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Paris' public persona a put-on? Uma heads back to splitsville. Plus: Trump says he'd date his own daughter!


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Salon Staff
March 8, 2006 7:30PM (UTC)

Morning Briefing:
Paris grows up? Roger Friedman of Fox 411 is suddenly taken by Paris Hilton. After getting an exclusive rundown of her upcoming album over the weekend, Friedman has decided the whole public Paris persona is a put-on: "Now here's the thing about Paris: She is not the ditz you hope her to be. For one thing, she spoke to me in a very distinct, clear adult voice. There was nothing silly about her. 'I talk in that baby talk voice when I'm on TV,' she said. 'It's a put on. I acted that way for the "Surreal Life."' ... We are underestimating this kid." In other Hilton news, a California court came out with a very unusual restraining order scenario for her on Monday. Brian Quintana, a Los Angeles concert promoter, filed for a restraining order against Hilton earlier this year, and the order has finally been approved: Hilton must stay at least 100 yards away from Quintana, except at parties, where she has to give him only a 25-foot berth. (Fox 411, People)

Hatcher opens up about childhood abuse: In the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher reveals that her uncle abused her as a child and that she came forward with her story only a few years ago, after a 14-year-old victim of his committed suicide. After Hatcher approached the police with her story, Hatcher's uncle pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Chuck Gillingham, the deputy D.A. in Santa Clara County, Calif., where the case happened, said, "Without Teri, this case would have been dismissed." Hatcher says she never even told her parents what had happened: "I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself." She sought to keep her involvement in the case a secret, though, fearing it would become a media sensation, saying, "Here's what I anticipated. He did this, he gets off, and Teri ends up on the cover of a tabloid." (BBC)

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Uma goes solo: There have been rumors for weeks that Uma Thurman and hotelier Andre Balazs were headed toward splitsville, but Thurman's dateless appearance at the Oscars was the final straw. "They recently got into a huge fight and Uma dumped him," a source spilled to Page Six. "Uma had decided he was not the kind of man she would marry and was looking for a way out." Another telling sign: Thurman stayed at the Peninsula during the Oscars, not at Balazs' Chateau Marmont. (He also owns the Standard in L.A. and the Mercer Hotel in New York.) Through her rep, Thurman confirmed the breakup, saying, "Unfortunately, it is true. But we remain close friends." (Page Six)

Insulted via prescription: A Palm Beach, Fla., woman is suing Walgreens over remarks printed on her sleeping pill prescription; after picking up her pills last week, Janey Karp noticed an odd comment typed into the printout that came with them, under the field "patient information": "CrAzY!!" In another field on the form, it read: "She's really a psycho!!! Do not say her name too loud, never mention her meds by names & try to talk to her when ..." The field continued onto another page, which wasn't attached. Karp, who says she also has had prescriptions to help with depression, filed suit on Tuesday, saying she already felt stigmatized by having to take the pills. "I'm thinking they're thinking here comes psycho, that they're laughing at me as I come in the store," she said. "I had enough trouble picking these [medications] up in the first place." (Palm Beach Sun-Sentinel)

Also:
David Hasselhoff's estranged wife, Pamela, has filed for a restraining order against the "Baywatch"/"Knight Rider" star, alleging domestic violence. The judge in the case has ordered the couple, who filed for divorce in January, to stay away from each other. (TMZ) ... Looking for that sweet post-Oscar money, "Crash" will be heading back into theaters on Friday for an encore run. (E! Online) ... Pete Doherty has finally been charged in the string of drug arrests he's had over the last several months. He'll appear in court in London on Thursday to face seven counts of drug possession. (Reuters) ... In surprising news, the couple from the most recent season of "The Bachelor" have announced they've broken up: Something about not being able to see each other for the four months between the end of taping and the series finale last week was kinda hard on the young relationship. (Associated Press via Yahoo! News) ... Gordon Parks, photographer, author, composer and film director -- known for "The Learning Tree" and "Shaft" -- died at age 93 on Tuesday. "Gordon was the ultimate cool -- there's no one cooler than Gordon Parks," said "Shaft" actor Richard Roundtree. (N.Y. Daily News) ... Dana Reeve, who became famous for her work on spinal cord injuries after the death of her husband, Christopher Reeve, died of lung cancer on Monday at 44. "The brightest light has gone out," said Robin Williams of her death. "We will forever celebrate her loving spirit." (People)

Money Quote:
Donald Trump on what he'd think if his daughter, Ivanka, posed for Playboy: "I don't think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her." (Lowdown)

Turn On:
UPN kicks off the sixth season of Tyra Banks' "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m. EST), while over on Bravo, Heidi Klum will say "auf Wiedersehen" to the final contestants on "Project Runway" (10 p.m. EST). FX also has a premiere: "Black.White." (10 p.m. EST) is a reality show about two families -- one white, one black -- who trade races for six weeks in Los Angeles. And Showtime airs Rosanna Arquette's new documentary about the state of the music industry, "All We Are Saying" (8 p.m. EST), including interviews with Elvis Costello, David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Sting and Thom Yorke.

-- Scott Lamb

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