George Christy Talks About Michal Bone, Dudley Danoff, Hedva Advani, Kathy May Fritz, Billie Jean King and More!
Sensational music. Dancing past midnight. Unusual for our early-to-bed Los Angeles families who drive up hill and down valley to go home.
Fun watching the young and not-so-young hotfootin’ on the parquet to those hot rhythms of the Lilo Band at the Hillcrest Country Club. If only Michal Boné, the Israeli-born star who sang nonstop, would join us at other birthday/anniversary fests and charity dinners, we’d be happy campers. Dance bands frequently take long breaks, flagging down the party spirit. Michal and her musicians were on fire for hours! Sexy Brazilian ballads, Cole Porter, Israeli favorites.
A triumph of a night hosted by Beverly Hills residents Hedva Advani and husband Dudley Danoff (wed 40 years!), with congratulations to Hillcrest’s director of catering Cynthia Glendenning for her flawless organizing. Hedva’s the internationally acclaimed singer, beloved on every continent, and Dudley’s the renowned urologist.
They were celebrating the July marriage of their composer-musician son Doran Danoff to ballet dancer Elizabeth Wilkinson, who fell in love as classmates at Kenyon College, and wed during a non-denominational ceremony in Elizabeth’s hometown of Nashville.
Elizabeth’s drummer dad, Harry Wilkinson, flew in from Nashville. “Checking the Internet for a hotel, I discovered the Cadillac in Venice, totally remodeled in an Art Deco style. The rooms are small, but the price couldn’t be better, under $200, while other hotels by the beach are way up there … and the ocean’s only a few minutes away.”
Mother-of-the-bride Daryl Wilkinson met many of the 140 guests. Among them were Conan producer Avi Lerner, music producer Dennis Lavinthal, MTV/HBO produer Marty Callner, Ticketmaster founder Fred Rosen. Also Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Alfred Cohen, and wife Doritte, and Dudley’s longtime golfing buddy Ed Staren, a Chicago meat purveyor who informs steak is his biggest seller. “Our most popular cut’s the strip steak.”
Hedva entertained with the timeless ballads from Fiddler On The Roof, after Doran’s sister, Aurele, a litigation attorney, toasted the newlyweds. Barbara Lazaroff and mate John Hanwell left early for another dance party. Barbara’s being honored during the A Faire of the Heart dinner benefiting The Serra Project and Aid for AIDS on August 24th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Another night, tennis champ Kathy May Fritz, who grew up on North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame. Along with champ Billie Jean King and others during a black-tie gala at the Four Seasons Hotel.
“I played on the pro women’s tennis circuit from 1974 to 1980,” says Kathy, the sister of Anita May Rosenstein, daughters of David May of the May Company mercantile dynasty. Mom’s the beautiful Rita Roebling. Anita’s the money manager par excellence, representing major clients, and wed to the influential real estate developer Arnold Rosenstein. Their handsome son Brian Rosenstein is the newly-appointed Planning Commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills.
Kathy had one of the highest pro tennis women’s ranking – Number 8 in the world, and Number 6 in the U.S. Wins over Martina Navratilova, Virginia Wade, Wendy Turnbull, Betty Stove. Reached quarter finals in the French Open twice, and quarter finals in the U.S. Open, won 50 national titles, the U.S. Open Masters three times, and was runner up three times.
“I still enjoy playing at senior events, and must thank my parents and sister Anita for their encouragement and support,” added Kathy after receiving her award. “Anyone who knew my father knows how passionate and enthusiastic he was about tennis. Dad spent every afternoon on the court during my growing up years, watching me practice and picking up the balls.
“I was fortunate to have great coaches, starting with Carl Earn, Pancho Segura and Tony Trabert. Carl began teaching me when I was five years old, Pancho taught me at age 12. Besides teaching me a great offensive lob, Pancho told me plenty of hilarious dirty jokes. Tony coached me when I was 14 with his incredible patience and made the game seem so simple.
“Tennis gave me memorable experiences. When I was 18, I was invited to represent the United States at Junior Wimbledon, which also gave me a wild card into the main draw. I’d just turned pro a few months beforehand, and this was going to be my first Winbledon.
“I was so excited until I found out I was seeded in the first round, which happened to be with Billie Jean King. Billie won Wimbledon the previous year for her fifth Wimbledon singles title, and ranked Number One in the world numerous times.
“I can’t remember if I was more nervous about curtsying to the Royal Box or playing the match. In front of 14,000 people, Billie humiliated me 6-1, 6-1 in 34 minutes. The fastest match I have ever played, win or lose.”
From Billie Jean King: “Winning is fleeting, losing is forever … and, ladies, here’s a tip. If you’re playing against a friend who has big boobs, bring her to the net, and make her hit backhand volleys. That’s the toughest shot for the well-endowed.”