Hollywood on the Potomac, Swimming With Celebs

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hollywood on the Potomac, Swimming With Celebs

Hangovers and celebs from the White House Correspondents' Association dinner weekend are mostly gone, but the effects linger on:

· Pamela Anderson and her escort, PETA veep Dan Mathews, were all over the place: Friday afternoon they dropped by HHS to hand-deliver a letter protesting animal testing; that night, on "Larry King Live" followed by dinner at downtown vegetarian eatery Vegetate; lunch Saturday at Georgetown's Old Glory -- fried pickles and okra, BBQ veggie skewers ( not the ribs).

· A casually dressed Marcia Cross ran into Fall Church's Mattoon family at the Georgetown Park J. Crew Friday. The actress chatted with sisters Kathleen, 16, and Sarah, 18, about school. According to mom Jane, "She just could not have been kinder."

· Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hit on Morgan Fairchild at Tammy Haddad's Saturday brunch: "So, do you ever get to Florida?" Worst pickup line ever?

· "Harold & Kumar" co-star Kal Penn closed down the Bloomberg after-party at 3 a.m. with an intense discussion with Salman Rushdie. Dudes!

· The after-after party? A flash mob of night owls spontaneously descended on Al Gore confidant Mike Feldman's Dupont townhouse: Penn, Lauren Conrad of "The Hills," Will Forte of "SNL" and Bradley Cooper of "The Wedding Crashers'" (lured by CAA agent/Clinton fundraiser Michael Kives); political folk included Clinton aide Huma Abedin, Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor and White House deputy press sec Scott Stanzel. Last guests stumbled out at dawn, stepping over morning papers.

Betty Scripps Gives Up Role as Opera Hostess

After eight years, Betty Scripps is stepping down as chairwoman of the Washington National Opera's black-tie ball. The colorful hostess, who now lives in California, resigned from the opera's board this spring to focus on local charities. "It really is a matter of geography," said spokesman David Jannes. "To be an effective chair for an event in Washington, you really have to be somewhere in the vicinity."

During her tenure at the helm of the annual fundraiser, Scripps raised more than $25 million for the company and brought a little excitement (she married, divorced, remarried and divorced) to Washington's social scene.

Stepping up as co-chairs for the June 6 gala at the French Embassy: former board member Susan Lehrman and husband Sam, and former board president Michael Sonnenreich and wife Linda. "Everything that Betty did was truly wonderful for the opera," Sonnenreich told us yesterday. "But this allows the opera to revisit the ball or take it in a different direction."


· Hitched: Harold Ford and Emily Threlkeld Saturday in Miami. The former Tennessee rep, 37, and fashion executive, 27, who got engaged last fall, exchanged vows at Trinity Cathedral Episcopal church in front of 26 attendants and 300 guests ( George Lucas, Michael Powell), followed by a reception at Miami's grand Vizcaya Museum. Bride wore a gown by Carolina Herrera, best man was Harold Ford Sr.; groomsmen included D.C.'s Raul Fernandez and Alfred Liggins.

· Expecting:"Saturday Night Live's" Amy Poehler, 36, and husband Will Arnett, 37, reports People magazine. Awesome timing -- Poehler co-stars as a surrogate mom in the weekend's No. 1 movie, "Baby Mama." The baby, their first, is due this fall.


· Ashley Dupre, a.k.a. Eliot Spitzer's call girl, sued "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis yesterday, reports People magazine. Dupre claims the raunchy video company encouraged her to expose her breasts and sign a release during a 2003 vacation -- when she was 17 and couldn't legally enter into a contract. She's asking for $10 million for exploiting her name and likeness.

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