We will always love Dolly and her wicked sense of humor

SOMETIMES PEOPLE tell me I should go into politics, but I'm not interested. We've got enough boobs in the White House. People would ask about foreign affairs and I'd say, 'What's wrong with American men?' Then they'd ask about global warming and I'd say, 'When my globes get warm, I just take off my sweater!'"

This is Dolly Parton, unchangeable at age 62 and still going strong all over the world.


Checking in on Dunne

Martin, the concierge of the famed Connaught Hotel in London, telephoned Casey Ribicoff last week (she is the widow of Abe Ribicoff, who was Connecticut's most famous governor and senator), saying she needed to inquire into the health of one of his favorite clients, the writer Dominick Dunne.


I am told that the Vanity Fair columnist and novelist is winding up his last fiction and doing very well. He and I will be linked for auction in an item "Dinner with Liz and Dominick" at the mayor of New York's Fete de Swifty on Sept. 18. This street party at 73rd and Lexington raises dough for victims of domestic violence. We will be bitterly disappointed if we don't sell for a huge sum of money.

A grand encore

The remarkable "Encores!" summer series hits a triple home run with its stunning casting of the season's opener Damn Yankees. What a winner it is. Sean Hayes, best known for TV's Will & Grace, is fabulously wicked making his New York theater debut as the Devil. Tony winner Jane Krakowski, currently starring in TV's 30 Rock, is simply gorgeous as the seductive Lola who is known for getting what she wants! And the handsome Cheyenne Jackson, current star of Xanadu on Broadway, slides into home plate with his voice, charm, humor and pathos intact as Joe Hardy. The Dick Adler/Jerry Ross music is grand and Bob Fosse's choreography lives on. You have till July 27 to catch this brief shining theater offering.

'Free' update

The most underrated talent in show biz remains my pal Sam Harris, a guy who can do it all. His turn as Carmen Ghia in The Producers was unforgettable. Sam's new album, Free (he has done eight CDs), bows this week and he will be hosting a new daily talk show on Lifetime. See him at Birdland from July 30 to Aug. 2.

What's in a name?

So you think Sunday Rose is a lousy name for the new baby girl of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban?

Well, grandparents have a lot of clout in some families and it was Nicole's father, Dr. Antony Kidman, who came up with "Sunday." The Rose is for Nicole's deceased Australian grandmother. Look, is it any of our business what other people name their children?


They protest too much

"We're not beautiful!" Thus speak Uma Thurman and Juliette Binoche, two leaders in the beauty parade. Ms. Binoche of the films The English Patient and Chocolat declares, "I never felt I was beautiful. I think it comes from childhood. We didn't have mirrors at home, so I never saw myself." Uma of the Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill movies adds, "Come on. I look my age. I don't mind."

Sometimes we ordinary females would like to trip these nonbeautiful girls.

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