Blake Lively has supposedly been walking Penny, her maltese-poodle mix, off the leash near her West Village apartment. Mets guy and Republican David Wright supposedly told a black female Obama supporter at a bar, “you are being fooled” by Obama “because of the color of your skin.” Jessica Szohr had a little party at Bagatelle where she flirted all night with a mystery man who picked up the whole $3,000 tab. St. Vincent’s Hospital will be the subject of a Kitchen Confidential–type book by a former resident there.
Ed Rollins outlines Presidential Debate Prep 101 to Cindy Adams, who unleashes fury on the guy who tortured a kittykat. Liz Smith had a chatty-girl lunch with power publicists Leslee Dart and Peggy Siegal, who came late wearing a funny orange hat. Helen Mirren took the subway from the Village in evening wear to get to the Met’s opening night. Bill Clinton brought down the house at the 92nd Street Y with a quip about his sex drive and also said he’d be surprised if Obama didn’t win but that it’s too bad it won’t be Hillary.
Prince Azim of Brunei spent nearly $5,000 for 27 golf shirts at Hickey Freeman. A new baseball book recalls that Willie Mays made only $100,000 in 1966 and other major-league players made so little money they sold cars on the side. Paul Newman was cremated and memorialized in a private funeral service. Rocker Travis Barker is taking a bus all the way from an Atlanta hospital to L.A. because he’ll “never get in a plane again” after nearly dying in a plane crash.
Heather Locklear’s director in an upcoming movie of hers says it’s “sad” that she got a DUI and has issues to work through. Janet Jackson fell ill and was hospitalized right before a concert. Harvey Weinstein denies that he strong-armed Sydney Pollack on his deathbed and pressured Anthony Minghella’s widow to finish a movie in time for Oscar consideration.