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Mrs. Sting, Happy to Play Her Part

Trudie Styler at the MPAA with Steve Donziger, a legal adviser in the case explored in "Crude." (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

Though the press release later called her an "actress and human rights advocate," the subject header on the e-mail was "Sting's Wife Comes To D.C."

Which turns out to be just fine with Trudie Styler -- producer, activist, environmentalist, UNICEF ambassador and, yeah, a rock star spouse. The couple lived together for a decade before they tied the knot and have been an item through 27 years and four children -- an eternity in the music world.

For their first 10 years together it was "Sting and guest," so she's very comfortable with the "wife of" label -- a title that drives so many women in Washington bonkers. "I suppose I have an ego the size of a house," she told us last night.

Styler, 54, has always managed to hold her own in the spotlight and on the red carpet, with pals like Gwyneth Paltrow and the Dalai Lama. She's the one who introduced Madonna to Guy Ritchie (she's godmother to their son). A London magazine named her one of the "25 Best Connected People in Britain" a few years ago.

She got into the celebrity do-gooder thing well ahead of the curve, starting the Rainforest Foundation with Sting 20 years ago to protect Amazon communities threatened by deforestation. She dropped by Washington yesterday (black miniskirt, awesome legs, killer shoes) to cast her unique star power on "Crude," a documentary she appears in about a 15-year legal battle between Chevron and residents of the Ecuadorean Amazon, who claim the oil company dumped toxic waste in their rain forest and left them without clean water. The film, directed by Joe Berlinger, documents a high rate of cancer deaths and miscarriages connected to the contamination. It debuted at Sundance, had a gala premiere in London last week and is set for release this fall. Last night's screening at the MPAA was for lawmakers and Hill staffers.

"People always say, 'We have to save our planet,'" Styler said. "I think the planet will be fine. It's us we have to worry about."

By The Reliable Source  |  April 1, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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