2009 June 12

Queen of Chow

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Julianne Moore, Gigi Levangie Grazer in Dolce and Gabbana Julianne Moore, Gigi Levangie Grazer in Dolce and Gabbana
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(NEW YORK) Usually, the most important guests at Mr. Chow Tribeca are situated at the best possible tables while munching fresh lobster prepared three ways. But last night, the top honchos were all at the bar area while toasting Gigi Levangie Grazer’s fourth book, Queen Takes King. And Grazer, who in many ways is one the social titans on the West Coast, wrote her latest book in Gotham and therefore decided to celebrate it here, too. “I was living in New York at the time and I was inspired by the different forms of industries that rule this city as opposed to L.A.,” she said. “It’s everything from real estate to ballet. And developers here are kind of like the studio heads in Los Angeles.”

While not too many East Coast studio heads were in the room, Les Moonves substituted well by attending the cocktail party with his expectant wife, Julie Chen. “My brain is in the pregnant mode, too,” she joked. “But soon I’ll be traveling for Big Brother to Los Angeles a lot, so I’ll have that to focus on.” Professed Starter Wife fan Julianne Moore popped in at the last moment, while Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Paula Froelich, and Candace Bushnell immediately got their hands on fresh-off-the-press copies of Queen. Grazer took time to describe her writing to friends in between champagne and vegetable dumpling toasts. “I get up early in the morning, drop off the kids at school, pick up a tall cup of coffee and then write,” the author offered. "I suppose it's like any other job - but with much better hours!”

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