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by Jill Jackson

HOLLYWOOD…I really don’t know how to start this tirade. It’s about People magazine naming Johnny Depp as the Sexiest Man Alive. It also added George Clooney’s name in there. “Ferheavensake!” Haven’t they seen Chris Pine and several others? Johnny Depp! Good actor … but sexy???

Long telephone chat with Joan Fontaine, who is unbelievable! Still beautiful and full of “zip.” She entertained at Thanksgiving, inviting everyone in the Carmel, Calif. area who didn’t have family. And she still drives her group of doggies around in a van. If any of you haven’t seen her films — Rebecca, The Constant Nymph, Suspicion etc. — do yourself a favor. Find them, and watch some memorable acting.

Aside to Sarah Johnson of Santa Monica, Calif.: The word “fan” used in regard to someone who is fanciful about someone or something probably arose from the word “fanatic.” That’s all I can tell you about that. But in regard to fans, all I can say is don’t get caught up in a bunch of them — e.g. Michael Jackson’s fans, fans waiting outside for a movie to open, fans chasing a celeb or any other bunch of them. I speak from experience. I’ve been in the middle of many, and it “ain’t no fun!”

From now on until the New Year, filming news is scarce. However, the usual cast of “characters” — Lindsay, Britney and Paris — still make the nightclub, restaurant and Rodeo Drive scene. And when they’re not involved in a caper, it’s fun to guess the color of their hair from day to day. At the moment, Britney is blonde, Lindsay is brown and Paris is her usual white, white blonde. Yup, I know some of you are saying, “That’s news?” My answer: It’s better than writing about the economy, illness, wars and demises!

Digging for something better, I find Eddie Murphy set to star in a comedy titled The Misadventures of Fluffy. All I know is that it’s “a New York road trip” featuring talking animals. Eddie’s recent Imagine That and Meet Dave did not do so well at the box office, but he just keeps rollin’ along. He also is involved in several more projects, while his married life is a most happy one. He has fathered many offspring by several marriages.

Any of you watch the late-night talk shows? If you do, notice the way the hosts use their hands.

Leno’s are most always in his pants pockets; Conan’s are always clasped; and Dave waves around with his huge, long fingers like giant sausages.

Any “lefties” out there? Lots of them in “the business.” Robert DeNiro, WC Fields, Rock Hudson, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Rex Harrison, Danny Kaye, Harpo Marx and Terence Stamp. And among the femmes, Kim Novak, Betty Grable, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Marilyn Monroe, Goldie Hawn, Joanne Woodward and Olivia De Havilland.

BITS ‘N’ PIECES: You’ll get a hoot out of this. Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chapin look-alike contest and came in third. … Natalie Portman making the talk-show rounds looking very grown-up. … Before Katie and Nicole and Mimi, Tom Cruise had a thing going with Rebecca DeMornay. … And finally, Lauren Bacall went on record as saying, “A woman is not complete without a man.”

(c) 2009 King Features Syndicate

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