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Lauren Bacall still fiesty after long film career


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11/23/2007 - HOLLYWOOD ... The town is still talking about Lauren Bacall. Despite her age and a few nips and tucks, the face is still there, and how lovely she looked at Elle magazine's dinner honoring some of the industry's famous femmes. AND, she's just as feisty as when she said to Bogie way back in the film "To Have and Have Not" — "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." Only on this night she said — "I'm very glad to be here, because it proves I'm still breathing. A lot of people think I'm dead!"

Besides their marriage, kids, charities and acting careers, the Pitts are planning to produce an as-yet-untitled series for HBO about the behind-the-scene politics of an international aid organization. This is right up Angelina's alley, as she's been working with these organizations for years. No word as to who will play what, but the project is off to a good start, with writing under way. Meanwhile, the Pitts make headlines wherever they go and whatever they do.

Zooey Deschanel stars opposite Jim Carrey in "Yes Man." This about a man who decides to change his life by saying "yes" to everything. No matter what. This, of course, leads to a series of unexpected adventures that turn his life upside down. Zooey (and ain't that a name?) plays a woman he meets on his journeys. In real life, Carrey once dated Renee Zellwegger and gave her a $200,000 friendship ring. P.S. I don't know whether or not she returned it when the "friendship" was over.

Oprah is probably one of the world's most influential and wealthiest women. But is she one of the happiest? Uh-uh. Her relationship with longtime beau Stedman Graham has hurt her more than she's admitted, but she keeps up the good work, and the good show, and all I can say to her is, "Dear girl, you are not the only one who has been dissed in a relationship." So, onward and upward, and "chin over the dash," as the old saying goes.

New York is usually the locale for Woody Allen films, but his newest project is set in Spain. Starring Scarlett Johanson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the title is "Vicky Christina Barcelona," and all we know is that Woody says, "It's a love letter to Barcelona." We never know about his films until they're released. So, we'll brush up on our Spanish as we await the result.

Interesting fashion note from out this way. Perhaps you've noticed for quite some time now that the little black dress has been in. But, word is GREEN is the new black, and lots of the ladies are already wearing it. Bright green, dark green, pale green and etc. NOT for me. All my life I have hated the color green. Won't wear it, and never have it around the house except for growing plants.

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BITS 'N' PIECES: Now here's a name for you: Moon Bloodgood. That's the real name of one of the stars of NBC's new series "Journeyman." ... And speaking of names. Maybe if Britney had been named Mary or Helen or Jane she wouldn't always be making headlines. Who knows? ... Margaret Truman has a new murder mystery in the stores. This one titled "Murder on K Street" featuring the lovable crime-solving couple Mac and Annabel Smith. ... And to Pauline T. of Mobile, Ala.: You ask, "What's with all these fluffy little white puppies all the femme stars carry around?" I dunno. Maybe it's just because they are so lovable, cute and fluffy.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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