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Social Gossip Alert! Marlene Cooke Has Reappeared!


Marlene Cooke, right, with son Rodrigo Garcia, at a Badgley-Mischka fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase this month. (Pamela Sorensen)

Washington just got more interesting: Marlene Ramallo Chalmers Cooke -- a regular in the gossip pages when married to the late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke -- is back!

After years in Rome and Monaco, the Bolivian-born beauty slipped into D.C. this month for her first visit since she was effectively run out of town by immigration officials a decade ago. Cooke mostly kept a low profile but was spotted at a Saks fashion show in early December, a birthday gathering for lawyer Tom Quinn last week, and an after-party at the newly reopened Jockey Club.

"She looked exactly the same," said PR exec Victoria Michael, who attended the party for 100 guests. "She looked great."

The reappearance of the legendary party girl, now in her 50s, got cellphones buzzing. She was written out of Jack Kent Cooke's will (he died in 1997), then left the country after receiving a reported $20 million from his estate. She told friends this week she was granted a special temporary visa that allowed her to return to the United States for her first visit in years and spend time with son Rodrigo Garcia, who manages the swanky private club L2 in Georgetown. The two are said to be headed to the Bahamas for the holidays. No word if she'll be back in the new year -- but we can hope!

By The Reliable Source  |  December 22, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
 
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