NAMES & FACES

Monday, November 6, 2006

Doogie Howser is gay -- and he wants to quash recent reports that he has denied it. Neil Patrick Harris, 33, recently told People magazine: "The public eye has always been kind to me and until recently I have been able to live a pretty normal life. Now it seems there is speculation and interest in my private life and relationships. So, rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love."

Harris is currently starring in the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother." He skyrocketed to superstardom in 1989 at the tender age of 16, playing a teen-prodigy physician on the popular television drama "Doogie Howser, M.D." Looking back in 1998, Harris described his years on the show: "It was a very fast but wonderful education." After the series ended its run in 1993, Harris took on more adult roles, starring in the musicals "Rent" and "Assassins" and also did a quirky, self-deprecating stint in the 2004 movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," playing a maladjusted version of himself.

"I'm enjoying my 30s," he told People in 2004. "I feel like I know where I'm going. And I like where I'm going."

Chelsea's New Line of Work

Chelsea Clinton has a new job, the Associated Press reports. The 26-year-old former first daughter recently started working for Avenue Capital Group, a New York-based hedge fund that handles about $12 billion in assets.

Clinton had been working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., the international consulting firm, since 2003, reportedly for a six-figure salary. She received her master's degree from Oxford University after graduating from Stanford in 2001.

Federal campaign records indicate that Avenue Capital founders Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner have donated thousands of dollars to Democratic lawmakers, including Chelsea Clinton's mother, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton , as well as to various Democratic campaign committees. There was no word late yesterday from Avenue Capital, any of the Clintons or their reps.

Noted . . .

Twenty-seven-year-old country rocker Shooter Jennings was in town Friday night dining at the Palm, a couple of hours before his late-night show at the 9:30 club, The Post's Amy Argetsinger reports. At his side was longtime girlfriend Drea de Matteo (Adriana on "The Sopranos" before she got whacked, and recently the sister on "Joey") and a handful of others. The two enjoyed the lobster bisque, and Jennings (son of Waylon -- long hair down, dark glasses indoors) let a fan buy him a Jack Daniel's.

The singer has been enjoying a good deal of success with his recent solo career and a two-hour weekly music show, "Electric Rodeo," on Sirius Satellite Radio's Outlaw Country channel. Jennings also recently played the role of his father in the recent Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line."

. . . And Quoted

"There are certain things in life that are personal, and I think a relationship with a partner is intensely personal, and I prefer to keep it that way."

-- Former Beatle Paul McCartney in an interview broadcast Saturday on the BBC, saying that he bears no grudge against estranged wife Heather Mills McCartney .

-- Compiled by Catherine Handren from staff and wire reports

. . . And Quoted

"There are certain things in life that are personal, and I think a relationship with a partner is intensely personal, and I prefer to keep it that way."

-- Former Beatle Paul McCartney in an interview broadcast Saturday on the BBC, saying that he bears no grudge against estranged wife Heather Mills McCartney .

-- Compiled by Catherine Handren from staff and wire reports


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