Entertainment EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lily James' American accent

06:06  19 june  2021
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So seriously is Lily James taking her role as Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in the forthcoming television drama Pam & Tommy that she's taken to keeping her American accent even when the cameras stop rolling, I hear.

'Lily sees this as one of the biggest roles of her career, because it's a real chance to show off her versatility,' says my man with the clapper board. 'She has thrown herself fully into playing Pamela.'

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Pitch perfect for Camilla's friend

Soprano Danielle de Niese always sings passionately, but her performance will be even more heartfelt than usual at Glyndebourne on July 10.

For Danielle will be singing two duets at a memorial concert in honour of her mother-in-law, Mary Christie.

'We've chosen an array of my mum's favourite music, and we'll have the London Philharmonic Orchestra on stage,' says De Niese's husband, Gus Christie, who runs the East Sussex opera house.

His mother was a close friend of the Duchess of Cornwall and, Gus tells me, Prince Charles and Camilla 'sent me some wonderful letters after my mum died'.

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It's love, Actually. Hugh Grant felt compelled to set the record straight this week about his marriage.

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The Four Weddings star, 60, was surprised when a friend sent him a screenshot of an online search result which claimed he'd married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, 41, 'for passport reasons'. Sharing an image of the screenshot, Hugh declared: 'No I didn't, internet. I married her because I love her.'

Best seller Victoria Hislop made her name with sun-soaked sagas set in Greece, but she won't be turning her attentions to Britain now she's stuck here during the pandemic. 'I'm really only inspired when I'm not in the UK,' says the novelist, who became an honorary Greek citizen last year.

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a statue of a person in a garden: Growing up in Scarsdale, New York, Samantha Zaitz always knew who Benjamin Rudin was. “Everyone did!” she says. “Ben was probably the most popular thing to happen to Scarsdale.” He was in the same school year as Samantha’s older sister, and captained varsity basketball when her brother was a freshman. “Ben may have been on his way to becoming a basketball star at Middlebury College, where he was an All-American and went on to play professionally in Israel, but he was also known as the nicest and most kind person,” Samantha adds. “Basically, my family was obsessed with him.”  Fast forward 15 years and Ben’s name came up in conversation amongst the Zaitzes, which prompted Samantha to ask her brother to set her up. When he refused, she took matters into her own hands. “I did the modern day version of making the first move—I added him on Instagram,” she says. “He played it cool by waiting a day or two to accept my request, and then as corny as it sounds, immediately DM’d me, and we’ve spoken every single day since.” Samantha, who works in her family’s agricultural development company and prides herself on being a fourth generation farmer, and Ben, now the head of real estate sales for an AI company, dated for two years—one of which was long distance between L.A. and New York City—before becoming engaged. “After I graduated from Cornell University, I moved to L.A. to work in entertainment,” Samantha explains. “When I started seeing Ben, I was working at a talent agency as an assistant.”  Ben would stay up until the wee hours to FaceTime with Samantha when she got home from work on the west coast. “Between my demanding schedule and the time difference, it was a real commitment to make long distance work, but we both knew it was worth it. After a little over a year of dating, and both of us flying back and forth between L.A. and NYC, he asked me to move in with him.” They moved in together in New York City, and Ben proposed one year later. Samantha and Ben initially planned to get married in France, a place where they had spent a lot of time vacationing as a couple. “We always wanted a destination wedding, and the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat felt perfect,” Samantha says. “We had a really memorable date night at that hotel the summer before and fell in love with it.”  But their wedding plans came to a crashing halt the first week in March. “My mom and I were getting ready to leave for a trip to Paris for my second to last dress fitting and a final food tasting,” Samantha remembers. “Days before we were about to leave, the COVID-19 outbreak was starting to grow rampant in Europe. With the number of cases spiking and the future being so uncertain, we decided it was best to call it. This was not an easy decision! However, the thought of keeping our plans and having them fall through last minute was not something any of us could stomach. Looking back, I feel so relieved that we cancelled when we did. The health and safety of our guests was the most important thing to us.” They didn’t come up with a new plan until three weeks before their original wedding date in June. “We had been engaged since December 2018 and didn’t want to postpone and have to wait another year,” Samantha explains. “It also didn't feel right to plan on a destination wedding only a year away with so much uncertainty in the world. At this point, Ben and I knew we just wanted to marry each other, but the question was: How can we do something that feels like us and is safe and appropriate during a pandemic?” Samantha’s parent’s backyard in East Hampton suddenly became the obvious backup location. “Our planners, Jung Lee and Allison Aronne at Fete, came in and saved the day,” Samantha says. “They assured me that although it would be extremely small—and most importantly safe—we could still make it feel incredibly special and nice.” Once the location changed, the bride’s wedding weekend wardrobe was also adjusted. She was initially meant to wear a custom haute couture gown by Ashi Studio, but with shutdowns in Italy and worldwide shipping delays, it wasn’t possible to get the dress in time. “The dress has since arrived, and it’s truly one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” Samantha says. “It’s a real work of art. We will have to throw some sort of anniversary celebration in the future just so I have an excuse to wear it!” For the ceremony, Samantha wore the Monique Lhuillier “Bloom” dress from the Spring 2020 collection, which was originally intended for her rehearsal dinner. In an effort to make it unique, Samantha shortened the front. “Doing so felt right for the new wedding setting,” the bride explains. She completed her look with transparent Amina Muaddi heels and diamond studs borrowed from her mother. “Due to the shipping delays, my veil didn’t come in time,” Samantha notes. “Thankfully, my best friend Hannah, who got married in January, offered to let me borrow her veil. I was so touched by her gesture and was thrilled to wear something of hers down the aisle. Not to mention it was also Monique and went perfectly with my dress.” The dress code for the intimate group of 20 guests was “Hamptons garden party chic.” No ties and no formal suits. “My dad was a big fan of this ‘casual’ dress code,” Samantha says. “Given that everyone had been in quarantine, and this was their first outing in months, I didn’t want people to feel any sort of pressure.” On the wedding day, the weather forecast didn’t predict rain, but it began pouring just as guests started arriving. The planners quickly changed course—yet again—and started serving cocktails before the ceremony. After 45 minutes, the rain cleared, and a string trio playing “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys signaled the beginning of the ceremony. Ben’s nephew Fisher and Samantha’s nephew Bear walked the couple’s two dogs, Honey and Hershey, down the aisle. “Fete made the dogs little floral collars, and it was the cutest thing!” Samantha says. “They put a smile on everyone’s face.” The couple then said their vows under an ethereal baby’s breath Chuppah that cascaded into the aisle. “We were relieved, happy, and slightly sad!” Samantha remembers. “We were so thrilled to finally be standing under the Chuppah. It was also sad though because we keep such a close knit circle, and there were so many friends and family members that we wish could have been there with us. However, we were so grateful for everyone that was able to make it under the circumstances.” Right after the ceremony, and the couple’s FaceTime session with Ben’s Grandma Alice, Samatha had her hairstylist Hos Hounkpatin work his magic and take her updo down for her second beauty look of the evening. DJ Brendan Fallis then set the vibe for the night—and after more cocktails, guests sat down at a 70-foot serpentine dinner table, created so that guests could be together but also social distance, for a meal catered by Acquolina. “The table was covered in a crisp white linen cloth, with lots of white and green flowers and textures and romantic taper candles, and everyone was in their own quarantine pod,” Samantha explains. The bride and the groom each only had two friends in attendance, but that didn’t stop anyone from having the time of their lives. “I was happy to have good music and two of my best girlfriends to dance and celebrate with after dinner,” Samantha says. “People hung out late, having a nightcap and cigars—and then I jumped in the pool and Ben followed! After we swam, we grabbed our bags and went straight to Gurney's in Montauk for a five day mini-moon. We had been in quarantine since March, so we were really excited to get out of the house for a few days.”

