jerry Herman TV musical version?!)
At the party, Cher sang “Happy Birthday” to the legend himself, Army Archerd. Everyone – from Dennis Hopper to Cheryl Tiegs to Stephen Dorff – said it was a night to remember.