We didn’t think there was a club or restaurant on earth too exclusive to admit uber-party girl Paris Hilton – but evidently we were wrong. When the heiress and two male companions showed up at New York brunch hotspot Norma’s in Le Parker Meridien hotel (home of the $1,000 caviar and lobster omelet) on a recent Sunday without a reservation, they were told, politely but firmly, that there would be a two-hour wait for a table, a spy tells us. After replying with, “People actually wait two hours?,” Hilton left. Apparently it was not the regular maitre d’ who failed to whisk Hilton to a table immediately, but rather a newer staff member, and the maitre d’ did try to run out and catch her, but to no avail. Hilton and her pals had already departed – perhaps to find out what was on the menu at the nearby midtown Hilton hotel? Meanwhile, already seated at Norma’s was Kathy Griffin, who we’re told is a regular.
Kirstie Alley capped her recent 53rd birthday with two parties and a slice of double-chocolate cheesecake. The new Jenny Craig spokeswoman cut her low-cal cake at Showtime’s Television Critics’ Association bash at L.A.’s Universal Hilton, where she was promoting her upcoming show Fat Actress. Afterward, she headed home for a small dinner party thrown by her kids, Lillie, 10, and William, 12. Alley says she’s already lost 10 lbs. on the diet plan, which delivers meals to her home, and hopes to lose another 60. “I want to be a really skinny fat actress,” she tells us.
Actors aren’t the only ones giving generously to help the victims of the South Asia tsunami – some sexy tennis players are also showing their, um, love (sorry). Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt, the top three ranked players in the world (respectively), have each donated autographed match racquets that will be auctioned in one lot on ATPTennis.com to benefit UNICEF’s relief effort. (Bidding closes Jan. 28, so warm up your wallets, tennis fans.) Spanish tennis star Carlos Moya (one of PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful in 1999), No. 5 in the world, donated the $52,000 prize he won at the ATP Chennai Open in India on Jan. 10 to tsunami victims. “I want the money I have earned here to help the survivors of one of the worst tragedies of our times,” he told reporters after his 18th ATP title win. “It is a small contribution, which I hope will help the affected families. They deserve all the help they can get.”
Caught in the Act
• Teri Hatcher, Nicollette Sheridan, Shannon Elizabeth and Jamie-Lynn DiScala, at the Silver Spoon Hollywood Buffet at a mansion in the Hollywood Hills two days before the Golden Globes. Hatcher and Sheridan scooped up bag after bag of gifts, including $500 packages from Australian makeup line Napoleon and hand-sequined shirts from Rock Solid.
• By JOANNE FOWLER, BRENDA RODRIGUEZ, MARISA LAUDADIO, LINDA TRISCHITTA and DANA MELTZER