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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2006

We're Soooo Suri

It seems like only yesterday that it was relatively acceptable to question Suri Cruise's existence. Actually, it was Monday.

Katie Couric, in what was a decidedly non-real news liftoff to her reign at CBS Evening News, was the first to share the Annie Leibovitz-shot photos of TomKitten and her parents. Vanity Fair has since posted the cover shot on its Web site but is peskily refusing to allow other online outlets to post the photo.

But at this point everyone has seen her, right? No? Well, she looks kind of like spunky, cherubic little Nancy here to the right (And, no, that's not some kind of junior Scientology handler she's with. That's Nancy's best bud Sluggo.), but you can still view the actual photo here.

Rather than put an end to speculation, though, the photos have only raised new questions about little Suri's enchanted and isolated existence. Here's a quick sampling found around the net and in my e-mail traffic and comments:

Why does she have so much hair? Is it a wig? Dyed black? Is she Asian? How is it possible that a five-month-old baby has that much character? Why is she being held by Tom while Katie looks on?

And, finally, my favorite observation came from a friend who said, "Well, she doesn't look like L. Ron Hubbard."

If and when Suri starts speaking in tongues, I will be all over that kid like the paparazzi on Ben Affleck. But until that -- or some equally freakish occurrence -- actually happens, I think we should de-escalate the hype surrounding this kid.

You have no idea how much it pains me to admit it, but Suri is one of the cutest babies I've seen in a long time and she looks happy in the photo. So do Tom and Katie.

I'm going to go watch my copy of "Battlefield Earth" now.

Help me.

By Liz Kelly  |  02:03 PM ET, 09/06/2006

Categories:  TomKat, TomKat

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