Bringing Down the House
Partying for a Purpose at Ron Burkle's L.A. Pad
There are house parties of the red cup variety, and then there are house parties that happen at Green Acres, investor and grocery store magnate Ron Burkle's Beverly Hills estate. Last night, the L.A. awards season kicked into gear with a Bulgari-hosted benefit held at the latter. "Thank you so much for having us!" Kirsten Dunst cooed as Burkle greeted her in his expansive courtyard. The actress was just one of the many Hollywood power players who came to celebrate American Idol creator Simon Fuller and director Paul Haggis for their work with children's charities Save the Children and Artists for Peace and Justice, respectively.
As any good house party goes, the liquor was flowing. "We drink heavily," said Olivia Wilde, as she recounted a recent humanitarian trip to Haiti where she worked inside schools with actor James Brolin. "After school hours." Milla Jovovich, meanwhile, got down to an after-dinner performance by Ricky Martin. So down, in fact, that she broke her chunky, multi-strand Chanel necklace while twirling on the dance floor with producer Ryan Kavanaugh. "It's all good," said the actress, who's preparing to present a Golden Globe at Sunday night's ceremony. "My friend designs all this stuff. It could be worse." We're sure Karl will understand.
Joining Jovovich on the makeshift dance floor was actress Maria Bello, who wore a slinky white 1950's beaded minidress from L.A. vintage store the Paper Bag Princess. In a true testament to just how successful this house party was—in addition, that is, to the $750,000 it raised—Bello ended her evening without one very important accessory: her shoes.