A Gala's Star Attraction: Seeing Paris in Washington
In a roomful of high-powered women -- including Madeleine Albright and Kathleen Sebelius -- guess who stole the show Sunday night?
The famous-for-being-famous celebutante, 28, was the surprise hit of the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, where Washington doyennes and businessmen fluttered around her table and giggled while posing for pictures with her. Folks may have tired of her antics in New York and L.A., but in D.C.? Marvelous novelty! At her side: 23-year-old boyfriend Doug Reinhardt -- minor league baseball player, part-time player on reality hit "The Hills" -- and his stepfather, Duane Roberts, inventor of the frozen burrito and Kennedy Center board member.
It was hard to miss Hilton, decked out in a bejewelled peach gown, rhinestone headband and ginormous diamond ring she told us had been her grandmother's. Prettier in person than you'd expect, and unfailingly polite -- the party, she declared, was "amazing" -- although we were unable to determine if it was more or less amazing than the Kentucky Derby, the party she attended the day before. "I bet on every horse that lost," she said with a laugh.
But this is her real genius: The second a camera lens homed in on her, she effortlessly adjusted her body to the most flattering pose. Uncanny, really. She cannot take a bad picture. Who says she's got no talent?
Hilton was finally forced to give up the title of Most Popular at the post-dinner performance, when the night's second surprise -- Michelle Obama -- walked into the Concert Hall's presidential box to the oooh and aahs of the audience.
Obama was accompanied by her mom, Marian Robinson, presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, and others for a celebration of women in arts. Almost every performer -- including standout k.d. lang -- gave shout-outs to the first lady. Lily Tomlin scored the best line of the night: "You didn't ask to be put on pedestal. My god, you're tall enough already."
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