Shari Redstone usually keeps a much lower profile than her swashbuckling, Tom Cruise-firing octogenarian dad, Sumner. So low she even lives outside of Boston. But the vice-chair of CBS and Viacom is making her social debut this week nonetheless, chairing the Winter Antiques Show. Past honorary chairmen include Henry Kissinger, Nancy Reagan, and Barry Diller. So is this her big coming out as a local power player? “I don’t know much about New York society and didn’t know it was a high-society event,” says Shari, who admired the work of the East Side House Settlement it benefits. An attorney with three kids, she’s also president of National Amusements, parent company of Viacom and CBS. There, her pet is Cinema de Lux, fancy movie-plexes that include wi-fi and restaurants, which have already opened in White Plains and on Long Island. At the antiques show, Redstone says she’s most looking forward to seeing a rare typed letter from Gerald Ford defending his pardon of Richard Nixon. It costs $25,000. What lucky designer will she wear to an event that some attendees started shopping for last year? “I don’t have a clue,” she says.
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