The Star Treatment

Elderly heart patients at Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne were moved so 37-year-old pop star Kylie Minogue could have eight of 18 rooms in the cardio ward for her breast cancer treatment, according to an Australian newspaper.

Visitors were routed through the intensive-care unit and underwent formidable security screenings before being allowed to see their sick loved ones, the Herald Sun reported. Others were turned away by security guards.

"It was very distressing and very inappropriate," groused one doctor.

The hospital's spokeswoman, Jackie Meiers, told the paper that no patients were compromised; Minogue's management says the pop diva did not request any particular ward and had hired only one security guard for her stay.

Doctors said Minogue's May 20 surgery was successful.

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ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress-comedian Ali Wentworth, welcomed their second child, daughter Harper Andrea, early yesterday morning after eating a dinner from Glover Park's Austin Grill.

Oddly enough, the couple had dined at the same Tex-Mex restaurant the night before their first daughter, Elliott, was delivered two years ago. The elder Stephanopoulos daughter weighed in at 6 pounds 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long -- the same as her newborn sister.

Stephanopoulos told The Post he and his wife had recently visited the hospital twice for "false alarms." He brought Wentworth a burrito from the restaurant, and that finally did the trick. "Austin Grill is magic," he said with a chuckle. "People should just save the trouble of inducing labor and eat there."

Kurt Miller, the restaurant's vice president of operations, laughs at the coincidence but notes, "My wife had dinner at the Austin Grill before both my kids were delivered as well."

The news anchor said there are no plans for another child. "I think our family is full and happy." No pun intended.

Write On

Paul McCartney can add "children's author" to his lengthy resume. The ex-Beatle and father of five signed a deal with Penguin Group to produce a picture book in October.

"High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tail" was influenced by "Tropical Island Hum," an animated movie the 62-year-old musician helped create. The book is based on the adventures of Wirrel the Squirrel, a character in the film.

McCartney will join the growing ranks of celebrity children's book authors, which include Madonna, Billy Crystal and Will Smith.

End Notes

* Amazon.com has reported a large spike in the demand for books on Deep Throat after Tuesday's revelation. "All the President's Men" moved from No. 400 to No. 11 on the online bookseller's Movers & Shakers list of sales rankings. The DVD based on the book jumped to No. 12.

* Actress Denise Richards, 34, gave birth Wednesday to a daughter, Lola, her second child with 39-year-old actor Charlie Sheen. Richards filed for divorce from Sheen in March, citing "irreconcilable differences."

* Because there's simply not enough chatter on the airwaves these days, former U.S. senator Bill Bradley is launching a weekly talk show at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Sirius Satellite Radio. "American Voices" will feature stories, personalities and -- of course -- opinions. "I will not just be interviewing my guests . . . I will be having a conversation with them about their lives," Bradley says in a release.

* Confirmed yesterday: White Stripes singer Jack White, 29, married model Karen Elson, 25, Wednesday in a canoe in Brazil's Amazon River.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller

from staff and wire reports

Aussie singer Kylie Minogue's hospital care put other patients out of their rooms. George Stephanopoulos and his wife,

Ali Wentworth, are the proud parents of a second daughter,

Harper Andrea.Sir Paul McCartney, children's author.