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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 The Palm Beach Post s SECTION D SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK A new study has found the risk of heart attacks for managers doubles during the week after they've fired someone. 55PLUS Meet area folks who stay young by taking leadership roles in their communities. PAGE 3D South Palm Beach County Living ACCENT Co) 7 Chilling effect: How Titanic' left me cold 0 A s suMiea as i gets Sorry, but I was not pulling for Titanic to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture. ' As one with firsthand experience with digital hypothermia (I'll explain later), I can tell you that the movie lost me the first time Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater plunged into passageways flooded with supposedly 30-degree saltwater. The pain and the bone-numbing paralysis that set in after mere seconds in freezing water make a victim incapable of performing even the simplest tasks. Forget wielding an ax after floundering around for 10 minutes in waist-deep water. Forget diving for a key to unlock a gate and then having the dexterity to insert the key. Forget spending even 20 minutes in Arctic waters on a piece of flotsam and then managing to blow a whistle. And if Rose had touched her Oddest bodice: Muiccia Prada herself called Sigourney Weaver a week after Oscar nominations and offered to design Weaver's dress. She accepted and showed up in this odd, plunging purple creation. A better choice? Harry Winston's diamond-studded Ray-Bans. Breast supporting actress: Susan Sarandon put her best chest forward in a Dolce & Gabbana getup complete with bra straps. Madonna also went bust with a skimpy Gothic gown that left little to the imagination. Where's the material, girl? Ron Wiggins CI Sxjl x . S) J tmJ ,V; V f :- t v-.. 4 J ",V T7T yi lips on a metal whistle in freezing air, it would have taken a jackhammer to chip it out of her mouth. For the record, I spent hours in slushy water. Not all at one time, of course. And not my whole body. Just my hands. . You see, I was a Pepsi plunger. ' As a concession worker at University of Florida games, my job was to repeatedly thrust my hands into cooler boxes full of slushy water and pull out 10-ounce bottles of Pepsi. The result was, invariably, digital hypothermia. : In layman's terms, frozen fingers. : The pay was good. Instead of making $7 hawking Pepsis in the stands, I was paid a handsome $12 for Pepsi diving. At first, you think you can stand it. Reach in, grab a couple of bottles and out. Three or four seconds, how bad could that be? After four hours of jt, pretty bad. Don't let anybody tell you your hands go numb. They go useless, but remain sensitive. Think of an ice cream headache in your hands. What you had to do was work fast and master the knack of pulling up four Pepsis at a time. OK, so maybe I let my silly experience Pepsi plucking spoil what was otherwise a splendid movie, but it also called to mind the heroism of those who have willingly gone into freezing water for others. I thought of the man who plunged into the broken ice of the Potomac in 1982 to rescue a woman who made it out of the broken fuselage of the Air Florida 737 that crashed on takeoff. And during the closing moments of Titanic, I thought especially of the collective heroism of four chaplains during World War II who, after the SS Dorchester was torpedoed in the North Atlantic, gave up their life jackets to soldiers. Then, with arms linked, they went down with the ship. 1 In that final Titanic slide to the bottom, I knew I was watching as much realism as I could stand. I suppose without the romanticizing, the horror would have been unwatchable. - Maybe next year they'll give an Oscar for sugarcoating. Best instant replay: Helena Bonham-Carter 'bypassed all of the craziness' of designers hounding her in favor of one of her mom's Diors that she found in her attic. She had Mum's frock copied. Photos by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS No' special effects: Contributing to this year's low-key Oscar look, Italian designer Muiccia Prada's minimalistic creations (a favorite of supermodels) showed up on big-time stars like Julianne Moore. pirits and hairdos were high at the Academy Awards Monday night, but Most likely to get scarlet fever: Minnie Driver, in a red fox stole, red gown and red lipstick, said she was