Eager to promote her career as a Hollywood actress, Laurie Coleman, wife of Republican Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, has authorized our exclusive publication of photos that show her in glamorous, provocative poses -- just in time for next week's Republican National Convention, where her husband, coincidentally, is among the operatives striving to add sizzle and star power to President Bush's coronation.
"A little edgy," the onetime model called the publicity pix, "but relatively tame by Hollywood standards." They include boudoir shots accented with the requisite bustier, stockings, garters and four-poster bed. "Honestly, I've done swimwear collections where I've had less on than that," she told us by phone from her home in St. Paul earlier this week.
Laurie Coleman, wife of Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman, strikes a pose for the GOP. In addition to modeling, she enjoys long walks on the beach abd quiet dinners at home.
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The photos also depict the lovely Mrs. Coleman clad in cleavage-displaying dresses, enjoying cocktails. "Republicans can have fun," she pointed out with a laugh.
Is she a Republican? "How do I answer that?" came her coy reply. "I grew up as a Democrat, just like my wonderful husband." (Who switched in 1996.) "I tend to vote Republican, but I go all over the place."
She will, of course, make the Grand Old Party scene in New York City with Norm. But regardless of who wins in November, she opines, "the sun is going to rise and the sun is going to set. That's America: The world will go on." Also: "I guess the thing that I hate about politics -- which I separate from public service -- is it makes people out to be good or evil, and that's such a fallacy."
Her career has included dancing and acting, with a part in "The Vagina Monologues" in the Twin Cities -- "which raised a lot of eyebrows," she admits -- and roles in the TV movie "Homeland Security" and miniseries "Kingpin." She maintains an apartment in Los Angeles. "I can't say that being married to a Republican senator, in Hollywood, is the best thing," she says. "A lot of people say: 'You don't look like a politician's wife.' What does that really mean? Female political spouses are the last dinosaur to come out of society's expectations of what a spouse is."
Revealing photos aside, she guards this secret: her age. She fears losing roles. The Colemans have two teenagers, but she quickly points out, "I got married very young."
These photos capture what she called her "Moulin Rouge" and "Chicago" personality. Her husband told The Post in 2003, "She's no Fred Thompson, but she'd like to be." Personally, we're glad she's not Fred.
Danny Glover's Cameo in Cuffs
Danny Glover, arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy.
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• We've heard of seeing the sights, but the 3rd District Precinct? Actor Danny Glover came to town just to get arrested, joining the ranks other high-profile protesters -- including Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Rep. Joe Hoeffel (D-Pa.), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) -- who've trespassed outside the Sudanese Embassy, calling for an end to ethnic cleansing in Darfur. Glover, chairman of the board of TransAfrica Forum, told us that he flew in Tuesday night from Georgia, where he was visiting his 103-year-old aunt. Everyone who's cuffed ends up spending three hours in jail and forks over 50 bucks for bail. "People were very hospitable," he said upon leaving the lockup. And, yes, he gave autographs.
Swift Boat Flick Opens in Enemy-Held Territory
A rising tide lifts all boats: Director Paul Alexander tried unsuccessfully for months to find a distributor for his documentary "Brothers in Arms," featuring interviews with John Kerry and four crewmates on his Navy Swift boat in Vietnam. Thanks to the flap over Kerry's service, the movie is finally being released, hitting New York first. It opens tomorrow at an independent film house just a 10-minute walk from the Republican National Convention.
"If delegates get bored at the convention, they should come over and see my movie," Alexander told us. "My film is told from the point of view of the men who actually did serve directly with John Kerry," he said, listing Del Sandusky, Mike Medeiros, Gene Thorson and David Alston, who were on Patrol Craft Fast 94. "They were the ones being shot at when John Kerry was. It was the crew that served under Kerry when he was awarded both the Bronze and Silver Stars." Alexander said he finished the movie last Christmas and has made no changes. "It's a classic GI movie. The crew represents a cross-section of America. The added advantage is that this is a true story."