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Book offers a feast of stories from Elaine's

For 40 years, Elaine Kaufman's exclusive saloon on NYC's Upper East Side has hosted the meetings, dustups, and performances of the rich and famous (as well as EW's annual Oscar party). Luckily for the rest of us, A.E. Hotchner has cooked up a feast of A-list moments in Everyone Comes to Elaine's (HarperEntertainment, $26.95). -- Jeff Labrecque

* After her husband's assassination, Jackie Kennedy made her first social outing at Elaine's, dancing as Leonard Bernstein played piano.

* Frank Sinatra, steamed about his resemblance to Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, refused to shake Mario Puzo's hand.

* Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos suggested to Andy Warhol that he paint her in the same way he had Marilyn Monroe.

* For 10 years Woody Allen dined almost nightly at a reserved, do-not-disturb table. But Michael Caine broke the rule in 1979 to introduce him to Mia Farrow.

* Arnold Schwarzenegger once pulled Rudolf Nureyev aside to tell the Russian dancer how he could develop his biceps and pectorals.

* ''You don't go to Elaine's necessarily for the food,'' said former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, but don't take matters into your own hands. Kaufman once ejected Molly Ringwald -- and her mom -- when they brought in a burger from across the street.

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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