contacted by legions of designers ('Banana Republic would've liked me to wear some chinos with some rhinestones') before settling on Halston. I f 1 '. VI " , ' 'f - r, If I v ' v ( Do you recall your Easter bonnet? the clothes were low cut and low key. Sure, there's always plenty of cleavage at the Oscars. But for the most part, gowns were none-too-glitzy columns and tuxedos were standard black fare. Muted metallic shades were the color du jour and off-the-shoulder styles sans jewelry reigned supreme. Sartorial dullness aside, here are our fashion awards. Loretta Grantham and Nicole Piscopo As lewd as it gets: As Todd Oldham said, 'If you love your bosom, display it.' Taking his message to heart was a parade of nameless cleavage-laden trophy dates, many of whom towered over their men. (That's the trouble with models.) Cher was covered, knocking her out of lewdness contention, but she earns a nod for a headpiece resembling a splayed waffle cone. Look who's Boss: James Cameron, Robert Duvall and Cuba Gooding Jr. turned up in Hugo Boss tuxedos. Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant, meanwhile, wore a striped velour jacket that resembled the seat covers of an abandoned Monte Carlo. Biggest rock: It's an iceberg around Gloria Stuart's neck. The actress came sporting Harry Winston's 15-carat blue diamond (story below). Also in a giant borrowed blue jewel Celine Dion. Do you have special memories of Easters long past? Of frilly socks, patent-leather shoes, pretty hats, fancy dresses? Of brand new suits for that very special Sunday? Of exciting Easter egg hunts long ago? We'd like to share your memories of your favorite Easters the outfits, the egg hunts, the family gatherings and perhaps some of your old photos with other readers. Share your story in 150 words or less, along with photos if you've got them (send a stamped self-addressed envelope, too, if you want them returned) to: Easter Memories The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24696 - West Palm Beach, Fla. 33416-4696 Letters must be postmarked by Friday, April 3. Or entries can be sent on the Web at Palm Beach Interactive: www.GoPBI.comtellthepost Baubles star on Hollywood's night of glamour 4 By Roger Michel and Beth Tertell Special to The Palm Beach Post BEVERLY HILLS Nike may have Michael Jordan's feet, but Harry Winston owns Mira Sorvino's decolletage. And Winona Ryder's earlobes. And maybe, if the celebrity jewelry firm can find just the right bauble, Jodie Foster's wrist Bezel-set into a prestigious corner of Rodeo Drive, I iarry Winston Inc. has made its name as much on the beauty of its gems as on the glamour of the stars who so publicly wear them. Long before the Nike swoosh graced an NBA uniform, company founder Harry Winston realized the marketing might of celebrities. In 1943, Jennifer Jones, star of that year's hit, Song of Bernadette, became the first in a long line of stars to sport a Winston at the Oscars. As Winston scion and current company CEO Ronald Winston said recently, while lounging in his shop here, "Our marketing opportunity extends from the neck to the cleavage." If past experience is any guide, the gowns worn at this year's Academy Awards offered ample nose $tf WWSTONtf) Sharing Harry's wares The folks at Harry Winston probably counseled Gloria Stewart: She was absolutely not to leave last night's Oscar bash and recreate the final scene from the movie that earned her a best supporting actress nomination. In other words, no chucking her $20 million necklace into the Pacific. That's right. Those shiny nuggets the 87-year-old actress sported? They're worth the annual budget of some small countries: A 15-carat blue diamond necklace valued at $20 million a 12-carat pear-shaped platinum diamond ring ($425,000) and 30-carat diamond cluster earrings ($350,000), all on loan from the I louse of Harry Winston. And did you see Matt Damon's wrists? Those were 4-carat diamond cuff links worth $21,000 and a platinum watch from the Ultimate Timepiece Collection valued at $40,000. Mom Nancy Karlson Paige showed up in sapphire and diamond earrings ($152,000). And co-star and writing partner Ben Affleck wore 18-carat gold cuff links and an l.-carat gold watch from the Ultimate Timepiece Collection. Others acting as celestial billboards for the House of Harry Winston? See Page 4D. ::.' -f 0 o PxtO by ROGER MCHtL Actress Theresa Russell tnes on a $9 million pendant necklace at Harry Winston.