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A Kennedy In Dallas for a “Rockefeller” Fete

From left: Anthony Shriver, his daughter Eunice, Jan Miller and Mark Seal
From left: Anthony Shriver, his daughter Eunice, Jan Miller and Mark Seal

While the rest of Dallas was caught up in Mavs mania Monday, big-deal literary agent Jan Miller and her husband Jeff Rich were opening up their Beverly Drive manse to a more subdued gathering of Kennedys and “Rockefellers.” Well, sort of, anyway. The Kennedys were represented by Anthony Kennedy Shriver–the son of Jack’s sister Eunice and her husband Sargent Shriver, and the brother of California’s Maria Shriver. Anthony’s got a nonprofit called Best Buddies International–it helps people with intellectual disabilities–for which Miller will host a fund-raiser here in November.

The Rockefeller part came from guest-of-honor Mark Seal, an Aspen-based contributing editor for Vanity Fair mag who’s penned a new book titled The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. Based on an article Seal wrote for VF, it’s about a German-born con man named Christian Gerhartsreiter who passed himself off as a member of the famous dynasty and was later arrested for kidnapping his daughter. Said Rich of Seal, who used to write for The Dallas Morning News: “If there’s any kind of sexual deviation or impersonation involved” in a story, Mark will be there. “Or prostitution,” cracked Miller, adding that The Man “is a wonderful book. It’s soon to be a wonderful movie. And I’m sure there will be another book, because [Gerhartsreiter has also just] been indicted for murder.”

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