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Oprah Gets Lucky

9/20/2006 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey believes the world revolves around Oprah, but not in Montecito, Calif., where 12 -- count 'em -- 12 billionaires reside. As one plugged-in resident tells TMZ, "Oprah's nobody special: There are lots of insanely rich and famous people here." But then again, maybe not: At least one swanky steak house -- Lucky's in Montecito -- thinks Oprah is a big, big deal. When Oprah gets a hankering for a little sumthin'-sumthin' after hours, the steak house staff jumps into action.

Recently, sometime after the kitchen closed officially at 10:30PM, Ms. Winfrey paid a surprise visit to the steakhouse and the normally eager-to-leave kitchen crew was more than willing to fire up the grill just for the Queen of Talk. Who knew that "O" stood for "Open any time"? Perhaps Lucky's learned a lesson from the Hermés playbook -- never tell Oprah you're closed.





Angelina JolieAngelina Buys $400,000 Worth of Bizarre Art – With a Bullet


This ought to brighten up the view in Shiloh's nursery: Angelina Jolie bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of art at a recent LA show by British artist-provocateur Banksy at a downtown LA warehouse, including a $226,000 painting that shows starving African children looking on as a white family eats a picnic lunch under an umbrella.

According to Star magazine, Angie especially liked a white bust with a bleeding bullet hole in the forehead which went for, oh, $75,000. And then there was the portrait of a man hit in the head with a custard pie – that one went for another $75,000. Angelina restrained herself however, from buying the show's centerpiece, a life-sized red and gold elephant.

Whitney HoustonDippy Divas Unite: Whitney Mentored By Courtney


If there's one songstress out there who might be an even bigger train wreck than Whitney Houston has been in recent years, it's Courtney Love. And yet, according to reports, legendary music producer Clive Davis enlisted the famously unstable Love's services to help Houston, who is on her way to divorcing pop star hubby Bobby Brown, kick her drug problems.

After getting the call from Davis, Love jumped at the chance to be a steadying influence on Whitney, according to Us Weekly (via IMDb), and now the two are getting along famously. Love has introduced Whitney to her own addiction counselor Warren Boyd, and Davis is paying for the expensive sessions.

Davis, meanwhile, is getting the newly-healthy Whitney back onto the singing treadmill, and would love if she made her big comeback by the Grammys early next year. If all goes as planned, says Page Six, Whitney could have a new album out by 2007: "We are going to make a great album. She is talking enthusiastically and is articulate. In opinion, the best singers in the world are Aretha [Franklin] and Whitney."


Jean-Michel CousteauCousteau Blasts Irwin -- "Don't Mess With Nature"

Jean-Michel Cousteau wagged a big Gallic finger at the late Steve Irwin Tuesday, saying that if the beloved Crocodile Hunter hadn't interfered with nature by jumping on and grabbing animals, he'd still be alive.

Promoting his own two-part TV special, Cousteau said that while he mourns the death of Irwin, whose funeral was held in Queensland yesterday, and called it "very, very unfortunate," it was Irwin's gonzo approach to nature television that cost him his life. "It sells, it appeals to a lot of people, but I think it's very misleading. You don't touch nature, you just look at it. And that's why I'm still alive. I've been diving over 61 years – a lot many more years than he's been alive – and I don't mess with nature."

Tori Spelling

Party Favors: Tori To Play Gossip Reporter, Jack Gets Strapped Into Scorsese Flick, HBO Gets Gym Teacher Show From Ferrell


After being hounded by them for years, Tori Spelling will get to play a gossip columnist in a guest role in the CW's "Smallville" this season, says TV Guide ... Jack Nicholson tells Rolling Stone magazine that he convinced director Martin Scorsese to let him improvise a sex scene in their new film "The Departed," bringing a certain strapped-on sex implement into a threesome with two women ... HBO has snapped up the rights to "P.E.," a hotly sought-after new comedy series from Will Ferrell's production company Gary Sanchez Productions. The series is about a former major leaguer who has to go back to his hometown to teach gym.

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151.

Sandra Alt    

Art is a personal item and Angelina can find beauty or purpose or whatever she may feel in art. To say that her money could be better served elsewhere is not necessarily true, because she is also endorsing and supporting the arts' community with her purchase. Why should we say she is doing something wrong, when she is a tremendous influence in uniting nations by making her family international. Her positive attitude and support of underdeveloped nations is something that I personally feel reflects a courageous and generous heart. The final thought is this,,,,she works hard to earn her money, and why do we think we could spend it better. Take care of your own spending first!!!!!

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frank piazza    

what in the ____ is this clive davis talking about.first he says that screamer houston is the greatest singer of all time.(pop)or what???now he says franklin and houston are the greatest according to opinion.LISTEN UP FOLKS.ELLA FITZGERALD AND SARAH VAUGHN WERE THE GREATEST FEMALE JAZZ AND POP SINGERS OF ALL TIME.I HOPE MR.DAVIS READS THIS.

2849 days ago
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Anthony Dominic    

pertaining to the cousteau remark. his father was a ba----d. he would run over whales to get good shots for his show. i have seen the brused mamuals. ask any green-peace member or go on a whale watch tour in either the atlantic or pacific coasts.

2849 days ago
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ck410    

While it is nice when celebrity's donate, it is inappropriate that we judge. I donate little,but as much as I can monetarily. I prefer, while selfish, to see my contributions given out to the needy. It gives me great pleasure to meet the receipent and also volunteer my time doing so.

Those who fault the celebrities need to take a moment and think about what they give to the needy. If you are unable to give, think on cutting back on you celebrity magazines and donate that money.

Not everyone has money to give, but it is not okay to judge either.

2849 days ago
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carole carbone    

i love whitney houston. i think she is one of the all time great singers. she is also beautiful. i sincerely hope she comes back to us again. i truly miss her vibrant performances and great great voice. i play her records over and over. if anyone can get her motivated its clive davis, he truly loves her and respects her talent. its a shame we havent heard from her in such a long time. but now that shes getting rid of that jerk of a husband i am sure she will re-invent herself to the greatness of talent from before.

2849 days ago
156.

Fay    

TMZ, you should seriously stop hating on Oprah. What is your problem? I have only visited this site twice, but it is enough to see that it is a breeding ground for racists. Your articles regarding Oprah and other African Americans are so biased, its not shocking that so many of your comments will be racist. Twice is enough to know that I won't be visiting this site again. And by the way, there are plenty of celebrities who close stores down and like to come in before and after hours. Why don't you report on that? And the city has TWELVE billionares. What's your point? You say it like it has twelve thousand. Thats not a lot at all, so people, please stop being envious. Face it, Oprah, a Black woman, has more money than you ever had, have now, and will ever have. Its sad that a Black person can't make it without being torn down by everybody in America, including a worthless gossip site like this. TMZ.com sucks!!!!

2815 days ago
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Tammy Gaede    

I am outraged that Oprah preaches how Christian she is and yet she slams white people. Seems it was "white people" who brought her to Chicago and got her humble starts into Stardom!! For those who want to hear her and her gal pal dish about white people copy the info below and paste into your web browser to hear for yourself. Apparently she isn't as Christian as she professes!

http://www.tmz.com/2006/09/25/oprah-lords-over-white-folk-talks-poop-on-xm/

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