Talk About Your Serious Roles
We always said foreign policy was sexy, and now here's proof: Angelina Jolie is on the shortlist to join the power wonks at the Council on Foreign Relations, the exclusive New York think tank. The actress was nominated by council member Trevor Neilson, her pal and adviser on political and global matters. "There is no better way for someone who is involved in international relations to build a deep understanding of these issues," he told us yesterday.
Jolie's bid, which required two other letters of recommendation, was approved by the membership committee last week and is now "under consideration," said council spokeswoman Anya Schmemann. If she's voted in at the June board meeting, the 31-year-old Jolie will receive a five-year "term" membership (typical for younger applicants) and join 4,000 deep thinkers such as Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, George Soros, Barbara Walters and Lisa Ling.
You're asking yourself: Why? Jolie, currently a U.N. goodwill ambassador, can already meet with just about anyone on the planet. (And she's influential enough to have a piece about Darfur published today on The Post's op-ed page.) But at the council, she'll get a crash course in global policy from the experts. "She takes learning about these issues very seriously," said Neilson. And the wonks get a worldwide sex symbol who draws cameras every time she breathes.
We're guessing she gets in.
So Much Hobnobbing, So Little Time
So Vanessa Williams had your typical D.C. day -- you know, dropping by to see Barack Obama, then bumping into Rudy Giuliani at Charlie Palmer's.
"I live down the street from Hillary" in Chappaqua, N.Y., said the actress-singer-mom-of-four, "so I'm just a politician magnet." But no, she's not ready to endorse. "I'm impressed by so many," she demurred in that gracious VIP way.
THIS JUST IN
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
· Bill Clinton wandering around Georgetown Park mall yesterday with an army of security folk, wearing a nice navy suit. Stepped into a watch store and shook hands with a bunch of people. Just browsing? Unclear, but it was Chelsea's 27th birthday yesterday.
· Teddy Kennedy continuing Birthday Week festivities at Teatro Goldoni Monday night -- though this time it was apparently wife Vicki's big day. They chowed down on the lobster carpaccio, lobster risotto, foie gras -- and the just-turned-75 senator ordered an extra slice of chocolate cake.
· Larry King dining and drinking grappa Monday night with AOL rich guy Jim Kimsey at the new downtown restaurant Il Mulino. The CNN talker was apparently seeking world-traveler Kimsey's help in getting an interview with Cuba's Fidel Castro. Better move fast!