In memory of my friend, the iconic Ivana Trump


Farewell, Ivana, model citizen

Ivana.

She was represented in These Days by attorney Jay Goldberg. She loved dining at the now closed E. 60s Georgette rotisserie. She was on the cover of James Edstrom’s book on 80s fashion. We shared the pain of losing our multiple co-Yorkers.

Off Aspen, one winter skiing, she lost seven suitcases. She was launching a new perfume. She spent an evening with her children on their yacht. She wrote her memoirs titled “The best is yet to come”.

Spent the summer in London with Riccardo then got rid of him the following season. Did a Pocket Book novel called “Free To Love”. Attended a Women Power Luncheon at the Rainbow Room. Was cooking Thanksgiving turkey at 5 a.m.

She and Beverly Sills gave a party for the New York Opera dressed as its main characters. I skated on the Wollman Rink. I visited the partner hotels of the world for two weeks. In 1988, the Eloïse suite at the Plaza was redone.

In 88, she obtained American citizenship. Gave Plaza employees 1,100 turkeys. She attended the Princess Diana gala. Was upset when Plaza lobby carpeting was delayed. She would make the ladies’ lunch at La Grenouille.

Posed for Vogue over the weekend. Was in Deborah Raffin’s Christmas Book. She went to Czechoslovakia with her children for her father’s funeral. Was available for lectures through the William Morris agency.

Ivana Trump's casket is carried to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church after her funeral on July 20, 2022.
Ivana Trump’s casket is carried to St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church after her funeral on July 20, 2022.
Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Helped women for the Columbia Grammar School fundraiser. Was a guest on E! TV. Whoever is Prince Max Schaumburg-Lippe of Austria escorted her somewhere. In 2008, Ivanka gave mom a gift certificate for her jewelry store.


Its global appeal

She was in an advertisement in London for the Trump Tower. Her prenup was mentioned in connection with Elton John’s marriage to David Furnish. She took her mother to Rome. Gave a March of Dimes BBQ at the Plaza.

Hosted a VIP screening of “The Affair of the Necklace” with Count Roffredo. When her hairdresser was busy, she sent her hair clip there in a limo and the hairdresser fixed it and she came back to Ivana in a limo. Did a book based on the columnist me.

Cindy and Ivana at a party in 1990.
Cindy and Ivana at a party in Manhattan in 1990.
Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Had dinner with his in-laws at the Cirque. The Palm Beach Lawyers Commission remembered its swimming pool. I was heading to St-Tropez this week. And Ivana Marie Zelnickova, born February 20, 1949 in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, could have said, “Ivana got it all figured out” — because she did.


Another homie is gone

Despite the pain, another goodbye to another forever friend Carleton Varney.

Designer, Decorator, Author, Head of Design Organization Dorothy Draper. He embellished the Carlyle, the Waldorf, the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Ashford Castle in Ireland, the Greenbrier, the rooms of the White House, Mackinac Island, the Grand Hotel in Michigan. And he produced beautiful hit sons, Nicholas, Sebastian and Seamus.

Carleton also wrote books. One is reproduced now for television.


Sunday, please tune into my regular 770 hour WABC radio show on the AM dial. I remember my lifelong friends. So much the precious world. Both were international. But the two lived only in New York, children, only in New York.

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