RUSSELL'S PICKUP GAME
When Russell Crowe spoke to students at the New School recently for TV's Inside the Actor's Studio, recalling his early work as a DJ, he revealed a bit about his youthful ways with the ladies. "... It was an easy way to pick up women," he said of the job. "You had a microphone; you played the music; (you said), 'This one's for the girl in the white dress!' " Crowe's appearance is scheduled to air on Bravo in January.
CHILD'S PLAY FOR ROSIE
Despite ongoing court battles with the publisher of her now-defunct magazine Rosie, Rosie O'Donnell was in a charitable mood as she hosted a special charity performance of her Broadway show Taboo recently. The event benefited Rosie's Broadway Kids, a program that brings musical theater to impoverished New York City children. A bunch of boisterous fifth graders as well as her partner, Kelly Carpenter, and good friend Donny Osmond were at the event, which raised $350,000. O'Donnell, who says living in New York City and never seeing a play is like "living on Hawaii and never having access to the beach," has ensured that all 750 students in the program will see one Broadway show. Accompanying the first group to Aida, she was overwhelmed by their reactions. When they arrived at the theater, the kids marveled at their seats. "In the velvet?" they asked. O'Donnell replied, "Yeah. You are going in the velvet."
Candice Bergen is keeping a secret from her professor at the International Center of Photography in Manhattan: "I haven't told them I have an exhibit opening up," she says. Before she starred as Murphy Brown, Bergen worked as a photographer, often taking pictures of celebrities. The George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., began exhibiting Bergen's work recently in her first-ever show – photos include an early Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charlie Chaplin, Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.
BOYS WILL BE ...
Boy George, Alan Cumming, Chloe Sevigny and comedian Eddie Izzard recently took in the show Bravehearts: Men in Skirts at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cumming wore a brown pinstriped "suit" including a long skirt that looked something like an elongated kilt. "I like to wear kilts because they're part of my natural culture," said the Scottish-born actor. "And they're very comfortable. It's nice to move your legs about." Izzard, dressed in a black bustier and high-heeled black boots, seemed to agree: "I can wear (women's clothes) because I've embraced the fact that I'm a transvestite, so if anyone says, 'Hey, you're a girl,' I say, 'Thank you very much – great compliment!' "
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