The Fix

Paris Hilton to the Senate? Plus: Letourneau love pix up for sale.

By Amy Reiter

Published September 17, 2004 12:53PM (EDT)

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ABC honors Barbara Walters with a prime-time special full of memorable interview moments on "25 on 20/20" (9 p.m. ET).

Johnny's estate cashes in: The three-day auction of the estate of Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, captured nearly $4 million, more than double its presale estimate. The most expensive item? A 1986 Grammy award for best spoken word or nonmusical recording, awarded to Cash and several colleagues. It sold for $187,200. Other highly coveted items included: an abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar, which sold for $131,200; a Black Martin guitar, which sold for the same price; a Gibson Mastertone banjo owned by June Carter Cash, which fetched $8,400. (AP)

Will Paris be sent to the Senate? Fox Television's "The Simple Life" sent a pitch letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (that's right, the cardiovascular surgeon), asking if the "Simple" stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie could intern in his office. Fox suggested that the girls could "help with administrative duties and perhaps they may have the opportunity to suggest certain policy reform or draft a bill for Congress." Producer Ryan Crow added: "'The Simple Life' is one of Fox's most watched programs and would provide even more national exposure for Sen. Frist's office." File this one under, "never gonna happen." (Lloyd Grove's Lowdown)

Michael Moore: Here's one! New York Gov. George Pataki's son Teddy might become a U.S. Marine. The 22-year-old senior at Yale, who is majoring in the classics and is president of Zeta Psi, went through officer candidate school in Virginia over the summer. Teddy, who was named after Pataki's hero, Teddy Roosevelt, has the option of joining the Marines as an officer when he graduates from Yale. "He hasn't made a decision yet," said a spokeswoman for the governor. If he does accept a commission, he'd likely be sent to Iraq. (Page Six)

Just trying to make a living: Vili Fualaau and Mary Kay Letourneau are going public ... again! A professional photographer has chronicled the ultimate odd couple's touching reunion, and now the pictures will go to the highest bidder. Fualaau and Letourneau, who plan to wed, have been living together in Seattle since Letourneau finished her seven-year sentence for the statutory rape of Vili from the time he was 12. Fualaau, now an unemployed 21-year-old whose mother is rearing the couple's 6- and 7-year-old daughters, recently told Larry Elder on CBS, "We've got to get ourselves financially stabled." Next up for Vili and Mary Kay: the talk shows. (Rush & Molloy)

Hello? Anyone seen a presidential candidate around? The Washington Post reports on journalists' surprise at the lack of John Kerry press appearances. The Democratic presidential nominee has not held a formal news conference or even answered questions from smaller groups of reporters in more than a month. In the two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, Kerry spoke to the media just twice, answering a total of six questions. (Washington Post, via Romenesko)

Money Quote: In response to rumors that Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley had proposed to Avril Lavigne, Whibley's manager sent this statement: "Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 is not engaged ... If there was a picture that captured Deryck kneeling [in a proposal] it was more likely him bending over to pick up the crack pipe that fell out of a paparazzo's pocket." (Page Six)

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