EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Battling Insidious Disease
Like Cancer and Ex-Husband
ARPEL, founder of the
world-famed cosmetic and skin care line, revealed the secret of
perpetual youth at Einstein College of Medicine 56th
annual spirit of achievement luncheon.
"You lie. Say you’re 10 years younger.
I’m 49 and my husband still doesn’t know."
The 700 women at the luncheon at the
Pierre smiled in agreement.
Arpel, whose sister Marilyn,
five years older, has breast cancer, said that if her Jewish
mother were here she’d be walking from table to table asking
every man to fill out a questionnaire—looking for a doctor for
On the other hand, Dr. Sylvia
Smoller, a Holocaust survivor from Warsaw and now head of
the division of epidemiology at Einstein, is taking a scientific
approach to aging. She’s engaged in studying genetics and stroke
"Inside every older woman," she said,
"is a younger woman wondering, what the hell happened?"
Dennis Basso, a leading fur
designer, appealed to all the women at lunch to stay healthy and
strong. "Where would we be without you? Who would be doing all
Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth
hour of NBC’s Today Show, said you can make big changes in your
life by changing the small things. "I hold on tightly to the
things I love and get rid of the other things. I’m divorced."
Al Roker sympathized with Kotb: "I
was with her when she battled cancer, an insidious disease,
almost as vicious as her ex-husband."
Jackie Harris Hochberg, president
of the New York chapter of Einstein’s National Women’s Division,
presented spirit of achievement awards to Arpel, Smoller, Basso,
Kotb, and fashion designer Naeem Khan and Stephanie
Winston Wolkoff, fashion director at Lincoln Center.
Willie Geist, host of MSNBC’s Way Too Early With Willie
Geist and co-host of Morning Joe, served as emcee.