Hilary Duff's Birthday in Bed

Hilary Duff's Birthday in Bed
Hilary Duff
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10/07/2005 AT 06:00 AM EDT

Hilary Duff's 18th birthday celebration got under way early – before she was even awake. "I was sleeping and my friends jumped on me and brought me Starbucks," says the singer-actress of her 8:30 a.m. wake-up "call" on Sept. 28. Then her pals took her to breakfast in a custom-decorated SUV. "My friend painted all over her car. She put this huge star on the windshield so when I sat in the car my head went right there. It was really funny."

The good times kept rolling that evening at L.A. club Mood, where the birthday girl – decked out in a sexy red Stella McCartney dress – celebrated with 300 guests at a lavish Moroccan-themed bash featuring henna tattoo artists, an array of delicacies – including sushi, swordfish and beef satay – and a multi-tiered red velvet cake.

Besides a treasure trove of presents – including a Louis Vuitton jewelry case from her boyfriend, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden ("I'm scared to put anything in it – it's too nice," she told us) – Duff's favorite gift was having her man share her big day with her. "We spend a lot of time apart so when we're together it's really special," she told us.

Definitely Not Desperate
Weeks after her Emmy win, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is still flying high. "My feet haven't touched the ground yet," she says. "I'm thrilled to be in a series and have it be a hit. It doesn't get any better than that. The fact that I got an award for it is just astronomical."

And despite rampant rumors that the ladies of Wisteria Lane don't get along, Huffman insists her costars have been her cheering section. "They were just so warm and wonderful," she told us at a recent cocktail party celebrating the opening of the Williams-Sonoma Home store in West Hollywood. "Nicollette was squealing and Eva was hugging me and Teri sent me the most amazing bouquet. Marcia's so sweet. The whole set was just kind and giving."

But perhaps Huffman's biggest fan is her husband, actor William H. Macy. "She was a cutie the moment I laid eyes on her and she's never changed," he gushed to us. Awww.

Caught in the Act
Mischa Barton, watching rockers Whitestarr perform at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. The O.C. actress is rumored to be dating singer Cisco Adler, who's Kimberly Stewart's former fiancé.

Melissa Etheridge, surprising a class of UCLA biology students. The singer discussed her battle with cancer with the students.

• By CARRIE BORZILLO-VRENNA, JENNY SUNDEL, MARISA LAUDADIO and PRIYA MOHAN
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