Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Shirley MacLaine sang her lungs out on the general topic of how lucky she was and how she had landed in a great pot of jam (desirable) as she opened her revue Tuesday night in the Kennedy Center, and a bunch of people turned out afterward to honor her at a party in Georgetown.
"I am going to find a host and hostess," gritted a young woman with the sinister tone of one who says she is by golly going to lose weight or meet Carter or some other high goal. The host was Nicholas Friendly, the hostess Dot Padgett. It is always important to get the mechanics of things straight: Friendly is a staff assistant to the director of civil defense at the Pentagon, and Padgett is assistant director, of protocol for the State Department.
Now Padgett (follow closely here) and her daughter have rented the house of young Friendly's parents for the summer. Friendly knew MacLaine at the Democratic National Convention and wanted to have a nice party for her, but where?
Padgett, it turned out, also knows MacLaine and said go on use the big house, and acted as hostess, so it was all splendid, once you got it through your head.
The young woman roaring about for a hostess was never going to find. Padgett that way, because like a lot of the new Carter people in town, Padgett is softspoken andnot much given to hogging the spotlight.
Sen. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.) thinks MacLaine is a certified bombshell, though she has worked for years for Democrats. "The millenium has not yet come," he said, but what the hell.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the President's national security adviser, said he sometimes surfaces "like a mole" and finds it interesting to peer around at people. He said he liked the party immensely.
MacLaine entered the room, "I am so late," she began apologizing.
Brzezinski said she was beautiful. A woman said well if you think so you should havs seen her a few years ago.
Brzezinski ignored this - what's past is past, after all ' and said he sat on the front row so he could "maintain eye contact."
"It's not all of me," cried MacLaine when she saw a cake in the shape of a torso with her name done in red icing.
"No, and somebody has sat at the bottom," said a spoilspot who pointed out part of the icing had been rubbed off. It was said a clumsy reporter had backed into it, but Marion Javits said no, she had been nibbling again. At these things in Washington, people always blame the press, and there's not always a Javits to confess.
Jerry Rafshoon, a Carter insider who handled advertising and promotion during the campaign, said he is setting up house in Washington and will run ad offices - a private business, not with the Carter administration - here and in Atlanta and New York. He expects to be taken, he said, in the price of a house since he believes that is the custom here. Anyway, he will know how his house situation is within a few days, he hopes.
A yellow spaniel spent some time under the table until Roger Stevens, the Kennedy Center chief, entered with his wife, Christine. The mutt then came and stood by Mrs. Stevens, perhaps the capital's best-known animal lover. They had not met previously but the pup knew.
Midge Costanza, the President's liaison for special-interest groups, said her most interesting group thus far has been interesting group thus far has been the gay liberation people, for whom she set up numerous meetings with Justice and other departments to explore their charges of discrimination.
She said she likes to tell young people who see her that she always wears jeans except when seeing the President, and be sure not to tell him that. They immediately say "she wears jeans, Mr. President," and Carter is always shocked.
"I knew she wore jeans," said Brzezinski smugly.