SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: SamCam clan honour Viscountess Astor

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: SamCam clan honour Viscountess Astor on her 70th birthday as Swinging Sixties ‘It Girl’ sees her name up in lights again

AS A CHILD, Annabel Jones knew Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev and young oil heir Paul Getty — before becoming a Swinging Sixties ‘It girl’ who opened her first jewellery boutique when she was 20.

Now Viscountess Astor, her name is still up in lights.

Annabel posed under a neon sign spelling out her name at her 70th birthday party with daughter Samantha Cameron, as well as her four other children from her two marriages. 

Annabel Astor, 70, the birthday girl (front right) with her husband Viscount Astor, 66, businessman and politician (front left) Jake Astor, 37, financier (back left) Samantha Cameron, 47, fashion designer and wife of ex-PM David (second left) Emily Sheffield, 45, journalist and former Vogue deputy editor (back middle) Flora Astor, 42, jewellery designer (back second right) Will Astor, 39, asset manager (back right) at Viscountess Astor’s birthday celebration

Samantha Cameron, pictured at the British Fashion Awards, was photographer with her family at her mother’s 70th birthday party

Wearing an elegant green lace dress, Annabel is seated next to her husband, the former Tory minister Viscount Astor.

Annabel, who runs the home furnishings business OKA, was previously married to baronet Sir Reginald Sheffield, father of SamCam and her sister Emily Sheffield.

Surprisingly, the party was not held at Annabel’s private members’ club, but at an unnamed venue in London.

Amal and George Clooney, pictured at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Amal’s Stella wedding outfit: a snip at £1,250? 

Amal Clooney nearly outshone the bride at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in a dazzling sunshine-yellow dress made specially for her by Stella McCartney.

Now, Sir Paul McCartney’s fashion designer daughter is cashing in by producing a ready-to-wear version of the frock.

Trying to emulate the look of Amal, who attended the royal wedding with her Hollywood star husband George Clooney, won’t come cheap, however.

The ‘Angie’, which has cap sleeves and drape styling at the back, is an eye-catching £1,250.

Olivia Colman revelled in the role of cruel innkeeper Madame Thenardier in the BBC’s forthcoming song-free adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. 

‘Along with her husband, she is deeply unpleasant in every way,’ promises the actress.

The drama is set to make viewers choke on their Christmas turkey. ‘Les Miserables highlights the cavernous space between the very rich and very poor,’ says the 44-year-old actress. ‘The very poor have an awful time of it.’

Sir Mick Jagger has no regrets over Performance, the decadent Seventies gangster movie which marked the Rolling Stones singer’s first foray into acting.


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‘Acting-wise, I think it’s the best film of mine: it’s dark and interesting and really holds up to scrutiny,’ Jagger reflects.

And what of the notorious threesome bath scene with guitarist Keith Richards’s then lover Anita Pallenberg and ingenue actress Michele Breton — was the sex real? 

‘I’ll stick to that word “mythical”, and say all the stories around the filming of those scenes in Performance are so good I’m not going to deny them.’ 

Nancy Dell’Olio has established herself as an adornment to the capital’s social scene

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright clearly has a passion for his brief. 

The minister accepted four free ‘backstage passes’ to Comic Con, the London festival where sci-fi buffs queue up for an £85 autograph from the likes of former Doctor Who star David Tennant, his department has disclosed. 

Comic Con attendees dress up as their favourite superheroes — whose tight-clad costume did Mr Wright don? 

Since she moved to London with then England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, Nancy Dell’Olio has established herself as an adornment to the capital’s social scene.

Now, the Italian socialite’s likeness is to be captured for posterity.

She has agreed to disrobe for aristocratic sculptor David Roper-Curzon. ‘I don’t mind posing naked,’ she tells me at a Christmas party.

Nancy, whose conquests include theatre director Sir Trevor Nunn, already has an extensive collection of nude photographs of herself.

‘I’m considering opening an exhibition. My favourite is one I had to fight Sven for — it’s beautiful, so I’m glad I won it back.’ 

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