A 'Gossip Girl' Star in Real Life: She Has Ways to Make You Talk

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

When you star on a show called "Gossip Girl," you gotta figure people are going to talk about you. So there was quite a buzz when Taylor Momsen showed up at Winston Churchill High's homecoming dance in the school gym.

The 14-year-old actress from Potomac plays Jenny Humphrey on the CW network's hit about spoiled rich kids in New York's Upper East Side, so everyone noticed when she showed up for the Oct. 27 dance. Although she isn't attending classes at Churchill this fall (tutored on set, we presume), Momsen came with former classmates from Herbert Hoover Middle School (no date). Wearing a black lace tunic ("way too short for a dress," reports one eyewitness), she spent most of the night huddled with friends; ditto for the afterparty, where strangers had a hard time striking up a conversation with the gorgeous blond starlet. OMG! So GG!

Momsen started acting 11 years ago (best known as Cindy Lou Who in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas") but hit it big when "Gossip Girl" -- based on the best-selling teen novels -- debuted in September. Will we see more of the new celeb in D.C.? Hope so -- the writers' strike cut short filming, her parents live in Maryland . . . and on Facebook, she calls herself a member of Churchill's Class of 2011.

GWU's New Prez Will Never Face a Sheepskin Shortage

What do you get the college president who has everything? How about a couple of sheep? These weren't just any old sheep presented to new GWU leader Steven Knapp (here, with daughter Sarah and wife Diane) at yesterday's kickoff for his inaugural ceremonies -- they are two "rare Hog Island sheep," we're told, from the folks at Mount Vernon. Fear not, Foggy Bottom residents: The sheep will live off campus, on the Knapp farm in Sparks, Md.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

Jenna Bush taking a window seat in coach on a flight from Reagan to Dallas yesterday a.m. as other passengers craned necks to stare. The author (jeans, blue sweater) spoke at a "Celebration of Reading" sponsored by her grandmother's foundation in Dallas.

Terry McAuliffe dancing up a storm (hands in the air!) at the Bruce Springsteen show Sunday alongside his teenage son (not dancing). Also: Andrea Mitchell chatting with friends in the Verizon Center lobby; George Stephanopoulos incognito in a baseball cap; Tim Russert griping that Obama's folks were upset with his interview that a.m. Some youngsters attended as well, notably Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and wife Katie.

• Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg dining apres-show at Clyde's with fans who won the dinner at last week's Fight Night auction benefiting the Latin American Youth Center.

Ben Bernanke shopping at the Logan Circle Whole Foods on Saturday night. The Fed chair, there with wife Anna, wore a brown leather jacket and khakis, loaded up on oatmeal, cranberry juice, whole wheat buns, julienned sweet potatoes, organic chocolate chip cookies. We'll take it as a sign to get back in the market.

• Dance legend Jacques d'Amboise catching the Sunday matinee of "The Studio" at Signature Theatre, while Broadway star daughter Charlotte saw the evening show -- written and directed by his son/her brother Christopher.


Splitting: Prince Harry ,23, and his longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy ,22, according to reports in British newspapers. The blond Zimbabwean beauty either needed some time to be her own person or got mad when the third-in-line-to-the-throne blew off her birthday for a rugby match, according to the tabs.

Mourning: Kanye West, whose mother Donda ,58, died Saturday at an L.A. hospital from what the coroner's office described as "complications of surgery." Reps for the rapper-producer gave varying reports yesterday on whether it was connected to cosmetic surgery; an autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

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