In September, I was sent to the Salutations Mansion in Glen Cove to report on the filming of a scene for “Sex and the City 2.” Last week I got to see the scene on the big screen when the movie officially opened.
On that day back in September, the foursome spent hours filming an upscale, brunch-style meal that turned out to be an after-wedding brunch during Stanford and Anthony’s gay nuptials. They had two little girls with them; a girl who played Kristin Davis’ older adopted daughter from China sat on Sarah Jessica Parker’s lap, and a toddler who played Davis’ new biological baby sat on Davis’s lap.
When the toddler cried that day during the filming, the staff told Davis not to worry; it was fine if she fussed in the scene.
That’s because, as is revealed in the new movie, baby Rose cries all the time and is driving Davis batty. The entire brunch scene takes up just minutes in the movie. It introduces Davis’ well-endowed, braless young Irish nanny, who comes bounding up to the table to take the little girls away and entertain them on the nearby lawn. The foursome is uncomfortable watching how glued their men are to the nanny’s bod, and Charlotte worries throughout the rest of the movie that her hubby will have an affair with said nanny.
Salutations Mansion has appeared on the big screen before. In 1995, Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear filmed the remake of “Sabrina” at the waterfront estate. The 1929 mansion was built by Junius Spencer Morgan, the grandson of J.P. Morgan, who wanted to live next door to his father. After the death of Junius Morgan’s wife, the mansion was sold and is still privately owned.