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George Christy Talks About The Ear, Grammy Parties, The Producer’s Guild Awards and more

Kerry Washington during the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

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The Night Before belongs to The Ear. 

This is the 42nd annual year of his pre-Grammy party. In Manhattan this time around at the Sheraton Hotel, so huge that observers wisecrack “you’ll get lost in the lobby.”

The Ear, so-called, is Clive Davis, the CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.  

Truth to tell, The Ear’s headliner discoveries are historic.  

Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Jennifer Hudson, Janis Joplin, Rod Stewart, Air Supply, and The Ear’s list rolls on.

This year’s whoop-dee-do honors Jay-Z for  “his music and philanthropy:”

Anticipated ring-a-dingers at The Ear’s Night Before include Ludacris, Diplo, Dionne Warwick, Patti LuPone, The Grateful Dead, Mariah Carey, Mick Fleetwood, Nile Rodgers, Rita Ora, Alicia Keys, Lorde, Patti Smith.

Bruce Springsteen?  Possibly.

Additionally, those non-music partyhoppers:  Tommy Hilfiger, Daniel Craig with Rachel Weisz, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld,  Tina Fey, Martha Stewart, Gayle King, Katie Couric, Meg Ryan, Michael Strahan.

They’ll jam into Madison Square Garden the following night for the Grammys, and for what, as it’s always been, whether in Manhattan or Los Angeles, a celebration with boozing, weed and who knows what else.

Yes, we’ve attended the Grammys in Los Angeles, and the audiences are hell-to-pay late-niters.

The Ear, may we add, owns four swanky apartments in the Ritz Carlton Tower, with two on the market for the Big Rich.

Meanwhile our Big Rich humanitarian Angelina Jolie has dropped $24.5 million for the Cecil B. DeMille mansionette in Los Feliz.  Filmmaker D.W. Griffith was an early pioneer in the Los Feliz area, as were the other pioneering movie moguls.

Two-plus acres comprise the estate where the DeMille family lived for 44 year.

Listing agents were Brett Lawyer and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

Word is that Angelina plans to create a family friendly environment for her six youngsters.

”Time for a change, time to move on,” says our howlin’-hot Suzanne Somers.

She and producer husband Alan Hamel have put up their iconic hideaway in the desert hills up for auction, without reserve, on Jan. 31.

They’ve owned the Les Baux de Palm Springs private estate of 73-plus acres for 41 years, having fallen in love with the private terrain at first sight. 

Les Baux was designed and built by Saturday Evening Post heir Wright Ludington, who considered retiring there.

Suzanne and Alan bought it from Louis and Kay Benoist, who created the pioneering and popular Almaden Vineyards in the Napa Valley.  

When we dined with the Benoists at Les Baux, we and the others found it the idyllic setting far away from the din and fray of the resort community. 

Among the diners at the Benoists included Broadway star Mary Martin with son Larry Hagman, the first Oscar-winning actress Janet Gaynor with producer husband Paul Gregory, Ginger Rogers, the inimitable tastemaker Eliza Gallois, the social doynne from San Francisco who relocated to the desert empire.  Her inviting residence in the heart of Palm Springs was known for its art collection, impressive library of first editions, designer furniture, and was photographed in Vogue and other magazines.  Eliza complained that young ladies today who risk high credit for fancy duds and  “don’t know how to ‘walk’ a dress.” She blamed the jeans explosion.

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