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Television: Monica's Second Act

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She could be the top culture reporter for NY1 if she weren't so recognizable: the new girl in town, a little giggly, our latest Mary Tyler Moore. "The Statue of Liberty is the most famous of American postcards," Monica Lewinsky announces in singsongy TV-speak, her bangs flapping in the breeze off New York Harbor, "but Lady Liberty, as she's known here, is more than just a pretty face."

That Woman has taped a collection of six TV segments, titled Monica's Postcards, for Channel 5 in London -- a sort of out-of-town tryout for a broadcasting career, should the handbag thing not work out. As media strategies go, it's pretty meek -- especially considering some of her other offers. "She was offered a role as a correspondent on Extra," reveals her publicist, Juli Nadler, "and NBC wanted her to do promos for DAG," the Delta Burke sitcom about, of all things, the First Lady. "She has not been pursuing a media career," Nadler insists. "The media has been pursuing her. This was an experiment. Now, does this mean she may do it again? Sure."

The former intern has control over whether Monica's Postcards airs Stateside, so for the moment, at least, Americans won't get to see the once-publicity-shy Lewinsky playing tour guide as she hops aboard Coney Island's Cyclone ("Oh, my God! Oh, it's crazy! Oh, my God! Oh! My! God!") and mixes margaritas at Tortilla Flats, grinning as a woman gets a birthday spanking. In L.A., she gawks at the stars' homes, pigeonholing the guide: "Do you find that these celebrities like the fact that people look at them?" "Peter Falk, he still waves to us," the guide says with a shrug, "only he just uses his middle finger." "Oh, my!" Monica titters.

As the sun sets over Beverly Hills, she adds a P.S.: The guide "kindly offered me a ride home -- because, of course, he knew exactly where I lived. But I politely declined."


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