Orlando Plays Second Fiddle

Orlando Plays Second Fiddle
Orlando Bloom
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12/02/2004 06:00AM

Orlando Bloom wasn't being rude when he showed up late to the London premiere of ladylove Kate Bosworth's movie Beyond the Sea last week – in fact, it was just the opposite. "I'm here to hold her hand," he said. "I just didn't want to do it in front of the cameras because this night belongs to her." But he needn't have worried too much about upstaging Bosworth, who dazzled in a lace Yves Saint Laurent gown and diamond chandelier earrings. Hurrying to meet her inside, Bloom was full of praise for her "fantastic" performance in the Bobby Darin biopic (which costars Kevin Spacey and opens Dec. 29), adding: "I'm so proud of her, she's done an amazing job in this movie." As for Bosworth, she advises not to look for her and Bloom in the same movie anytime soon. "I'm a firm believer in not mixing work with play," she said. Next up for Bosworth: Bee Season with Richard Gere, due next year.

Dressing the Part
Speaking of being fashionably late, Naomi Campbell strolled in at 9:30 to a sit-down dinner in London scheduled for 8 p.m. last week to celebrate British Fashion Awards menswear designer of the year Alexander McQueen. Though the dinner was held up for over an hour, the 70 guests at uber-hip restaurant/club Bistrotheque were well into the lobster salad appetizer when Campbell – sans beau Usher – came in wearing a vintage McQueen cream chiffon dress with embroidered pastel flowers on the bodice. The party itself ran late as well – though it was set to end at 12:30, the revelers stuck around past 2:30 a.m.

Ladies First
It was much more than a regular night out with the girls at L.A.'s Spider Club this week when Ellen DeGeneres, Brittany Murphy and Camryn Manheim celebrated their friend Kathy Najimy being named a Ms. magazine Woman of the Year. "To have Kathy as a friend is more than a joy – she really is an inspiration," said Murphy (who revealed that she may keep the brunette locks she acquired while filming the upcoming Neverwas with Aaron Eckhart). "She makes you proud of who you are." One Najimy pal who was absent from the festivities was Melissa Etheridge, who was home recovering from breast cancer surgery. "She sent me the most wonderful basket to congratulate me and she is truly missed tonight," said Najimy. "She's resting and trying to get better. She is a strong woman and I know she'll get through this."

Caught in the Act
Spotted Recently:
Lindsay Lohan, her mom, Dina, Paris Hilton, Bijou Phillips and Sean Lennon, at New York hotspot Marquee the night before Thanksgiving. On the same night, That '70s Show star Danny Masterson – pal and costar to Lohan ex Wilmer Valderrama – was hosting a party in the club's back room, but the two groups never mingled.

Sting, at a 21st Century Burlesque Extravaganza fundraiser in London, sipping cucumber gin and tonics and playing tombola (a game similar to bingo), helping to raise more than $175,000 for a new Amnesty International Human Rights Action Center.

Kelly Ripa, at New York nightspot Blvd. to celebrate the release of the rock band Eight's new single "Fault Lines." Ripa, who came solo to the party, stars in the music video, which was playing on the club's multiple large-screen TVs throughout the night.

Paris and Nicky Hilton's parents Rick and Kathy, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary over a romantic French dinner at L.A.'s L'Orangerie. The pair came to the restaurant after visiting the Good Shepard Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, the site of their 1979 wedding. Their secret to a happy relationship? "Having respect for each other and spending quality time together," says Kathy. "And we never take each other for granted," adds Rick.

• By YOLIE PREBBLE, COURTNEY RUBIN, CHRIS GARDNER, SARYN CHORNEY, PETE NORMAN and MARISA LAUDADIO

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