Sideshow | Washed jail out of her hair

Posted: June 27, 2007

Lo and behold, that ridiculously wealthy 26-year-old woman - a waifer-thin baby, really, whom we mocked when she was given 45 days in jail - went up to the big house and served her time. So, she whined. So, she "complained bitterly" that "she's not allowed to have facial moisturizer and her skin is dry" (the New York Post). So, she was aghast at the local cuisine. So, she spent much of her reduced 23-day sentence in the sick bay because of a mysterious nervous ailment. But she did it: She served her time.

So Paris Hilton had every right to beam the way she did yesterday as she walked out of jail. "Mom!" she said, embracing her mum, Kathy Hilton, before getting into a chauffer-driven Escalade. Paris, who yesterday looked scrubbed-clean, fresh-faced - almost Quaker in modesty and simplicity of garb - has said jail profoundly changed her, like perhaps even given her profundity itself. "I'm so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow," she has told E! News' Ryan Seacrest.

And profundity ruled Paris' life yesterday: A report set to air last night on The Insider says by 9:30 a.m., Paris was profoundly in the middle of a hair session! She was getting "full length, 20 inches of [blonde] extensions," a Dreamcatchers Hair Extensions rep said. Rave on, my brave girl. Rave on.

Brit to play the Greek?

Will the inimitable American chanteuse Britney Spears stage a faux-surprise event by joining Cyndi Lauper on stage for the British '80s icon's Saturday concert at the Greek Theatre in L.A.?

The Insider says the show will also feature Margaret Cho, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls and Erasure - not to mention Rosie O'Donnell, who is sure stoked about a possible Brit pop-up. "I'm thrilled, because I enjoy Britney," the comic told People.com. Rosie, who'll do a stand-up Saturday, has been playing drums (?!) for Cyndi at some of her concerts.

This would make yet another baby step for Britney, who is slowly warming up to stage a very slow (yet surely explosive) comeback this year.

Politics = entertainment

Is there anything left, including political ideology, that hasn't been reduced to entertainment or fashion?

Take the lovely Cameron Diaz, who apologized to the people of Peru this weekend after she inadvertently insulted them with her bag. Seems during a visit to the Machu Picchu, Diaz carried a swank green handbag with a red star and the words "Serve the People" in Chinese.

Peruvian human rights activist Pablo Rojas told the Associated Press that phrase comes from Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader whose ideas were embraced by the Maoist Shining Path, a group that orchestrated a bloody insurgency during the '80s and early '90s that left 70,000 dead. That phrase, Rojas said, "alludes to a concept that did so much damage to Peru, that brought about so many victims."

Diaz released an eloquent statement: "It was certainly never my intention to reopen what I now know is a painful wound in this country's history."

Kimmel's live, again

Jimmy Kimmel says he's recovered just fine from Wednesday's emergency appendectomy and plans to go live again - beginning with the show scheduled for last night. He even cracked a joke to People: "I feel much better now and am delighted to announce that Brad and Angelina may choose to adopt my appendix and give it a loving home."

Larry Kane tomorrow on 'Today'

Philly newsman Larry Kane will turn up tomorrow on NBC's Today show to talk up the paperback version of his book Lennon Revealed. The 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first meeting - July 6 - is nigh.

Lohan to stay on

Dina Lohan has disclosed that her star daughter Lindsay Lohan, who has often clashed with her, wants to stay longer at the rehab she checked into after spending a weekend of heavy partying over Memorial Day weekend. (The partying ended when Lohan was discovered slumped over the steering wheel of her Mercedes, which had crashed into a curb.)

"She's going to be doing extended care," Lohan told the New York Daily News. It was her choice." Dina said she talks to Lindsay everyday. "She's doing great," mom said.

Royal emissions . . .

Sure, mock him for his sometimes unorthodox views about health, architecture and environmentalism, but at least, Prince Charles is doing his bit for Mother Earth: The Prince of Wales has cut his carbon emissions by 9 percent over the past year. So says an annual review - printed on recycled paper in vegetable-based ink - released yesterday by Charles' Clarence House office.

The prince's secrets? Well, for one, he's converted his royal Jaguar and Land Rover to run on biodiesel fuel from used cooking oil and has cut down on the number of helicopter and plane trips he takes.

Curing Cure withdrawal

The Cure, which was formed in '76 as Easy Cure, keeps on keeping on in this, its 32d year on earth, with a planned new record and tour this fall.

The Robert Smith-fronted band, whose self-titled 13th CD did brisk business in '04, will kick off an American tour Sept. 13 in Tampa, Fla. They will perform at the Wachovia Spectrum in South Philly on Sept. 21.

Tix cost from $40 to $65, and go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Info at 1-800-298-4200, www.ComcastTIX.com or LiveNation.com.


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