She has kept shtum for eight months after being revealed as the "mystery brunette" visiting Prince Andrew at the now-dead billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion, but Katherine Keating did not go undetected during her low-key return to Sydney last week.
PS can confirm Keating, along with her father, former Prime Minister Paul Keating, and sister Alexandra, were all guests at the recent society wedding of Gigi Penna and Matt Langsford at the millionaire property developer John Boyd's swanky Palm Beach weekender.
Katherine Keating leaving Jeffrey Epstein’s house in Manhattan in 2010.Credit:Daily Mail
Penna is the daughter of Paul Keating's special "lady friend", the actor Julieanne Newbould, and has grown up in close proximity with the Keating children.
But it was Katherine Keating who managed to outshine her father at the wedding, given the headlines she generated in this column last August after the grainy footage of her in New York, taken a decade ago, made global headlines via Britain's Daily Mail.
Keating was home for the society wedding Gigi Penna and Matt Langsford, pictured here with Paul Keating’s friend and mother of the bride, the actor Julianne Newbould.Credit:Instagram
While there is no suggestion she was involved in Epstein’s criminal activities, why a woman, then aged in her mid-20s, was visiting the Duke of York at the home of a renowned child sex offender – who at that point had recently finished serving a 13-month prison sentence for procuring an underage girl for sex – remains unanswered. Keating has refused to talk about it.
The feisty brunette quit Sydney for New York in 2010, just months after landing at the centre of another scandal which involved her father in a battle with Rupert Murdoch's media empire, which published disputed accusations she kicked one of its photographers at a boozy vodka launch at the State Theatre, saying: "Do you want me to throw you down the stairs and kill you?"
Reinventing herself as a "venture capitalist" and diving into the worlds of tech startups and "woke" philanthropy, she was soon back in the news, this time for dating American millionaire playboy Andre Balazs, the hotelier behind hip hotel chain The Standard and Hollywood's famed Chateau Marmont.
She enjoyed the company of rich and famous friends, attending parties hosted by Vogue high priestess Anna Wintour, and was photographed in the vicinity of Harvey Weinstein before the #MeToo movement sunk him. She was also photographed with Hollywood power publicist Peggy Siegal, who has paid a hefty price for her close association with Epstein.
Prince Andrew during his infamous BBC interview in November.Credit:
Keating's social conquests continued, as she became pals with the Duke of York's daughter Princess Eugenie, and she even managed to get herself involved with cultural institutions with social cache, such as the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art.
Balazs was listed, along with Prince Andrew, in Epstein's personal address book which was published in 2015. He had only recently broken up with Hollywood star Uma Thurman before taking up with Keating, who was 22 years his junior.
Following that relationship, Keating started dating Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini, the son of the late Vogue Italia editor-and-chief Franca Sozzani. The Carrozzinis are fabulously wealthy and well-connected in their own right. Francesco is listed as Keating's co-executive producer on a glowing 2014 Huffington Post interview she did with Epstein's former lover Ghislaine Maxwell.
Alexandra Keating, hotel owner Andre Balazs, and his former girlfriend Katherine Keating at a fashion party in New York in 2010.Credit:Patrick McMullan
But there was not a word of that during her return to Sydney last week, though the Keatings were spotted dining in Potts Point, clearly thankful for the privacy seated behind a large curtain which obscured them somewhat from prying eyes.
She did draw attention at the Palm Beach wedding, especially with her bold move to wear white.
These days Keating is calling Los Angeles home and is working with showbiz entrepreneur Guy Oseary, who manages the likes of Madonna. Keating has made herself right at home in Tinsel Town, too, even scoring herself an invite to the recent Oscars parties.
Grundy's Caribbean calm away from courtroom drama
Joy Chambers Grundy, widow of the late television supremo Reg Grundy, was reflecting on life in Bermuda this week, far from the Sydney courtroom which has been the scene for an almighty tussle over her late husband's $800 million fortune.
The former actress-turned-novelist has signed a strict non-disclosure agreement as part of the unspecified settlement reached with Grundy's mysterious "long-lost daughter" with an equally exotic name, Viola La Valette, from his first, short-lived marriage to Lola Powell.
Joy Chambers-Grundy has stayed put in Bermuda after settling legal action with the long lost daughter of her late husband Reg Grundy over his $800 million estate.
But it was Grundy's romance with his second wife which could have been the plot in one of Grundy's beloved soapies Neighbours or Sons and Daughters: a charismatic young television entrepreneur falls head-over-heels in love with a glamorous "barrel girl" and budding actor from the 'burbs.
Together they built a vast global empire with TV stars, exquisite artworks, superyachts and private jumbo jets, an extraordinary fiefdom ruled from a private tropical palace in Bermuda.
And just like the television version, 17 months after Reg Grundy died aged 92, his widow Joy Chambers Grundy, still wracked with grief and in floods of tears, found herself in the midst of a high stakes drama over their fortune being played out under the harsh glare of the NSW Supreme Court.
Reg Grundy and Joy Chambers Grundy leaving for their honeymoon.Credit:SMH
According to Chambers Grundy, La Valette, now 64, cut all contact with her father 25 years ago. He died a heartbroken man but Grundy had continued to support his daughter with an annual $320,000 income for life, paid for cosmetic procedures, five-star travel and hotels, ballet lessons and apartments in Sydney and Beverly Hills.
