Tattle: Hef's ex is now a July cover girl

Posted: June 17, 2011

IN CELEBRATION of the planned marriage of Hugh Hefner, 85, and Crystal Harris, 24, Crystal was Playboy's July cover girl.

(A woman's not real to Hef until he sees her air-brushed boobs staring up at him from his magazine.)

Crystal unfortunately shattered Hef's honeymoon happiness by calling off the nuptials - so Playboy is making a last-minute addition to the cover, affixing red and yellow stickers over her image, saying "Runaway Bride in this issue!"

A side benefit? Guys have a new excuse as to why their Playboy is sticky.

Where's the beef

Yesterday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland unveiled Lady Gaga's raw-meat dress (below) to the public.

Like the best meat, it's rare.

In preparation for its display, the dress — made of layers of Argentinian beef — was kept in a meat locker, placed in a vat of chemicals and then dried out by taxidermists in California (yum) before being transported to the museum.

Hall of Fame spokeswoman Margaret Thresher said that the dress took on a "dark, beef-jerky" look while dehydrating, so it was painted to look "fresh" afterward. The entire process took several months to complete, but the workers were meticulous because there was a lot at steak.

The dress is being displayed as part of the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit, which runs until February 2012 — it will then be worth more because it will be aged beef.

  • Speaking of Cleveland, the stars of "Hot in Cleveland" received their own keys to the city where their TV Land sitcom is set.

    More than 3,000 fans greeted Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves as Mayor Frank Jackson presented the keys and declared yesterday "Hot in Cleveland Day." The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that the crowd cheered throughout the 20-minute program, with frequent chants of Betty White's name.

  • Tattbits

     * The book-trade blog Shelf Awareness reports that London's Travel Bookshop, made famous as Hugh Grant's place of employment in the movie "Notting Hill," is for sale, per the Kensington & Chelsea Chronicle.

    The present owner's children don't want to take over the business, so he's looking for a buyer.

    * Matthew Broderick is returning to Broadway next spring in "Nice Work If You Can Get It," a musical built around George and Ira Gershwin's songs.

    And the fans of "The Book of Mormon" asked: Who are George and Ira Gershwin?

    Producers said yesterday that Broderick will star in the new screwball romantic comedy, which sounds a lot like "My One and Only."

    Kathleen Marshall, who just won her third Tony Award for directing "Anything Goes" (by Tin Pan Alley immortal Cole Porter), will choreograph and direct the new show.

    The new musical will have a story by Joe DiPietro, who won Tonys for the book and score of "Memphis."

    * The Huffington Post is launching "Huff/Post 40," a new site aimed at the baby-boomer generation. Actress Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, will direct its vision and content.

    With so many qualified journalists out of work, one might wonder why the top-level job went to a non-journalist who doesn't need a job, but that is the media world we now live in.

    Besides, Wilson has written stories on style and health for O, The Oprah Magazine and Harper's Bazaar, where she has been a contributing editor since 2006.

    Huffington, who was never particularly concerned with paying writers, said that she wasn't concerned about Wilson's limited experience in journalism (or, for that matter, her lack of experience in digital).

    She called Wilson "a wonderful writer" who "has a clear sense of what the theme of the site will be."

    * Modeled after "CSI," Mexican TV has launched the series "El Equipo," or "The Team," to convince Mexicans, and now U.S. viewers, that the country has finally gotten its act together with a professional, trustworthy federal police force.

    The show premiered on Univision last night.

    * La Toya Jackson writes in her new book, "Starting Over," that the first question that ran through her mind after she learned of her brother's death was, "Who killed Michael?"

    Our first question was: Who thought it would be a good idea for La Toya Jackson to write a book?

    Staffer Ed Weiner and Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

    Email:gensleh@phillynews.com.

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