Stephen M. Silverman
May 17, 2002 10:00 AM

OZ FEST: There was Ozzy Osbourne, 53, on a plasma TV monitor, being piped in via satellite from London, while live at the Sony Music Studios in New York on Wednesday to promote their upcoming CD, “The Osbourne Family Album,” were his manager-wife, Sharon, 50, and two of his children, Kelly, 17, and Jack, 16, gathered to meet the press. Though the executive from Epic Records requested that journalists stick to the subject of the upcoming CD for Father’s Day, few did. PEOPLE, however, politely asked Kelly if she’d heard from Madonna since the young Osbourne had covered the diva’s 1986 song “Papa Don’t Preach.” Madonna’s been too busy, explained a compassionate Kelly, adding, “I love her. Who doesn’t?” “I don’t,” snapped Ozzy. “You just want to (bleep) her,” Sharon told her husband, who replied under his breath — but still loud enough for all to hear, all the way from London: “Too old for me.”

BUSTED, PART I: “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, 36, who plays attorney Miranda Hobbes, was arrested Tuesday outside City Hall in lower Manhattan during a protest to demand better funding for public schools. According to Newsday, Nixon and 11 others were hauled into the First Precinct, where they were given summonses and released. “I feel good. I feel it’s the right thing to do,” Nixon told Newsday. Her daughter, Samantha Mozes, 5, attends Public School 163 on the Upper West Side. “My daughter herself brought up Martin Luther King,” Nixon told the paper. “And so she says she understands that sometimes you have to go to jail to make things better.”

BUSTED, PART II: Five-time Grammy winner and former pitchwoman for the Psychic Friends Network Dionne Warwick, 61, was arrested Sunday when security officers screening her luggage at Miami International Airport said they discovered 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container, reported the Associated Press. The entertainer, who lives in Miami, was charged with possession of less than 5 grams of marijuana, AP said. Warwick reportedly signed an affidavit in which she vowed to appear in court and was later released. A spokesperson for Warwick could not be reached.

BERRY NICE: Halle Berry as a guest at the London premiere of his “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” — what more could George Lucas have asked for on his 58th birthday? The Associated Press reported that Tuesday night’s premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square theater not only brought out Berry, 35, but also Hayden Christensen, 21, who plays Anakin Skywalker, and Christopher Lee, 79, who portrays Count Dooku. “I wasn’t even born when the first movie came out, so it’s amazing to be part of this,” said Christensen, “This is very exciting.” But it was the crowd that did the real entertaining before the movie, the news service said. Some 3,000 fans outside the cinema waved light sabers and wore “Star Wars” costumes as they sang “Happy Birthday.”

BETTE’S BYE-BYE: As she did 10 years ago when Johnny Carson finished his 30-year run as host of the “Tonight” show, Bette Midler on Monday serenaded daytime queen Rosie O’Donnell, who on Wednesday will end her six-year stint on the “Rosie O’Donnell Show.” (Caroline Rhea will pick up the hosting duties on the syndicated program.) Coincidentally, Rosie, 40, noted, her last day, May 22, was also the date of Carson’s last broadcast. “It just happened that way,” she said. Looking svelte on Monday’s program, which was taped late last week, Midler, 56, delivered a song that was her own choice: the Charles Trenet romantic ballad “I Wish You Love.”

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