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IT'S ALWAYS L.A.'S FAULT: Magazine publishing lag time means that Lindsay Lohan's cover promiscuity — that is, the photos for which the actress has posed, rather than ubiquitous paparazzi wreckage shots — have yet to let up. A Los Angeles Confidential interview with the troubled actress, conducted two weeks before her most recent rehab check-in, hits the newsstands next week. On her upcoming role in "I Know Who Killed Me," Lohan tells editor in chief Andrew Stone, "I do a lot of crying in scenes; at one point, [my character] takes a bunch of pills," she said. "I didn't know how to approach the challenge, so I just dove in." She also reflects on Los Angeles: "The real hard thing about L.A. is that it's all about one thing. Everyone always wants something. This industry is very lonely; I tend to get very lonely. When it's a Sunday in L.A., and there's no one around, and you see no cars go by, it's a challenge." Whether this at all pertains to Lohan's own well-chronicled Los Angeles driving habits and wild lifestyle is a matter of interpretation. — I.C.

Less than a week after Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White made a few biting remarks to about Glamour magazine (such as, "Glamour is no longer a major competitor on the newsstand"), she was all smiles at a luncheon Wednesday that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Glamour's Top 10 College Women competition. Incidentally, White attended the lunch because she was a winner in 1972. "It validated that I had to make it in the big city," she commented on a video that was played during the L'Oréal-sponsored lunch at the Four Seasons restaurant. White is part of an eclectic group of past winners, including a managing director at Goldman Sachs, a former Miss California, Martha Stewart and Andrea Quinn Robinson, the president of Prescriptives and Tom Ford Beauty. Back when Stewart and Robinson made the list, it was called The 10 Best-Dressed College Girls in America. Stewart noted that she often sewed her own clothes when she was a student at Barnard College. She also acknowledged that she made the list in 1961 as a runner-up. "One of the top 10 got pregnant or flunked out of school," she pointed out. "I got the late call." — Amy Wicks
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