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By Billy Fong. Photography Tiffany Rose and Alison Buck. M ademoiselle Louvre, we're ready for your close-up. A three- day affair in Los Angeles — as epic as any Cecil B. DeMille film — was thrown by philanthropist and world-renowned hostess Becca Cason Thrash and the Louvre. Yes, the Louvre — the iconic museum in Paris that's home to such treasures as the Mona Lisa and the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Thrash has been vice chairman of the board of directors of American and International Friends of the Louvre since 2005. She was invited by then museum director Henri Loyrette to create the first-ever fundraiser for the organization in Paris in 2008. Since then, five iterations of the art-filled event have occurred, four in Paris (one, in 2017, with three days in Venice tacked on) and now stateside in L.A. Thrash also organized a similar three-day fund- raiser in Mexico City in 2020 to benefit Notre- Dame de Paris cathedral. Thrash assembles aesthetes, creatives, fashion paramours, and the beau monde for her extravaganzas. The L.A. itinerary was virtually Viagra for any lover of art and great design — interiors and architecture … and did I mention fashion? Visits arranged for those lucky enough to secure a ticket included entrée to some of the most important private art collections, in the homes of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Darren Star (producer of Sex and the City and Emily in Paris), Jeffrey Deitch, and Oscar-winning producer Michael Phillip, as well as Larry Gagosian's West Coast art- filled bachelor pad and the home and private museum of billionaire philanthropist Steve Tisch, whose vast collection includes more than 15 works by Ed Ruscha. Among the highlights, entrepreneurs Liane and Richard Weintraub hosted an Italian brunch and tour of Villa Tramonto, their clifftop villa in the Pacific Palisades, which was built by decorator and movie-palace painter Anthony Heinsbergen in 1928. The week's glamorous hangover was a fait accompli long before the first sip of champagne on the first night. Welcome cocktails had been arranged at the home of Ronnie Haft and his partner, Andrew Nagel, fancifully named Forever Estate, designed in 1923 by Gordon Kaufmann. The pool- side dinner at Eugenio Lopez's home Michael Chow (aka Mr. Chow) kissing the hand of party hostess the Honorable Colleen Bell Corey & Caroline Kelly Becca Cason Thrash (Continued)

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