"There was never any tension over money. Whatever she desired, we gave her," Chambers Grundy revealed in 2017. "His daughter had rejected him and denied him contact. Reg was a very private gentleman. The great sadness he carried was the loss of his daughter."
Grundy himself had expressed his sorrow over his only child in a rare interview with Good Weekend in 2010 at the couple's lavish compound in Bermuda, conservatively estimated to be worth around $40 million.
During the 1950s, Grundy married his first wife Patricia Powell, who was known as Lola, and they had a daughter called Kim. However, the marriage did not last and they later divorced.
Grundy, himself an only child, met Chambers in 1965, when she auditioned to be a panellist on I've Got a Secret.
By then, he was a seasoned producer, making programs at his own expense and selling the broadcast rights to TV stations. Chambers, an 18-year-old model, was smart and funny. She got the gig and ended up getting Grundy as well.
Since their marriage in 1971, they were almost inseparable. The couple were apparently so in love they renewed their vows a total of five times.
Celebrity coiffeur to say I ’do in style
Could the hills of the Southern Highlands come alive once more to the sound of charity queen and social doyenne Skye Leckie's warbling if she recreates – as some are hoping – her 60th birthday performance at celebrity hairdresser Joh Bailey's country wedding next weekend?
Joh Bailey will marry his long term partner Michael Christie in the Southern Highlands next weekend.
Leckie, along with 200 or so other movers and shakers are set to descend on Bailey's Southern Highlands idyll, Wideacre, where he is tying the knot with his partner of a decade, equestrian Michael Christie.
"It's my big fat gay wedding," Bailey cheekily joked when discussing plans for the couple's big day, before adding somewhat more seriously. "I never really thought I would ever get married, but when it became legal we decided that if we could, we should."
The couple, who met on the pony circuit, intend to exchange vows by their farm's picturesque lake, with a guest list that includes Alan Jones, Stuart Membery, Trent Nathan, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Nicole Gazal and a host of other social pages regulars.
"I want it to be a glamorous country wedding, think Hamptons or the Cotswolds … but really this is just to make it official, in front of the people who are in our lives, family and friends," Bailey said.
Mardis Gras after party at Swans' mercy
Last Sunday PS revealed Sydney's Mardi Gras bosses were unsure of the future of the event's famed after party at Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter now the Sydney Swans are taking take up residence at the Royal Hall Of Industries thanks to the Berejiklian government.
Marching to the after party at this year’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.Credit:Alice Clarke
The following will give you the truth about the Royal Hall of Industries and future Mardi Gras parties.
PS dived into the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's NSW Planning Portal and found some very interesting reading which would no doubt be of serious concern for Mardi Gras organisers.
Mardi Gras' new CEO Albert Kruger told PS last week it was unclear what form the re-purposed Hall will eventually take. "The after-party as we once knew it will not be the same again with the changes at the RHI, and we still don't know what sort of space we will end up having access to," he said.
Among some of the areas of interest include the requirement that any third party wanting to use the Swans' space were required – at their own cost – to lay ‘Terraplas’ on the floor, the same product used on grassed areas of stadiums for concerts, and it doesn't come cheap.
As for what space is available to community groups such as the not-for-profit Mardi Gras, which is a charity, the numbers are capped at 1000 people.
Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park will be a vastly diminished space under Sydney Swans’ occupation.
This is vastly smaller than the previous RHI space used for the Mardi Gras parties, which could hold up to 5,500 people, along with a stage, bars and decor.
Looking at the main floor plan, which is going to be used as a sports floor by the Swans, there appears to be no immediate access to toilets, let alone access for equipment such as staging, forklifts, booms, lighting rigs and audio equipment, which spells disaster for big-name acts like Kylie Minogue or Cher.
Indeed one Mardi Gras insider said the new space "was only probably good for a cloakroom".
Given the outcry over this year's after party when patrons complained of too many tickets being sold and thousands unable to get into the Hordern Pavilion, which only holds 5,000 people despite 10,000 tickets being sold, those problems are not set to go away anytime soon.
Grimshaw, Somers give critics red faces over diva claims
Two of television's most recognised faces, Tracy Grimshaw and Daryl Somers, have launched extraordinary campaigns to refute spurious claims they are divas.
Don’t call me diva: A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw describes recent claims published in New Idea as “absolute crap”.Credit:Andrew O’Toole
Daryl Somers got his apology.
Grimshaw took to social media to call out the embattled New Idea magazine after it published a piece claiming she was making unreasonable demands and had her own personal elevator installed at Nine's new North Sydney office so she can be shot from the carpark up into hair and makeup lest she reveal her unmade face to the hordes.
Grimshaw responded to the story: "Absolute crap", before launching into a tirade about how such articles do women a disservice, comments which were heartily cheered on by another tabloid regular, Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage.
Meanwhile, Somers had a victory over Perth radio host Basil Zempilas over a December radio report featuring showbiz correspondent Peter Ford about claims Somers had been fired from hosting a Ballarat Carols by Candlelight over ‘diva demands’, including a furnished marquee as a dressing room, having Plucka Duck perform, his own music director, make-up artist, and running up a hefty bar tab.
Somers claimed the details were untrue while the Ballarat Carols organising committee issued a statement that the former Hey Hey It's Saturday host pulled out for personal reasons.
Both Ford and Zempilas issued lengthy apologies after being inundated by Somers' lawyers, while an online story about the same issues on Woman's Day's website mysteriously vanished late last Friday, leaving some to wonder if Somers was about to "do a Rebel Wilson" and sue the magazine.
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