Swedish Princess Due at SWEA Anniversary Dinner

Times Staff Writer

Her Royal Highness Princess Christina of Sweden will be arriving for the 10th anniversary gala dinner of SWEA International on April 7 at Filmland Center in Culver City. SWEA is the Swedish Women’s Educational Assn. International, a global network for Swedish women, sparked in Los Angeles by Agneta Nilsson, Vanja Haley and Ingrid Mitchell.

For the black-tie event, SWEA will honor its first “Swedish Woman of the Year"--Countess Ulla Wachtmeister, who is married to Wilhelm Wachtmeister, Sweden’s ambassador to the United States. Lill Lindfors and her musicians will be flown in from Sweden to entertain.

Arranging details are Kerstin Alm, Anne-Marie Elkins, Louise Enhorning, Lena Medin-Russell, Rigmor Newman and Margareta Tonisson.

MORE OSCAR GLAMOUR: Oscar producer Allan Carr hosts his personal post-Academy Awards celebration Monday at the new Pomodoro restaurant on La Cienega. He’ll have 200 close friends, as well as Oscar winners. Pomodoro, a trattoria-style restaurant import from Milan, opened this month, ahead of the New York and Scottsdale versions. (A Beverly Hills Pomodoro opens on Canon in September.) It’s the brainchild of Roberto Ruggeri (he’ll be here for the party), son of the founder (Beatrice) of the upscale Bice restaurants in Milan, Sardinia and New York.


At Pomodoro on La Cienega, David Begelman hosted a private party, with guests including Suzanne de Passe, Suzanne Pleshette and her husband Tommy Gallagher, Walter Matthau and Sherry Lansing. Shelly and Shelby Sloan dined with Brenda and Howard Johnson, Bice’s first patrons in New York.

BILLY THE KID: Celebrating the Los Angeles premiere of the Joffrey Ballet’s “Billy the Kid,” the Friends of the Joffrey Ballet host an evening “Satin Slippers and Silver Spurs” on April 8. It’s a special salute to Aaron Copland at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

Eddie Albert (chairman of Los Angeles Plaza de la Raza, the nonprofit Latino cultural arts center), actress Shirley Jones and Larry McMurtry (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Lonesome Dove,” “Terms of Endearment” and the current “Anything for Billy,” a fictionalization of the life of Billy the Kid) will be honored at the fiesta reception, museum tour and dinner dance.

Benefit chairman Nancy Somberg and her committee, as well as Friends chairman Ed Medman, say both dressy Western or black tie will be de rigueur .


CELEBRATION: Lots to celebrate for the Independent Colleges of Southern California on April 12 at its luncheon in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Robert F. Erburu, chairman and CEO of Times Mirror, will salute former ICSC chairmen, and with good reason. Last year, ICSC under Dr. Carl Randolph, chairman, and Andrea L. Van de Kamp, completing her first year as president, raised $3 million. Now Charles C. Reed, president of Ahmanson Services Inc., takes over the chairmanship.

QUILTED: Fabulous quilted invitations cross-stitched with “The Director’s Roundtable” herald a private viewing of “An American Sampler: Folk Art From the Shelburne Museum” on April 9 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. President William A. Mingst and his wife Tally head the reception line, greeting members and their families for a casual buffet and entertainment. This group puts the emphasis on family events.

KUDOS: Great Britain copied Childhelp’s National Child Abuse Hotline system, and three years ago in London our town’s Sara O’Meara Sigholtz was there to help set it up. She’ll go back again next month to accept an award from Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret for her work internationally in child abuse. Princess Margaret is the active president of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the 100-year-old organization that is a favorite of the royals. Sara will become an honorary member of the society’s council and will be feted at a reception at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the work goes on. Childhelp founders Yvonne Fedderson and Sara whisked to Fresno and Phoenix for Childhelp benefits. They will be in Washington this month for National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Most particularly, they will be heading the Southland contingent of 50 attending the ball hosted by the new Eastern division of Childhelp (Virginia, Maryland and D.C. chapters). Already this group of Houdinis has acquired 66 acres of land for building the Eastern Village of Childhelp as a temporary home for abused children.

