With a Fashionable Show of Leading Ladies, Julie Andrews Gives Hollywood a Good Cause to Celebrate

updated 02/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/28/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

As star and director of the transvestite farce Victor/Victoria, Julie Andrews and husband Blake Edwards are clearly a couple who like to put a spin on things. Accordingly, they cast their Feb. 11 charity fashion show/dinner/ auction with a roster of luminaries instead of regulation mannequins. As Dyan Cannon and James Coburn offered the couture commentary for the 400 guests at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Stefanie Powers in a linen pants suit, Loretta Swit in a white feathered evening coat and Sally Kellerman in a gold-chain-topped hostess outfit trekked the runway. "I'd only do this for Julie," insisted Beverly Sassoon, who modeled a brown suede ensemble. For most of the lineup, it was ladies' night out. Stefanie, Beverly, Loretta and Dyan all arrived without dates, as did the President's daughter, Patti Davis, if you don't count her obligatory Secret Service agents.

The event raised $75,000 for Operation California, which airlifts emergency food and medical supplies all over the world. "It deals directly with those in need," explained Julie, who is a board member of the charity. The Edwards' youngest daughters, Amy Leigh, 9, and Joanna Lynn, 8, were adopted from a Vietnamese orphanage aided by Operation California.

For actress Cynthia Sikes of TV's St. Elsewhere, the evening took an unexpected turn when Edwards offered her a major part in his next comedy, The Man Who Loved Women, starring Burt Reynolds. "He just upped and asked me," exclaimed a bewildered but delighted Cynthia. Another big winner of the evening was Jacqueline Bisset's former live-in lover, film producer Victor Drai. Urged on by his fiancée, model Kelly LeBrock, Drai's bid of $1,000 won a free taping of his next party by the crew of That's Incredible. "What they don't know," smiled Drai, "is that my next party will be my wedding—in Paris."

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