How do you get some of the biggest stars to come to your party? If this sounds like a set up to a joke, it is. Answer: Give one of them an award.
In this case, it was Barbara Streisand who was given the New York Film Society’s Tribute for its 40th Chaplin Award Gala at Lincoln Center.
The evening was hosted by Grey Goose, which provided the fizzy drinks at the cocktail reception where celebrity guests toasted the Award winner with the speciality concoctions : Grey Goose Le Fizz and Rose Noir.
At the Gala tribute, Barbra Streisand was serenaded by Wynton Marsalis on trumpet, by Liza Minnelli and by Tony Bennett, who closed the show with the song, “Smile”, fittingly a Charlie Chaplin song. The Award itself was presented by Bill Clinton who attended the tribute with his wife Hillary. The Ceremony was followed by an elegant dinner, where Hollywood royals Jeremy Irons, Blythe Danner, and Pierce Brosnan made their way around the room to catch up with friends.
Other guests in attendance included: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ben Stiller, last year’s honoree Catherine Deneuve, Donna Karan, Kris Kristofferson, George Segal, Amy Irving, and Barbra Streisand’s husband James Brolin.
Our invite was lost in the mail, apparently.