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April 22, 2002

Monica Lewinsky, Lance Bass, Generosa Ammon, Spike Lee, Edward Norton, and more . . .

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Monica Does Massachusetts
Monica Lewinsky is heading for Kennedy country. The former presidential paramour is ditching the city for the month of August and heading to Massachusetts. One of our spies overheard Lewinsky telling a friend last week at Panino Giusto in the West Village that she had recently spent four days in Cape Cod looking at rental possibilities. After viewing homes in Wellfleet and Orleans, Lewinsky finally settled on a three-bedroom house in Provincetown, which she said she'll share with some pals. Lewinsky's rep confirmed she's headed for the Cape, but said she'll split her time between P-town and a place in Nantucket.

Parker Posey Not 'N Sync With Lance Bass
Even Lance Bass from 'N Sync gets starstruck. The boy-band singer was too shy to approach Parker Posey at last week's premiere party at Roseland for The Sweetest Thing, the new romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, and Selma Blair, so he had his publicist make the introductions. His rep approached Posey and asked, "Do you mind if I introduce you to Lance Bass? He's a big fan and has always wanted to meet you." Fortunately, Bass was out of earshot, because Posey replied, "Who's that?" Bass's rep politely explained, "He's in 'N Sync." Within minutes, Bass and Posey were chatting like old friends. Bass even had his pal take a picture of them together.

Generosa Ammon Cashes Out of N.Y.
Ted Ammon's widow, Generosa Ammon, appears to be unloading all of her New York properties. We hear that Generosa has contacted real-estate agents in the Hamptons to tell them that she's ready to sell the East Hampton estate where Ted was found murdered in October. (The case remains unsolved.) And although no contracts have been signed, we hear Generosa has accepted an offer of about $8 million for her unfinished townhouse on East 87th Street. She bought the former office building in September 2000 while she and Ted were battling it out in divorce court. And it was there that she met her current husband, electrician Danny Pelosi, after he was hired to do work on the 10,000-square-foot, six-story building. Generosa has reportedly also accepted an offer of about $10 million for the tenth-floor, 5,500-square-foot apartment at 1125 Fifth Avenue that she and Ted had been trying to sell for several years. The newlyweds currently live with the Ammons' 11-year-old twins on a 50-acre estate in Surrey, England.

Spike Lee's Upper West Side Story
We hear that Spike Lee wants to rent the eleven-room Upper West Side apartment where Woody Allen filmed Hannah and Her Sisters for an upcoming movie project. But a source tells us that he's having second thoughts about it because he would have to pay the steep rent -- $25,000 a month -- for three months. The apartment, in the Langham building at 135 Central Park West, was Mia Farrow's home until she moved out in 1996, after deregulation raised her rent to $8,000 (she had been paying less than $3,000). Lee is about to start filming The 25th Hour, a story about a man's last day of freedom before he serves a seven-year prison term, in New York with Edward Norton and Rosario Dawson.

Revolving Door at New Hamptons Mag
Only a month after it was announced that former New York design editor Marilyn Bethany would take the helm of former trade-magazine publisher Richard Ekstract's Hamptons Cottages & Gardens -- scheduled for initial release over Memorial Day weekend -- she's bolted to Hearst to help launch a magazine supplement in conjunction with the Chic Simple book series. Bethany's been replaced by Newell Turner, formerly of the now-defunct HomeStyle. Turner will have to be careful not to talk about work in the elevator of the Upper West Side apartment building where he lives. We hear that Jason Oliver Nixon, editor-in-chief of Hamptons and Gotham magazines, was recently approved by the co-op board, and that he'll be moving into an apartment six floors above Turner's.

MODEL BEHAVIOR: Salma Hayek needn't worry about her boyfriend Edward Norton behaving badly when she's not around. Norton was recently hanging out at Noel Ashman's Saturday-night party at Centro-Fly with magician David Blaine when a gaggle of models flocked around him, trying their best to get his attention. An unimpressed Norton cracked, "I don't talk to groupies." The models turned on their heels and took off for the bar.

Hair APPARENT: Rosie O'Donnell may be going off the air in May, but we haven't seen the end of her wacky hairstylist sidekick, David Evangelista. We hear that Evangelista has struck a deal with ABC to create his own daytime variety show. Evangelista will produce the show with former Rosie producer Terence Noonan.

With Catherine Townsend.


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