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Sally wails on the Next Door neighbourhood app: 'I need someone to come out today as absolutely spooked to see a mouse in the kitchen last night.'

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How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you're rock star Sir Rod Stewart's ex-wife Alana.

The 76-year-old, who has two children with the singer, reveals that she took six bags — three of which were stylish Louis Vuitton luggage – for her stay at Villa Royale in Palm Springs, Florida, this week. 'No matter how hard I try, I always end up over-packing,' explains the ex-model. 'This is for two days.

'And I pretty much used everything I brought.'

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman admits he's had to enlist the help of his new girlfriend to stop his bad habit of overeating.

'I am, what I like to call, a fat pig,' explains the 49-year-old, who is courting actress Rachel Mariam, 28.

'I love food. My girlfriend helps with that. I give people a licence to say: 'Steady on.'

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'I was the youngest of five. Usually in big families, if you're the youngest, you want to pack it all in your mouth.

'Also when I was a kid I found it vaguely impressive that I was so small but could eat loads. 'Grown-ups and teachers would say, 'You're like a little hamster. Where do you tuck it all?' I saw that as a badge of honour.'

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Marcella star Anna Friel used to be a regular on the social scene but even she felt out of practice when she attended her first party in more than a year this week.

'This is my first night out since lockdown,' Anna, 44, tells me at a gala dinner at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, to celebrate the opening of Lily Lewis's art exhibition, Safe Places. 'This is all very new to me because I've been shooting [TV series The Box] in Sweden, where I was literally just in the hotel or studio.'

It was also pop star Ellie Goulding's first night out since the birth of her son, Arthur, six weeks ago.

The 34-year-old was joined by her husband, Old Etonian art dealer Caspar Jopling, 29, below.

Art sales on the night raised funds for domestic violence charity Refuge, which Ellie describes as 'an amazing cause'.

(Very) modern manners

How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you're rock star Sir Rod Stewart's ex-wife Alana.

The 76-year-old, who has two children with the singer, reveals that she took six bags — three of which were stylish Louis Vuitton luggage – for her stay at Villa Royale in Palm Springs, Florida, this week. 'No matter how hard I try, I always end up over-packing,' explains the ex-model. 'This is for two days. 'And I pretty much used everything I brought.'

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