DARING: Linda Evans is honorary chairman of the April 7 dinner celebrating the exhibition “Daring Women of the Wild West” at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum. The exhibition, according to Joanne D. Hale, will be a two-month show to benefit the Mary Pickford Educational Center at the museum. It’s a black-tie dinner and dancing with Lacy J. Dalton for entertainment. On the dinner committee: Sandra Ausman, Phyllis Hennigan, June Ebensteiner, Doreen McElvany, Rhona W. Gewelber, Pamela Mullin and Sally Stewart.

LIVELY AUCTION: An elegant dinner and what promises to be a lively art auction conducted by Dale Stulz comprise the format for “Catch a Rising Artist” Saturday evening at the Marina Beach Hotel.

Thirty-one of Los Angeles’ brightest rising artists will exhibit at the Los Angeles Arts Council’s second annual scholarship fund-raiser, and the work of eight of these will be sold. For dinner, an artist will be seated at each table, say Ivan R. Goldstein, event chairman, and Saul L. Warshaw, chairman of the council.


PRIVATE: Christie’s president in America, Christopher Burge, and Terry Stanfill of Christie’s have invitations in the mail for a reception and private preview of Impressionist and modern paintings from the collection of Hal B. Wallis (“Casablanca” producer) and other collectors Sunday evening in the Santa Monica Room of the Century Plaza. Wallis’ major collection will be sold at Christie’s in New York on May 20.

GO HOLLYWOOD: Las Donas, in its annual “Morning at UCLA,” goes Hollywood today with keynote speaker George Schaefer, associate dean, departments of theater, film and television, and speakers Robert Rosen, Thomas J. Orth and Chuck Collett.

INTERNATIONAL: Japan gets the nod from the International Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Assn. this year. “Images of Japan” is the theme of the 36th ball April 7 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Kazuko Seki, wife of Japan’s consul general, is honorary chairman; Lili Natale is ball chairman.

PLAUDITS: Marvin and Barbara Davis and former Ambassador to Belgium Leonard and Carolyn Firestone were among the 300 at the Palm Springs Desert Museum tribute to Anne and Kirk Douglas, helping raise $300,000 for the Palm Springs museum. . . .

Donald H. Hubbs, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, did the honors of presenting a $1 million donation to Saint John’s Child Center Endowment Fund. . . .

The newly formed Friends of the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women (LACCSW) expects to raise funds to support the commission, established 13 years ago by Mayor Tom Bradley. A prestigious group will kick off efforts at breakfast today at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. . . .

HONORS: Farrah Fawcett and Barbara Corday receive the 1989 Genii Awards from the American Women in Radio and Television at luncheon Friday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. . . . Art Buchwald is honored guest at the Women For: 25th birthday dinner tonight at the Beverly Hilton and Gloria Starr is chair. . . .

R. Chandler Myers was honored for his support of Flintridge Preparatory School at the Masters’ Circle and board of trustees evening at Annandale Golf Club. . . . Hollywood luminaries were at the old Palm Springs Racquet Club to help Buddy Rogers raise funds for Variety Children’s Charities of the Desert Tent 66. . . .


Yvonne Stevning chairs the Palm Springs Pathfinders fashion show Friday at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort. . . . Eva Gabor has been named national spokesman for Kedren’s Save the Children Fund (providing psychiatric services). . . . Sandra Ausman talked about her role as county chief of protocol for Sonance members at a California Club gathering. . . .

Happy birthday to Sandy Shapero, honored at the Beverly Hills Country Club. . . . The Diamond Terrace Foundation of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera honors Debbie Reynolds on her birthday with a gala Friday at the Biltmore. She co-stars in the upcoming production of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” opening May 6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. . . .

Mayor Tom Bradley received the inaugural UCLA Alumni of the Decade Award from the UCLA Black Alumni Assn. at a dinner at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. . . . Some 150 friends of Pepperdine University attended the reception hosted by Paul and Kay Mavis at the Thunderbird Country Club in Palm Springs, including Pepperdine president David Davenport. The event saluted the completion of Pepperdine’s $100 million campaign.

Nina Foch, Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise and Irvin Kershner were among those talking cinema-television at the Trojan League of Orange County benefit planned by Miriam Mayell and Alice Davis. . . . New Start held its first fund-raiser at DC-3 restaurant, raising funds for substance abuse counseling and honoring athletes Jackie Joyner Kersee, Jerry West, Orlando Woolridge, Erik Affholter and Rodney Peete.