Influential People gather at event

A giant, unflattering illustration of Rosie O’Donnell caught in mid-snarl towered over the crowd gathered at Time Warner Center’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Tuesday night for Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People event.

It wasn’t pretty, and there was some laughter every time her visage flashed onthe 20-foot screen during cocktail hour. But her face was one of the 100 on display. Also in the mix were snapshots of an emotionless Brad Pitt, a smiling Condoleezza Rice, Justin Timberlake striking the dreamboat pose and a wild-maned Cate Blanchett.

The eclectic crowd ranged from stem-cell research pioneer Douglas Melton to “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera. John Edwards and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were also there,and security was so tight that even bathroom trips were an escorted affair — for everyone!

Only 36 of the Time 100 attended. Some no-shows made sense: Osama bin Laden, for example. Neither Sen. Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama showed, which would have immediately polarized the room. Other no-shows were just unfortunate: Stephen Colbert did not make it because his daughter broke her arm. At least that’s what he said.

So for that, Colbert, consider yourself on warning.

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