Further putting rumors of a rift to rest, visibly happy couple Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky – holding hands and swaying to music – had several reasons to be all smiles Wednesday night.
First off, her father, former President Bill Clinton, was an honoree at an all-star evening to mark the 25th anniversary of the anthem to fight AIDS, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
The amfAR gala, which helped kick off New York Fashion Week, also marked a sweet reunion for Chelsea and Marc, after he had been skiing in Wyoming. At the benefit, held at the Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the investment banker, 33, danced with his wife, 30, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Along with the entire crowd – who included Julianna Margulies, Richard Gere, Harry Belafonte, Iman and Rosie O’Donnell – Bill Clinton marveled at the still-pitch-perfect voice of Dionne Warwick, 70. Also on-hand to belt out solos from the stage: Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Sir Elton John.
As for the original recording of the 1986 song heard ’round the world, Warwick said at the mic, “Sitting in the control room of the recording studio was Elizabeth Taylor, who said, ‘That song belongs to all of us who are in the fight against a dreaded disease called AIDS.’ ”
Taylor, 78, who established her own AIDS foundation in 1991, was to receive an award Wednesday night but could not attend because of health issues. John, 63, said of her, “She’ll forever be our guiding star. And we all carry a piece of her in our hearts.”