Our New Year’s trip to L.A. started off with dinner with old friends, Patti and Jimmy Connors. We went to their favorite restaurant in Brentwood, Toscano’s, and it was wonderful. They spent New Year’s Day at Oprah’s and Jimmy played tennis with Stedman. The hair guru, Paul Mitchell was there with his wife, Eloise. Oprah was going back to Africa on Saturday because she had a class of 7th graders graduating. Sydney Poitier donated a whole library of DVD’s for her kids and sent them along.
All along Rodeo Drive, loudspeakers were playing Christmas tunes and they even had Baccarat chandeliers wrapped in gauze, a la Phillippe Starck, at every corner. The Beverly Wilshire remains one of the great hotels of the world — especially so now, after their gorgeous renovations. With a concierge staff of 14, your every wish is their command. The weather was perfect —- 70s and sunny.
It was the perfect setup for what was sure to be a special night at Hef’s annual New Year’s Eve party at the Playboy Mansion.