Daily Insider for March 16, 2004

03/15/2004 AT 01:00 PM EST

March 16, 2004
HUBBY CAM
Jessica Simpson has found a new perk in her MTV reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica – it allows her to keep an eye on husband Nick Lachey when he's alone. "I get to see a lot of Nick when I'm not around. That's interesting to me, to see what he talks about and what he does," Simpson, 24, tells Daily Insider. So what's her take on the first 16 months of married life? "I was surprised most that marriage wasn't a fairy tale," she says. "I think I expected it to be perfect. I think it's good that it's not because then I wouldn't want anything else in life."

BACHELOR BOB'S MARCH MADNESS
'Bachelor Bob' Guiney has things on his mind these days besides love – namely, the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. "I am pulling for the (Michigan State) Spartans," he tells us. Seems Guiney, who is on a 36-city nightclub and radio tour with his band, played quarterback on the school's football team before graduating in 1993. But does he really think the Spartans can go all the way? "We are gonna be tough," he says, "but we're no Duke."

PARIS INVADES MIAMI
While in Miami to take in the kickoff of the Beyoncé-Alicia Keys-Missy Elliott tour, perennial party girls Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, not surprisingly, took in the city's nightlife. At a visit to new South Beach hot spot Mansion on Friday night, the pair was escorted straight to the VIP area, where they held court for most of the night, receiving visits from admirers and posing for photos for fans – though they did get up to dance to AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." The duo left through the side door at 2:15 a.m.

LUCK BE A LADY
Call it beginners luck: After dinner at the Trump 29 Casino near Palm Springs recently, legendary entertainer Andy Williams gave his mother-in-law, Mary Jane Meyer, and a group of her friends $100 to gamble before he headed to the blackjack table. Moments later, the singer was summoned to the slot machines by a friend. Turns out Meyer, a first-timer in the casino, had hit the jackpot. "(I) won a new red Ford Mustang convertible by putting two quarters in this machine," she announced. Williams is planning to have Meyer as his guest on April 23 when he and Ann-Margret open a six-week engagement in Branson, Mo. – perhaps as a good-luck charm?

Written by: SEAN DALY
Reported by: SEAN DALY, SUSAN MANDEL and JON WARECH

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