1960: Vidal, celebs, pols mix it up in NY

From the Army Archerd Archive

July 14, 1960

GOOD MORNING: Politics makes estranged bedfellows –unemotional partners again. Shelley Winters and Tony Franciosa, who split last week, were on hand for Gore Vidal’s Romanoff’s bash for N.Y. state delegates and presidential candidates. Also there, Don Murray and Hope Lange, who are separated. She arrived with Borden and John Stevenson and her brother … Murray, with Walter Wood, his “Hoodlum Saint” co-producer, was confabbing with Joseph Pulitzer Jr. in whose St. Louis territory the pic will be lensed … Mort Sahl, back with his gal, Phyllis Kirk, talked Shelley into appearing on his KHJ-TV’er Tuesday p.m. When Winters arrived, she found the wait was too long for her early “Matter of Conviction” call–departed … Gina Lollobrigida, with red tresses (for “Go Naked in the World” retakes) was a sensation with the delegates, spoke Italian with many of the Gotham group …Vidal is running for Congress in N.Y.’s 20th District, strong GOP ground where a Demo hasn’t held office since 1910! … Also on hand for Gore’s marathon cocktail party (broke up after midnight!) were Leon Ames and Gene Raymond who’ll costar in his “Best Man” at the Huntington Hartford … George Stevens Jr. on hand with a gag “Faubus” button — which no one recognized. (2006 update: Gore, who campaigned in California and Texas before Tuesday’s election, is now making the cocktail — and book-signing circuit. It’s for his super-revealing book, “Point to Point Navigation. A Memoir” (Doubleday). Vidal is now solely a Hollywood (30 year) resident, having sold his hillside Italian villa which got too difficult to navigate).

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