Correction to This Article
The Reliable Source column incorrectly said that J. Edgar Hoover lived with longtime aide Clyde Tolson. Tolson did not move into Hoover's home until after the FBI director's death in 1972.

The Mayflower Hotel, Adding Yet Another Story

J. Edgar Hoover, left, and Clyde Tolson dining a deux at the hotel.
J. Edgar Hoover, left, and Clyde Tolson dining a deux at the hotel. ( )
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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New stop on D.C.'s sex scandal tour: Room 871 at the Mayflower!

The 83-year-old hotel has a long and storied history of fat-cat partying and other Washington excesses, but it never made headlines for horizontal high jinks until "Client 9" -- identified in a federal prostitution sting as New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer -- booked a room last month at the elegant Connecticut Avenue inn.

There hasn't been this much excitement since 1999, when Monica Lewinsky fought her way through throngs to (appropriately enough) the presidential suite, where she recounted her affair with Bill Clinton to congressional impeachment managers. The Mayflower was also Judith Campbell Exner's home away from home when she trysted with John F. Kennedy at the White House. And yes, history buffs, it was the hotel's Town & Country lounge where FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover lunched daily for 20 years alongside his live-in aide, Clyde Tolson.

The Mayflower now joins the list of Washington's greatest bed-and-breakfasts: The Jefferson, where Clinton confidant Dick Morris sucked the toes of $200-an-hour call girl Sherry Rowlands; the former Vista (now Westin Washington) where Marion Barry was caught smoking crack as gal-pal Rasheeda Moore looked on; and the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, where Marv Albert bit the back of a female companion, Linda Tripp secretly taped Lewinsky talking about her affair, and Deborah Jeane Palfrey (a.k.a. the D.C. Madam) sent escorts for what she calls legal, non-sexual "dates."

For One Night, Party Hats Replace Toques

Chef Michel Richard thought he was going to an intimate dinner for eight at CityZen restaurant Sunday night. Instead, Citronelle's renowned owner walked into his surprise 60th birthday party with 225 people -- no small feat in the tight-knit world of Washington foodies. "His eyes got a little watery," said CityZen executive chef Eric Ziebold. "He was pretty overwhelmed." The celebration included Napa's Thomas Keller, Chicago's Jean Joho and local chefs Roberto Donna, Jeff Buben and Robert Wiedmaier; food stations with fois gras crepes and duck confit on tiny rolls, and two birthday cakes -- a chocolate-almond in the shape of a "6" and a lemon-huckleberry in the shape of a "0" -- but just one candle, total. That's their idea of exercising restraint.

'Wire' Creator David Simon, Passing Up His Show for One From the Pogues

Don't feel bad that David Simon didn't invite you to a finale party for "The Wire." The show's creator didn't even stay home to watch the last episode when it aired Sunday on HBO.

Instead, the former newsman was spotted (by occasional Post music writer Chris Klimek) heading into the VIP section for the Pogues concert at the 9:30 club. Simon, a serious fan, told us in an e-mail it "seemed an appropriate place" to be that night. The Irish band had a memorable moment in the show's third season, when its "The Body of an American" was played at a detective's raucous wake. (The song was reprised in the finale.) Simon and fellow "Wire" writer George Pelecanos went to the show with their wives at the invitation of the Pogues' Spider Stacy and met the other founding members, Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan.

"Truth is, I can't bear to be in the room when episodes are broadcast to a live audience," Simon wrote. "So, no, it's not surprising I avoided any such situation for the finale."

Still -- awkwardness potential! Also in the audience, a decided non-fan of "The Wire": Maryland Gov. (and former B'more mayor) Martin O'Malley, who has blasted the show's crime-and-drugs vision of Baltimore while enduring public criticism from Simon over the years. Did they run into each other? "I think he would have mentioned that," said an aide to the guv.

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"I would love to help Britney out. . . . She needs a good stylist to help her be fabulous again. Trust me. I would work her out every day. I hope I see her here in LA. I would attack her and say, 'Lady, it is time for ME!' "

-- "Project Runway" winner and Annapolis native Christian Siriano, in an online discussion on washingtonpost.com yesterday


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