Bette Midler Attends Sandy Gallin’s Uber Birthday Party

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Hugh Jackman knocks ’em dead at Sandy Gallin party
Last Updated: 3:40 AM, May 29, 2010
Posted: 10:21 PM, May 28, 2010

Legendary talent manager Sandy Gallin celebrated his 70th birthday in style — by jokingly trying to strip Hugh Jackman at a party packed with stars including Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen and Calvin Klein.

Gallin — who managed Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and Whoopi Goldberg — threw his birthday bash at Donna Karan’s West Village studio Thursday night. Streisand and Patti LaBelle performed at the party, but it was “Wolverine” star Jackman’s turn that drove the crowd wild.

A spy told us, “Jackman got up and was singing to Sandy . . . Then Sandy jumped up and started to unbutton Jackman’s shirt, but before he got too far, Jackman whirled him around and held his arms down. It was pretty funny.”

Jackman, who’s married with two kids, then joked, ‘Come on, Sandy, let’s face it. I am not your type. I am too old for you.’ ”

Streisand also performed two songs and poked fun at herself after repeatedly asking her pianist, composer-producer David Foster, to change the key. She said, “I am a little nervous. I didn’t get to practice. I like to control.” When Gallin yelled to her to perform “Over the Rainbow,” she replied, “No.”

Guests also included Joan Rivers, who gave a speech, Bette Midler, Vera Wang, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Sandra Bernhardt, CBS chief Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, hotelier Jeff Klein and p.r. maven Peggy Siegal. Billionaire Ron Perelman and ex-wife Ellen Barkin were there, but stuck to opposite sides of the room. Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller delivered a video message from their yacht, while Parton, who’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dollywood, also sent a greeting.

Our witness said, “It was amazing how many people had flown in from LA. Sandy is famous for throwing the best parties, and this was the best of them all.”

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