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Michelle Obama dons designer dress for husband's victory night

First lady-to-be Michelle Obama's striking red-and-black dress worn on the stage at Chicago's Grant Park on Tuesday night was designed by Narciso Rodriguez, whose parents were Cuban immigrants.

It was based on a style shown during Rodriguez's spring 2009 runway show in New York.

Meanwhile, President-elect Barack Obama wore the same style dark-navy suit custom-made by Hart Schaffner Marx that he wore at the Democratic Convention, the company says. Hart Schaffner Marx makes its suits in the Obamas' home state of Illinois.

Celebs' celebrations

Madonna celebrated Barack Obama's victory Tuesday night with a glittering rally of her own, leading thousands of fans at her concert in San Diego with a rousing introduction to her song "Express Yourself."

In a video posted on YouTube, Madonna claps her hands and declares, "This is a historical evening! ... We are lucky to be sharing it with each other!"

Other celebrity supporters of Obama are echoing Madonna's good cheer.

Oprah Winfrey, who cried during the celebration in Chicago's Grant Park, told TV's The Insider: "I was so, so, so excited, and then just sort of a calm came over me. It feels like it actually is kind of real, so it feels great."

Reacting on her Myspace page, Lindsay Lohan gushed, "OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!"

Director Michael Moore said on his Web site, "Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair."

ABC declared winner

More than 65 million people watched election returns Tuesday on the main broadcast and cable news networks.

Preliminary Nielsen Media Research estimates show that ABC News, with Charles Gibson leading a team that broadcast from New York's Times Square, won bragging rights with 13.1 million prime-time viewers.

That topped CNN's 12.3 million and NBC's 12 million. CNN essentially doubled its audience from the 2004 election night, reflecting how cable is increasingly the go-to choice for television news.

Book bump

Barack Obama's historic victory has given yet another boost to his best-selling books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.

Both were in the Top 25 on's best-seller list early yesterday.

Dreams from My Father is a memoir released in the 1990s when few had heard of Obama, and Audacity of Hope is a reflection on politics that came out in 2006.

'ER' homecoming

Original ER cast member Eriq La Salle is returning to the show - as a director.

La Salle, who left the series in 2002 to write and direct TV and features, has been set to direct an episode of the long-running NBC drama that will air in February. This is the show's final season.

La Salle's recent directing credits include two episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Without a Trace.


Director Mike Nichols, 77.

Actress Sally Field, 62.

Rock singer Glenn Frey, 60.

California's first lady Maria Shriver, 53.

Actress Thandie Newton, 36.

Actress Rebecca Romijn, 36.

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