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A Page Sixer’s Blind Item Challenge

pfroelich.jpgWe confess we’re not very good guessing blind items. But if you are, you may want to have a go at Page Six deputy editor Paula Froelich‘s inventive way to promote her new novel, “Mercury In Retrograde.”

Froelich is challenging readers to guess who inspired 10 characters from her book with the winner receiving a signed copy of the book and an invite to one of two book parties.

It may sound easy for people in the know, but this challenge might turn out to be harder than expected. Explains Froelich:

“I have not included any of my current colleagues (as I’d like to keep my job, thank you very much), nor are they all based solely on one person. In fact, most are an amalgam. The characters may not be based on people in the field in which they are described.”

For what its worth, we think this one will be the easiest to guess: “Kitty Foil, a teen starlet who accuses one of the main characters of ‘box-blocking’ her with a film director at the Met gala. A 17-year-old actress who’d been raised in the Disney farm leagues, Kitty brags about losing her virginity to Mick on a tour bus, keeps running to the bathroom to “powder her nose,” gets very drunk and ends up doing improbable yogic positions in rollerblades before wreaking havoc on the gala.”

Any guesses? Leave them below or go tell Paula. Winners will be picked Monday. We’ll keep you posted.

Lunch: Politics As Usual



Timing is everything. Just ask Hillary Clinton. If we’d come a day earlier we would have dined with Karl Rove. (Well, okay, we’d have been in the same room.) Our spy says the sight of ‘Bush’s brain’-turned-Fox commentator at table five had the joint buzzing (or was it hissing?). In any event, politics were still very much front and center today. My pal producer Beverly Camhe introduced me to Patricia Duff who had just yesterday hosted a lunch at the Friar’s Club with Paul Begala for her political think tank, The Common Good. According to Beverly, who says joining Patricia’s group has been “life-changing,” Paul told the crowd that he’s all but certain Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination. Since Paul is a Hillary supporter his prediction carries some heft. Patricia, who has also hosted Henry Kissinger and economic advisor Robert Hormats, is sure to have more heavy hitters hold forth on all things presidential in the coming months. Check it out yourself. After all, you can’t spend all your free time watching Gossip Girl no matter what New York says

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Eduardo Verastegui, Sean Wolfington and his lovely wife Ana, Kathie Lee’s right-hand gal Christine Gardiner and my new pal Today show producer Brian Balthazar. Seems those new BFFs Kathie Lee and Hoda have a regular Wednesday date to take in a matinee and then talk about it on Today the next morning. Today the girls were off to see Crybaby. Tune in tomorrow to catch their review.

2. Nick Simunek

3. Ron Delsener and John Eastman

4. Stan Shuman with a fellow we didn’t recognize …

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Page Six To Perez: Deb Schoeneman Uses Playboy For Gossip Atonement

schoeneman_froelich.jpgEx-New York magazine gossip columnist and author Deborah Schoeneman [left] contributes a 5,058-word piece to the April issue of Playboy that’s part “blogs have changed the Hollywood gossip game” standard fare, and part public apology to Paula Froelich [right], the Page Six reporter whom Schoeneman feuded with last summer during a publicity push for her book, 4% Famous. Oddly, Schoeneman refers to Froelich as “Jane” because “if I use her real name she’ll probably kill me.” (Or, perhaps, Playboy‘s legal told Schoeneman to.)

Schoeneman references everyone from Gawker to GalleyCat while recounting the feud, all the way to its weird, anticlimatic conclusion in which Schoeneman calls for a truce:

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