Kirk and Anne Douglas sent regrets. But Cary Grant's daughter, Jennifer, was there.
Nancy Kwan, who starred in 1961's "Flower Drum Song," came, as did two elderly granddaughters of Sun Yat-sen, the revolutionary who helped overthrow the Qing dynasty and create modern China.
Other guests traveled from Singapore and the south of France to fete a grande dame of the Los Angeles culinary scene: Madame Sylvia Wu, who for nearly 40 years dished up Chinese delicacies to presidents, stars and dignitaries from around the world.
In its heyday, Madame Wu's Garden in Santa Monica was where smartly dressed Hollywood A-listers vied for seats amid white-tablecloth...