Names & Faces: Bob McDonnell, Mark Plotkin, Scott Brown, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Dennis Hopper

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Ghosts of governors past

To commemorate Saturday's inauguration of Virginia governor-elect Bob McDonnell, Mark Plotkin went retro -- really retro.

The WTOP political analyst invited a handful of former Virginia governors to chat on Friday's "Politics Program With Mark Plotkin." Gerald Baliles, George Allen, Doug Wilder and Mark Warner sent their regrets -- scheduling conflicts -- but Jim Gilmore and Linwood Holton were in the studio when Plotkin announced some special guests had been arranged.

"They think this show is of such significance," Plotkin said, "that even though you haven't seen them a lot, they've decided to come back to Washington just for one hour." Enter Patrick Henry -- Virginia's first governor -- and his successor, Thomas Jefferson. (Actually, the next best thing: those men's historical interpreters from Colonial Williamsburg.)

"Oh, my gosh. Your hair's changed a little. It's supposed to be red," Holton, 86, told "Jefferson." "So's yours," Gilmore needled Holton.

Plotkin assured us this wasn't meant to be a goof: "It celebrates American history, and Virginia is so immersed and enthralled with its own history."

Scott 'The Body' Brown

"Let's talk about Scott Brown. . . . Wait until you see this guy, full-body pose. There he is. There he is. That was back in the '80s. . . . There he is. Too much information." -- Chris Matthews on MSNBC on Wednesday, once again spotlighting the 1982 Cosmopolitan centerfold that no one can resist showing. Sounds like it hasn't been a liability, either: Polls show Brown, the Republican candidate for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, neck-and-neck with Democrat Martha Coakley. The election is on Tuesday.

Gaga: Good as new

Good news for Lady Gaga fans: The pop star, who canceled a concert in Indiana on Thursday after falling ill backstage, is back on her feet.

The cancellation was announced from the stage after two opening acts had already performed. In a statement, Gaga's tour management said she'd suffered a sudden illness and that medical personnel had advised her not to perform.

"An hour before the show, I was feeling dizzy and having trouble breathing. Paramedics came to take care of me, and told me my heart rate was irregular -- a result of exhaustion and dehydration," the 23-year-old singer posted Thursday night on Twitter.

Gaga seemed healthy during a performance on Friday's "The Oprah Winfrey Show" -- at least healthy enough to swing a gold, spiked ball into the windshield of a taxi on the stage. That's our Gaga.

End note

Divorcing: Actor Dennis Hopper, 73, and his wife, Victoria, 43, People magazine reports. Hopper, who is battling cancer, cited irreconcilable differences in divorce papers filed in Los Angeles. The couple have been married 14 years and have a 6-year-old daughter.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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