Society Confidential: ‘Intern’ actor has Detroit roots

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Actor appearing in ‘The Intern’ has Detroit roots

If you go see Nancy Andrews’ new film “The Intern” this weekend, starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, be sure to keep an eye out for Jason Orley. It’s been reported that Orley, 25, was writer/director Andrews’ assistant (on her film “It’s Complicated”) before he was cast in a supporting role in “The Intern.” What folks may not know is that Jason is the grandson of David Hermelin, the late Detroit philanthropist, real estate developer and ambassador to Norway (Hermelin died in 2000, age 63). Jason is the son of Hermelin’s daughter Marcie Hermelin Orley, who still lives in Metro Detroit. Watch for more from young Orley, whose script “Big Time Adolescence” has been optioned by StarStream Entertainment.

Shonda Johnson, area general manager of the Detroit Marriott, from left, Linda Spradley Dunn, of Odyssey Media, and Sharon Madison, owner of the Julian Madison Building. at the Odyssey Media event.

Little black dresses

If you spotted a gaggle of smartly attired women all dressed in black Wednesday evening at the Renaissance Marriott, it was more than just a fashion coincidence. Several hundred female entrepreneurs and businesswomen came out to support Odyssey Media’s “In the Black,” a 15-city networking tour featuring wine, hors d’oeuvres and guest speakers including Essence Magazine Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and small business expert and author Becky Davis. “We’re here to inspire and empower women forging their own path with confidence, clarity and presence wherever they go,” said Linda Spradley Dunn, CEO of Odyssey Media. “That’s why we’re celebrating these women with the exceptional tools from our sponsors Coca-Cola and Life Reimagined ... and the timeless style of the little black dress.”

Wine time

The theme for this year’s Detroit International Wine Auction is “The Art of Wine,” featuring a a “Mad Men”-meets-”Pan Am” 1950’s leitmotif. The auction will take place Oct. 17 at the Coleman A. Young International Airport (formerly known as Detroit City Airport). This year’s chairs are Daniel Ammann, president of General Motors, and Pernilla Ammann, partner of Mother New York, and this year’s event will feature a special performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Supporter tickets for the dinner gala and auction are $1,000, which will help fund student scholarships and providing free art programs for Detroit youths.

Shark makes a splash for Detroit charity

When Alison Vaughn, founder and CEO of Jackets for Jobs, met Shark Tank’s Daymond John earlier this year at the Miller Lite Tap the Future event in Detroit, she made her way through the scores of “Shark Tank” fans all hoping for a minute with the TV personality, known as “Shark” on the ABC reality show, which premieres Friday night. Vaughn delivered her Jackets for Jobs elevator pitch and concluded by asking her favorite “shark” if he would donate a suit to her nonprofit organization, which provides office attire for low-income men and women preparing for job interviews. Without hesitance, he agreed. When Vaughn attended Fashion Week in New York recently and visited the entrepreneur, not only did he donate a Hugo Boss suit from his personal collection, but he also presented her with an autographed photo and copy of his book “Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding, and Lifestyle” (Thomas Nelson, 2007).