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April 7, 2007

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Beckinsale says she can't be Hollywood's ideal look

New York - Kate Beckinsale says what's considered the ideal look in Hollywood is completely different than anywhere else in the world.

"I don't think you can aspire to it, nor can I," she tells Glamour magazine in its May issue, on newsstands Tuesday. "Everybody is retouched, stretched, lengthened, slimmed and trimmed. I could look at a picture of myself from the past and think, 'Why don't I look like that now?' It's because I never have!"

When the 33-year-old British actress was asked if there is anything about living in Los Angeles that she'll never get used to, she replied: "This is what's sick about living in L.A. My 8-year-old daughter (Lily) will point to a woman and say, 'Look! That woman's had too much Botox.' She spots them because they all look a bit like Lord Voldemort from 'Harry Potter.'"

Although Beckinsale gained 20 pounds to play Ava Gardner in "The Aviator," she says pregnancy is the most drastic change her body has gone through.

"When I was pregnant, everyone told me, 'You're going to be one of those women with a little football in front.' And then this ... thing, this Scooby-Doo monster belly arrived. I gained 65 pounds. Every single part of my body was thicker - even my scalp! But that's the advantage of being young - it went right back."

Ray serves up prom at school destroyed by tornado

Enterprise, Ala. - Rachael Ray made sure the students who lost eight classmates and their school in a tornado got a senior prom.

The celebrity chef planned the menu and helped prepare dinner at Enterprise High School's prom, according to a statement Thursday from publicist Georgianna Dente. The star of the syndicated "Rachael Ray" coordinated donations for the dance, which was shot for an episode to air April 30.

"The students of Enterprise High are so courageous, given all that they've gone through," Ray, 38, said in the statement. "When I heard about what happened to their school and classmates, we wanted to help."

"The prom was all about celebrating their accomplishments and honoring the classmates who tragically lost their lives," she said.

Publicist Charlie Dougiello said Mandy Moore performed three songs at the end of the prom.

Earlier in the day, Ray appeared with Gov. Bob Riley and Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell at an assembly.

Riley signed a bill Thursday that appropriates $32 million to rebuild Hillcrest Elementary School and Enterprise High School. The schools were damaged in the tornado March 1. Classes resumed March 14 at a community college.

Spelling says reconciliation with mother was mutual

New York - Tori Spelling, who recently gave birth to her first child, says she began reconciling with her mother, Candy, in the last weeks of her pregnancy.

"It was mutual," the 33-year-old actress tells Us Weekly in its April 16 issue. "We both reached out at the same time by phone in the weeks before I had Liam."

Their nine-month estrangement was juicy gossip in the tabloids, with mother and daughter sitting apart during a tribute to famed TV producer Aaron Spelling at the Emmy Awards in August.

Spelling, who produced shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210," which starred his daughter, died in June at 83 after suffering a stroke. Other shows he created include "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty."

Candy Spelling was in the delivery room when Tori Spelling gave birth to 6-pound, 6-ounce Liam Aaron McDermott by Caesarean section at a Los Angeles hospital last month.

"When she walked through that hospital door when I was in labor, it was like I had just seen her yesterday," Spelling says. "We both started to cry and hug, and I said, 'I love you, Mommy,' and she said, 'I love you.' That was it. I wish my dad got to see it, but I think he is looking down on us."

Stewart at spaceport to watch billionaire pal blast off

Baikonur, Kazakhstan - Martha Stewart is sending gracious living into orbit, picking a gourmet space meal of duck breast confit and semolina cake with dried apricots for her billionaire space tourist "best friend" and his comrades in the international space station.

Stewart came Friday to the space town of Baikonur to say goodbye to Charles Simonyi, a software engineer and developer of Microsoft Word who paid between $20 million and $25 million for a 13-day trip to the space station.

Stewart and Simonyi have been friends for about a decade, and some celebrity-gossip publications have suggested they're romantically linked. Samantha Schabel, a spokeswoman for Stewart, declined to elaborate on the relationship, saying only, "They're best friends."

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