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Teri Hatcher Embraces the Big 4-0

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There was nothing desperate about Teri Hatcher‘s 40th birthday bash. The sexy star, whose career has hit a new high with ABC’s Sunday night smash Desperate Housewives, celebrated the milestone in style with a party at her Studio City, Calif., home. “She went all out,” says one attendee about the bash, which Hatcher dubbed “her 40th trip around the sun.” Guests included Desperate cast members Felicity Huffman (with hubby William H. Macy), Marcia Cross, and Eva Longoria (with squeeze J.C. Chasez) – along with actors David Spade, Luke Perry and Jane Kaczmarek. Guests partied on the backyard pool deck, which had been converted into a dance floor, sipped Moet & Chandon and dined on cuisine that varied from Southern to sushi.

Thanks, But No Thanks
Lip-synching sensation Ashlee Simpson says she’s not planning to return to Saturday Night Live anytime soon. “They offered, but I’m not going back. I figured I probably got the highest ratings for them so far, so maybe I won’t go back for a little while.” The younger singing Simpson sister says her biggest supporter during the whole SNL debacle, in which she walked off stage while her vocals played but she clearly wasn’t singing, was her grandmother. “I called her and I was like, ‘What do I do?’ and she was like, ‘Everything is about attitude. If you keep a positive attitude, all positive will come. If you have a negative attitude, the negative will come.” Simpson says she’s looking forward to some quiet time with her family during the holidays, and then the new season of her MTV reality show, which premieres in January. “It’s cool because you’re actually going to see the whole week of SNL and just after making my album and what happens after,” Simpson tells us.

Cutting Edge
Gary Sinise says his new role as a forensic detective on CSI: New York has piqued his kids’ interest in the sciences. Although his 14-year-old son, McCanna, wasn’t particularly into the subject before his dad got cast in the hit show, Sinise says now “he’s fascinated with all that stuff. I hope it helps him in school.” As for the series’s effect on the actor, Sinise says the daily contact with fake blood and gore hasn’t ruined his appetite. “I can still have a steak with no problem.” Sinise, best known for his 1994 Forrest Gump role as double-amputee Vietnam veteran Lieutenant Dan, is helping real victims of violence. He recently played bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band in Orlando, Fla., for more than 100 wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war vets during the “Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes: 1st Annual Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute.” “They’ve gone through a lot and need to know we’re grateful for what they’ve sacrificed for us, and their families need to know it too,” says Sinise. “It’s just something I feel is important to do.”