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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Bottoms Up for the First Lady

Laura Bush glimpsed a little more than couture at the Red Dress Fashion Show yesterday in New York.

The first lady was seated in the front row at the end of the runway when NBC's Natalie Morales, one of several celebrity models, took the stage in a knee-length, empire-waisted Tracy Reese dress, The Post's Robin Givhan reports. Morales got into the swing of things and twirled in front of the first lady, showing off the dress. But -- oops -- she revealed a good portion of her tush in the process. Good thing she's an avid runner . . .

The show, which also featured the likes of tennis legend Billie Jean King, BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, "American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee and Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle (ex-wife of naughty San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom) parading in red designer dresses, was held to raise awareness about women and heart disease.

Bush also hit the Rachael Ray show while in New York. The first lady told Ray that she works out to music by B.B. King and Luther Vandross and that she loves eating beans. The show will air Feb. 12.

An Actress in an Activist Role

Mia Farrow is a woman on a mission -- and she's not afraid to talk about it.

The diminutive actress was at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Thursday night to speak about genocide. "I've been working hard for the people of Darfur," she told us before her speech. "I'm just doing my best, and I feel that that's all we can do." Farrow said she visits college campuses at least twice a week to talk about the millions of people who have been displaced in Sudan and has just written her fourth op-ed piece on the subject. She also did a podcast with her son Ronan for the museum in August.

After chatting with us about celebrity adoption ( Madonna is "a terrific mom," she says), Farrow pointed out her necklace and told the story of the woman in Darfur who gave it to her for protection. She then talked at some length about atrocities in the Sudanese region, throwing out statistics while detailing the "general despair" and lack of safety for people left homeless before finally stopping herself with, "I'm sorry -- did I answer the question?"

"Did I just sound like an idiot?" she asked us later. "I hope I didn't -- I just get so into this."

Washington Pros' Super Bowl Spirit

D.C. doesn't have a team in the Super Bowl or anywhere near it, but that won't stop local athletes from watching.

Washington Wizards standout Gilbert Arenas is hosting a Super Bowl party for his teammates at his house (even though he says he doesn't watch football) and plans to cheer on the Colts. Wizards forward Caron Butler said he'll root for the Bears because it's his cousin's favorite team, while center Brendan Haywood declared that he's a "longtime Colts fan."

Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin seemed a little confused about what the Super Bowl actually is ("I might go. . . . Is it tonight?"), but goalie Olie Kolzig was more than happy to show off his football knowledge. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning"is probably one of the greatest quarterbacks ever," he said. "If he doesn't win, it's a shame because he might not get the recognition he deserves, but . . . that Chicago defense is unbelievable." The Caps have an early afternoon game against the New York Islanders tomorrow, but Kolzig is trying to arrange a place for the whole team to gather to watch the game. The only stipulation: "It has to be in HD."

As for the Redskins, Clinton Portis is down in Miami with some of his teammates to watch the game, while Coach Joe Gibbs will watch the game in North Carolina, where he's spending time with his family.

End Note

ยท Twins for McDreamy! "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian, welcomed baby boys on Thursday, People magazine reports. Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick join 4-year-old big sis Talula .

-- Korin Miller


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