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Catching up with: Gerald Levin

B-day bash bakes old angst

Gerald Levin has made himself scarce in the year since he departed as CEO of AOL Time Warner. And litigators have been having a field day since then, filing a succession of lawsuits naming Levin and other AOL TW toppers as the promolgators of a disastrous and, some say, dishonest corporate merger.

Levin, a quiet, contemplative man by nature, surprised former colleagues a few months ago by moving to the Marina del Rey area of Los Angeles, where he’s been living with Lori Perlman, a one-time CAA agent. There have even been rare sightings of the couple at quiet Venice restaurants, usually eating by themselves.

But now Levin and his girlfriend have decided to become more social.

Last week they sent out invitations to a party to celebrate Perlman’s 50th birthday and Levin’s 64th. There will be dinner and dancing May 20 at a small Santa Monica restaurant called Il Moro.

Since some former friends and associates were badly burned by the merger, there was speculation as to how many will show up for the party.

One Levin ally, on the other hand, said it was healthy that Levin is coming out of his shell.

“After all,” he says, “it was only a merger –albeit the merger from hell.”

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