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Paris -- "I Used to Act Dumb"

6/11/2007 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton got on the horn with Barbara Walters yesterday, and told her that she felt "caged" in jail, but said that she's tired of playing "dumb" and that "God has given me this new chance."

"Good Morning America" reports that Babwa was on the phone with Paris' mom Kathy when Paris called in on the other line -- and said she wanted to talk to Walters directly. So Paris called her collect in New York, and they had a brief chat. Among the highlights: "I was not eating or sleeping. I was severely depressed and felt as if I was in a cage. ... It was a horrible experience." More details of the conversation will be unveiled on "The View" later.

And in case you missed it over the weekend ... TMZ told you that Paris won't appeal her sentence, that she was "teetering on the brink" and "depressed" on Saturday while in jail, and, yesterday, that all she's eating is cereal and bread, but that she's feeling better on her meds. Check back for more Paris all day long.

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Nicky and Stav saw Paris for about half an hour, reports the New York Post, but only had to wait about 15 minutes -- whereas other, less exalted visitors had to wait two to four hours. "This isn't right," said one woman, who had waited for four hours. "We take off our Saturdays and Sunday to come here and do this."

In other Paris news, Usmagazine.com reports that Paris had an at-home spray tan session from Portofino Sun Spa during the day she was home to get back some color after her first three days inside. "She was in a great mood and so happy to be home," says an Us source.

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Lenn K.    

I truly believe this is a wakeup for Paris and now she will see the world just like the rest of us. People were mad when she got out and the outrage force the LA to do the right thing. The problem you have with Idol is America has a short attention span, after six years they want something else!!!

2657 days ago
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Bryanboy    

JAIL IS SUPPOSED TO BE A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE, SWEETIE!

just bloody learn your lesson and stop whining. we still love you!

http://www.bryanboy.com

2657 days ago
3.

HEIL    

parass ite is dumb ,not just pretending

2657 days ago
4.

Dottie    

Paris is not as dumb as I thought. She won't ask for the appeal because she has to do damage control. She knows that many people were pissed when she was released so now she has to be the "model" prisoner to show her "fans" that she is a "good" person and not the "spoiled bitch" we all think she is. She'll pen her prison memoirs and probably get a "movie of the week" deal.

2657 days ago
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Glisten Garbor    

Why would Paris even talk to that two faced Barb Walters? As for American Idol..More like this season there was too much Seacrest and NOT enough cute guy contestants..

2657 days ago
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Trish    

SOPRANOS:
You might as well tell the ending; it's shown on all the TV news stations this week.

I was stunned at first, probably more than if Tony had been whacked. It could simply mean that by leaving the family in tact they show that Tony does horrible things, then acts like nothing happens. Typical sociopath.

Tony didn't need to get whacked just because the series ended. (Or did the family get whacked as soon as Meadow arrived and we just didn't see it?)

"Don't stop believing" was playing so loudly that I think there's some significance in that.... maybe David Chase is saying "hold on for a movie."

I loved the show; it was a great ride while it lasted.

2657 days ago
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lighta    

GOD BLESS HER AND EVERYONE ELSE...CHECK OUT THE BOOK " A COURSE IN MIRACLES " BY THE FOUNDATION OF INNER PEACE PLEASE. THANKS.

2657 days ago
8.

Beatles    

There is no reason to put her in jail

House arrest
mandatory therapy
huge fine
community service
probation

all together with appropriate severity would have done just fine

being in solitary confinement 23 hours a day - makes it more torture for her than the average person

and with a window in her cell- any Guard could have used a cellphone to take pictures and videos of her on the toilet - and sold them!!!

2657 days ago
9.

Mel    

And the Academy Award Goes To PARIS HILTON for Jail House Nervous Breakdown.

2657 days ago
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Tangie    

Well, if this were true, which ya never know with these stories, it takes more than one or two night to gain wisdom.

2657 days ago
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Glisten Garbor    

I so agree with #10 Beatle Beatles post...

2657 days ago
12.

uuuhhooohh!!!    

I believe she dropped the Appeal in exchange for NOT having to do the FULL 45 days as the Judge had stated in Court. A DEAL....

Barbra Walters is LONG TIME FRIENDS with Kathy Hilton. Walters shared her support of Hilton's release on the View last week. Talk about biased...I vdon't believe a WORD Walters says...she's a talking-head for the Hiltons. Period.


ALL of Hiltons Visitors should have to wait LIKE EVERYIONE ELSE. That pisses me off...People take days OFF WORK to visit and WAIT and the HILTONS saunter in AS THEY PLEASE ?????? WRONG!!!

2657 days ago
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Sarah    

SOPRONOS.....Well done finale. Only alternative was they all died together or Meadow walked in a saw them dead.....not good... David Chase knows what he's doing. Wonder what else he could possibly come up with now....????

2657 days ago
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Mel    

IF SHE'S SO MUCH BETTER SHE SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO HER CELL AND NOT THIS MEDICAL FACILITY WHERE SHE CAN USE HER CELL PHONE AND SPIN HER PUBLIICITY.

2657 days ago
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Czer    

Found God? Barbara Walters just "happens" to be on the phone with Kathy Hilton? VIP treatment for her visitors? Yeah, like none of this was planned in advance. What a load of crap. Actions speak louder than words and the only proof that Paris Hilton has found God will be if she refrains from her partying ways and no longer goes to the clubs. Like that's going to happen.

Paris would have been better served by her parents if she had been made to change some sheets in some Hilton Hotels and learned what real people have to experience.

2657 days ago
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