Musician in Chief
A Martha's Vineyard fund-raiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton got a little funky yesterday when her husband picked up a spare saxophone and joined a high school band providing the entertainment. President Clinton belted out a jazzy "My Funny Valentine" to honor a couple celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.
The $1,000-a-plate brunch for 250 was held at the home of former Universal Studios executive Frank Biondi Jr. and his wife, Carol, in Edgartown, Mass., to pledge support for Mrs. Clinton's expected New York Senate run.
Aside from his solo, the president kept a low profile on the Clintons' fourth day of socializing with their Vineyard pals. "This is her event," White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said. "He's just here to attend and see some friends."
Those island regulars included columnist Art Buchwald and lawyers Alan Dershowitz and Vernon Jordan.
Monroe Auction Preview
People lined up 700 strong for the first public showing of Marilyn Monroe's personal effects, set for auction in October. The curious gathered outside Christie's in Beverly Hills, Calif., long before the auction house opened on Friday morning.
The thousand or so items, in storage since shortly after Monroe's death on Aug. 5, 1962, include evening gowns, furs, letters, more than 400 books and jewelry, including a 35-diamond ring Joe DiMaggio gave her at their wedding in 1954.
And yes, the skintight beaded dress Monroe wore when she sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden is there.
The items will travel to London and Paris before arriving Oct. 22 in New York, where they'll go on the block.
Tossing Himself Into the Ring
Jesse Ventura defied his critics yesterday and temporarily traded his job as governor for a stint as guest referee at a professional wrestling match in Minneapolis.
Before 19,404 rowdy fans at Target Center and millions more watching on pay-per-view, Ventura strutted into a World Wrestling Federation ring where large-biceped wrestlers spent the night hitting each other with fists, kicks, chairs and even a guitar.
"There's a lot of media saying I'm a disgrace for being here. I'll tell you this: I'm proud of wrestling. I'm proud I was a wrestler, and I'm proud to be here tonight," said Minnesota's top elected official.
"You're in my state now," Ventura barked to Triple H, one of three wrestlers competing in the SummerSlam title match. "I am law and order here."
Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman was arrested Saturday in a Newport Beach, Calif., nightclub on a charge of public intoxication. His arraignment is set for Oct. 1 . . . Saying it wants to position the film for Oscar consideration, Universal Pictures postponed the launch date of "Man on the Moon," starring Jim Carrey as the late comic Andy Kaufman. The debut of the Milos Forman-directed movie has been moved from Nov. 5 to Christmas Day.