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Suzy

Sir Paul McCartney sets the record straight; Hugh Grant toboggans; Juilliard prepares for its big night; Harry the Hammer helps out.

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Sir Paul McCartney is miffed. He’s tired of answering questions about the supposed feud between his designer daughter Stella McCartney and his wife Heather Mills. He’s sick of people saying Heather and Stella don’t get along. “The truth is they do,” he says. “Stella was at our house the other day seeing our baby girl, and Heather is always going into Stella’s shop to buy things. She bought all of her friends Stella’s perfume. There’s no problem between them. Heather’s a good person who does amazing things to help people. We are a normal family, trying to do normal things. I’m not some stupid old man who fell for someone who looks good. That’s rubbish.” So, let it be. Let it be.

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Jerry Hall has fulfilled most of her Texas-sized dreams but she still wants to make it on Broadway, and she’s not just dreaming. Ever since her London stage debut in “The Graduate” in 2000 — she appeared in the nude, as do all Mrs. Robinsons — she has forsaken the catwalk to focus on becoming a stage actress. Next week she will make cameo appearances in six London musicals in one night, setting a world record in the process. The ex-Mrs. Mick Jagger will play a hooker in “Les Miserables” at the Palace Theater, then jump into a limo to be whisked to Her Majesty’s Theater for a quick turn in “Phantom of the Opera,” and then on to bit parts in “Fame,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “Anything Goes,” and “Jerry Springer: The Opera.” If that sprint doesn’t catch the eye of New York theater producers, she can always enter the pentathlon at the Olympics in Athens this year. Break a leg, dearie, but don’t really break a leg.

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Jude Law is still angry over last year’s gossip linking him with Nicole Kidman while they were filming “Cold Mountain” in Romania, the movie that is up for seven Oscars this year. “The only thing that happened between Nicole and me was a film kiss.” Meanwhile, he and Sienna Miller are very, very much in love. He bought her 100 white roses for Valentine’s Day and she is busy picking out her gown for the Academy Awards. She will be there with her handsome heartthrob as he picks up his award for Best Actor or tries to look as if he doesn’t care if he doesn’t get one.

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Hugh Grant went on holiday in St. Moritz and is now showing off black and blue bruises on his body after being initiated into the St. Moritz tobogganing club’s famous Cresta Run, which is a three-quarters-of-a-mile icy path that winds down a steep and dangerous gully. You have to have guts to run the Cresta. His friends say that Hugh is pleased as punch after completing the run, but actually he was a little slower than the 65 to 75 seconds most beginners clock. Hugh was careful not to risk seriously injuring his face and body, and isn’t that a relief to hear?

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Elizabeth Hurley’s lover, 37-year-old computer tycoon Arun Nayar, just reached a divorce settlement with his wife of seven years, Valentina Pedroni. Supposedly, Valentina will receive over $1 million — is that all a tycoon can spare? — which leaves the way open for the October wedding Elizabeth has been dreaming of in maybe one of the marble palaces in the exotic Indian city of Udaipur. Arun’s family, his father and sister, are just as crazy about Liz as he is. And that’s crazy.

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Prince Harry is off in Africa, leaving behind London’s clubs to help build new homes for some of the poorest people in the world. His mission is to teach new skills to mothers and children and to visit various international aid projects before he returns home to begin his military career at Sandhurst, one of Britain’s most prestigious military academies and officer training schools. Everyone is waiting for Harry to find a girlfriend and would-be girlfriends are standing in line.

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The famous Juilliard School, which only has a benefit every other year, will celebrate with a concert and dinner dance, “Classified Jazz,” on March 31 at its home in Lincoln Center. The gala will be hosted by school alumni Christine Baranski and Keith David, with performances by Renée Fleming, Wynton Marsalis and pianist Terrence Wilson, who will play George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” A new ballet will be presented to the music of Paul Schoenfield for The Juilliard Dance Ensemble called “Café Music.” The honoree of the evening is June Noble Larkin and among the chairmen and co-chairmen are Richard Rodgers’ daughter, Mary Rodgers, and her husband, Henry Guettel; Marvin Hamlisch and his wife, Terre Blair, and Cynthia and Dan Lufkin. Juilliard has already raised $123 million of its $150 million endowment campaign. So best wishes, you have only $27 million to go.

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The American Cancer Society will honor Charlotte and Anne Ford at its Youth Against Cancer Award Luncheon at the St. Regis on Feb. 26. The philanthropic, to say nothing of glamorous, Ford sisters, have been named “Mothers of the Year 2004” and Charlotte’s daughter, Elena Ford, and Anne’s son, Alessandro Uzielli, and her daughter, Allegra Ford, will be there to see their wonderful mummies get the prize. New York State’s First Lady, Libby Pataki, is the honorary chair of the lunch; Diana Feldman, Tina Sloan-McPherson, Topsy Taylor and Melinda vanden Heuvel are the co-chairs and the honorary committee includes such big names as Candice Bergen, Susan Bloomberg, Paula Zahn, Vera Wang, Cokie Roberts, Kathie Lee Gifford and Katie Couric. Not bad.
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