Opening nights can be rough,” said Diana Ross with a sigh, recalling the monsoon rains and marauding muggers that marred her shows in New York’s Central Park last summer. Two weeks ago, back for a sold-out run at Radio City Music Hall, Diana had run afoul of the opening-night jinx yet again: Gremlins in the sound system bothered the star throughout her show. Still, Diana beat glitter rival Liberace’s Radio City box office record (with a take of $1.7 million). Later she was driven crosstown to throw a shipboard party for 450 on the USS Intrepid. The decor was aeronautical chic, and the human high-fliers, including Lauren Bacall, Richard Gere and Cheryl Tiegs, mingled around a helicopter and space capsule.
The hottest star of the night was hostess Ross, shimmering in a red silk sari—”When I see a handsome man I take it off,” she laughed. The glamorexic Diana danced with guests and fans until she was, as the lyric of her latest single has it, “swept away” by her escort, Danny Sullivan.