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Mary-Kate Olsen Named Fashion Icon

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CITED: Mary-Kate Olsen, 18, is a fashion icon, The New York Times has decreed, spotlighting the NYU student’s “homeless” look luxuriously cloaked by “a cashmere muffler, a Balenciaga lariat bag and of course her signature carryout latte from Starbucks.” Bi-coastal stylist Karen Berenson tells the paper: “The Olsens are the real thing.” Singling out Mary-Kate, Berenson adds: “She makes skinny girls in baggy clothes look cool.”

INJURED: Ed McMahon, 82, was hospitalized after a fall in his Beverly Hills home left him with a mild concussion and a gash in his head that required stitches, said his publicist, calling the prognosis of Johnny Carson’s former sidekick “excellent, and he is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days.”

RE-ESTABLISHED: Tiger Woods, 29, regained the No. 1 ranking in world golf, shooting a 6-under-par 66 to win the Ford Championship by one stroke over Phil Mickelson Sunday at the Blue Monster Course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. “It was fun,” Woods said in an NBC interview after finishing with a tournament-record 264. “We were both playing well, and we were both going at each other with birdies.” Woods now has 42 career victories on the U.S. PGA Tour, including two this year after taking January’s Buick Invitational. Sunday’s victory earned him $990,000.

DISCUSSED: Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. are likely to star in Fur, a film biography of photographer Diane Arbus expected to shoot in New York starting in May, reports Variety. The film, to be directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary), is based on Patricia Bosworth’s biography of art photographer Arbus, who killed herself in 1971. (A long overdue retrospective has just opened at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.) Kidman’s deal is still being worked out, says the trade paper, noting that the Oscar winner, 37, is free because her project with Russell Crowe, Eucalyptus, recently got tangled Down Under due to script problems.

NAMED: Jennifer Aniston has been named ShoWest 2005 Female Star of the Year, the trade group of movie exhibitors has announced. The former Friends star, 36, will be presented her award at the group’s annual convention’s closing-night ceremony on Thursday, March 17, at the Paris Las Vegas. Aniston next stars in the romantic comedy Rumor Has It, with Kevin Costner. She follows with Derailed, costarring this year’s Closer Oscar nominee Clive Owen.

ATTENDED: Johnny Depp, who portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in a film adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and John Cusack were seen at Saturday’s private gathering of friends and family of the late journalist, held at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome, reports the Associated Press. Thompson, 67, shot himself Feb. 20 at his nearby home in Woody Creek. Outside the hotel ballroom were dozens of photographs of Thompson. A sign near the doorway said “Thompson for Sheriff,” a reference to Thompson’s almost-successful 1970 bid for elected office, which he reportedly ran from the hotel’s bar.

RESTED: Jurors in the Robert Blake murder trial went home for the weekend after beginning 90 minutes’ worth of deliberations in the case on Friday. In final arguments, the jury heard the defense portray the prosecution’s key witnesses as liars and accuse the police of bungling the investigation. In rebuttal, the prosecution said there was no one else who could have killed Blake’s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. The actor, 71, is charged with murder, two counts of solicitation of murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait.

SETTLED: Zsa Zsa Gabor, 88, who was seriously injured in a 2002 car crash, has settled her lawsuit against the driver for $2 million, AP reports. The celebrity, who was among the first personalities to be famous for being famous (though she did make some movies), suffered broken bones in the November crash and received stitches to close wounds to her head, hands, arms and legs. She is now partially paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, her attorney said. She spent months recovering from her injuries before returning to her Bel-Air home last year. The car driver was Gabor’s hairdresser, Jaren Millard, who suffered minor injuries and said in a statement: “I was emotionally devastated to think that anything I did hurt Zsa Zsa.”