Fight for your right to party

Showbiz vets, newbies rub elbows at premieres

The dizzying year-end premiere season has given way to a rather fete-less January, giving the V-page a moment to pause and salute last year’s most tireless partygoers.

In short, these are the celebs who took every opportunity in 1999 to party like it was 1999.

It’s become fashionable in the past few decades for celebs to adopt an attitude of shyness and avoid showbiz functions. That’s why these hardy partyers are so valuable, lending star power to any and every industry function.

On any given night, showbiz vets rubbed elbows with newcomers. In Gotham, it would be no surprise to spot “Saturday Night Live” neophyte Horatio Sanz next to Lauren Bacall, or to catch indie ingenue Chloe Sevigny walking the red carpet right by George Plimpton.

In Los Angeles, award campaigns have a way of bringing out the party animal in contenders. Thus, the formerly reclusive Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment this season are almost as high-profile as Lynn Redgrave was last season.According to a decidedly unscientific polling of the V-page staff, here are Gotham’s most fervent revelers, roughly in order of the number of party appearances: 1. Sylvia Miles; 2. Tina Louise; 3. Bob Balaban; 4. Shoshonna Lonstein; 5. Janeane Garofalo; 6. Regis Philbin and wife Joy; 7. Liev Schreiber; 8. Gretchen Mol; 9. George Stephanopoulos; 10. Matthew Modine.

In Los Angeles, the 10 most ubiquitious people are 1. Martin Landau; 2. Julie Delpy; 3. Sharon Lawrence; 4. Lauren Holly; 5. Jennifer Tilly; 6. Jessica Capshaw; 7. Jon Voight; 8. Alicia Silverstone; 9. Brooke Shields; 10. Tori Spelling.

Of course, no industry party is complete without an appearance from Variety’s own Gerry Byrne, who wins hands down our award for 1999’s most diligent partygoer, on both coasts.

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