Rachel Grant De Longueuil - My February 2007 A Diary of an Actress

February is always a very festive month for me beginning on the 1st with my mother’s birthday. Just when you think Christmas carousing and New Year’s greetings are finally over here comes the month of February – award ceremonies, parties, the Superbowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, Mardi Gras, and red carpet events galore!

I attended a Mardi Gras celebration on the 10th. Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) is a French tradition to “pig out” marking the start of Lent and fasting. In the UK we call it Pancake Day and indulge in lemon and sugar tossed pancakes. In parts of the US they uphold this fascinating French custom (brought over by my ancestor in fact, explorer Charles Le Moyne who was made the first Baron De Longueuil) with a carnival of costumes, jesters, masks, feathers, beads, etc.

Mardi-Gras at the Playboy Mansion

Where better to celebrate a fanciful affair, than at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills! It was my 5th time to Hef’s house having attended his 80th birthday, 4th July, Midsummer's Night Dream  and Halloween celebrations last year. Admittance is not easy and only after a pre-approval of one’s photo and resume. Mug shots are taken before entry and the lucky ones are invited back. I was delighted to receive another invite! I always enjoy my time at the mansion, even getting ready for it is fun – fancy dress, glitter, accessories…. brings me back to my childhood. The food tends to be exotic, fresh, and perfect. The guests are very varied which makes interesting company and conversation.  It was a smaller and intimate gathering this time round but still with all the razzling dazzling decor and colourful outfits. Immaculately groomed bunnies danced their tails and tassels off while even I enjoyed a hip-hop boogie alongside Hef and the girls.

David HasselHoff and I at the Playboy Mansion

Daniel Craig_'s Omega from the opening scene of Casino Royale

On the 15th I went to the launch of Omegamania at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Omegamania is a large collection of classic limited edition Omega watches touring the globe and finishing with a grand auction on 14th and 15th April 2007 in Geneva. Many of these pieces have great history or provenance including the first watch on the moon and two watches worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale with one left scuffed and dirty from the opening action sequence in which it was worn. There is a wristwatch from the J ames Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies worn by Pierce Brosnan and an exquisite ring watch worn by Ursula Andress in the most unusual diamond setting. I think this is my favourite piece. Of course much of these lots have no estimates and I’d be intrigued to see what they close at. Another unique item is a pocket watch owned by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie “Ras Tafari” (whose followers are Rastafarians) with a fine enamel portrait of the man himself on the inset. The evening was different, delightful and surprisingly fascinating. I learnt a lot (no pun intended)! An amusing high light for me was chatting to (my first teenage heart-throb) Charlie Sheen. I found the Omega mania display a truly remarkable timeless collection, if one can call a timepiece “timeless” indeed!
For the full collection visit: http://www.omegamania.com

At the Beverly Hills Hotel for Oscar night

On 25th it was the Oscars and I skipped along to A Night of 100 Stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ever since I can remember I would stay up until the early hours of the morning (in England) to watch the Oscars; red carpet gowns, winners, movies, moving speeches.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his wife Lois

It’s an event I have always truly been in to and how nice to view it at a decent hour! A Night of 100 Stars is an Oscar tradition at the Beverly Hills Hotel and has been going on for years. It is a sit-down dinner whilst viewing the Oscar ceremony on large screens and is attended by many actors, previous Oscar nominees, Oscar winners and achievers. This year’s guests included Richard Dreyfuss, Bo Derek, Buzz Aldrin and many others. It was enjoyable to sit next to twice-Oscar nominated actor Martin Landau and watch the ceremony.

Larry Hagman

I was pleased with most of the Oscar winning choices and wolf-whistled at Martin Scorsese finally winning the award! Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the most profound and beautiful movies I have ever seen, but alas, that was my one disenchantment for the night.

Every month I like to have a first. Something I do for the first time ever! This month, my first for me was taking a 737 private jet to Las Vegas! It was a grand experience I have to say. The kitchen and living area was even larger than my apartment in London!

Rachel Grant as Maria Ronson in Until Death

Rachel Grant can be seen as Ronson in the movie Until Death out April 24th 2007.

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