On Dec. 16, Page Six reported that Annabel Vartanian, a socialite, aspiring actress and daughter of Paul Vartanian, one of New York’s most prominent diamond dealers, had fainted at a party celebrating La Perla lingerie.
On Sunday, Jan. 6, the flame-haired Ms. Vartanian, 28, joined the Transom for a hearty brunch at Freeman’s on the Lower East Side. She had spent Christmas at her “father’s baby,” a vacation home in Costa Rica, and New Year’s in St. Barth’s. Before leaving town, she and her manager-publicist, Suzanne “Africa” Engo, spent a day feeding meals to people afflicted with H.I.V. “It sounds cheesy but it made your heart grow a little bit,” she said.
Some have suggested that Ms. Vartanian has been perhaps a little too eager in flinging herself before the cameras of Patrick McMullan et al. “They don’t know what they’re talking about,” she said. “I think it’s a way to help promote yourself and get your face out there. It certainly has helped.” But “it’s not like I go out just to get photographed.”
How has she been keeping busy? “We’ve been filming this movie Discontent,” directed by James Tully, about an Upper East Side socialite. “It will take half a day to do a tiny little scene.” Ms. Vartanian said she sometimes goes to four events in a week, sometimes three in a night! Also, she sometimes helps out with a friend’s real estate brokerage.
Anything else? “There’s a big project I’ll be working on that I can’t say anything about, but it’s acting. Then there’s a movie script being written for me”—by Ms. Engo, she allowed—“and I can’t tell you much about it, because I’m not allowed to.” Ms. Engo added, “I can just hint, it’s about a famous redhead, not herself but generations later. No guessing! That should be exciting. It’s not Lucy, that I can say.” Her resolution for 2008? “To keep focused. And really be healthy.”
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