CANNES — The big spender at AmFAR’s annual Cannes fest benefit dinner wasn’t an industry insider.
Pharmaceutical tycoon Dennis Jones, from the showbiz mecca of St. Louis, Mo., paid $100,000 for a private pre-release screening of “Gangs of New York.” He and 70 of his closest friends will be joined by host Martin Scorsese in New York. Afterwards, Jones and guests will dine at Giuseppe Cipriani’s eponymous downtown eatery.
The benefit at the Moulin de Mougins in the hills above Cannes raised $1.5 million for AIDS research.
Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Elton John, Dr. Mathilda Krim, Iman and Harvey Weinstein welcomed a crowd that included Milla Jovovich, Joan Rivers, Prince Albert of Monaco, Stephen Baldwin, Michelle Yeoh, David Lynch and Mary Sweeney.
Calvin Klein shelled out $70,000 for a phone call with Stone, who had the house in stitches as she vamped, cursed and outraged as the evening’s auctioneer.
Guests, who spent $3,000 per ducat, dined on Roger Verge’s exquisite cuisine and boogied into the night as John rocked out at the grand piano at the charity rate of $75,000 per tune.