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May 21, 2008



It’s a good thing Simon Cowell wasn’t on the roof of 101 Constitution last night or there may have been some unhappy Washingtonians. Stars of stage, screen, and politics channeled their inner Idols, singing karaoke and bidding on auction items to benefit Childhelp USA.


Actress and royal Catherine Oxenberg—she’s in the line of succession to the British throne—with husband Casper Van Dien, a.k.a. Johnny Rico from movie Starship Troopers.


That’s right, Yvonne Fedderson (right), nee Lime, also starred with Katherine Hepburn in the 1950s classic film The Rainmaker. Hard to top that, but Yvonne and Childhelp co-founder Sara O’Meara have gone on to Nobel Peace Prize nominations for their work for child abuse victims. Sandwiched between them, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) is speculated to run for Senate if Senator McCain becomes President McCain.


Bloomberg Washington editor, Al Hunt, may have been the Wall Street Journal’s most famous face for many of his 35 years there, not to mention Bob Novak’s nemesis for decades on Capital Gang. But there are some things he won’t do:  “I’m not going to try to sing,” said Hunt. “My wife sometimes asks me not to sing in church.”  


The night’s emcee, ABC 7 reporter Rebecca Cooper—who rivaled Sotheby’s finest in auctioning skills—with Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-MN). Like many others, the Congressman was stunned by the news of Ted Kennedy, but even more so as a friend of the family’s who is stepping down at the end of 18 years in January to teach at Harvard’s Kennedy School.


Over on Pennsylvania Avenue, the winner of CBS’s Survivor: Cook Islands, Yul Kwon, dressed to fit his nickname (“The Godfather”) at gala for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. With him, Becky Lee, his fellow Cook Islands castaway and ally during the game. We wonder if they have flashbacks . . . can Survivor really be more cutthroat than Washington, DC?


London stage superstar Suzanne Bertish has taken DC’s East End by storm as Cleopatra in the Shakepeare Theatre’s much raved-about Anthony & Cleopatra. She’s been missed enough in her hometown that, as Reliable Source reported, friend Ian McKellen came here to support her. But we can also report she’s not only adored by famous actors but by adorable animals:  She visited your humble publisher Mark Bisnow and family the other night for dinner and here returns the affection of lovable ferret Kanye.


We’re not saying we aspire to be Perez Hilton in all respects, but here our own Elliott Bisnow, right, seeks tips on how The Scene can become “must” worldwide reading from the real live, yes, Perez Hilton.



The Post has a quandary: figuring out Bob Woodward’s exit offer. In a case of no good deed going unpunished, Woodward’s acceptance of a voluntary paycut in ’06, down to a token $10K, puts him in line for a paltry $20K buyout. Should that be the figure, or should the Post reach into its shrinking pockets for a $360K package based on his prior salary of $180K?

And what of Executive Editor Len Downie’s future? Ben Bradlee had this to say: “There is no sense of a need to get rid of Downie. But it is time for a change. . . . I think he is going to leave. My God, he has been here longer than I have!" This Post buyout drama is starting to rival All the President’s Men.

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