Barbra Celebrates With
Barbraís message in the Dan Tel
Aviv Hotelís guest book
STREISAND, queen of Hollywood (and Brooklyn), was treated
royally for five days at the luxury Dan Tel Aviv Hotel when she
arrived June 18 for President Shimon Peresís 90th
The diva was accompanied by an entourage that
occupied 100 rooms. Her group included her son, sister, dog and the
designer Donna Karan.
Streisand entered the hotel secretly through the
back door and was accompanied by the hotelís general manager,
Etai Elias, to the Royal
Suite where many treats like
fruits, chocolates, cola
zero awaited her in accordance with prior requests.
The birthday celebration for Peres, who was born
Aug. 2, 1923, was a humongous affair. Barbra, 71, thrilled the 2,000
guests among whom were Bill
Clinton, Tony Blair,
Robert De Niro, and
Sharon Stone who rewarded Barbra with a standing ovation for her
and Avinu Malkeinu.
Ė the world's oldest head of state Ė said it was "worth waiting 90
years to hear such a heavenly voice," according to UKís
Not A Blind Date But A Gag
James To Wed Gabrielle
RIENDS of James Frawley
tried their best to get him on a blind date with
Gabrielle Lehu. He consistently declined, on principle,
as he doesnít do blind dates.
At a convention James posed with
Mr. T. He circulated the picture as a gag. Someone
sent it to Gabrielle who thought it came from James.
Naturally she felt obligated to respond. That response led
to their first date.
Gabrielle of JP Morgan Chase and
Jim of UBS exchanged vows on April 27 at St. Andrew the
Apostle RC Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where Fr. Matt
Foley, who was Jim's college roommate, officiated. A
reception followed at the Dyker Beach Golf Club.
Among the 165 guests was a poster
stand-in for Mr. T, not one of your standard wedding
decorations even though he was decorated with lots of bling.
His manikin was not inappropriate however because of the
role he played in getting the young couple together.
Another guest was Dr. Ruth
Westheimer. Gabbyís father, Pierre Lehu, has been
Dr. Ruthís minister of communications for 30 years. So there
she was Ė no manikin but live, in person, and a grrreat
dancer! She proved it with Fr. Matt Foley, a Franciscan
"I would have danced with Mr. T as
well," Dr. Ruth exclaimed, "but he was too weighted down
with gold chains around his neck!"
FIRST TIME President of
Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Calderon, accompanied by his
wife and the Minister of Economy, came in June on a mission
to strengthen Colombia's relations with Israel. He posed at
the luxury Dan Tel Aviv with Radu Stefan, Rooms Division
Manager, and Yifat Shalom, Guest Relations Manager. Photo by
SECOND TIME General
Manager Chen Michaeli was delighted to welcome American
actor John Malkovich to the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv ahead of
his stage performance in May as part of the Eilat Chamber
Music Festival. Malkovich and his partner checked into their
luxury Executive Suite on the hotelís 17th floor for a
three-night stay. This was his second visit to Israel but
the first time for a performance.
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