Maybe becoming a pop artist will be Hilton's next big thing

AND SO Paris Hilton is now in the clink, a bigger "star" than when she was sentenced and sure to emerge even more fascinating to those who adore her numbing charisma.

But before she started paying her debt to society, my pal the writer Hal Lifson ran into her in Hollywood. Paris was being creative at Color Me Mine, a paint-it-yourself ceramics shop. Paris was creating clever bowls for her mom, Kathy, and her sister, Nicky. Something to remember her by before her brutal incarceration transforms her into a tough-talking moll, living on the edge, hanging around with disreputable types. Uh, oh wait -- OK. Before she's transformed into a virgin and a nun.


Mr. Lifson strolled in with baby daughter Sofia, and Paris put aside her brushes to coo and compliment the child. She revealed that her style as an artist is "heavily influenced by Peter Max." Paris has no plans for a gallery exhibition, but didn't seem to rule out pop artist as her next step toward ... more money and more publicity.

A star for Walters


On June 14, Barbara Walters will receive her star on the Hollywood "Walk of Fame." After the sidewalk ceremony, Barbara attends "The Pool Party" gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel, benefiting L.A.'s Dance Center Association.

This fete, sponsored by Yves St. Laurent, is being put together by Liane Weintraub (Barbara's goddaughter) and Peter Bacanovic of Martha Stewart fame. The event is kind of a "coming out" party for the handsome and popular Bacanovic, who hopes to put his charm and fundraising abilities toward elevating dance in his new hometown. While living in New York, he was a big supporter of the American Ballet Theater. And everybody I know simply adored him.

Child's play

When Ivanka Trump was 7 years old, she made a Lego version of her father's Trump Tower and proudly presented it to him. His reaction? According to Ivanka, in the current Hampton Sheet magazine, Donald said, "Ivanka, I wasn't going to say anything, but this really has been bothering me, there are five setbacks in the facade of the Trump Tower, not six."

Ivanka comes off here as a levelheaded adult. She's a role model for other rich, privileged kids.

Gentlemen, puh-leeze

Let's call for some civilized reason in public discourse, and I am discussing two men, large in the area and guys I like a lot -- Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly.

Isn't it unseemly for these two manly masters of their separate universes to carry on never-ending beat-up sessions on Rosie O'Donnell? I mean really, in what way has she ever harmed either of them by words they take exception to? Isn't a neurosis defined as the result of a stimulus that sets off an overreaction? The sight of Bill and Donald trashing Rosie moved one blogger to note that she felt she was back in the 1600s and all women were suspected of witchcraft.


If these gentlemen want to make Rosie even more popular this is the way to go about it.

And one last thing. No matter how some people go on about how they got Rosie "fired" -- the fact is that she never intended to stay at The View after June, and she said this when she started. She said it again and again. Far from wanting to "fire" her, I believe ABC is offering her a show of her own.

Like her or hate her, the Republic is going to have to put up with Rosie and free speech just as it puts up with Donald and Bill. Nobody fired her, take my word for it! Did ABC wish she'd stayed on? With those ratings, fueled by the rantings of big boys like Trump and O'Reilly -- you can bet your bottom dollar ... yes!

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