Danny Glover, Cold for His Cause
Lots of Hollywood types show up to a rally and give a two-minute speech. But who among them will do the real dirty work of politics?
Ladies and gentlemen, Danny Glover. The "Lethal Weapon" star turned out last night for congressional candidate Donna Edwards, doing the kind of chore that cures most folks of higher-office notions: standing at a Metro station on a cold winter night shaking hands with potential voters.
An unspecified delay at the Mandarin Oriental hotel meant Glover (now playing a GOP operative on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters") was a half-hour late to the New Carrollton station. But once there he plunged into the task and quickly drew a cellphone-camera crowd.
"How come you don't have your friend Mel [Gibson] with you?" asked one man.
"He don't do this kind of thing," said Glover.
The actor (black ball cap, black overcoat) told our colleague Rosalind Helderman he met Edwards, who is challenging Rep. Al Wynn (D-Md.) in the Democratic primary, through various shared causes. "This democracy will only change when we have passionate people who go out of their way to get people engaged in the process," he said.
Commuter Donya Butler took an Edwards brochure, then handed it to Glover for an autograph. Would she support the challenger? "I'll have to read up on her some more."
Even Their D.C. Ideas Are Under Wraps
Aw, c'mon, Christo! We're not going to steal your idea!
But neither the famed artist nor his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude -- the folks who swathed Miami islands in pink fabric and erected hundreds of giant umbrellas in California -- would budge Sunday when asked what they'd like to wrap in D.C.
The enigmatic duo drew a rapturous mob to a National Gallery screening of "The Gates," a new HBO documentary by Albert Maysles about their struggle to place 7,500 billowing saffron portals on the pathways of Central Park in 2005. But they ignored the inevitable question: "When are you going to wrap the Washington Monument?" Okay, then: What site or building in D.C. inspires you for a future project? The National Gallery and the Phillips Collection, home to major Christo/Jeanne-Claude retrospectives, Jean-Claude deadpanned. "Those two buildings are of great interest to us." Ah, those cagey artistes!
Di's Butler Tells of Angry Mum
Princess Diana and her mother stopped talking after she called Di a "whore" two months before the fatal accident that killed the British royal in 1997. According to testimony yesterday by former butler Paul Burrell at the public inquest into the death, Frances Shand Kydd strongly objected to her daughter's romances with Muslim men: Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and millionaire playboy Dodi Fayed. Burrell told the court that Diana had asked him to listen in on a phone conservation with her mother, who said "some very nasty things." Shand Kydd died in 2004.
HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?
* Stevie Wonder, shopping at Penn Camera downtown on Saturday afternoon. The singer-songwriter, here for the BET Honors on Saturday, bought a tripod support for a camera that translates text to audio, we're told.
* Maria Shriver, in a cocoa-brown warm-up suit, getting coiffed Saturday afternoon at Potomac Hair Design, near her parents' home.
* Don Rumsfeld and Clarence Thomas, dining at Blue Duck Tavern's private-but-visible "chef's table" with 10 others Sunday. They had lobster, veal meatballs and suckling pig from the menu.
Bad-luck charm Jessica Simpson skipped the Cowboys-Giants playoff game Sunday, but the New York Post -- in an inspired bit of tabloid tomfoolery -- bought a ticket for a look-alike to rattle her boyfriend, Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Blond beauty Lynsey Nordstrom, wearing Romo's No. 9 jersey, created quite a stir in the third row near the 50-yard-line; the newspaper is taking credit for the Giants' 21-17 upset victory.