Leo DiCaprio raises $30 million in mini ‘Titanic’ reunion

Oh, to have the lavish, and ecologically conscious, life of Leonardo DiCaprio.

The actor raised $30 million for his foundation, “which supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities” at an exclusive, star-studded bash in St. Tropez on Wednesday.

It also was a mini “Titanic” reunion: Kate Winslet and Billy Zane were on the scene, as Zane posted photo with the caption: “Gangs back together. Now we’re saving icebergs. Go figure.”

Madonna gave a surprise, brief performance (and had an encounter with Paris Hilton); Lenny Kravitz closed the evening down in rock-star fashion.

Adrien Brody, Tobey Maguire, Gerard Butler and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were among the guests.

Most of the dough raised came from the sale of art works by Richard Prince, Damien Hirst, Jonas Wood, Cecily Brown and Rudolf Stingel.

A large work by Urs Fischer, who was in the crowd, sold for more than $2.5 million, Vanity Fair reported,

And with a bid of $400,000, DiCaprio won a bidding war against Harvey Weinstein over a paint and crushed up plates portrait of the actor by Julian Schnabel.


Will a local join the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Katharine McPhee? Open auditions for the upcoming season of “American Idol” (newly on ABC, still with Ryan Seacrest) take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 at Jack London Square in Oakland. Prospective contestants must be at least 15 years old to audition. For details, visit www.americanidol.com.

On Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, San Francisco City Chorus is holding auditions at Lakeside Presbyterian Church for singers for its Nov. 4 concert of Handel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt,” to be led by director Larry Marietta; visit www.sfcitychorus.org.


San Francisco software engineer and crossword puzzle creator Aimee Lucido dazzled “Superhuman” game show host Kal Penn and judges Mike Tyson, Christina Milian and Dr. Rahul Jandial during her appearance on the show, which airs Monday, July 31 on FOX. Her task was to remember the location of different colored lights on a panel display of 75 flashing bulbs. … Awesome local confectioner See’s Candies (famous for samples) has announced new/relocated California outlets, in San Jose (Westfield Oakridge) and Castro Valley (Castro Village), which, according to sales executive Ann Ostrander are “in convenient locations in outdoor malls and strip centers where our consumers are shopping these days.”


Rapper Soulja Boy is 27. … Actress Elizabeth Berkley is 45. … Actress Lori Loughlin is 53. … Actress Georgia Engel is 69. … Actress Sally Struthers is 70. … Cartoonist Jim Davis (”Garfield”) is 72.

— Staff, wire report

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