- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 9, 2006

Sweet-smelling deal

Grammy-winning pop diva Mariah Carey will develop and market her own line of fragrance products by Elizabeth Arden.

Her first fragrance will debut next spring.

Miss Carey will be involved personally in all aspects of product development, packaging and marketing, according to the company.

“She is, unquestionably, a star of incredible magnitude. All over the world, people aspire to the values she represents,” E. Scott Beattie, chairman of Elizabeth Arden, said Thursday.

“We look forward to launching an inspiring new global fragrance brand with Mariah that will be a timeless classic.”

A spokeswoman for Elizabeth Arden declined to comment Friday on the terms of the deal or the details of the fragrance.

Other celebrities who have Elizabeth Arden fragrances include Britney Spears for Curious and Fantasy, and Elizabeth Taylor for White Diamonds, Black Pearls and other scents.

Playwriting fellowship

Edward Albee will teach at Princeton University and write a new play for a local theater as the first person named to a new playwriting fellowship.

Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Princeton University/McCarter Theatre Playwriting Fellowship program will bring Mr. Albee to Princeton for several months in the fall of 2007, it was announced Thursday.

The program is a joint effort between Princeton and McCarter, which won a 1994 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater.

Mr. Albee, 78, is the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes. He first gained notice with his play “The Zoo Story” in 1959.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” won a Tony Award, as did “A Delicate Balance” and “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” Mr. Albee also has been recognized with the National Medal of the Arts and a Kennedy Center Honor.

Thanks for no mention

A designer has sued Melanie Griffith for purportedly refusing to pay nearly $26,000 for dressing the actress and her daughters for the Golden Globes Awards and reneging on a promise to mention his name on the red carpet.

In the lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Niklas J. Palm claims he designed dresses for Miss Griffith and her daughters Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas to wear to the January event.

Mr. Palm says he submitted a $25,960 bill Jan. 16 and Miss Griffith was overdue in making any payments. He also claims Miss Griffith and her daughters backed out of their promise to mention his name to reporters.

Miss Griffith promised “that he will receive publicity that money could not buy, then conveniently forgot his name when reporters on the red carpet specifically asked who designed her beautiful gown — taking credit for the gown herself,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit claims breach of oral and written contract and intentional misrepresentation. It also names Miss Griffith’s husband, Antonio Banderas, and their production companies as defendants.

Mr. Palm was part of a costume design team that won a 2004 Emmy award for its work on the HBO series “Carnivale.” The lawsuit says he met Miss Griffith last August when he dressed her for an appearance on a Pilates exercise video infomercial.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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