A golden 15 minutes

Md. resident gets `Oprah' makeover

February 27, 2004|By Elizabeth L. Piccirillo | Elizabeth L. Piccirillo,SUN STAFF

When Lochearn resident Adrienne Watson Carver inquired about getting her 15 minutes of fame, the request was processed and approved in a fitting amount of time: 15 minutes.

Carver e-mailed producers at The Oprah Winfrey Show hoping to be part of Oprah's Oscar Extravaganza, and was almost instantly gratified, receiving a flight to the Chicago studio and nothing less than the star treatment as she underwent a celebrity-style makeover.

Her fabulous new look will be unveiled on today's show, which airs at 4 p.m. on WBAL, Channel 11.

A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and owner of Studio A: Model, Etiquette and Dance Academy in Randallstown, Carver has had dreams of being an entertainer since childhood. Her husband, Stacey, a chemistry teacher, aspires to be a comedian.

"When I contacted the producers of the show, I told them we were extraordinary entertainers trapped in the bodies of ordinary people," Carver said.

With three children, ages 3, 2 and 9 months, the pair's plans to pave a road to stardom were put on hold. But when Winfrey's cameras showed up at the Carver residence, Adrienne says, it proved that it's never too late for dreams to come true.

After being followed by the show's crew for several hours in Maryland, Carver flew out to be dressed and pampered by acclaimed stylists that were flown in. With a gold-colored strapless dress by Pamela Dennis, and a sparkling $3 million worth of diamonds from Graff made her feel just like "Oscar" himself.

"My name was written all over that dress," she said.

Someone else must have noticed, because the gown is now hers to keep. It could come in handy if Oprah decides to put Carver on the real red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards, which isn't atypical for the host to do after seeing the results of a fabulous makeover.

Carver also received a "hair consultation" from Oscar James, who has worked with celebrities such as Halle Berry and Tyra Banks. His recommendation: a weave braided into her hair, a process Carver said took more than three hours.

"I'd never had anything like that done before," she said, "but Oscar said, `If you can't grow it, sew it.'"

Two other women will also reveal new looks on today's show, which Carver will be watching with her fan base of family and friends. She considers them her biggest blessing, with priceless value extending far beyond jet-sets and jewelry.

"I was given a great opportunity to do the show and fulfill dreams of being a star, even if it was only for a short time," she said. "But I am continuously fulfilled with a dream husband and a wonderful family."

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