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Audrey Bernstein

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From her teenage moorings as a self-described high school “freak,” hostess-cum-style brander Audrey Bernstein moved to New York at 19 and began to redefine her world. It would grow to be populated by downtown rock luminaries and artists--here she’s seen with DJ Eugene Hutz. It all sounds glamorous until you learn that Bernstein became a heroin addict. “I have been lower than low,” she said of that time. “Not the lowest, but near the lowest.” (Stefano Giovannini courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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In a previous incarnation, Audrey Bernstein sang with the band Douce Gimlet at Joe’s Pub in New York. Today, she performs only from her newly launched L.A.-based Oh Audrey website, offering tips on cooking, crafts and culture that is to Martha Stewart as Olivia Newton John is to Macy Gray. (Rahav / Advantag courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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After kicking the heroin habit through success on the pro snowboard tour, Bernstein returned to New York and became the must-have event planner for too-hip Manhattanites. She cultivated an eclectic network of friends, business associates and celebrity DJs and karaoke performers including David Lee Roth, Elliott Smith and MIchael Stipe. She celebrates the season here with Russell Steinberg, her emcee, who remains among her best friends along with his wife Tatiana von Furstenberg. (Courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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Audrey Bernstein, left, and Katy Rodriguez frolic at Bernstein’s ski party in New York City. Her evolution as a style maven invokes a little bit Old Hollywood exotic, a little bit Rose Bowl flea market, a splash of the art world and a dash of modern design. Bernstein avows that, “Clean lines make me very nervous.” (Courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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Audrey Bernstein with the band Douce Gimlet in New York City, 1998. Although she claims to be a bit camera-shy, Bernstein has learned how to create an atmosphere where entertainers and guests are practically interchangeable. “My favorite thing is to look around and see--I call it a sparkly time,” she explains. “People are talking and candles are flickering. I’m addicted to this sparkly feeling.” (Stefano Giovannini courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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Audrey Bernstein, right, with folk singer Cat Power (Charlyn “Chan” Marshall). Other musical denizens of her New York years included Cibo Matto, Moby and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. (Stefano Giovannini courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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Audrey Bernstein in her early New York City days. “It was the first time people told me I was pretty,” she says of a time when Sonic Youth put her on the cover of its 1987 album “Sister.” (Michael Lavine courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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Audrey Bernstein left New York for Vermont in order to kick her heroin habit and discovered, by surprise, an affinity for snowboarding. So superior were her skills that she embarked upon the pro tour, and rose as high as No. 7 in the world. (Courtesy Audrey Bernstein)
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