Dan Gross: Local 'Real World' castmate had alcohol scare

"The Real World's" Heather Marter, of Delran, turned to alcohol as a teen.
"The Real World's" Heather Marter, of Delran, turned to alcohol as a teen.
Posted: February 22, 2011

HEATHER MARTER, the Delran native who's among the cast of MTV's "Real World: Las Vegas," was hospitalized when she was 14 with alcohol poisoning, according to her bio materials from MTV.

Marter, 22, who now studies broadcasting at Monmouth University, turned to drinking in her early teens when she felt neglected by her parents while her brother battled cancer. Friends describe the 5-foot-3 blonde as ambitious but also "loud and confrontational," which sounds perfect for the long-running reality drama.

She was unavailable for interview yesterday, but we expect to catch up with Marter before the show premieres on March 9.

* Speaking of "The Real World," photographer Alison Conklin hosts a free open house of her work from 6 to 9 tomorrow night at Trust (249 Arch) inside the building that was home to "The Real World: Philadelphia" in 2004. The event benefits the American Heart Association. To attend tomorrow you must R.S.V.P. to hello@alisonconklin.com.

Out and about

Cameron Diaz dined at Alma De Cuba (1623 Walnut) on Saturday night with her mother, Billie, and a friend of the family. The table sipped Grey Goose and cabernet and ate shrimp and red snapper ceviche, smoked marlin tacos, oysters and sweet plantains. And no, Diaz did not feed her mother the way she fed boyfriend Alex Rodriguez at the Super Bowl.

* Two security guards on Sunday night sat outside a private area at Forneletto inside the Borgata in Atlantic City, where Lady Gaga dined with another woman. Gaga, dressed in all black, performed at Boardwalk Hall.

Eskin subs for Dan Patrick

610 WIP's Howard Eskin will again guest-host the syndicated Dan Patrick radio/TV show tomorrow. He was in Connecticut on Friday filling in for the former ESPN anchor and broadcasts again there tomorrow. Eskin will miss his WIP show tomorrow as he did Friday. Eskin says that there are no plans to host for Patrick again but that he had a great time doing it and would love to host more. The show can be seen locally on the Comcast Network from 3 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Philly 'Rapids'

The new film "Cedar Rapids," starring Ed Helms from "The Office" and "The Hangover," features a skyline shot of Philadelphia 25 seconds into its trailer that's supposed to be Cedar Rapids, Iowa, OneRudeDude.blogspot.com noticed yesterday. You can see the trailer at PhillyGossip.com. A film spokeswoman was unable yesterday to answer why Philadelphia is subbing for Cedar Rapids in the trailer or whether the shot is in the film, as well.

Hip-hop show held hostage

Ronnie Newsome was excited to air his cable-access hip-hop show "Franchise Live" on Friday night after being profiled by Molly Eichel in the Daily News earlier in the week. But WTVE didn't air the show. Newsome says the station contacted him to complain that rapper Redman made a reference to "a pound of weed" during the interview. Newsome, who works for SEPTA, says he promptly furnished an edited version of the Redman chat, but the station didn't air it Friday, despite charging him $200 for the airtime. His show has aired at 11:30 Friday nights since Jan. 7. "I was totally embarrassed," Ronnie told us yesterday. "I got 28 calls from people wanting to advertise and do business with me after the Daily News story ran, and then the show isn't there," says Ronnie, who has retained a lawyer. A WTVE program director did not return a request for comment.

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